Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest residential estates in Singapore. But in recent times, it has undergone a renaissance; the area is probably the hippest neighbourhood in Singapore right now. It all started with the opening of a coffee joint and an indie book store along Yong Siak Street. The rest, as they say, is history.
Here is a guide to Tiong Bahru’s restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.
Books Actually at Yong Siak Street is an independent bookstore specializing in fiction and literature which includes poetry, essays, literary journals.
The owners curate a great selection of books that you cannot find elsewhere. Besides stocking titles from various subjects – such as biography, current affairs, history, human sciences, music and film and travel narrative, Books Actually also distribute books under the imprint Math Paper Press and also hand-stitches notebooks and produces stationery under Birds & Co.
Books Actually is very different from the usual bookstores. If you have never been here before, you should check it out this weekend! Have brunch at Open Door Policy or Forty Hands Cafe and drop by this quirky indie bookstore.
9 Yong Siak Street
Tiong Bahru Estate
Tel: +65 6222 9195
Mon: 11am – 6pm, Tue to Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 9pm, Sun: 10am – 6pm