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What was once a minimally furnished office 
is now Grassroots Book Room, a Chinese bookstore housed on the first floor of a shophouse, and decorated with vintage chairs and local knick-knacks from the past. It’s twice as big as its former space in Bras Basah Road, and the selection has also expanded. On the full-height wooden shelves are titles on Chinese history, Western philosophy and travel.

“Singapore is a multicultural society, and it is important for us to preserve a Chinese bookshop to complement English independent stores or even the Japanese section of Kinokuniya. It’s a whole ecology of books,” said co-founder and former journalist, Lim Jen Erh. Designed to evoke a warm and homely atmosphere, it’s a beautiful space to browse, and host exhibitions.

What we found: A Chinese translation of lifestyle magazine Kinfolk, and As Light as A Bourgeois Allergy by Malaysian writer Niu You Xiao Sheng.

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bookstore, bookshop, independent shop, shopping

bookstore, bookshop, independent, shopping

The Grassroots Bookroom is at 25 Bukit Pasoh road, Tel: 6337-9208.