First Bike Ride recommendation: this newest bike cafe in Taguig called “Bikes & Coffee Manila” is probably one of the best additions to bicycle-friendly Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
We were invited for a fun city ride organized by Instagram cycling group Roji Riders yesterday. We started pedaling early in the morning but the heat at noon time was quite painful. The route was BGC-Quezon City-Manila-Buendia and then back to BGC.
It was nearly 12 noon when we arrived at BGC and we decided to visit Bikes & Coffee Manila, a lifestyle cycling cafe located in Uptown Parade.
Even before it officially opened last February 12, First Bike Ride was already curious if it’s worth a visit. And we’re not disappointed.
Almost all of our friends, who were tired after that ride in the scorching heat, ordered cold drinks. One cyclist finished his lemonade in less than a minute—it’s that refreshing. Then there’s another dude who ordered his second cup. Really, it’s that good. Sumatran beans were used for the iced coffee that we ordered.
The staff, who were very friendly and helpful, recommended that we try a pour over and customers can choose from the cafe’s beans. We’ll try Apo or Kenya on our next visit.
For food, the salmon sandwich and croissant with chocolate were energizing.
But among everything that Bikes & Coffee Manila offers, its vibes and the view were the best part of our visit. Dining outside is more enjoyable because you get to chat with friends with social distancing and the sight of the beautiful buildings was just perfect.
Aside from the food and drinks, it’s also a bike shop where you can buy merchandise and bicycle parts, among others. In fact, some of our friends were able to purchase some items. So be careful, it’s prone to bike budol and brewdol.
Budol is a pinoy cycling slang which refers to an incident where a person buys or does something that is not part of his/her plans. Meanwhile, brewdol is similar but in the context of coffee.
If you need some repairs with your bike, it has a mechanic. Bikes & Coffee Manila has a shower too where one can sign up for a membership to avail this.
To be honest, we thought that Bikes & Coffee Manila was intimidating after seeing the displayed flashy bicycles and posh interiors but it’s actually friendly, accommodating and helpful. It even encouraged non-bikers to visit. The welcoming staff delivered excellent service.