Bookworms know the pain of emptying their bank accounts for their monthly reading hauls. But if you happen to be a typical Singaporean deal-hunter, you’d also know that your reading habit doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. Enter BookXcess Wisma Atria, best known for its uber chio stores in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.
The store is hidden within OCBC Bank at the mall, and you’ll be able to find books priced lower than some physical and online retailers. Before you head down, here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:
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Those who have seen photos and videos of BookXcess bookstores in Malaysia would be familiar with their IG-worthy aesthetics and stores featuring impressive, larger-than-life bookshelves. And if you’re a fan of the sleek and minimalistic aesthetic of a Muji store, you’ll be captivated by the interior of the branch in Singapore.
The bookstore gives off a calming ambience with its neutral colours – perfect for an afternoon of book-hunting. This literary paradise even has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that provide a cool backdrop for your TikToks and IG posts.
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With bookshelves and displays in every corner, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the choices at BookXcess. But fear not as the store is well-organised, with books categorised by genres, making browsing a breeze.
You’ll discover fiction titles that whisk you away to imaginative worlds and self-help books that inspire personal growth. Plus, there’s a dedicated section for children’s books, where you can find copies to read to the kiddos.
Books are displayed front-facing, so you can find your titles while appreciating the range of beautiful book covers.
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The titles are prominently displayed on the shelves, making it easy to identify what you’re looking for. You may even discover new titles that pique your interest along the way.
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In addition to browsing through the extensive collection of books, you can also shop for home decor and kitchenware items at Crane Living. This dedicated section mostly carries locally-made products for those looking to spruce up their home. There’s even a Scent Bar offering candles and oil diffusers to set the mood for your reading sesh.
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Those who need a tea break after all that browsing should make a beeline for Orange Mocha Cafe, conveniently located within the bookstore. Treat yourself to a slice of Rainbow Cake ($8.50) and grab a cup of Cafe Latte ($6).
If you’re eager to dive into your newly–purchased books, this is a great spot to fuel on some munchies and coffee while you indulge in your literary finds.
The prices of the books at BookXcess are friendly on the wallet, with some titles even comparable to those on Book Depository. For example, you can snag a paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for $24.87 at BookXcess, while it’s priced at $28.53 on Book Depository.
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OCBC cardholders get to enjoy even more perks such as a 15% discount with no minimum spend. Spend $35 or more on your book hauls and you’ll score a free tote bag to stylishly carry your treasures home.
With a diverse and affordable selection of books, BookXcess is sure to captivate readers of all ages for hours on end. Plus, its cosy cafe and nearby shopping options make it easy to grab a bite or indulge in some window shopping once you’ve finished browsing through the book-filled shelves.
Whether you’re a bookworm or someone seeking a comfortable place to relax, this could be your next favourite hangout in Orchard. Feel free to also check out other BookXcess pop-up stores at OCBC Banks in Ang Mo Kio, Jurong Point, Tampines, and United Square.
Address: 435 Orchard Road, #04-01 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Opening hours: 11am-9pm, Daily
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Cover image adapted from: @mr_hkg_eats via Instagram, @pansychong via Instagram
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