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Bookworms, This Book Crawl Itinerary in Singapore Is for You
by: The Beat Asia
They say bookworms spend all day confined at home reading. This isn't true. Bookworms also go out... to go to the library in search of unique reads (or to chat with our favourite librarian), to visit a favoured quiet café downtown for some afternoon reading, or to check out a bookstore for new arrivals.
Bookworms in Singapore, you can benefit by putting your book down for just a second to pay these five bookworm-friendly places around the city-state a visit! Of course, you can BYOB (bring your own book) for reading or borrow or buy used and new ones from these spots!
The Book Cafe
The quintessential book café in Singapore is none other than — you guessed it — The Book Cafe. This establishment at the corner of Mohd Sultan and Martin Roads has been operating since 2000 and is a mainstay in the bookworm scene of Singaporeans thanks to the safe space it has offered readers throughout the years. Patrons can enjoy comfort food from The Book Cafe and relax and read from its second-living room space. It is open from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM.
Location: #01-02 Seng Kee Building, 20 Martin Road
Library of Botany and Horticulture
You don't have to be an enthusiast of plants and gardening to appreciate the Library of Botany and Horticulture at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Founded in 1875, the library is considered as one of the oldest specialised libraries in Southeast Asia and houses over 30,000 books. Its collection comprises a wide range of books, periodicals, field books, historical maps of the Gardens, and botanical art, among others. Its restricted Rare Books Collection and Archives, which requires prior approval to access, holds an old book that dates to 1531 and other significant archival material. Its Public Reference Library and Staff Library are open from Monday to Thursday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Evernew Bookstore started as a humble bookshop in 1988 in Bras Basah Complex and has since grown into a secondhand book specialist. It has become a part of many Singaporeans' reading life, from childhood until adulthood and up to their own children's reading journey by offering used and preloved books. Evernew Bookstore has a physical space along Bain Street as well as an online store.
Location: #01-07 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street
Knowledge Book Centre
Knowledge Book Centre is regarded as one of the oldest and largest bookstores in the city-state. Also located in Bras Basah Complex, the book centre offers a wide range of books, including primary, secondary, and tertiary books in the categories of mathematics, economics, finance, biology, physics, chemistry, sociology, fiction, arts, and more. While we suggest you head on to Knowledge Book Centre's physical space to do some digging, you may also check out some of the books available on its website for purchase.
Location: #03-35, Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street
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Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-05 (Lobby F), VivoCity
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