When a booknerd starts planning a trip away, it’s no surprise anymore when bookstores are included in the itinerary.
In my recent trip to Singapore (well, not so recent anymore!), I made a plan to visit as many bookstores as I could without turning my parents and sisters into dust in the wind waiting for me to finish browsing. I made a list of bookstores and libraries I wanted to visit, but unfortunately only made it to one of them. What I didn’t know, however, is that Singapore has tons of indie and used bookstores! So despite not getting what I wanted in the first place, I still ended up getting what I really wanted, and that is being surrounded by books.
Book Point, Bras Basah Complex
231 Bain St, Singapore
Looking for a good place to buy art materials and books from? Bras Basah Complex is the one! Book Point is the leading book store in Singapore and they have TONS of used and rare books that are still in very good condition! I spent too much time looking for something to buy because everything in Singapore is too expensive for my liking. But I did end up taking one home! More on that later…
391 Orchard Road, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City
I literally got lost inside this bookstore.
It’s located inside a shopping mall. Imagine the size of one storey of a mall, and imagine that size the size of an actual bookstore.
Get the picture? YES. The fourth storey of Takashimaya Shopping Centre is Kinokuniya. Before Kinokuniya, I have never in my life seen a more diverse collection of books in one place. Aside from books and magazines, they also have non-book items such as stationery, collectible toys/figurines, DVDs, and much more.
Really, I could spend a whole week just staring at all the books I can’t afford.
Airport Blvd, Changi International Airport Terminal 1, Singapore
Before our flight back to Manila, we made a quick tour inside what probably is the best airport in the world, Changi Airport. Inside I found a small book store that offers a small range of books, international newspapers, and a selection of premium gifts, souvenirs and travel accessories.
Like I said earlier, everything in Singapore is expensive so I only purchased one book as remembrance. The Beach by Alex Garland (S$17/₱595).
I could’ve bought a brand new book with that price! But no regrets, it’s the memory that matters!
If you’re planning on visiting Singapore anytime soon, I recommend you check out Library@Orchard and BooksActually!
Have you ever been to any of these bookstores? Any bookstores you think I should visit soon? Let me know in the comments below!