When Cycling Meets Coffee: Bicycle-Themed Cafes in Singapore 当自行车邂逅咖啡，新加坡自行车主题的咖啡馆
Gone are the days of boring, run-of-the-mill cafes. These days, cafe owners try to differentiate their business by throwing in a theme, hence the proliferation of cafes based on cartoons, movies, pets, and also hobby-based themes such as bikes. I have curated a list of bicycle-themed cafes in Singapore that you may or may not know. Bicycle themed cafes, like cycling itself, is booming, not just as a sport but also as a lifestyle.
Coffee and cycling have always gone hand in hand, perhaps because one fuels the other, and that goes both ways. When cycling meets coffee, both bring people together for great conversation while enjoying something they love. Both bring a connection whether between long time buddies, significant others, or someone you just met.
These bicycle themed cafes are based on different concepts. Some bicycle cafes are coffee shop / bike repair shop hybrids, while others provide a full-service restaurant with a bike-friendly atmosphere and cycling-inspired décor. Whatever the case, these bicycle cafes are hubs in their cycling communities and provide a friendly, welcoming space that encourages the cycling culture and the active lifestyle. Even if you’re not an avid cyclist, you’ll still enjoy them. Whether you’re stepping off on a weekday morning commuting to work, looping around the nearby park or cruising through life on a relaxed weekend afternoon, they are all bicycle friendly business where you can enjoy a warming coffee or a quenching brew, so do check out this list.
Wheeler's Yard: 28 Lorong Ampas, Singapore 328781
Known by influencers for its signature blue door as the place to go to for the perfect Instagram shots, Wheeler’s Yard is where bicycles, coffee, food and all things vintage meet.
Located in an industrial area at Lorong Ampas off Balestier Road, in the midst of heavy industries and a old sleepy neighborhood (site is previously a rundown carpentry workshop), it fills a gap of a cyclist hangout in the area. Large space with high ceilings make this an ideal place to grab a coffee, get some work done, tune up your bike or meet up with some friends.
Blue Balls Bike Café: 44 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118504
This newly opened a bicycle-themed cafe is located along Pasir Panjang Road, within walking distance to Pasir Panjang MRT Station. The cafe exudes some industrial vibes with the large use of brick walls and cemented floors, as well as the mix of metallic and wooden furnishing and fittings — does somewhat remind me a little of Wheeler’s Yard where a similar approach was used as well; from the colours of the walls to the hanging of the bicycle parts.
A lot of the hype on Blue Balls Cafe is placed on the interior — there is no doubt that it has a very conducive environment which I found myself enjoying and even staying for longer than I would usually. They have done a pretty good job with the interior here - something that is likely to attract avid cafe hoppers as well as bike enthusiasts alike.
The owners of the café are avid cyclists themselves, and wanted to create a welcoming space for cyclists to gather; which is why the café also has numerous bike racks available for cyclists who drop by to park their bikes. If you want some cool cycling merchandise, browse Blue Balls’ range of retail goods, including t-shirts, cycling gear and more.
Ciclo e Caffe: 1 Changi Village Rd, #01-2052, Singapore 500001
Ciclo e Caffe means Cycling and Coffee – the two ways that create a community and bring people together.
Located next to Changi Beach Park, this is a spot that I found to be pretty chill — with folks behind the counter who constantly try to make their patrons feel at home here, the bicycle-themed cafe does give off some very relaxing vibes that would work well even for a day out alone, or for a spot for productive work to be done.
Willow.Bike.Art.Cafe: 456 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-1570, Singapore 560456
This bicycle café is hidden at a HDB neighbouring estate in Ang Mo Kio, which is Singapore’s first model walking & cycling town. Surrounded by bicycle-friendly infrastructure such as bicycle parking facilities and dedicated cycling paths, Willow Bike. Art. Cafe is split into two separate sections. The café side serves up delicious waffles, ice-cream and coffee while also acting as a gallery with some art pieces adorning the walls of the café itself. The other section is a full-fledged bicycle shop, offering bicycles and accessories for sale.
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café: 80 Seletar Aerospace View, #01-01 Aviation Hub, Singapore 797563
The unique selling point of this café is without the doubt the location, just off the main runway at Seletar Airport – a small airport that is used mostly for private jets and turbo prop planes to Malaysia.
The cafe has a very interesting concept and a very well decorated exterior and interior. I like the murals and bicycles placed along the outside of the cafe. The outdoor seating offers direct view to the runway through a mesh fence, you can spend the day watching planes take off and land as you enjoy your coffee.
There are many bicycles mounted on the high walls and above the cashier. The owner of Soek Seng 1954 has a magnificent collection of over 100 vintage bicycles which can be seen at the café, mounted on the walls or just displayed around the café.
6 Letter Brunch: 103 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458225
Located along Frankel Avenue near the East Coast area, 6 Letter Brunch is a sight for sore eyes with its leafy plants and vintage bicycles.
On the outside, there is a dainty porch area occupied by wooden tables and bicycle racks.
The interior has a garden theme with many potted plants, a small alfresco dining area at the backyard, a kids corner and main dining hall. There is also a swing and bike-shaped tables to blend with their garden concept.
This is a good spot to chill at if you are a cyclist looking for a convenient spot to rest in the area. Not only do you have a spot to park your bicycle, you can also relax in the relaxing garden interior here.
Two Wheels Good: 61 Jurong West Central 3, Singapore 648330
Located next to Boon Lay MRT Station, Two Wheels Good has a pretty inviting exterior. Decorated with bicycle parts hanging from the walls and the ceiling, there is also a whole bicycle mounted on the side of a wall.
These cafes are not only meant for people who love bicycles. They are places where everyone is welcome and even if the customers aren’t bicycle lovers when they walk in, hopefully they will be by the time they walk out. They are cafes which are passionate about cycling, but are also places where people with all interests can feel at home. The key interest at these cafes is to enhance and grow the culture of enjoyment around coffee and cycling. I humbly ask you to join them in their effort !
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