The stress of everyday life can be really overwhelming. Sometimes, all we need is a haven to escape the hustle and bustle.
Nested in the heart of Chinatown, The Moon, a rustic little bookstore with a vegan cafe might just be the remedy.
The Moon provides a wide array of books and a cosy cafe to relax. The concept is really simple, you’re invited to pour over a good read over some coffee.
Walking in, I was greeted with shelves of books and friendly baristas. I was irresistibly drawn to its quaint interiors and warm lightings; the cosiness made me feel as though I was at home.
The owner opened this place with the intention of being an escape. Being a native Pakistani, she was charmed by a bookstore when she visited her hometown several years back and that inspired her to establish The Moon.
The Moon standby the beliefs of building an inclusive community for like-minded individuals to connect. And I witnessed it firsthand as I overheard patrons conversing about the latest theatrical play in town over coffee.
I was impressed by the huge selections of books, ranging from poetry to philosophy and skin care, you name it.
I later found out that the books here are curated to address historical gender imbalance with a specific focus on writers and artists of colour. In a world divided by differences, this is really heartening to know.
I went with a refreshing Matcha Lemonade to go along with my book. Even the spirit of inclusiveness is present in their refreshments as they offer dietary options such as vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. Even their straws are eco-friendly.
Exploring the premises, I chanced upon a staircase leading to the second floor. The aisle was donned with abstract art pieces, which befits the artsy vibes of The Moon. Kind of reminds me of an art gallery, actually.
The second floor housed a inviting study area with rustic looking cushions. It was pin-drop silent and was filled with students studying. It resembled a library study corner but with more aesthetics decorations, which I believe will be really popular among students.
There was even an area on the third level that was out of bounds. But I heard from the staff that it was an events area available for booking. Though I didn’t catch a glimpse of the event space, I assumed that it will be as gorgeous as the second level. You’d definitely want to host parties and take aesthetic pictures here, but most importantly enjoy the serenity The Moon offers.
The Moon provided such a satisfying reading experience with its lovely ambience and cosiness. I found myself flipping through each page intently without a single worry weighing down on me, a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time — time came to a slowdown at The Moon and found myself relishing in a good read.