After a five-month closure because of the pandemic, Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop is now open again. If reading more books is one of your new year resolutions, here's a good place to start. Spend the afternoon browsing over 400 books in the store (90 percent of the books are by local authors) while you sip on a latte. Some local titles you can expect are The Punkhawala and the Prostitute by Wesley Leon Aroozoo, A Mosque in the Jungle by Othman Wok, Chronicles of a Circuit Breaker by Joseph Chiang, and more.
While Singapore is dotted with a myriad of tranquil spots, off-shore islands and secret parks to escape the maddening crowds, nothing beats escaping reality with a book in hand. Melt the world away with a good book at a dedicated reading room, stunning library, hip café, or cavernous book store. No doubt, there's plenty of quiet corners in this bustling city to get lost in the pages of your latest fiction (or non-fiction). All better with a cosy seat to settle in and soothing beverage in hand.