Buying books is a treat, both in the activity and in the purchase. A good bookstore is not only an escape from everyday chaos, but also a doorway to so many other worlds. Surrounded by an array of fashion and design books, one can travel from one world to the next immersed in pages of beautiful photography; an experience that just can’t be replicated online, and is worth paying that little bit extra for.

Here are three bookstores in Melbourne where you’ll find a great selection of fashion titles, along with our top picks to keep your coffee table suitably stacked.

Coventry Bookstore, 265 Coventry St
On South Melbourne’s best little retail strip of shops and cafes, this small store is an intimate and inviting space. Meandering amongst the closely arranged shelves, you’ll find yourself surrounded by books to covet at every turn. The welcoming owner Stephen makes shopping here a pleasure.
Top pick: Slim Aarons Once Upon A Time - Capturing the lives and style of the jet set from the 50s to the 80s

Berkelouw Books, 1044 High Street Armadale
Now in its sixth generation of booksellers, the Berkelouw family’s bookstore maintains an air of tradition. From the grand wrought iron doors that draw you in, to the wall of antique books at the rear of the store, you could stay here forever.
Top pick: Patrick Demarchelier - A monograph of one of fashion’s most iconic photographers.

Metropolis, 252 Swanston Street
On level three of Curtain House, Metropolis offers an ideal retreat from the busy streets below. While the space is quite large and open, the friendly atmosphere and broad selection still make browsing here a pleasure.
Top pick: Tim Walker Pictures - Enter a world of pure fashion fantasy and romance.

Dennis' fashion column will appear on Broadsheet every Thursday