A long time ago, my sister-out-law took me to a fantastic bookshop. At the time, I didn’t know Melbourne and the location of this store did not register in my freshly relocated brain. We walked there, stepped into the building, walked up three flights of stairs, browsed for an hour, paid for our purchases, walked out, down the stairs, out of the building. I had no idea where it was or even where I was. I only barely remembered the bookshop’s name. Armed with the Google Maps on my iPhone, I recently made my way back to Metropolis Bookshop.
I love Metropolis so much and it doesn’t even sell fiction. It’s an independent shop specialising in graphic design, art, fashion, architecture, and photography titles. It’s full of books you didn’t know you wanted – quirky children’s books, pop culture casebooks, creative artsy-fartsy hipster stuff, and serious volumes of fashion, art, and design. Metropolis also carries humorous postcards and my beloved Moleskin journals. It’s that store where you buy someone a stunning coffee table book and then you regret giving it to them because you really wanted it for yourself and if only your friends were as good and thoughtful at giving presents as you are.
Metropolis Bookshop is tucked away on the third floor of Curtin House on Swanston St. It has a strict no-mobile policy and an open floor plan that makes browsing easy. They kindly request you don’t take more than a couple of books off the shelves at a time. Many of them are large, heavy, and pricey so it’s understandable.
Metropolis Bookshop is one of my favourite book shops in Melbourne. I always spend more there than I mean to. I went there with the intention of buying one thing, a Moleskin notebook, and walked out with books about the web and advertising.