Celebrating the Melbourne Writers Festival in Bayside Melbourne!

As winter settles into our vibrant city of Melbourne, we gear up for the literary celebration that is the annual Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF). From thought-provoking discussions to captivating performances, MWF (held this year from 6-12 May) brings together writers, readers, and book enthusiasts for an unforgettable experience. This week we channel MWF vibes, but keep it local by exploring the literary gems nestled in our beautiful bayside neighborhood.

The Grumpy Swimmer Elwood

If you’re in the mood for literary exploration, head to The Grumpy Swimmer in Elwood - a delightful independent bookstore that exudes character, warmth, and a touch of whimsy. A haven for book lovers with its carefully curated selection of titles and warm, friendly atmosphere – offering everything from book signing events to an array of beautiful homewares and unique gifts. From elegant stationery to quirky bookmarks, there’s something for every bibliophile. It’s the perfect place to find a thoughtful present or treat yourself.


Readings St Kilda

Nestled in the vibrant heart of St Kilda on Acland Street—a locale that resonates with both history and culture - this iconic bookstore has graced the neighborhood for nearly two decades, previously known as the independent Cosmos. In addition to the vast selection of books spanning genres such as literature, history, art, design, travel, cookery, and children’s literature, music enthusiasts can browse a diverse array of popular CDs, with a special focus on new vinyl records. And for the younger readers, look out for Story Time - every Saturday from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm, young readers aged 3 to 8 can immerse themselves in captivating tales.


Mary Martin Bookshop Port Melbourne

Mary Martin Bookshop in Port Melbourne stands as a testament to the enduring magic of independent bookstores. Established in 1945, this cherished literary haven has been a beacon for readers, bibliophiles, and curious souls alike. The knowledgeable staff offers expert recommendations, ensuring that every book you pick up holds the promise of adventure, enlightenment, or sheer delight. And for Book Club fans – join their Breakfast Book Club on Saturday 11 May at 8.30am at Market Espresso, where they discuss The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton!


Top Titles Brighton

Top Titles is a charming independent bookstore nestled at street level under the Dendy Palace Cinema in Brighton. Owned and managed by Nicole and Jean Eric Menard, this delightful bookstore packs a punch with its thoughtfully curated selection across various genres providing a haven for bibliophiles (thank goodness ample parking (with 90 minutes free) is available via the entry on St Andrews St to enable plenty of browsing and conversations about literature with the passionate staff!)


The Avenue Bookstore Elsternwick

Venture to 351 Glen Huntly Rd, and you’ll stumble upon The Avenue Bookstore in Elsternwick. A haven for fiction enthusiasts and art aficionados alike, its unassuming exterior belies the literary wonders within. With sister stores in Albert Park and Richmond, look out for The Avenue’s Book Club titles each month, and check out their Frequent Buyer programme! Winter time is the perfect opportunity to explore local and imported titles, lose track of time, and emerge with a new favorite.