March 22, 2023

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Discovering Tiong Bahru Singapore

It is not long when Tiong Bahru is popularized with an article from Tiong Bahru is Singapore’s first housing estate built in the 1930s and it is located at the west of Chinatown. The history comes with rich and colourful past and now it rejuvenated to a hippy and trendy outlets with refurbished shops, cafes and restaurants.  In between the roads of the colonial shops, you can find comfort in art, shopping and food.

Visiting Tiong Bahru is like opening a Pandora box as you have to walk around to discover the unexpected. Walk tours are not popular in this part of the world due to the weather but trust me you won’t regret walking around Tiong Bahru.

If you are into literature, there is a book outlet selling books in various genres and suitable for all ages. If you have time, you might find some rare novels or hidden gems. It is there for you to discover.

Books Actually

It is hard to neglect the beautiful décor of this bookstore. Like the décor, the independent bookstore offers books in fiction and literature.

The beauty of Books Actually is they offer a wide selection of books that is not available elsewhere.  Thus, it attracts many book readers across the age as most of the books are as rare as gem. Instead of ordering online, you might able discover some at Books Actually.


Finding your kind of book in Books Actually is a fun thing to do. You might know what you find in one of the bookshelves.

There is a small section of this bookstore selling antique. The beauty of it is most of them are origin from Singapore but they does not come cheap. Old Singapore’s commercial glasses and bottles are available here and they are good for souvenirs and items to keep.

Books Actually Address and Contact:

9 Yong Siak Street

Tel: +65 6222 9195


Books Actually Opening Hours:

Mon: 11am – 6pm, Tue to Fri: 11am – 9pm

Sat: 10am – 9pm, Sun: 10am – 6pm

7 thoughts on “Discovering Tiong Bahru Singapore

  1. Very informative post, i didn’t know much about Tiong Bahru. Would be great to meander along those alleys to dig out some cool cafes someday 😀

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