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.