#Supportlocal: Best independent Singaporean bookstores to purchase from

#Supportlocal: Best independent Singaporean bookstores to purchase from

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Text: Yong Le Man

Image: Instagram | @grassrootsbookroom
Image: Instagram | @litteredwithbooks

It's been a rough time for the arts in Singapore with theatres, museums, and libraries closed for a full two months. There is, however, a beacon of hope bearing in mind that most of said facilities have re-opened, with cinemas back in business come 13 July. Still, for those who aren't fans of the noise and bustle of movies — and would much rather be entertained by their own imagination — nothing quite beats a good book. And so, we've helpfully provided a roundup of local independent bookstores to visit. Stay true to your shelf, folks.


The quintessential Singaporean independent bookstore, BooksActually has been in town since 2005, serving a variety of customers ranging from die-hard bookworms to those looking for a casual read. Specialising in fiction and literature, the store is also known for supporting promising local writers via its in-house publishing arm, Math Paper Press. Don't forget to check out their lovely hand-stitched notebooks stationery under Birds & Co before you leave.

Cat Socrates

It's in the name itself. If you fancy yourself a feline-lover and have a penchant for philosophical titles, you'll feel right at home here. Located along Yong Siak Street, Cat Socrates is an independent retail shop offering a variety of well-designed products for your daily needs. Founded in 2008, they've also been serving as a platform for local designers and creatives to present their works to a wider audience. Cat-ch them when you can.

GOHD Books

Established in 2009, this old bookstore started out with a collection of rare books at an equally obscure shophouse at Serangoon Road. They've relocated to Burlington Square in 2013 and serves as one of the few antiquarian booksellers still alive in Singapore. Think books that are at least 400 years old.

Grassroots Book Room

Serving the community since 1995, the Grassroots Book Room has been a cozy respite and safe haven for bookworms for 25 years now. Furnished with old-timey leather chairs and collectibles, you will feel a rush of nostalgia upon stepping foot into their store down at Bukit Pasoh. OG fans would be pleased to know that they still religiously stock up on Chinese books, but have also added local titles as well as Japanese and Western translation literature to their repertoire. Get ready for some genuine cross-cultural immersion.

Littered With Books

If the word bookstore brings to mind, tall towering bookshelves, wooden parquet flooring and natural warm lighting, then Littered With Books is your dream destination. Housed in a conservation shophouse along Duxton Road, this bookstore is a bibliophile's dream with wide selection of thrillers, children's books, and contemporary fiction. Literary aficionados will be pleased to know that all of their pieces are carefully curated.