Even though I am not a cyclist myself, I am often tasked by friends to help them find cyclist-friendly cafes. (Also read: 10 Bicycle-Themed & Bicycle-Friendly Cafes)
Other than the usual bicycle-themed cafes of Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe, Wheeler’s Yard, Blue Balls Café, and The Autobus, there is also Ciclo e Caffe.
Yes, I made all the way to Changi Village (and reminisced my old-chalet days and had a good makan session at Changi Village Food Centre nearby as well).
Ciclo e Caffe means Cycling and Coffee – the two ways that create a community and bring people together.
It is quite known in the cycling community, though there is almost no write-up on it despite having opened for a while.
The cafe at Changi Village seeks to create a place where it is cosy and warm, where people come as strangers but part as friends.
I think the one thing that left an impression was the friendliness of the staff.
Even as I was not that into bicycles, he was proactive in striking in a chat and introducing me to a hobby I was not familiar with.
This welcoming gesture is apparent in their consistent 5-star Google review so far.
The beverages menu at the cafe is kept simple. The Espresso ($3.5) is a strong shot that will wake you up.
Depending on your liking, there is Black ($4), White ($5) and Mocha ($6) for you to choose from.
The Rosso Bean espresso blend used from Eastern Java has a robust body and dark chocolaty aftertaste.
To go with your coffee, there are little pieces of pastry such as Butter Croissant ($3.50), Raisin Scone ($3.50) and Chocolate Danish ($4).
Sweeter desserts are the Cheese Cake ($5) and Tiramisu ($5).
If you are thinking New York or Japanese-style Cheesecake, this is not quite the usual served in cafes.
Apparently, what they offer is an Indonesian-stye Cheesecake called the “Bolu Keju”, with light sponge cake spread with light butter cream and with grated cheddar cheese all over.
You get a combination of sweet and partly salty in one bite. Worth to get if it is available here.
If you are ever at Ciclo e Caffe, pay attention to the walls of the cafe. They are filled with vintage bicycle frames, every piece of which is a personal artefact or cycling memorabilia.
Ciclo e Caffè
1 Changi Village Rd, #01-2052, Singapore 500001
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm (Tues – Fri), 7am – 12am (Sat), 7am – 11pm (Sun)
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.