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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
6. 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. ”
7. 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 rainstorm. Their workshop The Bike Loft has moved a few hundred yards down the street to accommodate the growing popularity of the café. They organise Sunday rides once a month.
9. 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 a good reason to.
10. The Handle Bar, Oxford, near Route 5
Formerly Zappi's café in the centre of Oxford, The Handle Bar is the new and expanded cafe that has taken its place and is proving a popular place to stop for a break while your bike is being fixed downstairs. The focus on top quality locally and ethically sourced food means that the open-plan kitchen not only attracts cyclists but anyone with a keen interest in good food.