Mood for Food: Wheeler’s Yard

“Step into the world of Wheeler’s Yard, where bicycles, coffee, food and all things vintage meet.”

Known as a famous hotspot for Instagram posts, Wheeler’s Yard is a specialized warehouse that not only displays handmade urban bicycles but also sells a range of bicycle accessories.

Located at 28 Lor Ampas Road, Wheeler’s Yard also features a spacious hipster cafe which sells a variety of brunch and dinner options.

After hearing so much about Wheeler’s Yard from local friends, with much anticipation and excitement, Julie and I turned into Lor Ampas Street to see what the hype was about.

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Jenny Kim and Julie Chung in front of the Instagram Hotspot.

We took  a snap of each other in front of the well-known blue entrance gate before we walked in the garage with slight skepticism. Our expectation was so high after stalking tagged pictures of Wheeler’s Yard on Instagram, so we were a little disappointed with its appearance. It’s a lot smaller than we expected. Finding the place was also inconvenient; the warehouse was located in a less-developed area far from the nearest bus or MRT station.

Walking in the warehouse, we noticed that it was much like a normal bazaar. There were numerous shops which sold gears for bicycles, such as Camelback and Deuter. The café was at the left of the entrance, but because there were hardly any signs, we were confused at first as to where the cafe was. It was decorated with bicycles, detailed designs of cycling gears and different colored helmets.

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Intricate Decoration of Wheeler’s Yard. Photo by Julie Chung.

The cafe is a square-shaped hall that offers all different kinds of foods ranging from delicious brunch to dinners. The price range is affordable. Most of the food is well above $10, but generally less than $30 dollars. Although the price is reasonable for the food, one downfall of the cafe was that it relies on self-service. We had to order and pick up the food ourselves.

After contemplating the brunch menu, we finally ordered an Eggs Benedict with the choice of Ham for $18.90 and Wheeler’s Yard Big Breakfast with poached eggs for $19.90.

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The Wheeler’s Yard Big Breakfast and The Eggs Benedict. Photo by Julie Chung

The Eggs Benedict comes with a toasted English muffin topped with meat of two choices (salmon or ham) with arugula greens, poached eggs and homemade Hollandaise sauce with a side salad. The Wheeler’s Yard Big Breakfast is served with an egg of your choice of scrambled, sunny side up and poached, white toast, streaky bacon, cheesy pork sausage, chutney tomato, roasted potatoes and mixed salad.

Both of our menu choices were very delicious, as it was very fresh and the orders came out very quickly. The bread was toasted just right, and the poached eggs were the BEST poached eggs I have ever tried in Singapore.

On the other hand, the ambiance was a bit disappointing. “We truly believe in providing a non-claustrophobic space for all to slow down their pace, spend some time with friends or family, and just soak in the atmosphere,” Wheeler’s Yard states on its website.

However, we did not completely agree with this because the cafe was very over-crowded and claustrophobic. It was very hard to hear each other during our brunch.

To avoid this situation, we strongly recommend visiting the café on the weekdays at a non-peak time.

Although the crowded atmosphere and the warehouse itself did not impress us, the food and the interior designs are worth checking out.

  • Service: 3/5
  • Location: 2/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Atmosphere: 2/5
  • Price: 4/5

Author: Jenny Kim

Jenny Kim is a senior, and this is her second year as a reporter of the Eye. She was born in Korea, but she came to Singapore at the age of nine. She enjoys playing tennis/golf, listening to music, hanging out with friends and family during her free time. She can be contacted at kim33424@sas.edu.sg.

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