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BooksActually

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No. 9 Yong Siak Street Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore 168645 Singapore
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Private Singapore City Highlights Tour By Car - Half Day or Full Day

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With beautiful waterfront scenery, pretty gardens, and cutting-edge galleries, Singapore ranks among Asia’s must-see cities—but beating the crowds and exploring independently by public transport can be challenging. On this tour, spin through Singapore by private air-conditioned minivan and explore in comfort. Hit top attractions like Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay, Little India, or Marina Bay with your guide, and customize your itinerary to hit the highlights of most interest.
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SUBHASHREE wrote a review Dec. 2019
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I was looking for some locally published books and I did find so many collections (including poetry) highly recommended!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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paginesparse wrote a review May 2019
Baltimore, Maryland284 contributions98 helpful votes
As a former employee of a small, independent bookstore who has since spent much of his life abroad in countries where bookstores are not really -- or are no longer really -- a thing, walking into BooksActually felt like coming home. Here books are stacked high, and although the perimeter shelves are organized loosely by genre, the middle island of books is a beautiful disorganized muddle of all things interesting; a dystopian graphic novel sits alongside a Victorian classic, which sits alongside a memoir, which sits alongside a contemporary novel by a local author. If when you're in a bookstore half of the fun is exploring, it's worth your time to take a car here from wherever you're staying in Singapore, and spend the afternoon looking around. You won't leave empty-handed. There are also plenty of bars, cafes and restaurant in the area, so make a day of it! Word on the street is that they are moving to a new location that is much less convenient by most standards (although still worth it, I'm sure). Get there, Tripadvisees; get there. And don't forget to explore the collection of knick-knacks and memorabilia in the back!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Manny V wrote a review Apr. 2019
Hong Kong, China328 contributions21 helpful votes
Such a cool gay friendly bookstore in Tiong Bahru neighborhood. Had a ton of local books and a big variety of different reads to choose from. Ended up going twice and buying 3 books. Friendly, helpful staff. So happy we found this place!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Carmela_Vincente wrote a review Mar. 2019
Darwin, Australia92 contributions29 helpful votes
We went out to Tiong Bahru with BooksActually one of the main reasons. It’s got a reasonable paperback collection but I’ve seen far better. One of the positives is a reasonable range of Singaporean and SE Asian authors. We stayed a while browsing but there was no interest or engagement from staff. Their wi-fi is not available to the public which was a bit of a surprise and inconvenience for a bookshop. The shop itself is surprisingly pokey and there’s nowhere to sit down. I am a book lover but I wouldn’t recommend a trip out there specifically for this store. The neighbourhood itself is far more interesting and engaging.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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misshazeyeyed wrote a review Dec. 2018
Sydney, Australia633 contributions125 helpful votes
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Before you even walk through the door, you're greeted by a hopscotch outline on the pavement and a 'mystery book' vending machine. These quirky and innovative touches outside the book store mark the character of this shop. I was directed here by a Lonely Planet guide to Tiong Bahru and honestly it was the highlight of my day. International bestsellers aside, this store showcases local voices and celebrates Singaporean flavours- migrant, young, lgbtqia, disenfranchised. There are so many unique and locally published books here, from travel writing and fiction to poetry and photography. There's vintage wares, gift offerings, actual live cats, hanging plants and indie music. I felt right in my element and and so glad I dropped by. Picked up a couple of patches, postcards and a short story anthology while I was there.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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