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.

For individual opening hours, see: BOOKSHOP HOURS ~ CAFE HOURS ~ BAR HOURS


From Wednesday to Saturday at 6pm, our café transforms into a Wine & Tapas Bar. We have an elegant wine list and a large selection of locally brewed craft beers & ciders as well as top quality, great value 'house' options. In summer, we serve jugs of sangria and in winter we serve mulled wine. All year round, we serve our unique and popular cocktails.

Our courtyard is well lit with a lively atmosphere and live acoustic music from 7:30 to 9 most nights. To see who’s performing at Sappho next, check out our Upcoming Events. The bookshop building had a former life as a youth centre, so the courtyard is home to a generation of graffiti. Rather than white-wash the history of Sappho, owner Meredith Baillie has made the street-art a feature of the inviting garden courtyard.  

Our renowned Poetry night takes place here on the second Tuesday of each month, as well as our newly-reestablished Open Stage night on the first Tuesday. All are welcome.


Monday / Closed

Tuesday / Closed

Wednesday / 6:00 - late

Thursday / 6:00 - late

Friday / 6:00 - late

Saturday / 6:00 - late

Sunday / Closed