Bookshops in Singapore: 5 independent bookshops to buy gifts at
Bookshops in Singapore
If you love reading physical books, you need to check out some of these bookshops in Singapore. They’re all bomb and they’ve got different niches that speak to different people. Check them out in the video below, or keep scrolling to read more about them.
I can’t express how beautiful and homely this place is. The Moon has a super diverse selection of books, and it’s great for finding unexpected gems.
Check out this feature video I did on The Moon as well – The Moon: The most inclusive bookshop in Singapore.
The books are also super accessible. You have books on fun topics like beer or cats, you also can find some classics, and many modern novels from all sorts of genres.
I’m sure you’d find something you’d love, or just chat up the Moon maidens for help. 😉
Opening Hours: 11am-9pm (Mon – Thu), 11am-12am (Fri & Sat)
Address: 37 Mosque St, Singapore 059515
GOHD Books is full of rare and vintage books. It’s the owner’s passion project, and it’s open only from 1.30pm to 7pm from Fridays to Sunday.
I was very interested to see 20th-century travel books, olden fairytales, and books that were originally published one or two hundred years ago – some you might find are The Pilgrim’s Progress (1884), or Emma by Jane Austen (1932).
Seeing those books was like a museum but better. Drop by for a visit when you’re hanging out in the Bugis area.
Opening Hours: 1.30pm-7pm (Fri – Sun)
Address: (Bugis) 01-37 Burlington Square, 175 Bencoolen St, 189649
Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop
This is the only Singapore books bookshop, meaning the authors are from Singapore or the books are about Singapore. There are so many new voices to be discovered and read here.
The founder, Edmund Wee, has a great passion for Singapore books and he wants to show people that Singaporean authors have written many great books. And we’re talking about more than bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians or Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.
Some good books to start with are The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Nimitha’s Place, The Riot Act, and Annabelle Thong.
Take a few minutes watch this moving interview I did with Edmund, and you’ll see the passion that’s being poured into this bookshop.
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 2pm (Sat), Closed on Sundays
Address: 45 Maxwell Rd, #01-01 The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Littered with Books
A super cosy bookshop that’s great for young adults in my opinion. I like the comfy furniture there and handwritten book quotes on the shelves.
I think it’s a great space to check out particularly if you’re into fantasy, science fiction, crime, etc.
P.S. I’m not able to show you more as we weren’t allowed to use cameras inside. But feel free to check out Littered with Books if you’re dropping by the Duxton area.
Opening Hours: 12pm-8pm (Mon – Thu), 12pm-9pm (Fri), 11am-9pm (Sat), 11am-8pm (Sun)
Address: 20 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089486
BooksActually has plenty of thought-provoking books and a vending machine with mystery books if you have trouble picking one.
It’s been open for almost 14 years, which is quite a feat in Singapore.
What I like about this bookshop is that you’re bound to find something quirky, something intriguing that’s out of your comfort zone.
On one end you’d find books on deep topics like philosophy, sustainability, all really deep reads, and you’ll also find books on rescue dogs, photography in singapore, and snarky comic books.
And I’m just scratching the surface. This is one of those great bookshops that has a little bit of everything for absolutely anyone.
Opening Hours: 9am-7pm (Tue – Sat), 9am-6pm (Sun – Mon)
Address: 9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645