*UPDATE: The Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop has closed. :( So sad to say goodbye to one of my favourite places…
Good news is, Epigram Bookshop is still operating, now at Tanjong Pagar Distripark!
Epigram Bookshop at SAM @ Tanjong Pagar Distripark
39 Keppel Road, #01-02
Opening hours: 11am – 6:30pm daily
Note: This post was updated in January 2022, after I visited the re-opened (now closed) Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop located at the URA Centre.
The original December 2021 post with snapshots from Epigram’s (now closed) pop-up shop at 267 Beach Road is below.
I say this all the time, but I love bookshops. :) Big ones, small ones, commercial ones, independent ones, chains, you’ll always find me in them.
My current TBR (to be read) pile is somewhere around 20 books, and of those 20, I own 6 of them, meaning there are 6 books I bought to add to my bookshelf and I have not read them yet. Why? Because I am currently reading 3 books (2 on my shelf, 1 on my Kobo e-reader). Yes, it drives me nuts. It’s a reader problem which I know fellow readers understand.
I had actually put myself on a temporary book buying ban, but I discovered a new one at the re-opened Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop the other day, so of course I had to get it! :) This is the one I picked up, along with a cup of tea: The Stories Women Journalists Tell edited by Reta Lee
Speaking of the cafe-bookshop, I’m so glad Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop re-opened at the URA Centre, after announcing its closure in 2021. 2022 is off to a good start! You see, if there’s one thing I love more than a good bookshop, it’s a bookshop plus cafe together. Best of both worlds. :)
Everything I said before about the Epigram Bookshop still stands, so you can scroll down for my original post from December 2021. But I’m so glad about this cafe/bookshop’s re-opening, I had to include some new snapshots and share my latest book recommendation. Happy reading!
Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop [CLOSED]
45 Maxwell Road, #01-01
The URA Centre
Weekdays only: 10am – 6pm
Closed on public holidays
Website + online shop – Instagram (Epigram Bookshop) – Facebook
A few years ago, I shared a post about a bookshop (link here) because I really enjoyed visiting it and it remains one of the most popular posts on this blog! I’ve read and loved books all my life, so I’m happy that sharing about a bookshop is one of the top posts on citygirlcitystories.com :)
With that said, it’s about time I shared about my latest favourite bookshop which I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I only visited earlier in 2021! Epigram Bookshop has been operating online for some time and had actually opened its physical bookshop in 2019 (Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop). I somehow only managed to visit the Huggs-Epigram space earlier in March and really liked it, so I was very sad to hear the news a few months later that it was going to close, adding yet another place I said goodbye to due to the pandemic. :(
*UPDATE (Jan 2022): The Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop is reopening on 6 Jan 2022, I’m so happy about this news! :) [CLOSED]
The great news was that they re-opened their pop-up shop at 267 Beach Road (in Singapore’s Kampong Glam area) and I love it so much! :) (*Update: The pop-up space has closed on 30 Dec 2021.)
Note: Please note that all photos below are from Epigram’s pop-up shop at Beach Road, which has already closed.
I honestly think that Epigram Bookshop as a whole (the books, the friendly and knowledgeable staff, the warm passionate vibes it gives off) will be a great bookshop no matter the location, but I especially loved it here. I’ve visited the place, brought my friends along and each visit, at least one of us left with a book. :)
What I love about the Epigram Bookshop is first and foremost, their great selection of books. They have an amazing and very interesting selection of fiction, non-fiction, children, young adult, cookbooks and all the books are either about Singapore, written by a Singaporean or published in Singapore. I was pleasantly surprised when browsing and discovering the titles available here and eventually picked up Brand Singapore: Nation Branding in a World Disrupted by Covid-19 by Koh Buck Song. I read so many books about other cities, it’s really about time I read more about the one I’m in. :)
If you’re more into fiction books, I also highly recommend Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho, a romantic comedy set in Singapore about a woman in her 30s navigating career, love and family, I absolutely loved this one too!
Epigram Bookshop is so comfortable and relaxing. While it’s a small space, there’s still couches and seats to sit and browse and you could quietly wander or chat with the staff who are always so willing to share their recommendations. During one of my visits, the background music was Taylor Swift’s Folklore album, which is really quite perfect for book browsing, don’t you agree?
I wished I had time in my schedule to share this post a little earlier, as I hear that this pop-up space of Epigram Bookshop will only be here till the end of 2021. But good news – I asked and their staff shared that they will be re-opening in another location and I’m so glad and excited to hear this news and look forward to visiting again! If you’d still like to before the year ends, I highly recommend dropping by this wonderful bookshop and discovering a book to bring home with you, just like I did. :)
Epigram Bookshop Pop-Up [CLOSED]
267 Beach Road, Singapore 199545
Sunday to Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Closed on public holidays.
Website + online shop – Instagram – Facebook
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