Book cafes in Singapore

Book Cafes in Singapore

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Spending a lazy afternoon curled up on a couch with a book in one hand and a cuppa joe in the other – that’s the kind of “me-time” we all need once in a while. At these book cafes, all you’ve got to do is pick a title from one the shelves, order yourself some food, choose a spot to enjoy your book and you’re all set for a relaxing day.

1. Cook & Tras Social Library – luxurious bar

Cook & Tras Social Library

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If you’ve dreamt of entering the grand library in Beauty and the Beast, unleash your inner Belle at the Cook & Tras Social Library. This bar-library is decked out in chandeliers and cushioned Victorian style-chairs for added comfort so you won’t feel sore on your bottom after long hours of chilling here.

Cook & Tras Social Library

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As you pore over a novel, sip on gin, vodka, or a signature cocktail like Cougar Paw ($22) – a refreshing mix of Bombay Dry Gin, lime and mint. For a healthier option, go for their freshly squeezed juices or kombucha. There are also full meals like the Maxwell Sirloin Burger ($30) or Wagyu Reuben Sandwich ($28).

Cook & Tras Social Library

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Address: 2 Cook Street, Singapore 078857
Opening hours:  Daily, 7AM-12AM
Telephone: 6914 1421
Website

2. The Moon – focuses on books by female authors

The Moon

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The Moon is a 2-storey space with a book selection area on the bottom floor, and a boho-style chill area on the second floor with tribal-print beanbags and couches.

The Moon

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If you look closely at the range of authors they have here, you’ll also find that more than 50% are female writers, in a bid to promote diversity in the writing community.

The Moon

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Pick from their selection of bakes like the Cardamom Chocolate Cake ($10) and wash that down with Haldi Doodh ($6) which is turmeric milk. The Chai ($6) and Chunky Monkey Smoothie ($8) are other recommended sweet indulgences you can get here.

The Moon

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The Moon also frequently hosts events like poetry nights, book club meetings and live music performances. Click here to find out what’s next on the agenda.

Address: 37 Mosque Street, Singapore 059515
Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 11AM-9PM | Fri- Sat: 11AM-12AM
Telephone: contact them here
Website

3. Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop – solely for Singaporean literature

Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

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Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop is where you can explore over 400 titles ranging from genres like self-help, poetry, and children’s picture books. All these books are written by local authors, so this is a one-stop spot to support Sing Lit and discover more homegrown literary talents.

Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

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Local authors are also frequently invited down to the cafe to do showcases and meet-and-greets, giving you the opportunity to get your books signed by your favourites.

Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

Pandan layer cake topped with dried coconut
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Take a seat next to their 11m tall bookshelf and order yourself a simple snack from their variety of pastries. Pair your muffins and cakes with a cup of coffee freshly brewed from Huggs coffee beans. For a more filling meal, opt for their salmon or chicken rice bowls.

Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

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Address:  45 Maxwell Road, #01-01,  Singapore 069118 (opposite Maxwell Food Centre)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-5PM (coffee), 10AM-7PM (books) | Sat: 8AM-12PM (coffee), 10AM-2PM (books)
Telephone: 6292 4456
Website

4. The Reading Room – featured in Crazy Rich Asians

The Reading Room

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The outside of The Reading Room is covered in potted and hanging plants and decorated with strings of lights. If you head on into the cafe, you’ll find shelves packed full of books and magazines for you to dive into whilst enjoying the comfort of their many cushion couches.

The Reading Room

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If this shophouse looks familiar, that’s because it was actually featured in the movie Crazy Rich Asians. You might just be sitting on the same chairs as Constance Wu and Awkwafina did when they filmed the movie.

The Reading Room

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Aside from the shelves of books which you can dive into, this cafe also has a feast of a menu with everything from Japanese rice bowls to Lobster Pasta ($28.80) and guilty pleasures like Buttermilk Pancakes ($15.80) topped with a hefty scoop of ice cream and fruits. And when the night rolls around, usher it in with a round of drinks like beer ($17/pint).

The Reading Room

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Address: 19 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089833
Opening hours: Sun – Wed: 11AM-11.30PM | Thu – Sat: 11AM-1AM
Telephone: 6220 9019
Website

5. Grassroots Book Room – specialises in Chinese books

Grassroots Book Room

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Grassroots Book Room is a little different from other book cafes because it houses mainly Chinese novels. So if you’re an avid reader of Chinese publications or if you simply want to brush up on your mother tongue, consider dropping by. You can also look forward to frequent book sharing sessions and signings.

Grassroots Book Room

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The cafe also houses a Japanese bakery, Katasumi Koohii, so treat yourself to fresh bakes like Matcha Au Liat Cheese Cake or Salted Caramel Roll Cake ($7 each). Wash it down with their range of teas and coffees like Flat White ($6) or Brown Sugar Latte ($6.50).

Grassroots Book Room

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Grassroots Book Room

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Address: 25 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089839
Opening hours: Mon, Wed – Thu: 11AM-8PM | Fri – Sat: 11AM-9PM | Sun: 11AM-6PM
Telephone: 6337 9208
Website

6. Looksee Looksee – pastel tea salon

Looksee Looksee

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Pastel colours are always soothing, and at Looksee Looksee, you’ll be surrounded by these subtle tones which make the place bright and ideal for reading at. The cafe is furnished with couches and bean bag chairs to sink into. You could also opt for the cushioned seats in front of the feature wall, which are a popular photo spot.

Looksee Looksee

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This book cafe also collaborates with local tea company, A.muse Projects to serve a wide range of both hot and cold teas (from $5 per pot).

Looksee Looksee

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Books featured here are based around topics like food, art, and design so you can arm yourself with a new recipe or some interior design tricks to beautify your home.

Looksee Looksee

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Looksee Looksee

You won’t find novels here but there sure is a wide range of non-fiction lifestyle reads you can pick up
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Address: 267 Beach Road, Level 1, Singapore 199545
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-5PM (coffee), 10AM-7PM (books) | Sat: 8AM-12PM (coffee), 10AM-2PM (books)
Telephone:6338 8035
Website

7. The Book Cafe – free WiFi and photocopier services

The Book Cafe

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The Book Cafe is the kind of place you visit when you need to get out of the house but at the same time, want your day out to be a peaceful one. You’ll find a big spacious compound split into a dining area for food and a reading area for you to cosy up on couches with a book of your choice.

The Book Cafe

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Fill up with their all-day breakfast items like the Omelette ($15.95) which is served with rosti, tomatoes and toast. They also have mains like pasta and steak. Or if you’re craving a sweet snack, treat yourself to one of their hearty pastries like the Traditional Italian Lemon & Pine Nut Pie ($5.95).

The Book Cafe

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Aside from the many books and magazines which you can peruse, the many power plugs in the cafe make it a conducive place for studying or working. Not to mention, you can use enjoy free WiFi and photocopier services too.

The Book Cafe

A chest of travel books
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Address: The Book Cafe, 20 Martin Road, #01-02, Seng Kee Building, Singapore 239070
Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 8.30AM-10PM | Fri – Sat: 8.30AM – 12.30AM
Telephone: 6887 5430
Website

Cafes for reading at in Singapore

Books are like that magic carpet in Aladdin, transporting us to another world and providing a temporary escape from reality. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from the constant scrolling on Instagram or even e-book reading, by immersing yourself in a classic paperback novel.