Looking to read in a peaceful environment, but all the libraries are occupied? Are you a reader that needs a refresher while browsing? Or are you just looking to explore some new cafes that house a collection of books and magazines? Besides cafes like Starbucks and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which are every student’s second home, it’s hard to find places to pick up your favourite reads. Being an avid bookworm, I am constantly hunting for cafes where I can read without feeling guilty about hogging up space.
Continue reading to discover some book cafes in Singapore that are great for your reading time!
The Book Cafe
The Book Cafe has been situated around a quiet corner in Singapore since 2000 and is home to many regular customers. Serving all-day breakfast, brunch and dinner menus, it is a tranquil place to catch up on your reading while refreshing yourself with its various food options! Established as a book-themed cafe, it is every bookworm’s favourite place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee while immersing in their reads. Furthermore, with its complimentary free WI-FI, you can catch up on work whilst soaking in the warm ambience. The Book Cafe is sectioned into three areas, dining tables for customers to enjoy their meals, a meeting area to hold physical discussions and a lounge area with sofas. In addition, the cafe patrons can browse a variety of magazines, newspapers and books ranging from local to foreign titles.
If you are looking for a relaxing place to have a cup of coffee or explore new cafes, The Book Cafe is undoubtedly one to visit!
Check out their extensive food options here.
Address: 20 Martin Rd, #01-02 Seng Kee Building, Singapore 239070
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 8:30am–5:30pm
Sat & Sun 8:30am–8:30pm
Contact: 6887 5430
Epigram Coffee Bookshop
Epigram Coffee Bookshop is a locally grown cafe that seats twenty customers sharing a wide range of books. Did you know that Epigram Coffee Bookshop is the only book cafe to sell solely local reads to its patrons? They are partnered with Balestier Market Collective and serve coffee and local delicacies at Singapore Art Museum @ Tanjong Pagar Distripark. While admiring the skyline from the port, there is a wide selection of books curated by Singapore publishers. Browse Epigram Books, Ethos Books, Math Paper Press, and other local companies. Located beside Singapore Art Museum, visit their exhibitions whilst taking a break from the hustle and bustle of work. So, if you are a lover of all things local while enjoying a pleasant and calm environment, head on down today!
Address: Singapore Art Museum (SAM) @ Tanjong Pagar Distripark 39 Keppel Road, #01-02 S089065
Tel: +65 9137 9050
Jing Si Books & Cafe
Located at Yishun, Jing Si Books & Café carries a variety of genres catering to all book lovers. It adopts minimalistic architecture and ambience decorated with potted plants to attract youths of this age. Infusing nature within our modern society, the café is located beside Yishun Pond. Jing Si’s publications are set to inspire people through their literary works. In addition, showcasing topics on spiritual development, social care, and education are on the shelves to encourage one to live holistically. Patrons can access and browse different titles on the shelves that are not commonly seen in cafes.
Furthermore, the store also carries books on spiritual development written by other publishers. After browsing through the titles, enjoy a delicious menu of food served in the cafe. Then, whilst admiring nature through the café’s glass-panelled walls, bask in the tranquil environment to slow down in a city that is always fast-paced. The store also carries artisan lifestyle products like soaps, reusable utensils, handmade candles, and healthy beverages, do head down if this sounds like your potential cosy reading spot!
Address: 30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796
Monday-Friday: 11.30am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Tel: (65) 8866 4985
The Zall Bookstore
Situated in the city’s heart, The Zall Bookstore is the first Chinese-themed bookstore in Singapore that collaborates books, art and craft with dining. With over 30,000 titles in this 2-storey store, patrons are spoilt for choices while soaking up the beauty of artworks in this minimalistic space. Separating the cafe area from the book section allows patrons to sit with their readings while basking in the coffee aroma. Find yourself lost in the beautiful architecture, a diverse range of titles and the artworks displayed in the cafe. It is a hidden gem for bookworms to seek solace in the busy environment of the city.
The Zall Bookstore 卓尔书店
Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, #01-02/#02-18, Singapore 238880
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon-Sun)
Hope these recommendations are helpful in finding your potential reading nook in Singapore!