Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 8 - Must. Drink. Coffee.

As one of the most popular coffee houses in Singapore, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is definitely on the list of any cafe hopper’s itinerary.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) is one of the first “integrated concept” cafes. It’s part of the Papa Palheta family, and just like the new Coast and Company in the East, CSHH is more than a place for food and drinks. There’s a roastery, workshop, coffee tasting room (or school) and even a store – under one roof.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 1 - Side elevation

The CSH Hardware is located at 150 Tyrwhitt Road, in an unassuming white building. We walked from Lavender MRT, via Horne Road, and would’ve almost missed the spot if not for the name on the side of the building.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 4 - Signboard

So we found the right building, but was greeted with silence at the corridor. We thought the cafe was closed.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 3 - Side entrance

It’s easy to miss CCSH because the front is rather unassuming. The retractable doors were shut, like most of the hardware businesses around the area that were closed over the weekend. But a few steps more and we saw some parking space repurposed into an outdoor dining area.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 2 - Side entrance

What we really needed though, was respite from the hot sun.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar - The glass

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 32 - The Windows

We went inside, and took in the cool comfort. Immediately several things caught my attention.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 34 - Giant coloured lamps

These large colourful lamps, for instance.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 35 - Window up close

The windows on those old-style doors filter some natural light in.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 7 - Vinyl player and audio console

Vinyl player that isn’t playing music. Audio’s plugged in to a nearby iPhone.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 9 - Looking Glass

Of course, there’ll be a looking glass at the back.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 29 - Overview 1

We then quickly tried to find seats. So happened there were three of them right at the bar, which were first-class seats in this theatre-in-the-round of a cafe.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 11 - Seated at the Coffee Bar

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 30 - Overview 2

Despite the rather modern and minimal take on the industrial look, the cafe feels cozy, and rather homely. But Chye Seng Huat Hardware isn’t quite the place to chill. Only some sections have comfortable seating and ample table space. If you’re seated along the walls or at the bar, be prepared for a squeeze.

The crew here is efficient. People are always moving about. You’d feel pedestrian – sitting around, waiting for your orders to arrive.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 31 - Cakes and Crumbles

So you find a space, then proceed to order at the cashier. Be tempted by cakes and crumbles.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 10 - Food menu

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 14 - Light

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 16 - Latte 2

Espresso with Milk ($5.50). One tip about having hot drinks here – please do not save your drinks for the end. The air conditioning and ceiling fans here make quick work with cooling down all hot drinks and food in minutes.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 15 - Cheese Steak Sandwich

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich ($13).

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 19 - The Huat Breakfast

The Huat Breakfast ($17). After visiting so many places, this is the only “big breakfast” I’ve had so far that’s worthy of its pricetag. Generous servings of everything – this is a real steady brunch.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 21 - Bangers and Mash in the wild

Bangers and Mash ($16). An alternative if you want to keep things simple. Once again, very generous servings.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 22 - Special Brews

My sister and cousin were more adventurous and ordered the Hand Brewed Coffee.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar - Barista at work

And it so happened that we sat right in front of the barista preparing hand brews.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 12 - A barista's tools

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 24 - Special Brew Prep 1

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 25 - Special Brew Prep 2

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 23 - Special Brew Glass

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 26 - Special Brew (Bright)

We found the Hand Brews to be quite… exotic. As total newbies to this world, we felt it strange to have tea-like notes in the brew.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 28 - Things for sale

You can bring back some coffee wares and beans to start your own coffee bar at home. Papa Palheta beans here, of course.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 33 - Get Your beans Here / Coffee Tasting School

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 36 - Stairs to the Upper Level

Above CSHH Coffee Bar is a real’ Hipster crafting workshop space and store called Tyrwhitt General Company, or TGC. We didn’t have time to visit (Cafe Hopping Time Limit!) but would probably wander to the second level next time.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Cafe Bar 37 - CSHHCoffee Hours

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

150 Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207563

Closed on Mondays. Open other days from 9:00am.
For more information refer to their Facebook page.

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