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Calling All Bookworms: 9 Independent Bookstores in Singapore Worth Visiting

Calling All Bookworms: 9 Independent Bookstores in Singapore Worth Visiting

Our love for books never gets old, and although bookstores aren’t as popular as they used to be, compared to even 20 years ago…

Nothing quite beats the familiarity of buying a book, touching its pages for the first time, and even the intoxicating smell of books… If you’re somewhat of an old-school bookworm, are hunting down children’s books, or even looking for something more niche – it’s time you get book hunting at these independent bookstores around the city!

1.  A 24 hour bookstore?: The Zall Bookstore 卓爾書店

Photos: @capturedbyray_ , @lindiebotes, @sharly4015 on Instagram

 

Perhaps when visiting China, Wuhan to be exact, you may have spotted this ultra trendy bookstore, sporting rows and levels   of different Chinese books and novels published in either China, Taiwan, and some even in Singapore. 

As book lovers, we’re pretty obsessed with the store’s layout, showcasing books in individual casings on shelves, it almost feels out of this world. You can also grab a coffee or something to drink at the cafe here!

The Zall Bookstore

Address: 501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place, Singapore (Map)

Contact: +65 6232 7549, +65 6232 7550

Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm

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2. Looking for Chinese books? – Grassroots Book Room (草根書室)

Photos: @joling629, @ana_vvt, @grassrootsbookroom on Instagram

 

Although this may not be the biggest bookstore around, it holds somewhat of historical literary importance, and when originally founded, it was a gathering place for literary and artistic youths. 

Since moving from its place at the National Library, inside the bookstore you’ll find a wide selection of mostly Chinese books ranging across both fiction and nonfiction categories including dramas, philosophy, history, politics and literature and they do stock a small range of international authors too.

Grassroots Book Room (草根書室)

Price: From SGD 48 for 2 | SGD 32 for 1

Address: 25 Bukit Pasoh Rd; Singapore; Singapore 089839 (Map)

Contact: +65 6337 9208

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 12 – 8pm; Sundays from 12 – 6pm (Closed on Mondays)

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3. A place for the dreamers: The Moon

Photos: @akamsi.sg, @nicole.choo, @themoonsg on Instagram

 

Do you enjoy spending  your reading time in warm, relaxing and ambient spaces? Take a few hours browsing the books at this ultra cute bookstore (and cafe) filled with perfect nooks and crannies made for chilling in the sunlight. 

If your preferred genre lies among holistic, wellness and spiritual novels, you’ll find yourself in seventh heaven, and they specialise in all things tarot! Grab a slice of cake or a cup of tea from the cafe whilst you spend time exploring or escaping into a world of words.

The Moon

Price: From SGD 65

Address: 37 Mosque Street, Singapore 059515 (Map)

Contact: +65 6431 6156

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 11am to 6pm, Friday to Sunday from 9:30am to 9pm

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4. A good old-fashioned bookstore: Littered with Books

 

There’s just something about walking into a bookstore that still feels like the classical ones from way back in time, with shelves and rows lined with paperbacks, all adding their natural colours to the store’s ambience…

It all kind of adds to the thrill of book hunting, and the atmosphere here is exactly the same. 

If you’re searching for your favourite English author, chances are they may have it here, and they cover a solid variety of fiction and non-fiction genres, including the classics, poetry and even art and graphic novels.

Littered with Books

Price: From SGD 48 per person

Address: 20 Duxton Road, Singapore 089486 (Map)

Contact: +65 6220 6824

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 12 – 8pm; Friday from 12 – 9pm; Saturday from 11am to 12pm; Sundays from 11am to 8pm

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5.  Local stories, history lessons and tales by Singaporean writers: Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

Photos: @kathleenodelia, @epigrambooks, @celalala on Instagram

 

Not just a bookstore, this chain is a publishing house too. Many of the books here are published by Epigram Books themselves. 

As a result, you’ll discover all kinds of local stories, under all genres of fiction and non-fiction, including a fantastic selection of books for teens and kids. Most of the plots and twists of these books are centred around and based in Singapore too!

Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

Price: From SGD 48 per person, SGD 88 for two people.

Address: 45 Maxwell Road, #01-01, Singapore 069118 (Map)

Contact: +65 9137 9050

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 5:30pm (Cafe opens from 7am); (Closed on Saturday & Sundays)

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6.  If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise’: Woods in the Books

Photos: @allopao, @mini.lauws on Instagram

 

Do you remember those pop-up books from when we were kids? Or perhaps you have children of your own now, and are looking for a bookstore with a beautiful selection of such styled-books? Well, this store specialises in picture books! 

As you take a walk through the green door, you’ll be greeted by a colourful and character-filled store, with illustrations on the walls and picture books everywhere. From special illustrated stories, to those written and designed for children, you (or the little ones) will have all the fun going through these piles!

Woods in the Books

Address: 3 Yong Siak Street,Singapore 168642 (Map)

Contact: +65 6222 9980

Opening hours: Monday to Friday & Sunday from 10am to 6pm; Wednesday to Thursday & Saturday from 10am to 7pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

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7.  This may just become your child’s favourite new store: Books Ahoy

Photos: @ker_a, @345_gram on Instagram

 

This is actually a sister store to Woods in the Books. However, it’s not just picture books that you’ll discover here but a rare selection of hard-to-come-by books and novels in Singapore, particularly for kids and children’s literature. 

Most of the books are in English, with a large selection of imported titles to browse and we recommend bringing the little humans with you too. They’ll love checking out the books displayed on shelves and walls like works of art! 

PS: Various events such as book fairs and meetups are also held here. For more details, please check their official website.

Books Ahoy

Price: SGD 68 (for two people, includes two drinks of either tea or coffee)

Address: 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884 (Map)

Contact: +65 6684 0138

Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm; Fridays from 10am to 6pm

Website

8.  Selling books since 1969!: Maha Yu Yi

Photos: @twolilcheeks, @dandelionbookssg on Instagram

 

Are you simply after a Chinese bookstore that has a vast selection of different categories to choose from? The ones here include politics and sciences, healthcare, fictional literary novels and many, many books for kids and teens to choose from. 

In fact, they do have a speciality (although they stock most genres) and that’s Chinese Children’s Books, including many popular and beloved kid’s picture books, just as an FYI.

Maha Yu Yi

Price: Afternoon tea from SGD 68 per set

Address: 231 Bain Street, 03-07/03-11 Bras Basah Complex,Singapore 180231 (Map)

Contact: +65 6336 5222

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:30am to 6pm; Friday & Sunday from 11am to 6pm; Saturdays from 10:30am to 7pm

Website

9. For the love of Art: Basheer Graphic Books

Photos: @chloecloudy, @chxndeliers, @crimixaled on Instagram

 

Listen, not everyone enjoys reading, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate a great book, especially one that’s related to your interests, or make for a beautiful coffee table topper. 

These guys specialise in mostly design-related books and magazines, falling under the interests of Architecture, Landscape Design, Interiors, Graphic Design, Arts & Crafts, Animation, Fashion Design, Photography, 

I mean, the list goes on and on. Do also check out their epic Pantone Colour Guides, and they have a bunch of bargain books for sale too!

Basheer Graphic Book

Address: Bras Basah Complex#04-19,231 Bain St,Singapore 180231 (Map)

Contact: +65 6336 0810

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm; Sundays from 10am to 7pm

Website

For all our book worms, or budding reading enthusiasts, we hope this list has helped set you on your book hunting adventure! 

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I live to travel and I travel to live. I'm a travelling Gypsy with a passion for the English word, being inspired daily by the different cultures and colours, scents and scenic overloads, sensory explosions, and mind-awakening experiences. The ones that take your breath away. Walking along with the earth, one country at a time, it's what I live for; a life full of adventure, sharing my thoughts and experiences through literature.