The buzz: The East in general is no stranger to hip residents like Immigrants, Penny University and Mad Nest. But previously sleepy Siglap recently got a jolt of sporty caffeinated chicness with this bike shop/ café/general cool-people hangout, a collaborative effort between former pro cyclist Jansen Tan and roasting moguls Papa Palheta.
The vibe: Looks can be deceiving. From the outset, it looks like one of those small trendy industrial-styled cafés—enter via the main entrance and you’ll only see tables and the bar counter—with concrete, black steel accents and blonde wood, of course. But the 3,000 sq. ft. space houses a bike repair workshop at the back plus a sizable retail space upstairs—where you can ask embarrassing newbie questions and take bikes out for test drives around the neighborhood (or just on the rolling trainer, spinning to a playlist by Darker than wax’s Dean Chew).
The goods: Just really good bicycles, coffee and mod Sin plates. sip on artisanal brews by papa palheta (need us say more? $4 upwards), order up indie-fusion dishes like rendang hot dogs ($14) and chapalang salad ($15) from the soon-to-reopen Wild Rocket’s Willin Low if you’re famished. Then, if you like, pedal home with the shop’s very own signature model, the fussfree, humidity-friendly Coastliner ($2,800) to burn off the calories.
Why you’ll be back: It’s not the first place with a bicycle-café hybrid concept (see Wheeler’s Yard) but the coffee and food come from beloved names, plus the sexy two-wheeler we’ve got our eyes on is locally designed. The neighborhood’s quiet, too—perfect for chilling out and peaceful, unobstructed test rides.