Selling books for over 200 years, the Berkeleouws have a long history in the industry to say the least, beginning as antiquarian and rare booksellers in Rotterdam in 1812. The legacy lives on in the family’s Melbourne store on High Street, Armadale, which was opened by a grandson of the original Berkelouw.
The store is a beautiful, high-ceilinged room with wooden floors. The shopfront, with its gold detailing, not only fits in, but raises the bar amongst High Street’s boutiques and cafes. You’ll find all the current and backlist fiction you would expect on their shelves, as well as a beautiful, well-stocked food and wine section, more gift ideas than you can handle and a dedicated children’s room at the back.
The shop also boasts a small rare and antiquarian section, just in case you happen to be looking for a first edition of the letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Standing in a classic bookshop like this, amid a group of head-bent browsers and heavily-bound books wrapped in handmade gift paper and grosgrain ribbon, you wouldn’t even know that e-books exist.