Time for another beautiful literary location! Still in Melbourne, this one is the Reader’s Feast on Collins Street.
A new quote is displayed each day on the bicycle outside the store. If you can’t make it to the store in person, you can see posts frequently posted on the store’s Instagram.
The store is located in the Georges Building. That meant nothing to me, but as soon as my mum saw the sign, she realised that she’d heard about it for years. From 1880-1995, the building was home to the Georges Department Store—something my grandparents used to speak about with reverence. Years later, my grandpa’s pervading memory is buying at tie at Georges that was more expensive than the shirt he was wearing.
These days, you’ll find a number of different retailers inside these walls but Reader’s Feast is at the centre of it all.
After 20 years of residency on Bourke Street, Reader’s Feast opened its doors in the Georges Building on the 8th of December 2011.
The real Reader’s Feast is for your eyes and it’s all in the shelving system. The books face outward so that you can take in the beauty of every cover.
People tell you not to judge a book by its cover but that’s not the best advice for a bibliophile. We all want pretty books. The prettier the better. Bonus points if it’s so pretty it makes you want to weep.
Aside from aesthetically pleasing books, Reader’s Feast also stocks some awesome items from Ex Libris and WILD Fine Art Jewellery. I also nearly wept when I saw some creations from Spineless Classics Australia in person. I really need to get my butt back to Melbourne with an empty suitcase and go nuts on the bookish treasures I saw on my trip.