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
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
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 a number of other locations) | +65 6737 5021
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
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.
174 Bencoolen Street, #01-37 Burlington Square,189649 | +65 9090 6181
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.
8 Burn Rd #07-13 | +65 6509 7281
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.
65A, Jalan Tenteram, #02-06 St Michael’s Industrial Estate | +65 6251 3798
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 | +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
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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