11 Best Bookstore in Singapore to Purchase Books From [2021]

A bookworm? These bookstores are the apple of your eye.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left bookstores in Singapore in a bind, with footfall to small retailers plummeting significantly. Coupled with the rise in demand for e-books, current times may soon herald the end of the tale for paper-back books.

Yet, as bookworms would attest to, there is something different about reading from a paper-back book, from the perceptible feel of the pages to the concrete cover.

Looking for a bookstore in Singapore? In this post, we’ve gathered the details to compile a list of the 11 best bookstore in Singapore to purchase books from.

1. Epigram Books

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Source: Coconuts Singapore
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://epigrambookshop.sg/
Highlights to Note– Promotes Singaporean literature
– Established in 2011, with 10 years of experience
– Fiction and non-fiction, from novels to picture books, memoirs to cookbooks, graphic novels to poetry
– Great customer service and speedy delivery
Address1008 Toa Payoh North, #03-08, Singapore 318996
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact Number(+65) 6292 4456
Operating HoursMonday – Friday
9 am – 6 pm

Saturday – Sunday
Closed
Online Reviews16 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.6 / 5.0 stars)

Epigram Books is an independent publisher that started off as a division of the multiple award-winning communications design firm Epigram. In 2011, the bookstore was registered as a separate entity to promote Singaporean literature.

Since then, Epigram Books has published all types of fiction and non-fiction, from novels to picture books, memoirs to cookbooks, graphic novels to poetry.

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for its superb curation of local and international reads that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. Customer service was amazingly friendly and delivery via their online store was quick.

2. Woods in the Books

Source: Woods in the Books’ Facebook Page
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.woodsinthebooks.sg/
Highlights to Note– Established in 2009, more than a decade of experience
– Children picture books and other illustrated books
– Conveniently located at Singapore’s Tiong Bahru
– Holds storyreading and creator programmes, children’s camps and experiential programmes
AddressNo. 3 Yong Siak Street
Singapore 168642
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact NumberTel:
+65 6222 9980

WhatsApp:
+65 8815 2446
Operating HoursSunday, Monday & Public Holidays
10 am – 6 pm

Tuesday
Closed

Wednesday – Saturday
10 am – 7 pm
Online Reviews128 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.2 / 5.0 stars)
25 Facebook reviews (Average rating: 4.5 / 5.0 stars)

Woods in the Books is an independent bookstore in Singapore that plies children picture books and other illustrated books. Located in one of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods, Tiong Bahru, they provide a break from the hustle of everyday life.

Established in 2009, the bookstore in Singapore has been rolling out storyreading and creator programmes, children’s camps and experiential programmes for the past decade to help young readers explore the wonders of books beyond the pages.

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for their excellent variety of books, with their children’s collection being the most sought after for their top-notch books.

3. The Moon

Source: Time Out
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.themoon.com.sg/
Highlights to Note– Features alternative creators and writers
– A range of merchandise from creators based out of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region
– Café’s menu accommodates various dietary preferences
– Cafe has really awesome ambience to sip coffee
Address37 Mosque Street, Singapore 059515
Contact Detailshttps://www.themoon.com.sg/pages/contact-us
Operating HoursDaily
11 am – 6 pm
Online Reviews326 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.6 / 5.0 stars)
11 Facebook reviews (Average rating: 5.0 / 5.0 stars)

A fan of alternative culture? You’re in luck: The Moon is the bookstore in Singapore for you. The Moon is a bookstore, cafe, and event space situated in historical Chinatown. The Moon brings to life the stories of so many amazingly talented authors who may have gone unnoticed under the radar of the mainstream.

Their selection features writers and stories who have been traditionally excluded from publishing houses and they pay homage to books by writers of marginalised genders, writers of colour, queer writers, as well as writers who write in translation.

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for their homeliness. Their café also has a great ambience, which makes it ideal for sipping coffee while devouring a book.

4. Basheer Graphic Books

Source: Basheer Graphic Books’ Facebook Page
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.basheergraphic.com/
Highlights to Note– Sells design books and magazines
– Genres: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Product Design, Fashion Design, Art & Craft, Typography, and Photography
– Bargain Books collection for books on sale
Address231 Bain St, #04-19
Singapore 180231
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact Number+65 6336 0810
Operating HoursMonday – Saturday
10 am – 8 pm

Sunday
11 am – 7 pm
Online Reviews187 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars)

Basheer Graphics is a bookstore stocked with design books and magazines related to Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Product Design, Fashion Design, Art & Craft, Typography, and Photography.

They have a Bargain Books collection, where you can buy their books at a discount.

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for their eclectic collection of creative and design books, and their comprehensive selection of lifestyle magazines.

5. City Book Room

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Source: Chou Sing Chu Foundation!
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.citybookroom.com/
Highlights to Note– Publishes literary works such as fiction and poetry and other books on history and social critiques
– Curated books from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia, as well as exclusive migrant literature, books in Indonesian Language and literature books in the Bengali Language
Address420 North Bridge Road
#03-10 North Bridge Centre
Singapore 188727
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact Number+65 6901 1583
Operating HoursDaily
12 pm – 7 pm
Online Reviews25 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.5 / 5.0 stars)
38 Facebook reviews (Average rating: 5.0 / 5.0 stars)

City Book Room (est. 2014) is a Singapore-based independent publisher cum independent bookstore that was established up with the belief that books nourish the human mind. The bookstore in Singapore publishes quality literary works such as fiction and poetry and other books on history and social critiques.

The bookstore features a range of selected literary, non-fiction, politics and history of local publication in Chinese and English language since 2016. They also carefully curate books from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia, as well as exclusive migrant literature, books in Indonesian Language and literature books in Bengali Language.

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for its coziness and its excellent curation of Singaporean literature. Their interior design is also gorgeous.

6. GOHD Books

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Source: Lifestyle Asia
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.gohd.com.sg/
Highlights to Note– Established in 2009 with 10 years of experience
– Wide variety of books: Ancient & Medieval World, Children’s & Illustration Book, to Middle East and Philosophy
– Cozy space for events and gatherings
Address175 Bencoolen Street, #01-37 Burlington Square
Singapore 189649
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact Number+65 9090 6181
Operating HoursOnline Only
Online Reviews9 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars)
1 Facebook review (Average rating: 5.0 / 5.0 stars)

GOHD Books officially opened in April 2009, with a collection of hard-to-find books stashed away in an equally obscure shophouse along Serangoon Road, Singapore. 

The bookstore in Singapore is known for its wide variety of books: from Ancient & Medieval World, Children’s & Illustration Book, to Middle East and Philosophy.

Apart from being a bookstore in Singapore, GOHD Books began as, and remains, a space for events and gatherings. Thus far, they have organised flea markets, book launches, gigs, art exhibitions, parties, talks and a 2-day punk music festival! 

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for plying leather-bound, gilded and engraved books from the 1800s, that are beautifully-aged and wonderful to behold.

7. Littered With Books

Source: Littered With Books’ Facebook Page
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/lwbsg/
Highlights to Note– Independent bookseller in a conservation shophouse
– Literary, non-fiction, crime, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy books, travel narratives and award winning children’s books
Address20 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089486
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact Number+65 6220 6824
Operating HoursMonday – Friday
12 pm – 8 pm

Saturday – Sunday
11 am – 8 pm
Online Reviews201 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars)
46 Facebook reviews (Average rating: 5.0 / 5.0 stars)

Littered With Books is an independent bookseller housed in a conservation shophouse with a range of carefully selected literary, non-fiction, crime, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy books, travel narratives and award winning children’s books.

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for being a quaint little place with a wide variety of books and friendly staff. The ambience is also ideal for reading.

8. Grassroots Book Room

Source: Grassroots Book Room’s Facebook Page
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/grassrootsbookroom/
Highlights to Note– Established in 1995 with 25 years of experience
– Carries an extensive collection that covers Chinese history, politics, literature, philosophy film and drama
– Local and international titles, both fiction and non-fiction
Address25 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089839
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact Number+65 6337 9208
Operating HoursMonday, Wednesday – Saturday
12 pm – 8 pm

Sunday
12 pm – 6 pm

Tuesday
Closed
Online Reviews310 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars)
181 Facebook reviews (Average rating: 4.8 / 5.0 stars)

Grassroots Book Room is an independent Chinese bookstore in Singapore whose history can be traced back to 1995. Starting off as a humble bookshop across the National Library, it eventually relocated to at a quaint space on Bukit Pasoh Road.

Grassroots Book Room aims to encourage Chinese reading among Singaporeans, and carries an extensive collection that covers Chinese history, politics, literature, philosophy film and drama. The bookstore in Singapore also provides a healthy range of local and international titles that span both fiction and non-fiction. 

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for its good selection of Chinese books, as well as its nice ambience. The coffee hideout also serves really awesome tea.

9. The Zall Bookstore

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Source: Time Out
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/zallbookstore
Highlights to Note– More than 30,000 books in Chinese
– First overseas branch in Singapore
– Houses a café and art gallery
– Chinese-inspired interior design
Address501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact Number+65 6232 7549
Operating HoursDaily
10 am – 10 pm
Online Reviews61 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.1 / 5.0 stars)

The Zall Bookstore, which has four bookshops in Hubei, China, is finally opening its first overseas branch in Singapore. The two-storey space stocks more than 30,000 books, mostly in Chinese, and also has a cozy cafe and a majestic art gallery.

The bookstore in Singapore has a beautiful interior design imbued with Chinese elements: its gleaming black-and-white design is inspired by calligraphy and the architecture of Jiangnan Watertown, with an arch resembling a river bridge.

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for housing a café and a gallery. It also plies an excellent selection of Chinese books for Chinese-speaking Singaporeans.

10. Select Books

Source: Time Out
Type of Information Details
Websitehttps://www.selectbooks.com.sg/
Highlights to Note– Established in 1976 with 25 years of experience
– Internationally acknowledged Asian book specialist
– Supplier to local and overseas universities, libraries, museums and academic institutions
Address65A Jalan Tenteram
#02-06
St Michael’s Industrial Estate
Singapore 328958
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Contact Number+65 6251 3798
Online Reviews1 Google review (Average rating: 4.0 / 5.0 stars)
24 Facebook reviews (Average rating: 5.0 / 5.0 stars)

Select Books is a prominent book publisher, distributor, library supplier, and online bookstore. Their much-loved retail bookstore, originally, and for several years, at Tanglin Shopping Centre, and later at Armenian Street, was shuttered in 2014.

​Select Books was established in 1976. Over the years, they have built up an extensive and in-depth collection of more than 30,000 books and journals relating to the Asia region, and are an internationally acknowledged Asian book specialist.

​As a testament to their experience in the Asian literary scene, the bookstore in Singapore is a perennial supplier to local and overseas universities, libraries, museums and academic institutions, including the Academia Sinica, British Library, Harvard University, National Library Board of Singapore, National University of Singapore, School of Oriental and African Studies and the US Library of Congress.

11. French Bookshop

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Source: French Bookshop’s Facebook Page
Type of Information Details
Websitehttp://the-french-bookshop.com/m/
Highlights to Note– Specialises in French books
– Rustic and cozy exterior appearance
– Sells stationery, vintage wares and art
AddressTiong Bahru Rd, #01-53 Block 55, Singapore 160055
Email (For Enquiry) [email protected]
Operating HoursMonday – Tuesday
Closed

Wednesday – Saturday
11 am – 6 pm

Sunday
11 am – 3 pm
Online Reviews13 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.6 / 5.0 stars)

A fan of the language of love? Well, you’re in luck: immerse yourself in the books at The French Bookstore. As its name suggests, this specialty store plies French books – pre-loved and hot off the press – in different genres for both adults and children. The Tiong Bahru bookstore also offers stationery, vintage wares and art.

Reviews praise the bookstore in Singapore for its charm and rustic appearance. If you wish to buy very affordable second-hand books, this bookstore is a must.

Conclusion

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