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5 Book Cafes in Singapore Every Bookworm Should Visit

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One of life’s treasured pleasures is spending an entire day in a charming café reading a book. For the lucky souls living or visiting Singapore, the good news is that the country has a thriving café and book culture. While there are several amazing spots where you can read, the following must-visit book cafes in Singapore are indeed a delight for both gourmands and bibliophiles.

Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

Probably one of the most famous book cafes in Singapore, Huggs-Epigram is all about literature and good coffee. The most striking thing about the café is its dreamy, almost floor to the ceiling bookshelf. Give the books a closer look, and you will notice that all of them are by Singaporean authors or publishers. The genres, though, are not limited and cover everything from children’s books and poetry to short stories and memoirs. Moreover, they almost daily invite a local author to come and meet readers or sign books.

In contrast to a typical laidback book cafe, the seating at Huggs-Epigram consists of mostly backless stools. Also, considering it’s more about eating snacks and having coffee here, the small round tables tend to be just about sufficient. Book lovers who want to eat while they read can bite into yummy pastries, sandwiches, and rice with chicken from their set lunch menu.

Address: 45 Maxwell Road #01-01 The URA Centre, Singapore 069118

Platform 1094

A must-visit café in Singapore for Harry Potter fans, Platform 1094 celebrates the book series in a magical culinary-filled manner. Admittedly, you might only see a passing connection to Hogwarts here at first glance since this is not an “official” cafe. Still, once you sit and order the food, the subtle links with Harry Potter become more evident. For example, the deer print on the back of all the chairs is the Patronus of the Potter family.

Their Hagrid English Tea that serves two is a favorite with regulars, and you have to try the butterscotch ale or Mr. Lich’s flaming brew, which has a rather distinct flavor and look. For the mains, go either with the Paddington Station chicken burger or with the bewitching three broomsticks fire whiskey half-chicken.

Address: 1094 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328192

The Moon

A niche and exceptionally brilliant bookstore café in Singapore, The Moon carries novels across various genres, primarily by women authors and writers of color. The Moon, divided into two levels, has a reading room and event space on the first floor, while the ground level has more books and the café. The cafe is amongst the best bookstores in Singapore to find diverse and otherwise overlooked books.

The Moon’s menu is drink-heavy with “specially blended coffee,” teas, juices, and lemonade. They also have vegan and gluten-free options. There are pastries, cakes, and toasts with condiments on offer for bibliophiles that feel peckish while reading.

Address: 37 Mosque St, Singapore 059515

Charlie Brown Café

A fun place to eat in Singapore with the entire family, irrespective of whether you like the Peanuts of not, is Charlie Brown Café. Bright and colorful, the interiors of the café feature Snoopy and most characters of the iconic comic strip. The café also offers free Wi-Fi and encourages students to use its space for studying. There are two outlets of CBC in Singapore now, although the one at Cineleisure is more popular.

Charlie Brown Café serves comfort food with everything from pancakes and chicken rice to pepperoni pizza and the uber-tasty baked seafood pasta. The café is an excellent option for the budget eater as they have several deals for students and pocket-friendly combo platters.

Address: Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Rd, #04-01, Singapore 239695

The Book Cafe

The café scene in Singapore suffered a massive setback in 2020 when the much-loved The Reading Room, featured in the movie Crazy Rich Asians, closed down. However, bookworms still have The Book Café, a comfortable space that promises plenty of free-to-read material, including travel guides, fiction, non-fiction, and magazines, alongside delicious eats.

The biggest charm of visiting The Book Café in Singapore is its plush sofas, ideal for a long reading day. They also have free Wi-Fi and plug points for those wanting to work on their laptops. An equally impressive place for food lovers, the menu has an international appeal with dishes such as bratwurst, soups, pasta, curries, burgers, noodles, and Greek yogurt for dessert.

Address: 20 Martin Rd, #01-02 Seng Kee Building, Singapore 239070

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