Monday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Tuesday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Wednesday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday9:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

2/16 Jessie Street, Te Aro

04 260 1036

Down the side of an industrial building on Jessie Street in Wellington, a warm glow emanates from a glass shopfront. It’s a tempting little rabbit hole, one that leads you to a wonderland of carefully curated books.

GOOD BOOKS is a fiercely independent bookshop that exudes Wellington vibes through and through. The brainchild of local authors Jane Arthur and Catherine Robertson, it’s truly a store created for bibliophiles, by bibliophiles.

The fit-out is a book lover's wildest dreams come true - clean and airy, impeccably straight lines, and bookshelves lining an entire wall. Bare white walls and polished wooden surfaces combine for an aesthetic that is eye-catching in its minimalism. It’s as if they represent the blank pages of a curious mind, which you’re invited to fill with the stories available in store.

The space is designed to be as welcoming as possible - you’re encouraged to take your time and browse for as long as you like. The long table down the centre of the shop, complete with chairs, invites you to rest your feet and test out your next read. Jane and Catherine are happy for customers to linger and ask for recommendations. After all, their passion is connecting people with the best book for them.

In the spirit of celebrating the diversity of readers, GOOD BOOKS stocks a large range of genres. The aim is to extend people’s reading ‘bubbles’, while also catering to their unique interests. You’ll find a wide selection of New Zealand authors, in particular, a homage to the literary talent found in this corner of the world.

GOOD BOOKS operates on the ethos that society benefits when people read for pleasure. If you’re an avid reader or just a lover of stories in general, there are few better places in town to while away an hour or two.

Words by John Son & Photography by Anna Briggs

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2/16 Jessie Street, Te Aro

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