Hares & Hyenas is the place to go if you are looking for Melbourne’s best gay and lesbian books, some excellent coffee or a space to connect with the community, .

The store has been a bookshop since opening in 1991, but over the years has expanded into a cafe and bar, a multi-purpose community hub, and an intimate performance venue hosting eclectic and daring artistic work from around Australia and the world.

Offering a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles from Australian and international authors, Hares & Hyenas is the place to go for hard-to-find books on a range of LGBTI subjects. You’ll find the latest Christos Tsiolkas bestseller sitting alongside obscure queer erotica, and an array of gay romance novels across the aisle from reference books on homophobia and same-sex parenting .

Beyond serving as a one-stop shop for practical and academic resource books on LGBTI and queer topics, Hares & Hyenas stocks a whole range of other speciality items, including Australian and overseas magazines, CDs and DVDs, comic books, graphic novels, and calendars.

Owners Crusader Hillis and Rowland Thomson recently received a GLOBE Community Award for excellence in business, in recognition of their years of support for the city’s LGBTI community. The outpouring of support for the two after their win is proof of Hares & Hyenas’ status as a community treasure. As a community space Hares & Hyenas plays host to meetings for a wide diversity of groups from across Melbourne, and also gives back to the community through donations and support for causes and events.

Hares & Hyenas

61 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Ph: (03) 9495 6589


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