It’s stifling hot outside, the crowds seem to be everywhere, and you just can’t seem to hear your own thoughts. If you’re seeking for a slice of quiet when you’re out and about, let it be one with a good book in hand; overpriced coffee and hipster glasses optional. Here are 6 local bookstores to get your dose of literary enjoyment.

Basheer Graphic Books

Basheer Graphic Books

A classic among the OG book nerds, Basheer Graphic Books has been around since 1985; an icon tucked into well-loved Bras Basah Complex. You’ll recognise it for its black-and-white checkered floor tiles, floor-to-ceiling stacks of books, and the steady stream of arts students. Now specialising in a wide selection of design books covering every area you can think of – including Engineering For Cats – it’s the place to be for seeking inspiration for your next project; on whatever scale or interest it may be. Not a design student? Then you’ll take delight in the fact that they still offer SingLit titles, an impressive array of magazines and zines, and even children’s books for the little ones; all available online too.

Address: Bras Basah Complex #04-19, Singapore 180231
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon to Sat), 11am – 6.30pm (Sun)
Tel: 6336 1917



Book lover or not, BooksActually is the quintessential Singapore independent bookstore, thanks to its resident cats, its obscure location in Tiong Bahru, and its in-house publishing arm Math Paper Press, which offers exposure to promising local writers. Specialising in fiction and literature, take your pick from titles old and new – be it Math Paper Press’s freshly-printed new releases, obscure out-of-print titles, or even antique editions for ardent collectors. If reading’s not enough and you want to display your nerd pride loud and proud, look for the little backroom stocked with quaint trinkets; pick up a Birds & Co hand-stitched notebook, or a cute little MeowsActually tote bag to carry your book loot in. Or, you know, shop online and get it all delivered to you.

Address: 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (Sun & Mon), 10am – 8pm (Tues to Sat)
Tel: 6222 9195

Woods In The Books

Woods In The Books

Just down the street from BooksActually, Woods In the Books nestles a whimsical escape from reality for the little ones and the young at heart. Step right through the turquoise door and enter a world of saturated colours and vivid dreamscapes. Prepare to be enchanted by the curated selection of picture books, or pick up hard-to-find reads like Mao and Me, a hard-hitting tome about political upheaval during the cultural revolution, and an illustrated interpretation of Persian classic The Conference of the Birds.

Address: 3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168642
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (Sun & Mon), 10am – 7pm (Tues to Fri), 10am – 8pm (Sat)
Tel: 6222 9980

Littered With Books

Littered With Books

When you think of a classic bookstore, Littered With Books is sure to come to mind. Housed in a conservation shophouse, it’s the rustic daydream of every bibliophile where you can soak yourself in the art of the written word, available to you in all kinds of genres. A quiet gem in the heart of the CBD, it will be your peaceful hideaway from the crowds; and if you ever find yourself holed up here while it’s raining outside, have a chat with the staff. It’s a great place to make friends, chill, and talk shop about your favourite writers.

Address: 20 Duxton Road, Singapore 089486
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm (Mon to Thurs), 12pm – 9pm (Fri), 11am – 9pm (Sat), 11am – 8pm (Sun)
Tel: 6220 6824

Cat Socrates

Cat Socrates

If you’re a quirky catlady with a taste for literary and philosophical thought, you’ll feel right at home at this cosy nook filled with sweet little trinkets that are sure to evoke nostalgia. You won’t be able to resist the allure of the pretty book covers shelved here, nor the assortment of locally-designed knick-knacks, so let your hands and mind roam free. If you’d much rather shop from the comfort of your bed, their store is online too; though you’d want to personally say hi to their adorable feline furries, Zoo-zoo and Chestnut.

Address: Bras Brasah Complex #02-25, Singapore 180231
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm (Mon to Sat), 1pm – 7pm (Sun)
Tel: 6333 0870

Gohd Books

Gohd Books

Fancy yourself a highbrow intellectual? Gohd Books is your place to be, with shelves stocked with antiquarian and rare books, leather-bound and pages well-aged. Gently page through books like Da Vinci’s Codex Madrid (a super rare book of his inventions), trace your finger along the ornate gold gilt on the spines of George Eliot’s Romola, and train your eye on rare Japanese reproduction prints. Surrounded by masterpieces probably older than your grandparents, step into this time capsule for an instant blast to the past.

Address: Burlington Square #01-37, Singapore 189659
Opening hours: 1.30pm – 7pm (Fri to Sun); Closed on Mon to Thurs
Tel: 9090 6181

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

More related stories: 8 Books To Read On A Rainy Day6 YA Books About Mental Health Every Teen Needs To Read

Post Divider Leaderboard-Teenage Subscription

What’s a trip to Taiwan without visiting the largest and most famous night market in town? But here’s the good news: local foodies don’t have to fly all the way there for a taste of Taiwanese eats, as the iconic Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) will be opening its first concept pop-up market in Singapore this April!

Brought to you by the good people behind Artbox, Singapore’s version of Shilin Night Market will be taking on its romanised form of Shilin Ye Shi and will be held at the Singapore Turf Club across two weekends. But before you get overly excited about the event, one thing to note is that you probably won’t be getting the entirety of the real deal.

Shilin Night Market in Taipei City

In a Facebook post by event planner Invade, it’s said that one can expect a variety of authentic street snacks with a local twist, so there will most likely be a good mix of homegrown crafters alongside Taiwanese vendors. Although there’s no word on the exact F&B list yet, we’re crossing our fingers for at least some good ol’ fried chicken cutlet, oyster mee sua, stinky tofu and of course, everyone’s favourite bubble tea to satisfy our cravings.

Besides the grub, there will also be artisan stores, arcade games and even movie screenings to keep you occupied throughout the whole shindig.

Can our very own Shilin Ye Shi live up to the hype? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

Featured image credits: buncitfoodies, mtjeo and niseno12 on Instagram

Shilin Ye Shi Singapore runs from 19 to 21 April and 26 to 28 April 2019 (3pm to 11pm) at The Grounds @ Kranji, Singapore Turf Club.

Post Divider Leaderboard-Teenage Subscription

Annual sustainable light art extravaganza, i Light Singapore, is back to illuminate your nights with its special bicentennial edition that runs from 28 January to 24 February 2019.

This year, i Light Singapore seeks to explore the subject of connectivity while reflecting on the country’s evolution through the years with the theme ‘Bridges of Time’. With a total of 33 immersive artworks presented by local and international artists, this edition will also see installations placed in historical locations at the Civic District, Singapore River as well as Fort Canning Park’s Raffles Terrace for the very first time.

From 3D holograms to prismatic rainbow projections, here are 12 visual delights that you can’t miss.

Cenotaph For A Stone
By Bryan Joseph Cadag, Loo Quan Le, Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin

Location: Waterboat House Garden

Serving to reinterpret the possibilities of the Singapore Stone, Cenotaph for a Stone aims to retell a mystical folklore in Singapore’s early history. Comprising 51 rock-shaped fragments arranged on steel pedestals, marvel in awe as the perspective shifts to a time-warped explosion as you walk around its perimeter.

City Gazing Singapore
By Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns

Location: The Lawn @ Marina Bay

Ever wondered what an aerial night view of Singapore would look like? Utilising a special animation to achieve an overview effect, City Gazing Singapore sends you on a virtual journey back in time to witness the country’s development over the past century under the vast inky-black sky.

Cosmic Web
By Foo Hui Wen, Lim Yu Zhi, Yashini D/O Renganathan

Location: Breeze Shelter

Modelled after a spider’s web, Cosmic Web has been assembled with tunnel-like designs that allow visitors to enter within its structure. The idea stems from an aim to develop a person’s brief experience with isolation in a public space, while encouraging them to be curious about their surroundings.

Facey Thing
By Uji Studios

Location: Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

Taking inspiration from the selfie culture of today’s tech-savvy generation, Facey Thing is a satirical exhibit that uses facial tracking technology to create interactive pieces of art. Simply come into view of the camera and your face will be displayed on the screen upon detection – much like a spy television show!

By Michael Davis

Location: Esplanade Park

Aside from being a stunning visual splendour, this participatory piece also combines the use of audio and movements to create a sonic experience. Using 200 halo-like shapes that form vertical illuminated columns, HALO comes to life through different patterns of sound and light when interacted with.

Keys Of Light
By Mr.Beam

Location: Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park

Encouraging participation from visitors, Keys Of Light features a piano which uses different musical notes to reveal projection art inspired by Singapore’s iconic architecture. As no player’s musical piece is alike, every performance generates a unique visual display that represents the connection between music, animation and architecture.

Reflecting Holons
By Michel Martens and Jetske Visser

Location: Raffles House at Fort Canning Park

Witness the ephemeral combination between light and movement in Reflecting Holons, which uses transparent oil-like foils to reflect light within the space to mimic the shape of water droplets. The tear-shaped foil can be seen reflected on the ground and surrounding walls, making it a visual treat to remember.

Sails Aloft
By Biangle Studio

Location: Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

Channeling the imagery of a ghost ship, Sails Aloft is a holographic snapshot inspired by the historic sampan panjang of the Orang Laut. Set in a 19th century sailboat race, the illuminated vessel has been designed to look as if it’s caught in the wind. Try catching a glimpse of its race boat counterparts when the hologram expands!

Shades Of Temporality

Location: Marina Bay Link Mall Entrance

Combining video painting technology and relatable digital content, Shades of Temporality allows visitors to leave a mark like a graffiti artist without breaking any laws. With an electronic paint roller in hand, you will be able to create your own personalised moving mural by virtually ‘painting’ videos onto the wall!

By Angus Muir

Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay

Spanning across the entire space at The Promontory, Squiggle presents you with a fun and interactive experience that reflects the multicultural world we live in. Using little joysticks, you’re given the freedom to digitally control the colour, speed and direction of its 200-metre long fluorescent tubing, resulting in a twisting mass of mesmerising neon lights.

The Rainbow Connection
By Yun

Location: Marina Bay Sands Trellises

Co-created with the community, this upcycled installation is made from reused cookie containers combined with solar lights to showcase a shifting prismatic projection amidst the surrounding darkness – a fantastical portrayal of the deep sea, the woods and the clouds coming together to form a rainbow connection.

With A View
By Superiore Design Associates

Location: River Promenade along Parliament House

As probably one of the most Instagrammable installations, be sure to snap a photo or two in front of this illuminated display of Singapore’s multicultural architecture influences. Made of parallel mirrors fixed together in the shape of nostalgic shophouse windows, With A View generates the illusion of a series of smaller reflections that seem to fade into a limitless distance.

Photo credits: i Light Singapore

i Light Singapore Bicentennial Edition runs from 28 January to 24 February 2019 at Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning Park’s Raffles Terrace. For more information, head over to

The moment we heard about the arrival of Baristart Coffee on our sunny shores, we knew we had to talk about it. Hailing from downtown Sapporo, the specialty coffee joint has just opened its doors in the heart of CBD along the bustling Tras Street, and it has already become one of our favourite java spots in town. Here’s a look at some of their noteworthy offerings:


Helmed by global chief barista Yuuki Takechi, the folks at Baristart Coffee are highly trained in their craft so you can definitely trust them to churn out an impeccable cup of joe. Watch as the man expertly works his pour over latte art magic behind the counter, which will make your cuppa look extra Instagramable.

Baristart Coffee

A must-try is the BIEI Jersey Milk Coffee ($7.50), which is made with specially-imported Hokkaido milk for a richer and creamier consistency. For those who prefer a stronger brew, this option might not appeal to the serious caffeine drinkers – but we like that it still comes packed with plenty of aromatic flavour.


For a joint with a strong focus on its coffee, we certainly did not expect to be greeted with a mouth-watering spread of savoury delights. You get the usual fare of avocado salads, pastas and sandwiches – but with a distinctly Japanese twist that makes it all the more authentic.

Obihiro Butadon

Standout dishes include the Hokkaido Carbonara ($17.80), a generous plate of cream spaghetti drenched in Hokkaido rich milk; and Obihiro Butadon ($18.80), a hearty bowl of glazed pork belly slices atop fluffy rice grains.


There’s something for the sweet-tooths too! Exquisitely created by a team of skilled Japanese pastry chefs, they offer an indulgent selection of desserts to end off your meal on a sweet note. If you’re here for the ‘gram, be sure to order the Shiro Kuma Shaved Ice ($9.80).

Shiro Kuma Shaved Ice

Shaped like a bear, this super kawaii treat is served with homemade syrup on the side that you can drizzle all over the brimming bowl. You can either opt for the signature Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk, or choose to have coffee, strawberry, mango or green tea to go along.

Just look at how cute it is! We can’t bear to dig in (sorry, we just had to).


Baristart Coffee Singapore Interior

Similar to its Sapporo counterpart, the outlet in Singapore adopts a minimalist design coupled with quirky accents, wood textures and a splash of greenery – reminiscent of interiors that you usually see in modern and traditional Japanese homes. Although the space isn’t as spacious (you might want to come early if you want to avoid the crowd), it has an abundance of natural light which also makes for gorgeous food shots.

With good coffee, a laidback ambience and aesthetics to boot, Baristart Coffee is a clear winner in our books.

Featured image credits: yuki_takeuchi__, iris.nihao, baristartcoffee on Instagram

Baristart Coffee is located at 65 Tras Street, Singapore 079004.

Post Divider Leaderboard-Teenage Subscription

Still cracking your brains for the perfect team-bonding activity to do with your classmates? Ditch your after-school plans for these freshly-minted hangout spots that are sure to make your friends say, “Bojio!”.

Holey Moley

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Holey Moley Golf Club (@holeymoleygolf) on

For a game of golf with a playful twist: Regular golf is overrated; enter Holey Moley, a mini golf club and bar that turns a traditional game of putt-putt into a labyrinth of holes you can play across two floors. Located in the heart of Clarke Quay, this spacious joint pays homage to a variety of pop culture themes – think familiar scenes that look straight out of Game of Thrones, The Simpsons and even E.T. After getting your Holey Moley fix, gather your mates and chow down on the delectable range of classic American delights available, such as the giant three-pound Monster Burger and meter-long pizzas that are perfect for sharing. Live DJs will also be onsite to spin tunes all night long, just in case you feel like busting a move or two.

Address: 3B River Valley Road #01-01, Singapore 179021
Opening hours: 12pm – 1am (Mon to Wed), 12pm – 2am (Thurs & Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat & Sun)
Tel: 800-492-2410

King and the Pawn

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Chope Restaurant Reservations (@chopesg) on

For a good ol’ board game sesh: Fancy going retro? For those with a penchant for nostalgia, hit up this one- of-a-kind board game bar and cafe along Purvis Street for some old-fashioned fun. From the solid menu of hearty grub and locally-roasted coffee, to the quirky decor and laidback ambience, everything about this 55-seater space makes you feel right at home. But what we’re here for is its winsome selection of over 300 board games to choose from, including crowd-favourites like Riff Raff, Cards Against Humanity and more. The best part? There’s no imposition of a time limit; all they ask for is a cover charge of $8 (Tuesday to Thursday) or $13 (Friday to Sunday) per person, and you can geek out for hours on end with your buds!

Address: 24 Purvis Street Level 2, Singapore 188601
Opening hours: 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Tues to Thurs), 5.30pm – 2am (Fri), 11am – 2am (Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun)
Tel: 6259 1913

Virtual Room

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Gwen Lim 林桢雯 (@killgwen) on

For unstoppable virtual reality fun: Virtual reality is all the rage recently, but what sets Virtual Room apart is that it offers a collaborative experience where you work together with several people as a team, as opposed to other VR places that usually only cater for one player. You also get your own dedicated room – that can host up to 22 players at a time – where you’ll be transported to the future to save the world from destruction alongside your Omega teammates. A slot here will set you back a hefty $44 to $49 per person, but you get 45 minutes of extensive gameplay so you actually wind up getting more bang for your buck.

Address: Lucky Chinatown B3, Singapore 059432
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Tel: 6966 8060


View this post on Instagram

A post shared by J O J O (@jojo_haha_nana) on

For a team-bonding indoor adventure: You don’t have to head to the great outdoors to taste an adventure. At SuperPark, thrill seekers can get your dose of adrenaline rush through a smorgasbord of all-new experiences at this 40,000 sq ft playground. Hailing from Finland, the indoor activity park houses over 20 activities ranging from the usual suspects of zip wires and tube slides, to a fully- equipped game arena where you can challenge your friends to a game of golf, baseball or street basketball. The folks at SuperPark sure ain’t kidding when they say there’s something for everyone!

Address: Suntec City Mall #02-477, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 9pm (Sat & Sun)


View this post on Instagram

A post shared by K.STAR (@k.star_karaoke) on

For a belt-worthy good time: When all else fails, there’s nothing that a karaoke session with the BFFs can’t fix. Sing your hearts out at K.Star, a first-of-its-kind karaoke bar with 25 uniquely themed rooms to fulfill your K-star fantasies. Feeling funky? Book a Panorama Room that comes with dynamic backdrops for a funky disco vibe. In the mood for something romantic? Snuggle up in one of the Mini Rooms filled with adorable plushies and decked out in fun wallpaper. Each room can easily fit six, with the largest VIP room able to host a party of 35. Prices are surprisingly affordable as they charge per room/hourly. For instance, a room for six costs $20++ per hour during Happy Hour – hit the max pax and you’ll be shelling out less than 5 bucks per person!

Address: Orchard Central #05-01, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 12pm – 3am (Sun to Thurs), 12pm – 6am (Fri & Sat)
Tel: 6634 2801

This article was adapted from Teenage Passport To Your Future 2019.

More related stories: 8 Non-Cliche Ideas For The Best Class Gathering Ever5 Apps To Download For Awkward Social Gatherings

Post Divider Leaderboard-Teenage Subscription

Get the Juicy Bits Delivered Fresh To Your Inbox