There are continuously many cafes and coffee places opening up in Singapore, but hipster instagrammers are still waiting for that one new chio gorgeous place to satisfy their cravings.
Let’s welcome The Glasshouse Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar at CHIJMES, which should be a shoo-in as one of the most instagrammable cafes in Singapore 2017.
Natural light – checked; plants – checked; glass windows – checked; earthy-coloured furniture – checked; free wifi – checked.
I anticipate this to be the next selfie + #OOTD coffee place. SMU students, are you reading this?
The Glasshouse’s focus is on quality ingredient on artisanal sourdough breads, served alongside specialty coffee.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
Coffee available include Flat White ($4), Cold Brew ($4.50), Mocha ($5) and Filter ($7).
One thing to note is The Glasshouse uses a rotation of various roasters. Therefore, if you are a regular, you get to try something different monthly. However, perhaps that may exclude those looking for that familiar taste.
The current espresso-based coffee uses a Lucky Basterd blend of Ethiopian and Brazilian beans by Common Man Coffee, said to create a “vibrant fruit forward cup”.
The Filter Coffee uses the Ethiopia Ardi Sidama beans from Common Man Coffee, with tasting notes of “Mmxed berries & ripe orange, jammy texture with a lingering dark chocolate finish”.
I generally find Common Man Coffee’s coffee slightly strong, to the acidic side, but I don’t mind it.
The food menu is seasonal, and unfortunately will only be launched officially in 2 weeks’ time.
The Open-faced Sourdough Toasts offerings would include Mushroom Ragu ($7) of creamy mushroom, sweet pickled shallots, onsen egg, umami parmesan topped with seeds and nuts for the crunch; and Avocado & Dukkah ($7) topped with avocado slices, hummus, feta cheese, house dukkah blend, touch of lemon.
For something sweeter, you can go for the Seed & Nut Butter ($5) added with caramelized bananas, house made seed and nut butter, granola and maple syrup.
The Glasshouse will also be collaborating with local botanical artist Charles (@mossingarden) to bring in interesting plants such as coffee trees, as well as local artists, craftsmen, artisans to conduct workshops within.
It was a tranquil, well-thought-out space to soak into that coffee and book-reading atmosphere.
However, I sense that this place would only work if it is not TOO noisy, so let it maintain as that charming quiet place.
The Glasshouse: Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar
#01-K11 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 9793 0234
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5.00pm (Mon – Fri), 8.30am – 6.00pm (Sat – Sun)