Cycling and café stops go together like coffee and cake. After a long ride there's nothing better than refueling with some delicious treats or warming up with a nice hot drink.
The cafés we've picked go beyond your usual coffee shop. They all offer something extra for cyclists, whether that's an on-site shop for spares, a workshop for repairs or a great location near the National Cycle Network.
Whether your bike is in need of a repair or you're looking for a caffeine fix in a bike friendly environment, these cafés are the ones to visit.
1. JACK Café, Belfast, near the Comber Greenway
JACK café at Holywood Arches in east Belfast is a fantastic little spot. The café is located on the intersection of two popular greenways used by cyclists and offers free coffee for cyclists on Sundays - which is great!
“ Free coffee for cyclists on Sundays!. ”
It’s named after Belfast’s most famous author, C. S. Lewis who was affectionately known as Jack to his friends and family.
2. Spoke & Co, Nottingham, near National Route 15
Spoke & Co comes strongly recommended by staff in our Nottingham office. This little café serves fantastic locally sourced, homemade food making it the perfect pit stop to refuel after a long ride. And if you’ve suffered a mechanical mishap there’s a cycling shop upstairs too. They also host regular community groups and cycling clubs. And they’re just a stone’s throw from National Route 15.
3. Plan2Ride, Tongwynlais, near the Taff Trail
Based along the Taff Trail on National Route 8 this café serves delicious coffee that has been roasted locally in South Wales. Plan2Ride has a workshop and a shop so you can come in for a coffee and pick up some cleats at the same time.
4. The Journey, Newcastle, near Hadrian's Cycleway
This handy spot sells refurbished bikes and performs bike servicing and maintenance. And if that wasn’t enough they’re also on hand to provide information on walking and cycling - they can help plan routes, offer handy hints and tips or signpost you to cycling services and initiatives.
On top of that they sell beautifully fresh, locally roasted coffee from Colour Coffee in Sandyford, which imports and expertly roasts only the highest quality coffee beans.
5. Popup Bikes, Manchester, near Route 66
Open six days a week with ample bike parking, this cycle café in Manchester is just a mile away from National Route 66 which runs from the centre of Manchester to Spurn Head. Popup provides a range of coffees and food, a perfect place to relax while your bike is in the Popup repair shop. If you’re keen to meet fellow cyclists and share some stories, Popup is the perfect place.
“ Eat, drink and watch live racing. ”
There are several cycle cafés in London, however Rapha gets our vote. Based in trendy Soho, Rapha Café allows cyclists to shop, eat, drink and watch live racing. On the menu you’ll find dishes from renowned cycling regions.
7. Ronde, Edinburgh, near National Route 75
Selling artisan coffee and pastries, Ronde also boasts an exhibition space with cycling photography and prints, and often hosts talks. You’ll be able to watch races and films. Ronde has a workshop for running repairs and offers custom builds and tune-ups. A weekly social three-hour ride takes place every Saturday. Located centrally in Edinburgh, this café is in an ideal position for access to many of the routes that pass through the city.
“ Bikes for sale named after Bristol's hills. ”
A fantastic spot in the centre of Bristol where the delicious, vegetarian food is made with (mostly) organic and local produce, the workshop staff are friendly and efficient and the handmade local bikes for sale are named after Bristol’s famous hills. On top of all that Roll for the Soul is a Community Interest Company and a living wage employer so you can relax knowing that the cash from your cappuccino is going to support an ethical business.
It is said in life that all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately for us that also applies to this wonderful café - it has recently been announced that Roll for the Soul will be closing at the end of 2017. Be sure to try and visit before then and celebrate what has been a fantastic hub for cycling in Bristol.
9. Rockets & Rascals, Plymouth, near Devon Coast to Coast and Route 2
Apart from having quite possibly our favourite name for a café of all time this fantastic spot distinguishes itself by offering a well-stocked shop, experienced bike mechanics plus maintenance courses and groups rides and events.
Located in a rural village in Hertfordshire the building dates back to the 17th century, making The Hub a cosy place to wait out a rain storm. Their workshop The Bike Loft has moved a few hundreds yards down the street to accommodate the growing popularity of the café. They organise Sunday rides once a month.
11. Siempre Bicycle Café, Glasgow, near Route 7
“ A café with their own funky branded cycling kit ”
Delicious locally sourced food, strong coffee, experienced bike mechanics on hand and a shop selling their own stylish kit - what more could you want from this chic café located in Glasgow's West End? How about a calendar packed with events from cheese tasting to monthly secret suppers?
Definitely one to make a detour for if you're in the area, and with nearby Route 7 forming part of the Lochs and Glens North, Forth and Clyde, and Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway routes not to mention the sights of Glasgow on their doorstep you've got good reason to.
12. Your Bike Shed, York, near Trans Pennine Trail
With an ethos of 'Relax, Repair, Refuel' this place sums up what we love about bike cafés. Your Bike Shed serves simple food that is fresh and filling - perfect when you're ravenous after a long ride in cold weather. They also have a bike workshop offering full services, simple puncture repair and everything in between. They take their coffee very seriously too. Perfect.