Harry Hartog Woden is technically part of a chain, but has a real indie feel. The staff are friendly and well read, and I always checking out the staff recommendation shelves. I also go along to the bookclub at Harry Hartog – it’s always a fun discussion and the hosts help to make sure there is room for everyone to have their say. A second Canberra Harry Hartog store opened earlier this year at the Australian National University, and I can’t believe I still haven’t had a chance to go check it out!
Paperchain is pretty much a Canberra institution. It’s a lovely little indie store nestled in between
Manuka’s cafes, and is open until late 7 nights – perfect for an after dinner book browse. Paperchain have also recently started hosting a monthly book club which is really lovely.
Dymocks Belconnen– we have a couple of Dymocks stores across Canberra, but Dymocks is for sure my favourite. One of the things I love about this store is how kid friendly it feels – my daughter loves to browse the books there, and I have never felt uncomfortable or worried that we’ll be thrown out (haha)! But seriously – it’s so nice that she can browse while we do. The store has a lovely feel and the staff are super friendly and always helpful, and they run an excellent Instagram account.