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11 Prettiest “Glass House” Cafes In Singapore For Sunny Brunch Dates With Plenty Of Natural Light

Glass house cafes in Singapore

Cafehopping is one of the most underrated ways to explore the city. Though we are often touted as a Little Red Dot, we can assure you that there’s no shortage of cafes here – especially glass house-themed ones. 

If you’re looking for an alternative work-friendly spot or are keen to switch up your cafe roster, we’ve got your back with these 11 glass house cafes – all sun-lit with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can get some vitamin D. 

1. The Glasshouse – CHIJMES cafe with brunch bagels

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For those in the know, The Glasshouse should be a name that rings familiar. After all, it’s one of the OG glass house-themed cafes in Singapore. Strategically located in CHIJMES, it’s a 2-minute drive from SMU and the CBD area, perfect for both workday brunches and coffee meet-ups.

With mostly wooden furniture and white walls, its minimalistic interior is generously sprinkled with greenery throughout, making you feel at ease. The vibes aren’t the only thing immaculate here though – so is the food.

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If you’re planning to come here for brunch, have a taste of their signature Breakfast Bagel (from $18) or Avocado Nut Parfait (from $20).

As for that caffeine boost you’re looking for, their specialty Mont Blanc (from $9) should do the trick. Pair your main with this tasty complex concoction of cold brew, sweet cream, and orange zest for a hearty meal combo.

Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-03 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: 8am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 6900 3237

2. Hortus – Dine within GBTB’s Flower Dome

The sun, plants, and coffee, sound like the ultimate way to spend an afternoon.
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At Hortus, you not only get to stroll around Gardens By The Bay (GBTB), but you also get to dine in it. To top it off, all reservations at Hortus are inclusive of access to the Flower Dome greenhouse, which usually costs $12/adult for Singapore residents.

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You don’t have to worry about walking from the drop-off point either, all guests get to experience buggy chauffeur service from GBTB’s entrance to the restaurant.

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Food-wise, Hortus has an extensive Mediterranean menu. Relish in their Afternoon Tea set (from $58/pax) on the weekends and expect savoury delights such as Madras curry crab and Comté cheese quiche. Of course, as part of the set, there’ll also be desserts like blueberry and vanilla frangipane tarts.

For something more filling, their lamb tagine cooked in sweet spices, prunes & apricots (from $34) and spaghetti, mud crab, garlic, chili, white wine (from $34) makes for a scrumptious meal.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09 Level 2 Flower Dome, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-10pm | Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Contact: 6702 0158

3. Around Cafe – Ice cream & waffles till 2am

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Easties don’t need to worry about late-night hunger pangs with Around Cafe’s convenient location right beside Alps Residences in Tampines.

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This place is mainly known for its ice cream and waffles so you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a Single Scoop ($4.50) or a Double Scoop ($8.50) of creamy goodness. If you need something warm and savoury before dessert, go for their Grilled Cheese Sourdough which makes for a light snack.

Address: 117 Tampines Street 86, The Alps Residences, Singapore 528538
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-12am | Fri-Sat 12pm-2am
Contact: 8892 8343

4. Waga Waga Den – “Moody” glasshouse with sleek interior

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Waga Waga Den is a cosy coffee spot at South Beach Tower. It features just a coffee bar, 2 benches on the inside, and 4 more as outdoor seating areas for those grabbing a cuppa on the go.

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Their Signature Cloud Coffee (from $8) – Waga Waga Den’s version of an iced cappuccino topped with cocoa powder – hits the spot, especially on a hot afternoon. 

For those who prefer a stronger chocolatey flavour to their coffee, have a taste of their Concrete Coffee (from $9). This iced mocha is infused with melted dark chocolate to add an extra layer of flavour. Pair your cuppa with some Warabi Mochi (from $9) topped with roasted soybean powder for the perfect midday pick-me-up. 

Address: 38 Beach Road, #01-14, South Beach Tower, Singapore 189767
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8.30am-3.30pm | Sat 9.30am-4.30pm (Closed on Mondays & Sundays)
Contact: 6386 6720

5. Starbucks at Bird Paradise – Rustic vibes with jungle-themed playground

Fun fact: you can spot planks made of reclaimed wood and elements made of recycled materials here.
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Cafe enthusiasts now have another new spot to add to their list – hint: it’s surrounded by greenery and doesn’t look like it’s in SG. It’s tucked away in the tranquillity of Bird Paradise, but you don’t actually have to purchase tickets to enter Starbucks at Bird Paradise

The outlet features a mural by local artist Rippleroot.
Image adapted from: Starbucks

With incredibly high ceilings and wood-on-wood accents, this outlet truly brings out the atmosphere of a rustic wooden glasshouse with all the “airiness”. 

Outside this coffee house also lies a jungle-themed playground – perfect for entertaining your little ones. If you want to enjoy your cuppa while keeping an eye on your kiddos, opt for the al-fresco seating area as they have benches directly facing the play area.

Address: 20 Mandai Road, #02-05, Singapore 729825
Opening hours: 9am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 6025 1675

6. Runes – Build your own sushi bowls

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If you’re looking for a brightly-lit cafe for casual meetings and zoom calls, consider Runes. It’s got carbs, caffeine, WiFi, and power sockets – everything you need to get into the productivity zone. Moreover, their seats are fully cushioned with lower back support so you don’t have to worry about backaches from sitting too long.

The stars of the menu include largely espresso-based drinks such as White (from $4) and Mocha (from $4.50). However, they’ve also got options for non-coffee drinkers like Matcha (from $5), Chocolate (from $5), and a wide variety of tea (from $3), including Classic Breakfast, Earl Grey, Bi Luo Green Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, Chamomile, and Peppermint.

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Additionally, you can build your own sushi bowl with ingredients like onsen egg, Bulgogi Beef, Gochujang Chicken, and Miso Salmon for a healthy lunch or if you’re feeling a little peckish during your work sesh. For prices, feel free to enquire onsite.

Address: 28 Biopolis Road, Level 1 Wilmar International Limited, Singapore 138568
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm (Closed on weekends)

7. Mylo’s – Pet-friendly snack stop with alfresco dining

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Spend brunch with your furkids at Mylo’s. Nestled along the cycling track that connects Marina Bay Sands to Gardens by the Bay, this diner sports 50-pax outdoor seating and features floor-to-ceiling windows – so you’ll still get plenty of views and natural light even if you’re seated indoors.

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With an extensive selection of 23 gelato flavours, you’ll be spoilt for choice – pair your Single Scoop (from $6) or Double Scoop (from $9) with some cones and waffles. They’ve even got Affogatos (from $10) in 2 flavours: Vanilla & Himalayan Pink Salt gelato drowned in either espresso or honey, olive oil, and fennel pollen, and Milo gelato topped with milo crumbs. 

Pet mummies and daddies won’t be the only ones with a happy tummy here. Mylo’s also offers dog treats such as Pumpkin & Oatmeal ($2) and Bone Broth Popsicles ($5) to keep all their guests happy.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-01, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: Sun & Tue-Thu 8am-8pm | Fri-Sat 8am-10pm
Contact: 6970 8553

8. Glyph Supply Co – Somerset cafe with high ceilings

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High ceilings, WiFi, and good coffee most likely mean high work productivity. The same brains behind Runes have birthed yet another cafe collective: Glyph Supply Co

Take your pick at the plethora of bakes to go with your daily cup of joe such as Earl Grey Lemon Sultana Scone (from $5), Banana cake (from $5), to Croissants (from $5). Do note that these pastries are featured on a rotational basis so you’ll always be in for a surprise.

Glyph Platter (left) and Mentaiko Pasta (right)
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Their Glyph Platter (from $19) – sourdough, avocados, bacon, scrambled eggs, mixed greens – and Mentaiko Pasta (from $18) also remain a fan favourite amongst guests. For those planning to drop by for brunch in the city, their mains are available from 8.30am-3.30pm, so take your time to arrive. 

Address: 111 Somerset Road, #01 – 06, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: 8.30am-5.15pm, Daily

9. Hub & Spoke – Local & Western brekkie at Changi Airport

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You don’t have to choose between local and Western cuisine at Hub & Spoke. Their all-day breakfast includes both local delicacies and western brekkies. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood for Kaya Butter Toast ($4.90) or some Swalty Pancakes ($15.90) – Hub & Spoke’s got you covered.

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Other notable delights include classics like Laksa ($9.90) and Otah Steam Bun ($6.20). The outdoor seating area is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring along your doggos to the family brunch. 

Address: 60 Airport Boulevard #01-T2S-02, Singapore Changi Airport, 819643
Opening hours: 7.30am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9894 2859 (WhatsApp)

10. Prairie – Bukit Timah cafe with greenhouse aesthetic

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It’s not every day that you’d find a cafe with a greenhouse attached to it. Prairie levels up alfresco dining with a see-through ceiling, hanging plants, and their highly raved-about Duck Confit (from $36)

To take things up a notch, customise your breakfast with an array of add-ons – from an extra slice of sourdough to knobs of kombu butter – for the perfect brunch. Then, wash it all down with interesting beverages like Taro Latte (from $7) and Butterscotch latte (from $7).

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Expect to find a crowd at any time of the day – as they not only serve up hearty brekkies like Smoked Salmon Croissant (from $19) and Breakfast Bunwich (from $18), but also have an extensive alcohol menu. From wines (from $10/glass) to champagnes (from $12/bottle), you’ll be all prepared for some boujee day-drinking.

Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-05C Cluny Court, Singapore 259760
Opening hours: 8am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 6972 9142

11. Coffee Tea Library – Swanky teahouse with loads of swings

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Swing by Coffee Tea Library for a tea-rrific time with their extensive tea catalogue – specially sourced from our long-distance neighbours: Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, and China. 

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Nestled within Tanglin the retail enclave, it makes for a convenient spot for quick catch-up sessions or an in-depth tea tasting experience. Whether you’re a matcha girlie or prefer bolder flavours like Oolong, you can trust their teas to help you beat the heat of SG’s weather. 

Another standout feature is the retro interiors. The old-school swings replacing chairs and vintage-style tiles lining the floors really suit the teahouse aesthetic, considering how tea’s one of the world’s oldest beverages.

Address: 356 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247674
Opening hours: 10.30am-7pm, Daily

Aesthetic glass house cafes for brunch, anytime

Glass house cafes aren’t only a godsend for IG-pics, but immersing yourself in an aesthetically pleasing environment can also lift both your mood and productivity. Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery when working from home or a new hangout spot for brunch, you can always save this list for later.

The next time you’re in the mood for a caffeine and vitamin D boost, feel free to drop by any of these cafes.

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Cover image adapted from: PRAIRIE by Craftsmen (Bukit Timah) via Google Maps, @jiayanjane, @runescoffee via Instagram

Ong Yee Ching

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