Best Bookstores in Singapore

For fans of books of all genres, the day when you shop for a new book is always a new experience no matter how many times you have done it in the past. Each new book offers something different and once you are done with it, it is a good inclusion to your growing book collection.

However, there are some books that are not easily sold in large bookstores which can be a pickle if you are after something very specific.

If you are looking for these rare books, here are the bookstores in Singapore you should look into because they may have it in their book offerings:

1. The French Bookshop

Address
55 Tiong Bahru Rd, Singapore 160055

Opening Hours
CLOSED – Monday to Wednesday
11:00AM – 6:00PM – Thursday to Saturday
11:00AM – 3:00PM – Sunday

Are you looking for books that will help you with your French comprehension? If you are, why not take a gander at The French Bookshop?

Opened in 2009, this bookshop is the only French bookstore in the country and offers books and audio books which are written or spoken in French. They have a variety of genres available to choose from: from adolescent books to thrillers. Aside from new French books, they also offer second hand French CDs and DVDs and magazines. You can also request titles from the bookshop if you are looking for certain titles.

If you want to check the titles sold by The French Bookshop, you can check out their branch at Tiong Bahru or their online site. When you purchase through their website, they would deliver your books through Singapore Post.

2. My Greatest Child

Address
City Square Mall, #B2-03, 180 Kitchener Rd,
Singapore 208539

Opening Hours
10:00AM – 10:00PM – Monday to Sunday

Contact Us
Phone: +65 6509 8921

For parents or even schools looking for new books for kids, you can check out My Greatest Child bookshop for their booklist.

The bookstore started from selling a few books in bazaars at Jurong in 2008 and it became a full-fledged bookstore in 2010. The bookstore mostly focuses on selling children’s books that are imported from the UK and they are selected in terms of their popularity. They also bring in titles which parents request or suggest.

In order to provide cheaper books for their clients, they would compare the prices of various suppliers and pick the one that will give discounts for bulk orders. They also regularly stock new books in their roster so you can get the new titles without waiting for a long time.

If you wish to check out the titles they have, you can check out one of their 4 branches in the country nearest you or check their online shop.

3. Books Ahoy!

Address
583 Orchard Rd, 02-03,
Singapore 238884

Opening Hours
10:00AM – 7:00PM – Monday to Sunday

Contact Us
Phone: +65 6684 0138

Are you looking for unique picture books and chapter books that would be perfect for younger readers? If you are, you should go to Woods in the Books.

Opened in 2009, this bookstore offers a unique variety of books in both fiction or non-fiction genres that is perfect for both young readers and readers who like younger genres. The bookstore looks like a library at first glance, decorated in such a way that anywhere you turn, you will see all the books in their roster. They also have picture cards and illustrations you can purchase which are displayed in the shop’s walls.

If you want to check out the books sold by Woods in the Books, you can check out their branch at 3 Yong Siak Street or their website. You can also check out their second branch, Books Ahoy! in Orchard Road. For any inquiries, you can email them at sayhello@woodsinthebooks.sg or contact their hotlines.

4. My Imagination Kingdom

Address
11 Tanjong Katong Rd, #03-15,
Singapore 437157

Opening Hours
11:30AM – 9:00PM – Monday to Sunday

Contact Us
Phone: +65 6702 2452

Do you need books for children of all ages, why don’t you check out the books offered at My Imagination Kingdom?

The founders of this bookstore first opened an online store to sell children’s booksellers, aiming to get more children to read books and not get hooked in playing with their tablets. Later on, they started a brick store for families to visit and explore. The books they offer are a mix of local and global children titles for all ages and in all genres and they always have new titles waiting for customers to try out.

They also sell books for parents and teachers to use to help them with kids. Aside from books, the bookstore also offers various workshops that would inspire children to read more and get more out of their reading experience.

If you want to check out My Imagination Kingdom, you can check out their branch at Tanjong Katong Road or check out their online shop. You can also contact them through their hotline, email myimaginationkingdom@gmail.ocm or send them an inquiry form through their website.

5. Grassland Book Store

Address
144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd,
Singapore 588177

Opening Hours
Open now ·

Contact Us
Phone: +65 6466 3200

If you are in Singapore and looking for books, the Grassland Book Store should definitely in your consideration.

This bookstore is one of the oldest bookstores in the country, selling books and stationery since the 1960s. It was opened by Chew Ching Suaa, an avid reader who opened the bookstore after being expelled for student activism during his high school years. Since he opened the bookstore, many families would flock the store to purchase supplies for their children and other needs.

Children can even read some of their books in the stalls, making them a favorite hangout place during their free time. When you check out their stalls, you may even discover books originally banned for sale in the country like Shi Nuo’s ‘The Long March’. The prices are very cheap as compared to those in large stores so if you are looking for bargain prices, this is the place to visit.

If you wish to check out the Grassland Book Store, you can check them out at their stall at Beauty World Centre in Upper Bukit Timah. You can also contact their number to inquire about their stocks or special requests.

Final remarks

Every book is a new world waiting to be explored and discovered. If you want to discover books that aren’t usually found in the country’s large bookstores, these five bookstores may have it in their list. You may even discover books you never thought would catch your fancy.

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