1. Asia Money Fair
""Money, money, money..." Just like the haunting refrain from Abbas popular 70s hit, this annual numismatic show abounds with money. Not in bags or chests though, but carefully preserved and exhibited in showcases, on display panels and in albums. Have your personal collections certified and valuated by currency experts. Learn how bank notes and coins are made. Pick up tips on that most enduring of hobbies--coin collecting. Other collectibles on offer include phone cards and antiques. Key monetary authorities taking part have included Britains Royal Mint and Bank of Russia. Date: March.
Address: Suntec Convention Centre, Level 2 Ballroom Singapore
Opening hours: Call for details.
Telephone: +65 6297 2822
Neighbourhood: Colonial District
Nearest train: City Hall
URL: http://www.asiamoneyfair.com
Email: info@asiamoneyfair.com

2. World Book Fair
It has been called the biggest book fair in South-east Asia. And no wonder, what with more than 200 exhibitors showcasing some 80,000 items. Besides books, visitors to the fair can also browse through multimedia products, gifts and collectibles. An exhibition featuring Chinese writers and an educational pavilion specially for children draws in the crowds as well. As admission is free, this is an ideal outing to relax and spend time with the family.
Address: 1 Raffles Boulevard Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, levels 4 & 6 Singapore 039593
Opening hours: 9am-6pm daily.
Telephone: +65 6337 2888
Nearest train: City Hall
URL: http://www.bookfair.com.sg/
Email: christineng@tpl.com.sg


1. ANA Book Store
One of three rental book stores in a mall frequented by trendy teens, this tiny, unobtrusive store rents and sells a selection of books, magazines, comics and academic titles. The shelving is not very systematic, so you might have to spend a little time looking through the shelves. On a brighter note, you will find lots of older titles--since the store deals strictly with used books. If you are fortunate enough, you may come across a rare, out-of-print title. There is also a small bargain corner out front where selected books are sold at only SGD1.
Address: 14 Scotts Road #03-96 Far East Plaza Singapore 228213
Opening hours: 11am-8pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +65 737 2385
Neighbourhood: Orchard Road
Nearest train: Orchard

2. Angel Book Centre
While somewhat overshadowed by Sunny Bookshop several doors away, this small, unpretentious store is still worth a visit. It carries a number of magazine titles and a modest range of both English and Mandarin titles which you can either rent or buy. The books generally cater to local tastes in fiction, and feature mostly bestsellers, romance, science fiction, fantasy titles. There is even a teenage and children's fiction section. In what could be an attempt at diversification, the store also sells a limited number of Star Wars (Episode 1--The Phantom Menace) figurine sets.
Address: 14 Scotts Road #03-78 Far East Plaza Singapore 228213
Opening hours: 11am-8pm Mon-Sat; 1pm-6pm Sun.
Telephone: +65 734 0669
Neighbourhood: Orchard Road
Nearest train: Orchard

3. Book Appetit
Tucked away on the second level of a building, this bookshop may initially be a little difficult to locate. It stocks both English and Chinese titles that you can rent or purchase. The English titles include mostly best-sellers and thrillers--both old and new, and there is a large inventory of romance titles as well. The seemingly higgledy-piggledy shelving may stump you at first, but you will be fine once you realise the books are shelved in alphabetical order according to the author's first name. The store also sells greeting cards, gifts and, oddly enough, nail polish.
Address: 10 Anson Road #02-82 International Plaza Singapore 079903
Opening hours: 10am-7pm Mon-Fri; 10am-3pm Sat.
Telephone: +65 6223 4782
Neighbourhood: Financial District
Nearest train: Tanjong Pagar

4. Chapter One
A convenient little store located within a popular shopping mall, Chapter One rents and sells new and used books. Like most rental book stores here, it devotes considerable shelf space to romance titles--always popular with the female members of the population. It also carries a good selection of bestsellers and does a respectable job in stocking newly published titles. For the kids, there is a fairly large collection of children's books, where Enid Blyton is featured prominently. Brightly-lit and tidy, the store's shelving is a little inconsistent so you might have to spend a little time browsing.
Address: 4 Tampines Central 5 #03-02 Tampines Mall Singapore 529510
Opening hours: 11.30am-8.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-6pm Sun.
Telephone: +65 781 1194
Neighbourhood: East
Nearest train: Tampines

5. EMF Book Store
A chain of book stores that buys, sells and rents books, it has branches dotted all over the island. This branch in Holland Village is usually crowded. Since the store is not very big, manoeuvring around the narrow aisles can be a delicate operation. You can find books of all genres here--look out especially for the well stocked romance and fantasy/sci-fi sections. The store has a good selection of Chinese novels and comics as well. Magazines, both new and back issues (some go for only SGD1), are also sold here. The helpful staff is a big plus.
Address: 211 Holland Avenue #02-24 Holland Road Shopping Centre Singapore 278967
Opening hours: 10.30am-7.30pm Mon-Fri; 10am-7.30pm Sat; 10.30am-6.30pm Sun & public holidays.
Telephone: +65 467 5335
Neighbourhood: Holland Village

6. Fables Bookshop
This is an aptly named store that stocks a wide range of fantasy and science fiction titles, despite the rather small premises--the place is considered packed with as few as five customers. Given its size, there is a surprisingly good selection of the ever-popular romance titles as well as a sizeable collection of magazines and Chinese fiction. It rents as well as sells books. The books are generally in good condition.
Address: 61 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 #01-04 Jubilee Centre Singapore 569814
Opening hours: 11.15am-9pm Sun-Fri; 11.15am-9.30pm Sat.
Telephone: +65 6453 3066
Neighbourhood: North
Nearest train: Ang Mo Kio

7. Hotz Books
Located in a building more known for private computer schools and tour agencies, this no-frills store sells and rents both English and Chinese titles. Along with back issues of comics and magazines, ther is a fairly wide range of books--from general fiction and thrillers to romance and horror titles. You will also find a pretty good selection of self-help and spiritual/religious books. In particular, note the children's fiction section--an interestingly varied collection that includes titles which are either out of print or fiendishly difficult to find, such as Alf Proysen's Mrs Pepperpot books.
Address: 1 Selegie Road #02-16 Peace Centre Singapore 188306
Opening hours: 11am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +65 6337 7178
Nearest train: Dhoby Ghaut

8. Knowledge Book Centre
There are cheap books galore at this second-hand dealer. Near the entrance, worn novels are neatly displayed under placards that beckon: "Clearance Sale--$1 each" and "Super Bargains--Must Be Cleared". Hardbacks and soft covers are shelved under separate headings: Computer, Management, Business, Self-Improvement, Science, Literature and others. Prices are literally rock-bottom. Pick up any Shakespearean classic-it will be less than SGD5. Physics, chemistry and biology textbooks for secondary school levels are at SGD8 to SGD12 each. Management and business hard covers go for SGD20 and below. The shop assistants are friendly and extremely helpful.
Address: Block 231 Bain Street #03-35 Bras Basah Complex Singapore 180231
Opening hours: 11am-7pm daily.
Telephone: +65 6336 7530; 6339 9275
Neighbourhood: South
Nearest train: Bugis; City Hall
URL: http://www.knowledgebk.com
Email: contact@knowledgeBk.com

9. Parklane Book Corner
Tucked away in a corner, this small store makes extremely efficient use of the available space, with floor-to-ceiling shelves that stock a sizeable collection of English titles. Books are neatly categorised into sections comprising general fiction, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, war, horror and suspense. Best-selling authors such as Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, Robert Ludlum and Danielle Steel are given a separate section of their own, and you will also find a smattering of literary classics by writers including Hardy and James. Non-fiction titles are available as well.
Address: 35 Selegie Road #02-19 Parklane Shopping Mall Singapore 188307
Opening hours: 10.30am-7pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +65 6333 4461
Neighbourhood: South
Nearest train: Dhoby Ghaut

10. Pro Saint Book Store
This quaint store is stacked floor to ceiling with mainly paperbacks, leaving only narrow passageways between the books for customers to move about. Books are loosely classified under headings of romance, thrillers, classics, sci-fi, suspense and general fiction. In a separate section, business and self-improvement texts are displayed. On average, prices are a few dollars less than those at bigger retailers such as Times or MPH. For instance, a compilation of short stories by Jeffery Archer sells at SGD21, with rental at SGD8. In short, it is a cosy place where book lovers can spend an entire afternoon browsing. Additional Branch: Yishun.
Address: Block 231 Bain Street #02-77 Bras Basah Complex Singapore 180231
Opening hours: 11am-7.30pm Mon-Sat; 11am-6pm Sun.
Telephone: +65 338 4127
Neighbourhood: Colonial District
Nearest train: Bugis; City Hall

11. Rand Bookshop
Sandwiched between a gift shop and a laundromat, this store in the heart of Marine Parade sells and rents both English and Chinese books. English titles range from general fiction (e.g. Jeffrey Archer) and mystery/thrillers to horror (e.g. Anne Rice). Like most other stores of this kind, it has a sizeable collection of fantasy and romance titles. It also displays a good selection of magazine titles prominently on its storefront, attracting passers-by who often stop to browse.
Address: Blk 83 Marine Parade Central #01-574 Singapore 440083
Opening hours: 11am-9pm Mon-Sat; 1pm-8pm Sun.
Telephone: +65 348 3013
Neighbourhood: East

12. Reading Place
Smack dab in the middle of a sleepy, laid-back neighbourhood on the East Coast, this store rents and sells only second-hand books--which means that you will not find many new titles here. Its inventory runs mainly to bestsellers and what is usually termed general fiction, although it does stock non-fiction books, Chinese titles, and a small selection of children's fiction--a lot of Roald Dahls--as well. Comics like the popular Archie and Jughead Digests can be found here, with old Marvel comics selling for as low as SGD1.
Address: 55 Siglap Place #01-06 Siglap Centre Singapore 455871
Opening hours: 1pm-9pm Mon; 11.30am-9pm Tue-Sat; 11.30am-7pm Sun & public holidays.
Telephone: +65 446 4991
Neighbourhood: East

13. Rent N Read Book Centre
Hidden away above some shops in Bedok, this store can be a little hard to find. Its obscure location has not stopped it from prospering, and it has been around for more than a decade. As its name suggests, you can either choose to rent the books, or read them right there and then--chairs and stools are scattered around specifically for this purpose. It only costs a few dollars to rent the books, despite a deposit being required. There is a good selection of English--mostly bestsellers, romances and thrillers--and Mandarin books, as well as some hard-to-find children's titles.
Address: Blk 210 New Upper Changi Road #01-175 Singapore 460210
Opening hours: 11.30am-7.30pm Tue-Wed; 11.30am-10pm Mon, Thur-Sat; 1pm-5pm Sun & public holidays.
Telephone: +65 6442 9818
Neighbourhood: East
Nearest train: Bedok

14. San Bookshop
This book store sells and rents new and used books. Rows of floor-to-ceiling shelves hold English and Mandarin titles. The books are loosely categorised into general fiction, horror, classics, humour, crime and mystery, sci-fi and a rather odd section called "serious reading". The fantasy section is particularly well stocked. The books tend to be shelved haphazardly, so expect to spend some time browsing. There is also a respectable non-fiction section--mostly self-improvement books and biographies. Prices vary according to the condition of the book. Additional Branches: Funan The IT Mall; OUB Centre; West Mall.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-087 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983
Opening hours: 11am-9.30pm daily.
Telephone: +65 334 2326
Neighbourhood: Marina Bay
Nearest train: City Hall

15. Sultana Book Store
If you are expecting bright lights and new copies of best-selling titles, think again. This old-style store deals mostly with used books, and you will be confronted by the comforting smell of musty, old books from the moment you enter. Although the store stocks a fair number of current best-sellers and romance and horror titles, much of its inventory consists of used copies of reference and academic books (e.g. dictionaries and school aids), literary mainstays and dramas that you will not find anywhere else. The store's quite pronounced old-world feel is something to savour as you browse.
Address: 1 Selegie Road #02-14 Peace Centre Singapore 188306
Opening hours: 11am-8pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm Sun.
Telephone: +65 6337 2387
Neighbourhood: South
Nearest train: Dhoby Ghaut
URL: http://www.sultanabooks.com/
Email: stabooks@singnet.com.sg

16. Sunny Bookshop
The perpetual crowd you find here is proof of this rental book store's huge popularity. It is easy to see why--its floor-to-ceiling shelves are simply overflowing with books. The aisles tend to be a little narrow since bookshelves take up much of the floor space. The range of fiction titles is extremely wide, covering titles from Maeve Binchy, Kurt Vonnegut and Hunter S Thompson to paperback romances. In addition, you can often find newly published titles at cheaper prices. There is also a wide collection of children's fiction, non-fiction and Chinese titles. Staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
Address: 14 Scotts Road #03-58 Far East Plaza Singapore 228213
Opening hours: 10am-8pm Mon-Sat; 10am-6pm Sun. Closed on public holidays and alternate Sundays.
Telephone: +65 733 1583
Neighbourhood: Orchard Road
Nearest train: Orchard

17. Eastern Discoveries Antiques
The most striking characteristic of this warehouse you will surely notice is the multitude of Buddha images displayed. There are more than 1,000 of them here, dating back to the third to the early 20th century, carved in alabaster bronze stone, wood or dry lacquer. Take the Buddha images away and you are still left with many other antiques, artefacts, decor items and unique furniture collected from India, China, Indochina and Thailand by the warehouse owner. Expert advice and reproduction services are available.
Address: Block 26 Dempsey Road #01-04 Singapore 249685
Opening hours: 11am-6pm daily.
Telephone: +65 475 1814
Neighbourhood: South
URL: http://www.eastern-discoveries.com/

18. Kwok Gallery
Located in the premises of a somewhat unglamorous shopping mall, Kwok Gallery stands out from the rest with its roomy, elegant interior. Since its founding in 1918, the gallery has played host to visiting diplomats, VIPs, museum curators and serious collectors. Displayed neatly are more than 4,000 pieces of Chinese antiques and art objects such as ivory sculptures, scrolls, lacquerware, Buddhist images and the like. The art space is especially well stocked with jade and porcelain products from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Address: 545 Orchard Road #03-01 Far East Shopping Centre Singapore 238882
Opening hours: 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +65 235 2516
Neighbourhood: Orchard Road
Nearest train: Orchard

19. Paragon Art & Antique Gallery
On the fifth floor of Paragon is a mini-hub for art and antiques. The eleven galleries here showcase a rich collection of oriental art pieces, from exquisite ancient Chinese porcelain to quality paintings and calligraphy by contemporary masters from China. The works feature a wide spectrum of media, such as oil, watercolour, Chinese ink, stone, woodcarving, sculpture and porcelain. Conclude your purchase of paintings by choosing from the flourish of frames available in one of the shops.
Address: 290 Orchard Road 5th floor, Paragon Shopping Centre Singapore 238859
Opening hours: 10am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +65 6738 5535
Neighbourhood: Orchard Road
Nearest train: Somerset

20. Yew Fan Choon Chinese Antiques
This dealer of fine Chinese antiques has urns, teapots, vases, ewers, figurines, plates, bowls and other fine collections put up for sale, dating all the way back from the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) to the era of the Republic of China (1912-1949). Prices range from USD300 for a Song dynasty bowl to well over USD200 for a Yuan porcelain pillow. Of special mention are the porcelain vases of the early 20th century, made with famille-rose decoration (fencai) by renowned porcelain artists like Wang Qi. These beautiful pieces are generally of excellent condition. Ordering can only be made through the online gallery.
Address: P.O. Box 1105 Ghim Moh Road Singapore 270021
Neighbourhood: West
URL: http://yewantiques.com/
Email: yewantiques@yahoo.com.sg; antiques@asia.com

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