Relax at this cosy bookstore in Chinatown with a reading cave, DIY crafts, delectable desserts & more

by Kaye Yeo

The mention of books will certainly pique your interest, but Chinese books? This sounds like an absolute nightmare to some, but I can assure you that Hook on Books is anything but. 

This bookstore at Chinatown may be catered to children, but you’ll be surprised to find out how many adults frequent this aesthetic bookstore to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. 

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Hook on Books is a haven for everyone with its DIY corners, reading areas for children and adults, a cafe, and also shelves stocked with books, accessories and toys.

You can find charming enamel pins, picture postcards, music CDs, and beautiful stationery. There are even retro toys like handheld water games that I haven’t seen since my childhood days.

Hook on Books also works with non-profit organisations to sell crochet toys, patchwork blankets, bags, accessories and more. They are all handmade by the less privileged and vulnerable — now’s your chance to score some good karma. 

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The walls are lined with shelves of books categorised according to age, ranging from 0 to 10 years old, as well as books for adults. For those seeking to explore your inner child and to reminisce about your younger days, feel free to pick up a fairytale book!

If you prefer some peace and quiet while reading a book, you can grab a book and head over to the cosy reading caveyes, there is a snug little reading corner warmly lit with paper lanterns. 

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So, it’s the best place to enjoy the good book in hand with some tea and treats from the cafe located at the back of the bookstore. 

On the menu are classic drinks like TongYan Herbal Tea (S$5.50) and sugar free soya milk (S$5.50), espresso (S$3.50) and more. You can pair your drinks with a selection of delectable desserts such as Mandarin Peels with Honey Cake (S$6.50), banana cake and more. The cafe also offers main courses if you’re craving something a little heartier. 

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Take a break from reading by getting hands-on with some DIY crafts. You can create your own notebook and cards from scratch starting from S$5.55, customising the size, paper and design all according to your fancy.

A large assortment of cute decorations are available so you can spare no effort in making your notebook shine!

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You can even make your own scented sachets or small flower bouquets to add a touch of freshness and beauty to your room.

Feeling stressed? Head down to this unique bookstore and enjoy its tranquillity!

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