We all know that Changi Airport is home to some pretty great dining options and cafes. But what if I told you that there is a place in Singapore where you can dine RIGHT BESIDE an airport with the runway in full view?
Because for starters, Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe is in a location that is as obscure as it gets.
Situated beside Seletar Airport and on the first level of MAJ Aviation Building at Seletar Aerospace, Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe's location is definitely one of the most ulu cafes that we have been to. But trust me when I say that the experience of sipping coffee while watching private take off and land along the Seletar Airport runway is pretty special.
Originally a Japanese restaurant, 60-year-old Poon Kng Joo - a well-known bicycle enthusiast - took over the place late last year. Also known as “The Collector”, Mr. Poon boasts a collection of over 100 beautiful vintage bikes and over 20 of them are displayed in the cafe.
If you are a cycling enthusiast, all the sights of the vintage bicycles will definitely make you drool.
Even though I am not one, I loved the interior decoration of the cafe including the ingenious use of bicycle spokes to create lamps.
But just another hipster cafe this is not. All of the bicycles hanging around the cafe are all in perfect working condition. Some of these classic and modern classic bicycles are even from the 1950s and were lovingly restored by Mr Poon himself!
While the interior is air-conditioned, I suggest grabbing a seat outside if the weather is not too hot... or if you head there during evenings.
The main reason? Kids will have a field day counting the number of planes taking off and landing on the Seletar Airport runway. As an added bonus, mini chalkboards have been attached to the fence for kids to doodle away while parents sip their coffee. A thoughtful touch!
With a view like this, how does the food measure up?
The cafe’s dining menu is predominantly Western style, with dishes such as Fish & Chips and Chicken Chop. In addition, there are also Asian options like Katsu Don and Beef Rendang to cater to different tastebuds.
We did not tried the main dishes though, as we were there after a heavy lunch. And since I pretty much assumed that the monkies were still feeling full, I ordered just one slice of the Rose Cake, or bandung-flavoured yummilicious cake as the monkies called it.
Yes, what began as 'Don't order too much Papa, we're too full to eat' turned into 'Hey, I only ate a few mouths!' as soon as the forks sunk into the moist cake.
I would have loved to do a proper review of the cake but the fact is I did not even had the chance to taste even one miserable morsel. Sob.
Well, at least that gives me a good enough reason to head back again - this time on empty stomachs!
Seok Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe may not be the most accessible cafe around but hey, that adds to the charm of the place.
Because where else in Singapore can you dine away and have a cuppa next to an airport while enjoying the view of planes taxiing along the runway? The kids will LOVE it!
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe
Address: #01-01, MAJ Aviation Building, 80 Seletar Aerospace
Opening Hours: Tues - Thurs 10am - 1pm | Fri & Sat 10am - 11pm | Sun 10am - 10pm | Closed on Mon
*Very limited paid parking is available for the public onsite.
*There are Reserved Lots too but they are only permitted for public parking after 6pm daily, and whole days on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.