Read on: Singapore’s Bookstores
Singaporeans may be born shoppers, but they are born readers, too! I like nothing better than burying myself deep in a bookstore once the weather heats up. Not only are these places cool, but they are also serene and tranquil – a great respite from the big outdoors.
These are my fave places to dive into a good book:
One of Asia’s large bookstores, Kinokuniya reigns supreme with over 400,000 books, plus a selection of Japanese magazines and stationery. Find the sleek store at Ngee Ann City.
At the other end of the scale, quaint-looking Books Actually is a literary gem with rare and hard-to-find titles and vintage knick-knacks for sale. The bookstore is suitably located on the hip Tiong Bahru estate, where you can combine a trip with a cool café stop and, perhaps, sample some art.
For a fine selection of Chinese language tomes, head to the aptly titled Popular, one of Singapore’s old booksellers. With 27 stores citywide, you’ll have no trouble finding a location.
There are lots of specialist sellers, too. Basheer Graphic Books is known for its arts and design titles, while Woods in the Books specialises in children’s picture books and is home to Mr. Scotti and his adorable little hound. Earshot, at The Arts House, promotes local literature alongside a wide range of writing events, talks and launches. You can probably guess what The French Bookshop stocks!
Take it from me – you will not be short of a good read for your journey home. The only problem I have in these fabulous bookshops is leaving!
Not sure how to find your bookshop? My team is only too happy to give directions…
Images: Shutterstock and BooksActually