We buy books

We buy and sell used books!

 

We have over 30,000 titles available over our three floors in a huge range of categories – art, literature, history, politics, religion, philosophy, science and foreign language, to name a few.

Titles come and go all the time so if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, keep coming back, it’s likely to turn up, and in the meantime you’re bound to find something else that takes your fancy!

 
We are always looking for new stock!

Gift certificates

Need a gift for a book lover who already seems to have them all? They’re bound to find something interesting at Sappho with one of our gift certificates in hand!

To purchase one, click here.

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Sappho books
Niki bar

A courtyard oasis

Sappho is the perfect place for catching up with family, sharing coffee with friends,  love trysts … or even just treating yourself to a nice glass of wine.

“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.” 
― Terry Pratchett, Thud!

Batboy reads a book

We like to be noticed…

Rating based on the really sweet set up; the pretty lights and colours. Went there for a cocktail and we had a good time. The service is friendly and the Pina colada not over the top sweet; just the right flavour too.
Wanderlust W
Wanderlust W
We hired Sappho for my 21st birthday party, and it honestly could not have been more perfect! The staff are so warm and accomodating, it was so easy to organise, and they put so much effort into every detail to make sure it ran smoothly. The drinks and food platters were stunning, perfect size and location, it even rained and it didn't make any difference. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening, would definitely recommend for events!
Orla Doyle
Orla Doyle
lovely bookstore to lose yourself in before enjoying a scrummy meal in the leafy open air back courtyard
Treasure troveeeeee!!! Isn’t it amazing to find all these old and new books. It’s like going on a little adventure. All the different rooms and topics they cover. Nice little cafe space to catch up with a friend. Plus, there’s a fellow kitty friend to say hi to. Meow 5 paws 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾!
Poppy Le Chat
Poppy Le Chat
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sappho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
Evan Cameron
Evan Cameron
This is both my favourite cafe AND my favourite bookstore. They have a large range of teas to choose from which are delicious. I love coming here to study and it's such a nice atmosphere. I also love how the cafe is open to 6pm, compared to how most other cafes close around 3pm! I usually pick up a book whenever I visit as they are very affordable and have a good selection to choose from. You can get most classic books here. Will be back soon.
sascha
sascha
Loved it, the atmosphere, the layout of the Cafe, the staff very courteous and can't fault it. Willgo back again.
James Brooking
James Brooking
My favourite cafe in Sydney! Food and drinks are very reasonably priced and absolutely delicious! I would recommend anything on the menu! The cafe is super cute and quirky looking and the staff are always friendly.
lucy bergagnin
lucy bergagnin
莎弗二手書店咖啡屋: 人間天堂雪梨大學旁Glebe街道上,夢想般的書店。在網路發達的時代,走入彷彿60年前的一家書店。它似乎象徵著長久以來的一種堅持,一種理念,與深度的文化。即使跌落深谷,它仍會堅持爬起來的一種生命力!進門是書店,走到後面,出現咖啡吧台。你可以坐下喝杯咖啡,感受深深刻畫在歲月裏的書店文化。喜歡書,想找資料,可以上二樓。
Yang Wu
Yang Wu
莎弗二手書咖啡廳:白天圖書咖啡,晚上酒吧,口碑都很好。也常有詩歌之夜之類藝文活動。莎弗Sappho是古希臘抒情詩人。
EZ Living
EZ Living
As the name suggests, an old terrace house 3 floors of second hand books with bar and cafe mixed menu vegan and non vegan in a court yard out the back....second time there 👍
Ian Avery
Ian Avery
Great little joint. Cosy and friendly, great live music for a quiet night tonight. Well prepared Margaritas and good finger food tables to share. Perfect for summer nights
nuria rubio
nuria rubio
Live music, good drinks, clean facilities, friendly bartenders, queer/trans friendly. Had a great night!
Tara Somerville
Tara Somerville
Possibly one of the most magical and inspirational places in Australia. Quiet, thought provoking and utterly calming place to be. They also stock T2 tea for the cafe.
Kat C
Kat C
One of the best cocktail bar in glebe. I had an excellent and unexpected experience in this little bar, hidden in the backyard of a second hand bookshop. The atmosphere is amazing, they have live music and the cocktails taste great. Food is also really good, a tapas menu ideal for someone who wants a full dinner or just something to eat while drinking.
Tata. G.
Tata. G.
I've been there while i was visiting Sidney with some friends.We were tourist and during the evening we were searching for a cocktail bar where to spent some time to relax and chill.So, we decided to enter at Sappho and ordered our cocktail.Simply amazing.Fast, clean and well made.The place is nice and comfortable, while the staff is friendly and efficient.I'm pretty sure i'll come back there the next time i'll be in Sidney, for sure.
Hitch Baka
Hitch Baka
Sappho is the best bar and second hand bookshop in Sydney. If you are looking for a nice bar where to relax and chill with friends drinking very creative and polished cocktails in a place sourranded by murales and live music , it's the best choice you can do. 5stars deserved cause I have very refined tastes in drinks that Davide, the kind bartender that works here, could satisfy perfectly. Loved the time I spent there. You feel like home. For sure I will come back again!!
Simona Corgiat
Simona Corgiat
Went to a birthday dinner in the courtyard here and the platters of food were great. Had a wonderful night!
Sonya Berson
Sonya Berson
There's lots to love about this place. Sapphos Cafe and Bar is a leafy courtyard hidden behind the secondhand book store. The walls are painted with murals and there's always great music playing. It feels like a little oasis to chill in. The staff are friendly, service is prompt and the food is always delicious. My personal faves are the Veggie Brekkie or the Fig and Raisin Sourdough Rye with berry jam for a quick bite. The fluffy cat is also an added bonus.
April Farago
April Farago
My fave cafe in Sydney! I had my Bookclub there once a month for 4 years. So many good times there. The ambience is fantastic (particular in Spring and Summer!). Great coffee and vibe and you can’t go past their avocado and cheese melt! Such a cool place, with awesome events offered too.
Lisa Bonnici
Lisa Bonnici
Beautiful, quaint place. Paradise for book lovers and some great food! Perfect for some alone time or with your kid or other book lovers 😊
Really chilled out space that just oozes a creative vibe, nice shared platters which are a decent size.
This is my absolute favourite place to get away, drink good coffee and daydream as I browse the day away. I wish I lived closer so that I could visit every week... but then I would probably own an entire library of books 🤔😎
Great place for book fans, enjoy a coffee or some delicious food in the cafe. I dare you to leave without a book!
Quirky cafe with loads of character and cute little nooks for enjoying amazing food the best coffee around!
We had our 25th wedding anniversary party at Sappho. The staff put everything on seamlessly, we didn't have to do anything all night, just kick back and enjoy the food, drinks and company!
The books are amazing and the vibe is gorgeous. Would definitely recommend going there and checking it out, especially for the books and the cute cat upstairs!
I would like to thank everyone involved for ensuring that every aspect of our wedding night was exactly as we imagined. Friendly staff, incredible food and the cafe provided the perfect backdrop for photos.
It is on of the best cafe in Glebe & excellent vegetarian food, chai tea, latte - we have been returning to this establishment for past 10 years🎉
LoVe Sappho Bar! Fantastic setting & great staff (say hello to Jeb & Zoe)!Love their live music & especially the "Poetry" & "Open Mic" nights!Best place in Glebe!Highly recommended!
I love everything about this place. Have been here countless times and enjoyed my experience every time. Love the reasonably priced yummy food, the atmosphere and of course the secondhand books!
Haven't gone for breakfast or lunch. Night time in my opinion is the best time to be at Sappho's. Beautiful live music each time I've been. Relaxing, great vibe, great for anything, dates, meeting up with a friend for a drink. Staff are helpful and food and drinks are on point. I love everything about this place. It feels like I'm sitting in my backyard and someone has jazzed it up with fairy lights and a beautiful live band. Have introduced alot of friends to this place and each of them have adored it like I do.
A treasure trove, if you dig around. Most of the books are in good condition and I forgot to buy the book about faeries!! Will definitely return. Coffee is good, or could always go for their craft beers.
Sappho Books Cafe and Wine Bar, has been Emad's residency for nearly 6years. It's a great place for smokers and nonsmokers. It has a large back yard with tables and chairs, where one can meet people , have a drink or even read a book, have a birthday party or even get married there. I first knew Sappho as a book shop, and was a regular customer there, but in the last few years I have been helping my son Emad, by being his Roadie. We enjoy going there.
I have to say it was the hippiest place I have ever attempted! But didn't feel pretentious! It felt nice.. cocktails were reasonably priced and lovely!
Nice relaxing atmosphere and good service. Looking forward to the poetry evenings this forthcoming 2017!
Great relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, cheerful and courteous staff. Can't wait for another vegan iced coffee 😀
Enjoyed a relaxing brunch, coffee was good, food was great and the whole team was friendly and courteous. A very relaxed atmosphere.
Sappho made my day once again: perfect iced latte created by the beautiful and loving Hannah. Delicious chicken panini. Toasted to perfection. Everything on the menu is a poetic combination of well-chosen ingredients, put together with care and flair by delightful staff. Always leave with a big smile that lasts all day.
I discovered this place on a Friday morning casually walking through Glebe. The atmosphere is to die for and classic literature lovers will certainly appreciate it's simple beauty. A lovely outdoorsy area to enjoy a cup of tea and lunch while reading through your favourite books and a very cosy upstairs library. I also purchased a few first additions which were unbelievably cheap with adorable dedications.
Amazing little find. Just stumbled across this restaurant whilst looking for someswhere to fulfil a cheeseboard craving. It was wonderful. Impressive wine list too. Was curious of the names of the 2 girls playing guitar and singing last friday night. Could u let me know?
"That amazing taste of Sappho's coffee and that environment in the morning, I think I was living the dream. It's been almost two years but still missing that taste. The best coffee ever I had was in Sappho."

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Should we reinstate featuring marvelously bedecked customers as the “customer of the day” ?
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Today’s featured customer, with her gorgeous giraffe entourage.

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Beautiful and the cat is so lovely.

Yes please. Love the outfit.

I was been there yesterday. Very enjoyable 🌹

Yes, love it !!

Yes please.

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Charlieeeee ❤️

Charlie looks a bit dejected about not getting a mention.

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Yes! We will be open on January 26th!
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Sappho stands on the land of the Gadigal people, of the Eora nation, and we stand with the movement to Change The Date.
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Magnifique ! <3

Chelsea Cunningham I love this cafe

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Visit us in Glebe

We’re open every day at

51 Glebe Point Rd,

Glebe, NSW, 2037

Australia

Phone: (02) 9552 4498