gertrude & alice
cafe bookstore
an oasis
for writers, readers, coffee lovers and thespians alike
come & enjoy
an award-winning Campos coffee and find that book you’ve been looking for for years


Gertrude & Alice Bookstore is a much-loved Bondi institution with a rich literary history that spans almost twenty years. An oasis for readers, writers, thespians and coffee-lovers alike, it’s a place where lovers of all things literary can seek solace between the pages of a good book. 


Come and enjoy an early morning coffee, our famous chai tea, or one of our delicious, home-made sweet treats, and browse our endless offering of both new and second-hand books for your next best read.

Cafe Menu

All Day Menu

Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee & Sweets
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Covid Operating Hours

Sell your used books

We occasionally buy books that are in good, solid, readable condition – please call us or pop in to speak to one of our friendly booksellers to find out more.

We stock over 25,000 titles

With everything from fiction to non-fiction; new to second-hand; rare to collectable, esoteric to
current affairs, we have a wealth of titles and subject matters on sale, and our friendly staff are
always on hand to offer reading recommendations.

Featured books of the month

Museum of Modern Love

Heather Rose

Ministey of Utmost Happiness

Arrundathi Roy

Sapiens: a brief history of humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

The Sellout

Paul Beattie

Always about the food

Monday Morning Cooking Club

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

Latest from the Blog

Fire and Fury

If there’s one book that is making headlines right now, it’s Michael Wolff’s tell all #FIREANDFURY! An inside into the President Donald J. Trump White House.

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New Website Launched

We have just launched our new website in January 2018, We are hoping to share our passion for books and great food with a wider audience and get some new faces into the shop.

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A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.