There is really nothing better than immersing yourself in all the wonders that a cool and quirky bookstore has to offer. The quiet aisles of novels across all genres, magazines, and eclectic knick knacks can be aesthetically pleasing and inspiring to look at. Whether your agenda is to go bookstore-hopping around the island or simply escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets, here are the best places to get your dose of literature in the city. So, do it like how the locals living in Singapore do—have your iced kopi ready and check out these top-rated spots for some interesting reads.
Tucked away in Prinsep Street, the Deck Library is located within a chic stack of black industrial containers. With a commitment to encourage local interest in photography, this unique library is also home to an independent art space for events as well as a bi-monthly series of talks on their collection of books. Check out their vast collection of photobooks, which includes 2,800 intriguing titles that are set to inspire and take you on an exciting journey through the ever-evolving world of photography.
Into rare books that are not available in your neighbourhood bookstores? Looking for the first edition copies of rare titles that you never thought you would get your hands on? Gohd Books is definitely one of the few places – if not the only place – where you can explore antique and rare books in Singapore. Located within Burlington Square, step into this quaint little bookstore and be transported into the works of literary maestros such as Da Vinci and John Steinbeck. A perfect spot for collectors and book lovers alike, an afternoon spent at Gohd Books will truly be a magical one.
One of the prominent independent bookstores in Singapore, BooksActually is the spot to head to if you are looking to score some local reads and fresh literary drops. Nestled in the neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru, this cosy bookstore is also home to 3 absolutely adorable cats that will keep you company as you wander along the aisles. Stocked with mainly fiction and literature titles, take your pick from their vast array of exciting books – which include out-of-print titles, vintage copies, and more. Hosting regular book launches and live readings from talented writers from all over the world, BooksActually is the perfect weekend hangout spot.
Grassroots Book Room
Established in 1995, Grassroots Book Room has been the literary destination for local reading enthusiasts for more than 2 decades. With cultural books that range from Chinese literature and Asian philosophical books to Japanese literature and Western Classics, there is definitely something for everyone in this cosy little space. Get your reading fix on the first floor of the shop, where you can kick back on their cushy leather chairs and relax with a book of your choice. That’s not all either. Holding themed exhibitions and talks every now and then, the interesting topics shared by their guest speakers will definitely intrigue you.
Littered With Books
A hidden literary paradise nestled in the heart of the Central Business District, Littered With Books is every bibliophile’s favourite spot to spend an entire day at. Indulge in an eclectic selection of titles across all sorts of genres and escape from the hustle and bustle of the crowd while you are at it. With a comfy reading area, one can even take the opportunity to hang out and strike up conversations with fellow readers about their all-time favourite reads. It is a true community hotspot that brings like-minded literary folks together.
With its minimalistic interiors and aesthetic arches, this elegant space is certainly hard to miss among the beautiful shophouses along Beach Road. Priding itself as a reading room and tea salon, grab a cup of tea as you submerge yourself in an oasis of literary calm. In partnership with local tea business, A.Muse Projects, Looksee Looksee provides book enthusiasts and design lovers with a tranquil haven where they can hang out during a hot weekend afternoon. Check out their meticulously curated selection of lifestyle, art, and design titles before picking out an area to get your read on.
Stress got you feeling down and out? Why not spend a relaxing afternoon to unwind at this whimsical bookstore-cafe along Mosque Street? Discover a whole new world of obscure reads and literature reads for an enlightening literary journey that is bound to pique your interest from the moment you step into the cosy space of The Moon. Simply pick out any title that catches your eye and get comfortable in their sun-lit reading corner. If you find yourself feeling peckish, just head on down to their in-house cafe for a hot cup of coffee and a side of spontaneous conversation with a fellow reading enthusiast.