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Book shops in Singapore: 15 stores and cafes bookworms will love

 

Don't get us wrong, we love the internet, but there's nothing like a good book in your palms

Basheer Graphic Books: There's nothing like a good book in your palms

 

 

Basheer Graphic Books
This store is every creative’s dream. Featuring an array of design books, you’ll find titles related to graphic design, fashion, architecture, typography and much, much more. Whether you’re looking for some artistic inspiration or a book to decorate your coffee table, this store is sure to ignite a spark of creativity.

Blk 231 Bain Street, #04-19, Bras Basah Complex, 180231
+65 6336 1917

Earshot Cafe
Located at The Arts House, this bookstore cafe promotes Singaporean literature, music and films. This space has a strong dedication to supporting the arts culture in Singapore and holds regular events such as book launches, writers’ talks, literary cocktails and music performances.

1 Old Parliament Lane, The Arts House,179429
+65 6338 8220

 

Books Actually is a treasure trove for chic geeks

Books Actually is a treasure trove for chic geeks

 

 

Books Actually
Considered one of the first independent bookstores in Singapore, this quirky shop is a favourite of local literary community. They sell a diverse range of books that includes independent literature and self-published titles. In addition to books, Books Actually also sells their own label of vintage stationary called Birds & Co. and holds regular events and art exhibitions. With all its charm it’s impossible to not fall in love with this place!

No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, 168645
+ 65 6222 9195

The French Bookshop
True to its name, The French Bookshop specifically sells French literature of all genres. Conveniently, they also offers their books for online purchase. Whether you’re a native French speaker or a novist learning the language, this store is definitely recommended.

55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-53C, Tiong Bahru, 160055

Kinokuniya
This Japanese bookstore is known for its well curated selection of books. You’ll find plenty of popular book titles, magazines, comics and more. If you’re also hoping to grab a bite along with your read, visit the in-store cafe at their Ngee Ann City outlet.

391 Orchard Road, #03-09/10/15, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 238872 (also found at a number of other locations)
+65 6737 5021

Littered With Books has got serious soul

 

Littered With Books
From the moment you walk in, this bookstore will charm you with its warm and inviting character. Each section of the store’s interior is thoughtfully decorated according to the many genres they have available. With reading spots spread throughout the two story shop, you’ll have plenty of opportunity here to get comfortable and curl up with a book.

20 Duxton Road, Tanjong Pagar 089486
+65 6220 6824

Gohd Books
A self proclaimed ‘home for the obscure’, Gohd Books is the perfect place to indulge on the reading experience. They specialize with new, used, out of print, antiquarian and rare books that are focussed on a range of intellectually engaging topics. This classy space not only conducts lessons teaching classical languages but is also great for holding events and gatherings.

Now at a new location: 174 Bencoolen Street, #01-37 Burlington Square,189649
+65 9090 6181

Novel Haven: Blending old and new

 

Novel Haven
Tucked away in a quiet corner, Novel Haven is an ebook club of sorts. With sofas, cushions, blankets, reading lamps and gourmet beverages they really have it all thought out! Just hire or purchase an ereader with an ebook, then simply kick back, relax and get reading.

Blk 46 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, #01-890, Tiong Bahru, 160046
+65 6272 0996

Open Trolley
This online bookstore is especially useful when you’re in a rush but in need of a good read. With free delivery throughout Singapore, it’s easy to see why Open Trolley is well liked by its regular customers.

+65 6509 7281

All the big hitters and more at Prologue

 

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The range of books here is enough to make any literature enthusiast drool. Paired with the in store Epilogue Cafe, this is a lovely spot to relax and unwind. This store also has occasional literary events such as Meet the Author sessions and storytelling.

181 Orchard Road, #06-01/02/03, Orchard Central, 238896
+65 6465 1477

Select Books
If you’re looking to delve into the rich cultures and history of South-East Asia, this is the place to go. Situated on a beautiful heritage site, Select Books retails, distributes and has published some of the most important works in South-East Asian history. Moreover, the store offers regular book-related events and an in-store cafe to create a truly enriching experience.

51 Armenian Street, Bras Basah, 179939
+65 63379319

Sunny Bookshop
Different to the conventional bookstore, Sunny Bookshop rents and sells books. Even though you’re not likely to find some newer titles here, there’s plenty of gems on the shelves waiting to be found.

68 Orchard Road, #06-11/12, Plaza Singapura, 238839
+65 6733 1583

 

Kids will adore Woods in the Books

Kids will adore Woods in the Books

 

Woods in the Books
This is the perfect place to reminisce on the books you grew up with. From Tin Tin to The Hungry Caterpillar to The Giving Tree, this niche bookstore specializes in both classic and new picture books. While its great to bring up some childhood nostalgia, it also makes for a fun outing for mums and bubs.

No. 3 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, 168642 (also at Millenia Walk)
+65 6222 9980

Polymath & Crust
Like a nerdy sibling to Books Actually, this store has a focus on non-fiction titles. In this intellectual haven you’ll find the books your inner-genius has been craving for as well as a couple of interesting knickknacks.

No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, 168645
+65 6222 9195

Popular
By far this is Singapore’s most notable chain bookstore with outlets throughout the island. Although it doesn’t have the widest variety of literature, this retail giant is well stocked in books to assist your child’s education. They also sell an assortment of stationary, electronics and software.

Blk 231 Bain Street, Level 2-5, Bras Basah Complex, 180231 (also found at a number of other locations)
+65 6338 2339

 
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