Can’t resist a good book? Same as us! Expat Living loves taking a trip to a great bookstore from time to time. Here are some of our favourite book shops in Singapore, selling interesting reads ranging from design and fiction to fashion and history (and even some vintage collections) that will satisfy all types of readers.
This store is every creative’s dream. It features an array of design books and magazines, and you’ll find titles related to graphic design, fashion, architecture, art and more. Whether you’re looking for some artistic inspiration or an interesting book to feature on your coffee table, the store is a good spot to explore.
#04-19 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street | 6336 0810
Considered one of the first independent bookstores in Singapore, this quirky shop is a favourite among the local literary community. It sells a diverse range of books including independent literature and self-published titles, along with its own label of vintage stationery (Birds & Co.), CDs, tote bags and even clutches that look like books. The charming space also regularly hosts events and art exhibitions.
9 Yong Siak Street | 6222 9195
If you love Woods in the Books (see below), we have no doubt that you’ll also love this one! Opened by the duo that started that popular nook for books in Tiong Bahru, this store aims to encourage the love and interest of reading amongst little ones.
#02-03 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road | 6684 0138
Although Cat Socrates is largely an independent lifestyle store, their collection also includes a small selection of books on typography, drawing and more. While you’re there, their eclectic collection of furniture, accessories and more are definitely worth checking out!
#02-25, Bras Basah Complex, Blk 231 Bain Street | 6333 0870
448 Joo Chiat Road | 6348 0863
This Japanese bookstore is known for its well-curated selection of books. You’ll find plenty of popular book titles, magazines, comics and more. Get lost among the shelves and walk away with another book to add to your collection. There’s also a handy webstore if you don’t have time to shop in store.
Four outlets across Singapore.
From the moment you walk in, this quirky bookstore will charm you with its warm and inviting character. Check out the many genres available across the two-storey space. Then, after you’ve settled on a book of your choice, get comfortable at one of the reading areas.
20 Duxton Road | 6220 6824
A children’s bookstore that offers a diverse collection of local and global books at affordable prices, the bookstore’s layout is designed for little ones, with lower shelves and small grottos that they can explore. It’s the perfect store to get your kid into reading!
#03-43 One KM, Tanjong Katong Road | 6702 2452
This online bookstore is especially useful when you’re in a rush, but you need a good read. With delivery for just $4.90 per order (rather than per book) throughout Singapore, it’s easy to see why Open Trolley is so well liked. You can also collect your books at no cost at partner store Toy Outpost in Bugis Junction.
Self Collection: #03-10B, Bugis Junction
Singapore’s most notable chain bookstore by far, with outlets spread out across the island. Although it doesn’t have the widest variety of literature, this retail giant is well stocked with books to assist your child’s education. It also sells an assortment of stationary, electronics, software and even snacks.
Multiple outlets across Singapore
If you’re looking to delve into the rich culture and history of the Asian region, 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 Southeast Asian history. The store also hosts regular book-related events and has an in-store cafe.
#02-06 St Michael’s Industrial Estate, 65A Jalan Tentaram | 6251 3798
True to its name, this store specifically sells French literature from a range of genres. Conveniently, you can also purchase books for the store website too. Whether you’re a native French speaker or a novice learning the language, this is one place you should check out.
#01-53C, 55 Tiong Bahru Road
This is the perfect place to reminisce on the books you grew up with. From Tin Tin and The Hungry Caterpillar to The Giving Tree, this niche bookstore in Tiong Bahru specialises in both classic and new picture books. Besides evoking some childhood nostalgia, it also makes for a fun outing with mums and bubs.
3 Yong Siak Street | 6222 9980
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