The “Ding Ding Man” is the ice cream man OR this café at 1G Yio Chu Kang Road. (YCK friends, are you reading this, there is finally a hipster café near you.)
Cemented walls with exposed bricks does the trick to create an alluring rustic charm that attract the ‘hipster’ cafe-goers or serial café hoppers.
Which is true for my case.
Their loud graffiti signage and rustic interior design caught my attention while I was walking home on a late night, and went ”What is this??”
In collaboration with Gentlemen’s Coffee Company, the café uses “Handlebar” coffee blend.
It has a nutty and chocolaty taste profile – my familiar type of coffee blend which is also commonly used in other cafes.
Note that The Ding Ding Man is currently only serving drinks like coffee and craft beers. Full launch of the place will be expected in early 2017.
Apart from coffee, an interesting drink to note would be the Popcorn Float ($7).
This totally reminds me of A&W’s root beer float, but with addition of sweet buttery caramel popcorn to up the guilt factor.
With prior expertise in events industry, the team at Ding Ding Man does not want to open just any café, but one which can provide that ‘café experience’.
Therefore, while there are space constraints with the café and bar occupying level one, works are under way for level two to transform into a barber shop and retail space for street apparels.
Sipping a cup of flat white while having a haircut does sounds like an interesting experience to try out.
The Ding Ding Man has potential to be next hipster place of Serangoon to chill.
However, they faces their own set of challenges with the not-so-accessible location, lack of parking space, and low foot traffic.
I walk past here often, and the turnover rate for shops along that stretch of road has been pretty high…
Hopefully when the full menu is ready, The Ding Ding Man will be able to anchor their foothold or even transform the stretch of road into the next hipster heartland enclave.
The Ding Ding Man
1G Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545513 (Near Serangoon MRT, Buses: 80, 81, 81, 101, 107, 107M, 136, 153)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tue
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.