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The Book Café

Singapore River, Singapore
  • Satya T.
    "their extensive library of new magazines"(8 Tips)
    Yasmine F.
    "Good all day breakfast and very good coffees."(4 Tips)
    Martina V.
    "It's pleasant to read a book while sitting in the huge comfy sofa :)"(10 Tips)
    Siân N.
    "Everyone loves to chill out here with something to read."(15 Tips)
118 Tips and reviews
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  • books
  • magazines
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  • Uncle V.
    Uncle V2 weeks ago
    Love their Latte. Tastes good. Many power plugs available. Comfortable environment.
  • Aysun
    Aysun2 weeks ago
    Great breakfast, books and coffee& coach. 👏👏👏
  • Melvin C.
    Melvin ChanDecember 22, 2016
    Had the cheese burger and it's very good. Mildly crispy buns and beef patty's done just right with the right mix and doneness.
  • Martina M.
    Martina MaitanOctober 28, 2016
    Terrible avocado chicken sandwich. Bread wasn't toasted and I was expecting a bigger potion for that price.
  • Edd
    EddOctober 23, 2016
    Asked for a piccolo but nay, no can do. So went for a flat white instead. To my surprise, a small cup of delicious warm cuppa came. U've got urself a returning customer fo' shizzle.
  • Ea M.
    Ea MeyerSeptember 11, 2016
    Chicken avocado with waku(?) dressing is so yummi
  • Eddy -.
    Eddy - RadNomadAugust 13, 2016
    The portions are small and not that delicious. The prices are high. It's an okay cafe, but overhyped.
  • Truc H.
    Truc HuynhJuly 27, 2016
    This is a very hip and trendy cafe on River Valley Close area. I found the service good as well as the food. A great selection of food and drinks on offer with reasonable prices. Below's salmon ceasar
  • Julia J.
    Julia JanelleJune 17, 2016
    Be prepare to wait longer during lunch time, must have time to relax and eat here
  • Naveeshini N.
    Naveeshini NairMay 21, 2016
    Definitely came here for the atmosphere.The coffee was all right but it's a great place to study or get work done.They have a wonderful reading selection and the staff members are very friendly.
  • Keenan C.
    Keenan ChiaMay 10, 2016
    A great place to start my day. The latte is smooth, real smooth. Great breakfast!
  • Martina V.
    Martina VoborníkováApril 18, 2016
    Having a nice cup of cappuccino here. It's pleasant to read a book while sitting in the huge comfy sofa :)
  • Stella L.
    Stella LauApril 9, 2016
    Was told i couldn't change table on a weekend. Strange policy. Was assigned table facing the wall. Food was good, service was weird .
  • Satya T.
    Satya TMarch 9, 2016
    Great coffee and dessert, while you can browse their extensive library of new magazines, travel guides and books.
  • Yasmine F.
    Yasmine FaingnaertMarch 3, 2016
    Very chill to work (everyone does), you can either work inside, on the lazy couches, surrounded by books or at the tables or on the terrace. Good all day breakfast and very good coffees. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Hector T.
    Hector TorresFebruary 15, 2016
    Everything. Coffee, food, place seating area, location.
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas Chia Tze YongFebruary 15, 2016
    Super comfortable place to work at!
  • Kars A.
    Kars AlfrinkJanuary 8, 2016
    Has a section with comfortable couches and low tables perfect for screwing around on your laptop or (gasp) actually reading a book.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AshworthNovember 22, 2015
    Great place for coffee and working. Lots of plug sockets. Cosy area to break out and read. Nice cakes too.
  • Cassie U.
    Cassie UttNovember 6, 2015
    Decent omelet and iced latte. It was a nice quiet spot for calls and work!
  • Aaron
    AaronOctober 16, 2015
    Nice and cosy place to spend the lazy Sunday afternoon.
  • Drew G.
    Drew GrahamSeptember 29, 2015
    Always attentive service and often good coffee. Average food though.
  • Jo L.
    Jo LoAugust 30, 2015
    Food is mediocre at best and overpriced. You are really paying for the environment, it's relaxed and can chill here all day without the staff pressuring you to order more food or asking you to leave
  • Mighty T.
    Mighty TravelsAugust 29, 2015
    Fast wifi, great food and good atmosphere. Wouldn't come back for the coffee though...
  • Ei K.
    Ei KhineJuly 24, 2015
    Yogurt is amazing. Nice place for a chat
  • Jisun Y.
    Jisun YuJune 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    best place to work so far in SG - free wifi, many outlets, comfy sofas, friendly service, excellent coffee, decent food :)
  • Grace B.
    Grace BarrettJune 6, 2015
    Great coffee and French toast
  • Sancha E.
    Sancha EMay 20, 2015
    Coffee is ok. Breakfast of eggs Benedict was pretty terrible and made me ill. Also, skimped on the hollandaise sauce. Service was slow & terrible.
  • Genevieve H.
    Genevieve HoApril 20, 2015
    Free wifi but very crowded
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • Simon P.
    Simon PoltierApril 1, 2015
    Liked the eggs Royale a lot!
  • Trina
    TrinaMarch 22, 2015
    Coffee. Cosy. Chill out afternoon
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillcockMarch 4, 2015
    Iced lime green tea!
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MarekMarch 3, 2015
    Coffee good, breakfast mediocre, environment a plus
    MASAYOSHI HOSHIKAWAFebruary 14, 2015
    Cozy. Free wifi. Long black $4.5.
  • G S.
    G SimFebruary 12, 2015
    Cozy and quiet place for reading books. The apple pie was delicious!!
  • Ian T.
    Ian ThomtoriJanuary 31, 2015
    The turkey ham Avocado egg white sandwich is excellent!! Coffee kinda weak for me.. #ThomtoriEats
  • allison k.
    allison keanJanuary 25, 2015
    free wifi and very nice atmosphere. only drank the tea, so can't comment on food.
  • Edward M.
    Edward MaddenJanuary 13, 2015
    This place is an oasis of calm ... highly recommended for a good chill session
  • Carlo G.
    Carlo GarJanuary 3, 2015
    You can spend an entire afternoon with friends here - coffee and food is good. For tourists, they offer free WiFi here.
  • Adi-Yusdi Y.
    Adi-Yusdi YusoffDecember 26, 2014
    Fries and molten choc cake. Just right.
  • Simon
    SimonNovember 22, 2014
    The dinner set comes with choice of full serving of soup of yr choice, mains plus dessert of the day with drinks. Quite a good deal
  • Kelvin K.
    Kelvin KuanOctober 29, 2014
    On a less than crowded evening. Feeling so relaxed sitting on my own sofa and not having to feel cramped.
  • Lynne 🐰 Q.
    Lynne 🐰 QuOctober 19, 2014
    Be aware it's crowded Sunday afternoon, and there is a smoking area if you don't want to sit in accidentally. The flat white is good.
  • Margarita C.
    Margarita CherkasovaOctober 12, 2014
    Cozy, quite small though. Wi fi, lots of books and magazines and some children playing around. Bring your laptop, get a latte and feel like you are at the communal kitchen struggling with your essay.
  • Truc H.
    Truc HuynhOctober 5, 2014
    Great service staff. I just stopped by The Book Cafe yesterday for a drink to cool down the heat in Singapore. Longan Frosty killed.
  • Nurliwani A.
    Nurliwani ArdiniAugust 29, 2014
    great ambience for bookworms & some me-time
  • Myles B.
    Myles BeardsmoreAugust 20, 2014
    Super chilled place. Some cool magazines to read e.g. T3.
  • Szabolcs S.
    Szabolcs SándorAugust 12, 2014
    Service is a bit chaotic but the coffee is great and the whole place has a great atmosphere. Don't order fresh juice, it comes in a small glass and not the best either. Food is fine, good brunch place
  • Chen J.
    Chen JingwenAugust 12, 2014
    Tried the Eggs Benedict and pan fried cod fish dinner set. One of the poached eggs is a little bit overdone. Cosy place for you to chill over some magazines and books. GREAT SERVICE too!! =)
  • Lo
    LoAugust 7, 2014
    Love the coffee and ambience!
  • Kok Hoong F.
    Kok Hoong FongJuly 27, 2014
    Don't like the olive rice. Too oily for my taste. It is like library in a cafe. Try the steakhouse fries. Nice
  • David W.
    David WorthingtonJuly 27, 2014
    Terrible experience. $8 for a tea bag and the water was cold. Eventually got some hot water, but they would not give me a new tea bag. Then they delivered my meal to the wrong table. Avoid.
  • Fur🤓 b.
    Fur🤓 babyxJune 29, 2014
    A great cafe to chill out, peaceful and comfy. Food is good too, they have all my favorites. I love their yolkless cheesecake!
  • Eileen L.
    Eileen LinMay 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All time favourite cafe with smoking area and good service / free wifi
  • Grace B.
    Grace BarrettMay 12, 2014
    Great coffee, lovely staff, and a nice relaxed atmosphere with mellow music. Perfect for Monday morning breakfast before a hectic day, and free Wi-Fi too.
  • Clara A.
    Clara AMay 3, 2014
    The cafe was not as quiet as I hoped due to some rowdy girls. But it was still nice to sit here for a few hours. The food & coffee is above average but not amazing.
  • Darren G.
    Darren G.February 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great lattes and food, good people watching as well. Check their schedule as particular nights have group gatherings that fill the place.
  • Amos E.
    Amos EshetJanuary 18, 2014
    8 dollar tea pot is pricy, but i guess if you sit here for a while working it's sort of fair.
  • zia e.
    zia emiraldaJanuary 12, 2014
    seafood pasta is awesome!
  • Ming M.
    Ming ManJanuary 12, 2014
    Busy but quiet place to relax and enjoy a coffee.
  • Amos E.
    Amos EshetJanuary 8, 2014
    Finally a place with Wi Fi in Singapore. And a lovely atmosphere to go with
  • Songhua
    SonghuaJanuary 5, 2014
    Choose the Wifi network with the face. Wifi password is 12345678.
  • M P.
    M PouladiDecember 22, 2013
    Under renovation. Dec 22, 2013
  • Eva K.
    Eva KNovember 3, 2013 is a kind of living room feeling so kind of a place to relax...that's fine..only..why in empty cafe getting the order takes 30min...nobody knows
  • Omer H.
    Omer HizirogluSeptember 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places when I travel to singapore. The staff is friendly and competent. The food is suprisingly good. There are plugs everywhere, one can spend whole afternoon catching up on emails
  • Zoran V.
    Zoran V.September 15, 2013
    Best French Toast in Singapore !!
  • Hyemin K.
    Hyemin KooSeptember 10, 2013
    Coffee and food (I had the salmon breakfast) could be better but great service, lovely ambience and very well air conditioned.
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YapAugust 23, 2013
    Please try the bratwurst. Please. It's crazy amazing!!!!!!!!
  • Berner
    BernerAugust 9, 2013
    Celeb spotting: just saw our pal Woody grab a coffee here. If you see him say "Hi Allen". He prefers to stay anonymous
  • Clarice N.
    Clarice NgAugust 9, 2013
    The drinks were okay only. Ice chocolate was quite tasteless. But the ambience for chilling out was good. Comfy sofa seats! The Oreo cheesecake is nice!
  • Fritz Q.
    Fritz QAugust 7, 2013
    They use real honey instead of the commercial sugar syrup, awesomely refreshing to order an iced honey lemon on a hot day and hazelnut chocolate cake is delicious but not overly sweet
  • Samuel T.
    Samuel TAugust 5, 2013
    Awesome coffee, nice place to chill
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LauJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Weekend special lemon pine nut pie is yum. As others commented the staff is super friendly and makes you feel comfortable working here for hours. Wifi + sofa + good food make a productive afternoon~
  • Anna R.
    Anna RagenJuly 6, 2013
    Great place to hang out, there's a good selection of reading material and comfy couches. Plus free wifi and plenty of power points. Staff will even provide extension cords.
  • Nurul Nadia R.
    Nurul Nadia RamleeJune 15, 2013
    Great service, always going around topping up our water. And plenty of power sockets outdoors for those who fancy doing work while smoking... with free WiFi!
  • Regina B.
    Regina BautistaFebruary 26, 2013
    Seafood pasta is very weak and watery but generous with garlic and veggie bits. Coffee is good.
  • Regina B.
    Regina BautistaFebruary 26, 2013
    Ask questions- for example: the breakfast set strictly ends after 11:30 AM BUT you can ask for the all day breakfast. They won't suggest it otherwise. :p
  • Morwens
    MorwensJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Lovely prosciutto all day breakfast
  • Ariel Christabelle C.
    Lots of power sockets and comfy sofas. Dim lighting. Somewhat annoying and inconsistent music. And lots of books and magazines to browse. Heard the food's so-so but smells good from where I was.
  • Amybee
    AmybeeOctober 9, 2012
    Free wifi = perfect for remote working outside in the morning when it's not too hot
  • Spherelander
    SpherelanderJuly 22, 2012
    Awesome place to read a book alone !
  • Alex L.
    Alex LobovJune 11, 2012
    Books. Coffee. Wifi. Powerpoints. Couches. Outside smoking area. All day breakfast. This place is a recipe for win. What's not to like, honestly?
  • Lusy Aaltje
    Lusy AaltjeMay 26, 2012
    One of the places to be 'lost in time' for bookworms and coffee lovers in Singapore! I love the coffee, lovely service, sofas, books and the cakes - in that order! Price is okay for a frequenter.
  • Ayuni
    AyuniApril 6, 2012
    I do find it incredibly value for money. It invites you to sit as long as you like, browsing their range of reading materials.
  • ChiewMei L.
    ChiewMei LimMarch 18, 2012
    Grab the cosy two seater at the corner, good lighting for reading. The cheesecake and hot honey lemon are perfect for a rainy day.
  • Cody G.
    Cody GriggersFebruary 12, 2012
    Super friendly staff actually encourage you to set up camp with your laptop by showing you the power points! Great place to work or chill as long as you want. And the lemon pinenut pie is awesome!
  • Mingfei Y.
    Mingfei YanFebruary 5, 2012
    Love the lemongrass & giber tea here.
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie L.January 28, 2012
    excellent banana milkshake!
  • Ang K.
    Ang Kai WenOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    lovely to sit outside especially if its cooling at night.
  • Belinda A.
    Belinda Au YongOctober 1, 2011
    delightfully warm & attentive service -- serve 'em a Nobel Prize already 
  • Siân N.
    Siân NgSeptember 29, 2011
    Everyone loves to chill out here with something to read.
  • Cheen T.
    Cheen The CuriousSeptember 25, 2011
    Filling breakfast: We come here for 3 things: omelette, their big plate of sausages, eggs, bacon & hashbrown; & eggs Benedict. We always leave contented
  • faizah s.
    faizah sidekSeptember 2, 2011
    The latte here is nice and creamy.
  • DealZilla Singapore
    DealZilla SingaporeAugust 29, 2011
    Nice, quiet place with a relaxing corner with sofa and lots of books (duh) and magazines to browse from.
  • Caroline W.
    Caroline WardenskiJuly 22, 2011
    Very disappointing! No coffee, no banana, no pancake @10am... and the waitress waited for 20mn to tell us. What sort of cafe serves no coffee or decent Bfast???
  • Adel Y.
    Adel YCHJune 8, 2011
    See this cafe across from Illy cafe from Studio M
  • Yee Y.
    Yee YeongJune 4, 2011
    Nice chill out cafe to sit and read books. It has a great manga collection
  • Richard F.
    Richard FrazierMay 11, 2011
    Their New York cheesecake is second to none and the manager Alan is excellent
  • Fugitive
    FugitiveApril 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SMarch 20, 2011
    Charming little cafe perfect for lazing with a novel in hand.
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