Kinokuniya Singapore's flagship store - Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store (SIMS) stands at a massive 43,000 sq. ft., providing an extensive collection of over 500,000 quality titles from all over the world, including English, Japanese, Chinese, French and German publications.
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Perfect For A Day of Book-Browsing
Kinokuniya is hands-down one of the best places in town to head to if you’re looking to spend an quiet afternoon just browsing through books. A popular haunt for families with kids and bookworms in search of a new novel, Kinokuniya is located at the 4th floor of Ngee Ann City.
With one of the largest and widest selection of books that you can find in one place (aside from the public library), Kinokuniya (or Kino for short) is a maze of shelves and ceiling-high bookcases, with almost every genre, from crime novels to culinary guides. Kino has a huge foreign-language section with Chinese and Japanese books. I could spend hours there wandering through the different sections, or at a corner skimming through a poetry anthology.
Kino was downsized in 2014, now occupying only about 80% of its previous shop space. I find their new layout more cluttered as compared to their previous space, and searching for a specific book can prove to be rather difficult. However, the staff is always on hand to help. If you wish to avoid the crowd and the snaking queues, go there on weekdays.
The Bookworm's Paradise
Kinokuniya is my favourite bookstore. Unsurprisingly, I am a Kinokuniya member. Their wide array of books is always a comfort for me when I'm looking for a new classic to entertain myself. All the books are in top quality condition, and their books range from comics to travel literature, history books and survival literature, which is one of my favourites.
Located at Ngee Ann City, it's central location is easily accessible. From my experience, the staff are all friendly and approachable people. Not to mention, there's an enticing stationary shop and coffee lounge inside the bookstore, that allows you to stock up on those school essentials and enjoy a nice sip while indulging in a brand new buy!
I'll definitely recommend Kinokuynia to all my friends, in fact, I do! It's a wonderful bookstore, always readily available with the latest and exciting new reads!
Wide array of books!
Kinokuniya emanates a sense of down-to-earth elegance the moment you step into any of their outlets. Its inital feel definitely does not fall short of its quality. Kinokuniya provides a wide range of books from the rarer books to the latest bestseller, all stacked neatly and in mint condition. I absolutely love to wander around their store because they just have so many books. I especially appreciate their big non-fiction section since I prefer to read non-fiction to fiction. I've never actually seen a bookstore with such a large array of non-fiction books.
Their service has generally been good. It's also great that Kinokuniya's staff don't find it necessary to bore their eyes down customer's necks as they thumb through the books. Many stores do this and it's truly off-putting.
Though, Kinokuniya usually sells books at a really high price.
Kinokuniya must be one of my favourite places in Singapore, especially the Ngee Ann City Taka branch. It's so easy to find yourself getting lost amongst the books, and an hour promised stretches to two or three.
What I love about Kino is how neatly the books are segregated into their respective genres. Aptly labelled and categorized, it helps when one is trying to familiarize oneself with a certain topic as all the related books will be easily accessible.
Kino's wide array of selection will cater to almost everyone's interests. There has only been one occasion where the book I was looking for was not stocked, and even then, the staff pointed me towards other outlets and other stores that might have it. However, on all the others, I had great ease in locating what I wanted. It was made especially easy since most staff were very well-trained and knowledgeable, as well as the automated book locator services that Kino provides.
It is definitely my go-to place for book shopping.
best bookstore in SG!
I love Kinokuniya! It's easy to spend hours in the store browsing through their massive collection of books. I believe the wide range of Japanese literature available is unparalleled elsewhere in Singapore, quite a godsend for Japanese learners/lovers.
Even if many Japanese books and magazines can be shipped directly from Japan at a similar or slightly cheaper price, the convenience of getting it straight off the shelves and lovely ambience does the price tags justice.
The service provided is definitely above average too. Once, when I was looking for a book that was not stocked, the staff kindly offered to help me source for the book from their suppliers. They're really pleasant and helpful!
Still, if you're looking to buy books not exclusively sold there, it would be good to check out other bookstores first, as Kinokuniya's prices tend to be on the steep side.
With Christmas around the corner, a friend of mine got me an early present - Kinokuniya vouchers. As not one to frequent the massive bookstore, I got the shock of my life when I entered the bookstore for the first time in years.
Kinokuniya is a book paradise - the store is so massive that I had to ask the staff for directions around the store multiple times in that one hour I spent at the store. They had books of every genre and books that appealed to all different kinds of people - from sport magazines to manga to adult fiction. Furthermore, the staff are knowledgeable and extremely helpful.
As I was pressed for time, I could only spend about an hour in the store - however, one hour is definitely not enough if you want to see most of what the store has. It's definitely a book-lover's paradise!
Ever since Borders exited Singapore, Kinokuniya has become the undisputed hangout spot for book lovers. The flagship store at Ngee Ann city, in particular, is one of the those places where the hours pass by seamlessly for me. By far and wide the biggest book store in Singapore, Kinokuniya carries virtually every book under the sun.
Spanning a wide range of genres, you can find anything from limited edition comic books, Japanese manga or its impressive collection of English literature. If you're looking for an obscure book that the library doesn't carry and don't have access to an e-book, then Kinokuniya is your best bet.
The best part is that Kino allows you to read the books before buying it. A book is a relatively large commitment, especially in our time-starved society, and the 20 minutes or so to spent browsing before making the purchase helps to make each read a good one.
Kinokuniya has got to be one of the favourite hang-out spots for bookaholics, or bibliophiles, especially the outlet at Ngee Ann. At least, it definitely is so for me. The endless rows of books lined up for your savory pleasure is just one of its pluses. What more, they cover all sorts of genres: photography, culinary, health & fitness, spiritual, classic literature, asian literature, comics, and the list is practically inexhaustible. If you've got a question, Kino most probably has the answer.
With Popular depleting their range of books, and Borders sadly out of town, Kinokuniya definitely tops the charts of "Bookstores You MUST Visit", even if you don't have a book to buy - or a question to solve.
My experiences there are definitely enhanced by the ambiance of the bookstore. It is simply celestial. The entire space feels like a library, just with a more comfortable buzzing, instead of a scary hollow silence. Besides, everyone there just seems inevitably overwhelmed and absorbed by the mere grandeur of information and knowledge and wisdom packed in those books, noise is automatically minimised, keeping the place fit and apt for some soul-time. So you could pay a leisurely visit just to soak up the peaceful atmosphere, especially if you're feeling down and alone. It offers you your own personal space to think and heal, away from pervasive eyes and scrutiny (yep, no probing staff).
Staff service is easily available too, besides the kiosks provided for book search. My personal experience was definitely pleasant and warm. It was relatively late, and I was searching really hard for a book I really wanted, "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children". And this staff approached me, most likely cos of the line between my brows, and offered his help warmly. He actually went off to locate the last available book for me alone as he asked me to continue browsing. I, an extreme service cynic, was definitely warmed and lifted by this experience.
Although prices in Kinokuniya tend to be higher, I find it a worthy deal, for the mere provision of variety and atmosphere. Besides, most books aren’t easily available at cheaper platforms like ‘Popular’ (grimaces in disappointment) in Singapore. If you’re a frequent book-spender, I recommend signing up for the membership. It might appear costly initially, but after some calculation, it’s actually really worth-it.
On the whole, if you’ve got nothing to do around town, this is the place to spend your evening. ;)
Peaceful haven for book lovers
Kinokuniya is one of my favorite places to patronize. I would pop into the store whenever I'm in Orchard, or sometimes if I have a sudden urge, I would head down there and spend literally a whole day there browsing the books. It really is amazing! I can't stressed on how much I love visiting it.
There is a huge collection of books, it is to the extent that I would get lost in it sometimes (I have really bad sense of directions). It is really nice, because it is like an all-in-one book store, you can literally find books of all genres, academia, languages as well as magazines, comics, and cute stationary. They have a little cafe there too, its coffee aroma fill the air around it which give off a 'warm' kinda feeling.
I read various genres and sometimes my pick of books could jump from fiction to psychology to media and I can just search around. But usually it can get difficult to find the various sections of books(the place is so huge!) and you can approach the staff for help, the service there is awesome - quick and helpful! They can get you a book within minutes and you have no idea where did they get the book from! Mind you, they know their stuff well, knowing the book you are searching for without even asking their database of books!
It is a pretty quiet place and is really cozy; it has this really peaceful ambiance that helps people to settle down and relax. You are allowed to browse through the books freely and generously - meaning you can read the books there and the staff wouldn't give a qualm about it. It is good for people to see if they really want to buy the book or for people who just want to browse and not buy.
For those Japanese, Korean or Taiwan fans or perhaps you just love their magazines, Kinokuniya stocks up on their imports frequently so you can always try your luck there for their new releases.
Due to the wide collection and cozy ambiance of the place, it is the bookstore that I visit the most. Definitely my favourite bookstore!
Acres of books
With Borders now long dead and gone and Popular being more of a stationery store than a book store, where can one go to get a really wide range of books? Kinokuniya is a truly wonderful book store. I refer to the one in Ngee Ann City. The smaller ones in Liang Court and Bugis are less impressive but still good, but they don't have the wow factor that the large stores have not just here in Singapore but worldwide.
Everything from Tan Twan Eng to Manga, and i kids books, of course it great. They stock my books! They have an awesome variety of books. The staff are unfailingly helpful, ready to help you over and beyond the call of duty.
I am still a fan of smaller bookshops, but you can't get away from the fact that Kinokinoya is, far and away, as complete as you could wish for.