Oxford Street Books
Any bookstore that has a section allocated to “weird stuff” must be awesome. That Oxford St Books is independent earns it even more stars. It’s managed to survive the plummeting book sales that have spelled the end for numerous mainstream competitors.
Perhaps it’s because of the bowl of free Minties at the counter. The source is regularly tapped, but somehow, it’s always full.
The long, deep shop inhabits the site of the first licensed bookmakers in Perth, built in 1956. Itself an institution, it hawks giant photography books, fashion tomes, design titles and books on philosophy, war, science and architecture.
The shelf of staff picks includes Pulitzer prize and Miles Franklin winners, with titles such as The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna, The Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner and Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett.
Lonely Planet super sellers aside, the store holds very little of the stock standard and sticks to the quirky and interesting, reflecting the clientele. Its key passion is cookbooks, with a huge offering stretching from Ottolenghi to Poh, Nigela, and Heston. And the best part? It’s open as late as the cafes and restaurants surrounding it.