Trend Alert: Bikes in Restaurants

Could it be a hint? Exercise after eating?

( Restaurant du jour in 2014 was a blur of mason jars, cage lights, bricks, and clipboards. (Read: 10 Things You’ll Almost Always See in a Manila Restaurant.) This year, a new trend might be surfacing: bicycles. We’ve been seeing them everywhere-on the floor, on display, upside-down, under sinks, on the wall. Everywhere.


Epic. Photo from Epic Bike Cafe’s Facebook page


This isn’t to say that restaurants (or their interior designers, rather) are doing it to fit a fad. Epic Bike Cafe in Kapitolyo, for instance, has had theirs since they opened in 2012-an aesthetic complement to their theme. The bikes on display are from the owner’s collection, with each curating an interesting story. Pan de Amerikana’s, which dangles from the store’s front roof, puts a touch of quirk to their upside-down look.



Pan de Amerikana. Photo from Pan de Amerikana’s Facebook page


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Main Street. Photo courtesy of Adam Tan


Most customers tend to overlook the one in Canadian-food hub Main Street. It’s by the window on the second floor (we always sit on the first). According to co-owner and chef Adam Tan, he put it there as an affirmation of the hip and urban vibe they were going for (and that "it looks cool"). Biking is also a trusty mode of transporation in Vancouver; there’s nothing more apt than cruising along "Main Street" on a 1948 Roadmaster Luxury Liner (read: it’s a really rad bicycle).



Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. Photo from Saab Magalona Bacarro’s Instagram page





It’s interesting to see how these two-wheeled rides can be used in different styles. If Epic went for edgy and Main Street went for hip, Vanilla Cupcake Bakery maximizes its cuteness. The Mother Ignacia branch puts theirs in a garden-styled restroom, under a sink and with a basket of flowers. In vegan destination SUSI, which emphasizes sustainable living, the eco-friendly bamboo bike is on full display just above the stair landing.



Runner’s Kitchen


Instead of a pair of legs, which would’ve been the obvious choice, Runner’s Kitchen opted to go with a bicycle precariously hung over one of their tables. It’s slightly unnerving to sit under it, but we have to confess that this spot near the door is the most Instagram-friendly.


It’s a rather interesting coincidence. But whether it’ll become a full-on trend, we’ll have to wait and see.

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