We’ve all had that moment when we’ve forgotten to pick up a birthday card for our dear aunt (sorry, Janice), or when we’ve run out of reading material for the tram. Luckily, there’s the humble newsagency and stationary shop – and these local heroes won’t turn you away if you’re paying on card, no matter how small the purchase.
The Fitzroy Newsagency on the corner of Brunswick and Johnston Streets has everything you could ever need from your local newsagency. Offering a surprisingly broad range of international and local magazines and newspapers, as well as dry-cleaning, an ATM and all the stationery supplies you’ll need for your home office, you could spend all day here.
We’re all for progress, but there is still something special about leafing through a beautifully designed and curated print magazine. Here at Magnation, you’ll find more than 4,000 titles from Australia and beyond covering all sorts of niche topics, from architecture to fashion to film. The friendly, chatty staff are all avid mag fans and happy to assist with recommendations or even back orders. Plus, Mag nation offers coffee, free wi-fi and recliner chairs so you can really make yourself at home.
iL Papiro is a quaint and lovely little paper shop in the heart of Melbourne. With a range of high quality paper, wax seals, leather journals, glass pens, quills and more, iL Papiro’s shelves brim with the highest quality Italian stationery, handcrafted in their Florentine workshops in line with traditional techniques. If you’re looking for a leather bound notebook for that budding writer in your life, this is where you’ll find it.
Typo offers a mixed bag of gifts, stationery, arts and crafts, usually with a dose of good-natured cheekiness. They also stock a solid collection of diaries, calendars and pens – perfect for those who love to be organised, or those who really need up their game. Their selection of eccentric birthday cards and novelty knick-knacks makes it a perfect place to pick up a last-minute gift.
A destination art store, Melbourne Artist Suppliers offers a comprehensive range of everything you’ll need for your masterpiece. With a huge selection of papers in plenty of colours and weights, not to mention drawing and painting materials – you’ll leave armed to the teeth for your all you need to get started on your creations. Plus, the expert staff will be able to answer any queries you may have.
Kikki K is famous for its stylish, Scandinavian-inspired stationery and organizing tools, which bring together form and function in a super fashionable way. You’ll find diaries, notebooks, gift cards, stickers, pens and pencils at Kikki K complete with motivational quotes and wellbeing slogans.