A new treasure of a cafe has been opened by the owners of Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy in Singapore’s Lavender. Hidden away in the backstreets, whilst it might have been difficult to find in its first days, now that its fame has spread it seems to draw its customers in from all corners. 

Finding its home in a former warehouse the cafe has instant character that seems in some respects like it could also belong quite easily to the Melbourne cafe scene. This one though, is all Singapore. I’m told by my friend Ivan Kuek, a stellar barista at Papa Palheta and now Chye Seng Huat Hardware, that they’ve strived to keep the grain of the building’s history. To the extent it seems of even talking the former hardware owner through the process with them.

The Chye Seng Huat Hardware now houses a beautifully crafted new cafe, a barista school - the first of its kind in Singapore, The Annex - a specialty tasting experience, offices, and the roasting and packing facilities previously divided between Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy. 

The interiors are warm, and inspired by the building’s history take on a metal theme. The teardrop shaped, metal topped counter wraps around the all important realm of the baristas, and custom-designed seating, shelving and other elements makes up a special, bespoke place.  

Unlike Papa Palheta CSHH has more than coffee instore, with generously cut cakes, a well-stocked brunch menu, homemade lemonade and their own coffee-infused beer on tap.

With the addition of CSHH to the already special coffee scene in SG I know that I’ll never be lacking a nice place to sit with a good brew.


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CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

A hidden gem in the backstreets of Lavender

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG
A hidden gem in the backstreets of Lavender
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CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

Hi Wei Teng!

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG
Hi Wei Teng!

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CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

Hi Andre!

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG
Hi Andre!

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CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

Hard at work

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG
Hard at work

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CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

Special tasting experiences are hosted in The Annex

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG
Special tasting experiences are hosted in The Annex
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Specialty beans 

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Specialty beans 
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CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

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CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

06 Sep 12 at 11 pm

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

CSHH Coffee Roasters . Lavender, SG

Discovered a something special a few weeks back and today it arrived on my doorstep. 

Gather is devoted not just to cooking and eating, but to what those acts inspire: the bringing of people together. For each issue we will take our cues from the changing seasons, allowing them to steer the menu offerings, and also form an overarching theme. For this, our premiere summer edition, that theme is “float”. From floating in salty ocean water with the sun beating down on our bellies, to meals so fresh and bright they have a certain buoyancy about them, it’s a word that evokes pure summer. 

Michele Outland and Fiorella Valdesolo, ‘Welcome’ in Gather Journal vol.1 Summer 2012

With such incredible images filling its pages I’m definitely looking forward to “digging in”!


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Gather Journal . Summer 2012

A beautiful surprise in the mail today to keep me company

Gather Journal . Summer 2012
A beautiful surprise in the mail today to keep me company

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Gather Journal . Summer 2012

Exquisite photography in Gather Journal

Gather Journal . Summer 2012
Exquisite photography in Gather Journal

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Gather Journal . Summer 2012

Amuse Bouche, Coctails, Starters, Mains, Desserts and Salt

Gather Journal . Summer 2012
Amuse Bouche, Coctails, Starters, Mains, Desserts and Salt

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Gather Journal . Summer 2012

Lotus root to create ‘Spiced Lotus Chips’

Gather Journal . Summer 2012
Lotus root to create ‘Spiced Lotus Chips’