It’s always a bonus when an establishment offers not just good food and coffee, but a set-up practically designed for Instagramming too. So it is at this literal glass house tucked away in Chijmes, with a selection of toasts so pretty, you can’t help but gasp when they come to the table. Hell, everything about this place is gorgeous, from the natural light that streams through the glass walls, to the grey and blonde Scandi-chic furnishings and perfectly placed potted plants.
Owner Yeo Qing He, 26, is a former motion designer who fell in love with coffee four years ago. After two years of dedicating his weekends to gaining more F&B knowledge by helping out at cafes, he gave up his design job to work full-time as a barista at Common Man Coffee Roasters. In September last year, he opened The Glasshouse with two silent partners.
While coffee is the heart of this establishment (he serves a fortnightly rotation of beans from various roasters), Qing He also offers a compact menu of beautifully presented open-faced sandwiches made with loaves from The Bakery By Woodlands Sourdough. A small selection of pastries and cakes is available as well.
The Glasshouse: Specialty Coffee & Toast Bar is at #01-K11 Chijmes, 30 Victoria St, S187996. Tel: 9793-0234. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8am-6pm. Last orders at closing. www.facebook.com/theglasshousesg