The whimsical world of The Moon is a safe place for bibliophiles to gather and indulge in their love for reading. An indie bookstore, cafe, and event space, the novel haven is a little hideaway nestled in the Chinatown ‘hood, a peaceful place where you can step out of the real world and lose yourself in a story.
The first floor houses a collection of books, half of which are published by female authors, with titles that range from current affairs and poetry to fantasy and sci-fi to travel guides and literary classics. You can also browse through limited edition hardbacks that you won’t find elsewhere on the island, including the likes of Star Trek, The Wizard of Oz, Murder on the Orient Express, and Sherlock Holmes.
Once you’ve picked out your book, head up to the third floor (it also doubles up as an event space) and recline on a couch to ready yourself for the long read ahead. With fairy lights strung from the ceiling, natural light filtering in from the windows, and touches of greenery dotting the room, it’s a snug spot to while the hours away. If you’re too comfortable to move, The Moon also has free Wi-Fi and power points for you to get plugged in.
Those on a tea break can peruse the ever-changing cake menu, which has gluten-free and vegan options — desserts include a coconut lime cheesecake and a chocolate and cardamom cake with orange ganache. Alternatively, order a drink to keep you company, from the line-up of dairy-free beverages like matcha lemonade ($6), banana, oat, maple, and blueberry smoothie ($7), turmeric latte ($6-$7), and coconut chocolate ($6-$7).
Coffees ($4-$6) by Quarter Life Coffee Roasters are also available, should you need a dose of caffeine, as well as Tavern’s Tea blends ($5/pot) such as Earl Grey with bergamot, peppermint with blue pea, and rosehip shells with cocoa husk.
The Moon is at 37 Mosque St.
9871-1839, Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight.