BooksActually

BooksActually, Singapore: Hours, Address, BooksActually Reviews: 4.5/5

BooksActually
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
10:00 - 21:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
About
BOOKSACTUALLY (est. 2005) is an independent bookstore specializing in Fiction and Literature. This includes Poetry, Essays, Literary Journals, alongside obscure, critical works and antique/rare editions. We also stock titles from various subjects we like: History, Biography, Current Affairs, Human Sciences, Math/Natural Sciences, Travel Narrative, Food Narrative, Aesthetics, Music and Film. BooksActually also houses the largest collection of Singapore literary publications including some out-of-print titles.
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Neighbourhood: Bukit Merah
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HarrietRainbow
London, UK2 contributions
Simply amazing!
Jan 2021
Cannot recommend this store highly enough! They arranged a last minute gift order after they had closed and it arrived that evening! I ordered all the way from London and had a hugely smooth experience.
Written 26 January 2021
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SUBHASHREE
3 contributions
Loved it
May 2019 • Solo
I was looking for some locally published books and I did find so many collections (including poetry) highly recommended!
Written 10 December 2019
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paginesparse
Baltimore, MD272 contributions
Ah, Bookstores. I've missed you.
Apr 2019 • Friends
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!
Written 24 May 2019
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Manny V
Hong Kong, China328 contributions
Local Bookstore
Apr 2019
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!
Written 10 April 2019
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Carmela_Vincente
Darwin, Australia93 contributions
Underwhelmed
Mar 2019 • Couples
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.
Written 17 March 2019
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misshazeyeyed
Sydney, Australia638 contributions
A slice of paradise
Dec 2018 • Friends
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.
Written 13 December 2018
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Nia S
Phnom Penh, Cambodia22 contributions
ecletic bookstore
Oct 2018
The location of this small bookstore, in the middle of public housing flats in Singapore is unique yet welcoming. The collections itself quite appealing to me. Most are from local authors, so if you want to know more about local literature, this bookstore will satisfy your curiosity.
Written 12 December 2018
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Roving22870303519
4 contributions
Great Selection of books!
Oct 2018 • Friends
A cool place with good vibes, and even better titles to select from. Quite surprised that they even carry some obscure titles that i can't find elsewhere. lots of local lit books too. Its important to support local establishments like that. good work guys!
Written 9 November 2018
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frances292015
Singapore, Singapore237 contributions
Lovely store with lots of character
Sep 2018 • Business
Always love popping by Booksactually as the books are curated by the owner Kenny Leck who is very passionate about promoting the love of reading and literature. The cats in store also add an interesting feature whenever they suddenly pop up to greet you when you walk in.
Written 18 September 2018
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Rubysoul
Cologne, Germany92 contributions
Great bookstore
Aug 2018 • Family
Great bookstore with not just mainstream literature but a wide variety, focus on S’pore and slightly edgy books - a special treat in Singapore!
Afterwards have a coffee and an excellent local cake ( kue gula Melaka) in the restaurant on the corner...
Written 12 August 2018
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BooksActually is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
  • Mon - Mon 11:00 - 18:00
  • Tue - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 21:00


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