Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar

We are one of Sydney's favourite general second-hand Bookstores. Walk through to our beautiful courtyard Cafe that transforms into a tapas Bar at night. We are also now home to Da Capo Music Bookshop, the only dedicated second-hand sheet music store in Australia. We buy and sell used books, sheet music and records, host live music and events and are available for venue hire


Monday: 8.30am to 6:30pm

Tuesday: 8.30am to 6:30pm

Wednesday: 8.30am till late

Thursday: 8.30am till late

Friday: 8.30am till late

Saturday: 8.30am till late

Sunday: 9:00am to 6:30pm


We are open as usual over the holiday period, including Anzac day


Poetry nights are held on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) and have become renowned for their welcoming atmosphere and line-up of well known poets including Les Murray, Gig Ryan, David Malouf, Judith Beveridge, Pam Brown, Kate Lilley, joanne burns, Peter Minter, Kate Fagan, Robert Adamson, Peter Rose, Michael Farrell, Sarah Holland-Batt and Ali Whitelock, not to mention the dozens of emerging poets that the poetry night has fostered.

The night usually features three or four poets reading their own work, followed by open mic readings. Our host is Sydney-based poet Toby Fitch, current poetry editor for Overland and author of Rawshock, Jerilderies and The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau. There are a limited amount of spots in the open mic. section, so get in early by arriving by 7pm to sign up in person (don't email, please). One poem each, up to 2 minutes.