Singapore Adventures || Must-Visit Bookstores

singapore bookstores

As someone who is both enthusiastic about books and travelling, it goes without saying that I always want to check out the bookstores of the places I visit. It doesn’t always happen though because I tend to get caught with sightseeing, especially during a family trip, but since my recent Singapore trip was mostly mine to plan, I decided I wanted to be around books and check out local shops. With that, I’ll be featuring these awesome must-visit bookstores!

On the day we arrived, I visited not one but three bookstores in Singapore, namely:

Littered With Books

Littered With Books is a quirky bookshop located in Duxton Hill. It took some time for us to find it since we had no clue where it was from the Tanjong Pagar station so I was very happy when we finally saw the sign outside the store. Anyway, visiting Littered With Books was so worth visiting though! It’s probably my favourite. They not only had a great selection of books, their shelves were quirkily adorned with little notes and quotes.

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harry potter and ya shelves

littered with books

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Books Actually

Books Actually reminds me of Philippine’s local Mt. Cloud Bookshop in its very indie collections and vintage items. They had a fantastic selection of poetry books with gorgeous minimalistic covers, rare copies of Penguin books, and a few YA books here and there. What I love most is the aesthetic of the shop, from the design of their exterior to their book-filled shelves.

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books actually vintage cameras

books actually photographs

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This may be the widest bookstore I’ve been to! It was so expansive, I honestly got lost. I enjoyed browsing Kinokuniya though, as their shelves seemed totally infinite. Lots of classics with different editions and genres available for all sorts of readers.


kinokuniya takashimaya singapore

pablo neruda book 100 love sonnets

kinokuniya books

On my last day, I dropped by Bras Basah Complex which was conveniently right across the place we were staying at. It’s declared as “the centre of books & arts”.

bras basah complex centre of books and arts

There were a lot of bookstores situated in the area but I only visited a few:

Basheer Graphic Books

If you’re looking for graphic novels, books about graphic design, architecture, art- this store is a must visit! They also have a great selection of different magazines.

basheer graphic books

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Popular Bookstore

I love their Young Adult section! I saw so many fabulous titles. Lots of new ones too. The bookstore had several floors and their topmost was the fiction section. They also sold academic books, DVDs and albums.

pop central singapore bras basah complex

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With all five bookstores I visited in Singapore, you’d think I would have at least book-shopped a little. Well, I didn’t buy a single book. Not only because I hoarded too many books already last month, but because the prices were pretty expensive compared to those in our bookstores in Manila. Still, it was so great to visit all these stores and see which books were available in Singapore. I had fun taking photos anyway. ;)

Which bookstores would you like to visit? Have you got any awesome local bookshops in your area that bookish travelers must visit?

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Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Taylor @The Musical Bibliolater on October 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    All of these places looks amazing. I love hearing about vacations and other trips. When I was traveling abroad I went to a bookstore in every country I visited! I love the first store it looks so cool and unique! I just moved so I am hoping to find a nice little bookstore around me soon. Really enjoying all the pics, I’m glad you had fun!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 6, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      So glad to hear you think so! Visiting bookstores in the countries we travel is fun, yeah? Littered With Books is awesome! And I’m happy you like the pics. :D

  2. Cha on October 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Looks amazing! Hope there are more bookstores like that in the PH.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 6, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      I know! I so badly want for there to be such bookstores in the PH too!

  3. Bianca on October 6, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Great post Hazel. ♡ I absolutely adored it. Now I know what bookstores I need to visit when I go to Singapore. Hopefully soon. :))

  4. Karla Mae on October 7, 2015 at 3:31 am

    This post makes me excited to visit Singapore! I just hope that more bookstores like those will open here in Manila. :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 7, 2015 at 3:34 am

      YAY! Agreed! I mean, FB and NBS are awesome but I love a bookstore with lots of quirk, you know?

  5. Beatrice @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic on October 7, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Lovely post Hazel! These bookstores are amazing. Out of all the bookstores you visited in Singapore, which one is your favorite?

  6. Aentee on October 7, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Wow I’m going to save this post for future references as I’m flirting with the idea of visiting Singapore next year. I love the whimsical and fun feel to Littered with Books!! Book Actually also look beautiful with the art design as well! Gorgeous post!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 7, 2015 at 8:25 am

      I hope you do visit next year! Singapore is great + has awesome bookstores as evidenced by this post. ;) Thank you, Aentee! <3

  7. Kay @ It's a Book Life on October 7, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Those bookstores made my heart swoon. Gorgeous! You are also amazingly good at taking pictures. It looks like you had a blast. :D

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Ahh that makes me so happy! Thank you for your kind words. <3 I highly enjoyed the trip! :)

  8. Chrystal on October 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Love this idea! How fun to see how different each store was. :) I’ll have to be sure to check out some bookstores on my next trip too!

  9. Maryam Dinzly on October 7, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I’m a Singaporean and I actually spazzed about how much you loved our bookstores. :D I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t been to Littered With Books :( I need to go there soon! HAHA anyway, glad you had fun bookstore-hopping here :)

  10. Alexa S. on October 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I haven’t been to most of these bookstores! The next time I’m in Singapore, I’ll have to set aside some time to visit these places, particularly the first two which look FAB.

  11. isha @ two sisters bloggin on October 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    *drools over how beautiful the pictures are*
    i need to visit singapore asap! wow it is surprising that you didnt buy a single book. hooray for self control lol. because if that was me i would’ve used up all my money and begged my mom for more. i have a problem lmao.

    great post, hazel!

    isha @ two sisters bloggin’

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Aww thanks, Isha! I hope you do get to visit Singapore. :D I know, it was surprising to me too but I think it’s because I knew I could get the books back home for a much better price. And also, I used up my money for clothes and a new camera haha!

  12. Shannelle on October 11, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Haha, the first thing I did when I get to Shanghai was visit a bookstore. But I know how you feel about book-buying. While I was loving all of the beautiful editions (US and UK editions! Beautiful leather classics!) they were so much more expensive than buying them in the Philippines, if they ever became available in the PH.

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  14. Jennifer on November 3, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    At first, I thought it was weird to visit a bookstore while in travel but seeing the pics, I changed my mind, it must be exciting when the bookstores are special. I really liked the two first ones you showed.

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