Modern Coffee Bar in a Old Shophouse-styled Cafe – Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Today was my first month anniversary with my girlfriend and we have make some simple plans for the day. Both of us are absolute coffee addicts and without it, it could literally means end of the world for us. Today, I gave her a surprise when I brought her to one of the famous cafe at Tyrwhitt Road.

This shophouse turned coffeeshop is definitely a place which no one will really notice if you pass by due to its heritage appearance. They kept the original building concept of the shophouse which was built during early stage of Singapore and there was not much decoration done to identity itself as a coffeeshop. Furthermore, the word “hardware” have misled some that thought it was just an old hardaware store.

Old Heritage look of Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Heritage front of Chye Seng Huat Hardware

The front door is being locked and you have to enter through the side door to access the cafe. Well, you does not need to be afraid of fire breakout as there are another exit route right at the back of the building. Don’t be cheated by its “doors closed, not doing business” look.

The front door of the coffee shop.
The front door of the coffee house
Upon entering the cafe, don’t be surprised that you are being greeted by a modern rectangle coffee bar with a huge crowd. Seriously, we didn’t thought that this cafe will be that crowded with people. There are open-air seats which can be access through a door on the left of the cafe. 
Modern coffee bar of Chye Seng Huat
The modern coffee bar table sits right in the middle of the shop
Interior of Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Wall design filled with coffee-related accessories & books for sale
Surprise Surprise. They have a small corner catered as a workshop to teach coffee appreciation. This would be a place that I would loved to learn more about coffee since I am a caffeine addict, provided I do have time during the weekends.
workshop at Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Their mini workshop for coffee appreciation

Here comes the lead of the day, coffee ! My girl friend and I are simply addicted to these drinks though we ordered different grades of coffee. She went ahead for the medium while I go for the bold. It took them some while before serving us the coffee, perhaps because of the great crowd. There was just one thing I was not really satisfied about was the coffee was served warm instead of hot. Perhaps they can reflect on this point. Overall, the taste is acceptable.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware's Coffee
Coffee in a cup

While sipping the coffee, I was also excitedly taking photos of the old shophouse back yard. I used to live in this kind of shophouse while I was young, but much smaller. I wonder what is on the second and third floor of the shophouse.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware's Backyard
Backyard of Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Alley of Chye Seng Huat Hardware
The alley between the backyard and front door  

As we were leaving, we saw this stairs that leds to the second and third floor of the shophouse, but due to time constraint, we did not pursue our curiosity and check the place out. Instead we was squatting at the end of the stairs and started taking photos of it. By the way, this photo was specially edited to make it seems like a doorway to heaven. Lolx.

If you love coffee and like a quiet environment, this will be a place for you to be. Good for couples too. The coffee are priced are 6 dollars each which I thought it was slightly over priced but well, it is compensate with the atmosphere. A place which I will revisit someday.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207563
Tel: +65 6396 0609

Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 10pm
Closed on Monday and certain Public Holidays.
Please note that Kitchen closes at 5pm.