The cafe stop should be a firm fixture on the route of any cyclist worth their salt. Whether it’s an opportunity to warm up during a cold winter’s ride or beat the bonk with a slice of cake, a pit stop at a cycling friendly cafe always makes a weekend ride even better.
With the surge in cycling continuing to grow, more and more cycling focused cafes have begun to make appearances on many of our favourite routes. Whether it’s the smaller city-based stops frequented by couriers or the quirky cafes out in the country, there is plenty to choose from. What’s more our small cafe locks like the Z LOK and FX Cable Lock make it easier to ride and secure your bike for those important coffee stops.
Between our team here at Hiplok, we’ve visited our fair share of cycling cafes around the UK and have picked out some of our favourites for you to consider building into your next ride.
Top 12 Cycling Cafes
Cadence Performance, Crystal Palace
A favourite amongst many London riders heading out of the city and into Kent, Cadence is a mixture of great food and drink and a full on training centre. If you aren’t out for a weekend ride, you can stop by for a Wattbike session and coffee. With plenty of space out the front of the shop for you to rack and lock up your bike it makes a visit even easier.
Nestled in the neighbourhood of Stockbridge on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the Ronde Café is the perfect stopping point for cyclists. The café is located on the same premises as their bike shop, making Ronde a one-stop shop for all your cycling needs. You can watch the world go by and keep an eye on your bike while sipping a flat white through the large shop window.
Look Mum No Hands, Shoreditch
LMNH is the golden standard in cycling cafés, catering for the cool new breed of London cyclist since its launch in 2010. With events run frequently throughout the year such as documentary screenings and guest lectures, it’s easy to find a reason to visit. There’s lots of room and racks out front and they provide Hiplok loaner locks should you forget your own.
The Cycle Hub, Newcastle
The Cycle Hub boasts one of the best views of the world-famous Newcastle Quayside, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and river Tyne. It is open seven days a week with food made to order, including seasonal specials and a selection of delicious pastries and cakes. With the motto “Eat cake, drink coffee, ride your bike”, The Cycle Hub seems to have hit the nail on the head. You can leave your bike near the storefront, although it’s best to bring a lock for peace of mind.
Café Velo, Llantwit Major
In the Vale of Glamorgan, Café Velo can be found serving great coffee and home-made cake – a winning combination for weary cyclists who have struggled over the valleys. As well as refuelling on sweet treats, riders can find spare inner tubes and a track pump to keep the wheels rolling. Café Velo also provide locks, so you can kick back knowing that your pride and joy is safe outside.
Hex is another trendy London cycle café who have found the winning combination of good coffee, local craft beer and fresh pizza. That’s right, you can snack on a pizza whilst chatting all things cycling. Hex also screen all the big road races, so you can grab a beer and watch the Tour on the big screen with your pals. There’s a handy bike rack just out front allowing you to lock up your ride safely.
Café Ventoux, Leicestershire
Situated in the heart of Leicestershire, Café Ventoux takes its name from the infamous climb in Provence. The spacious café doubles as a bike shop and workshop where you can be tempted by beautiful new bikes or sweat it out during a session in the Wattbike studio. The café is in quite a remote location, so leaving your bike outside shouldn’t be a problem, but sling a Z LOK in your jersey pocket to be on the safe side.
You can do just about anything at Cyclelab. It’s a café and juice bar where you can check out new products, get your bike fixed or even do some yoga. Cyclelab also run a series of Park Tool School courses where you can learn how keep your bike in tip-top condition and fix it should things go awry. Bikes can be left out front but it’s a busy area so lock up and relax.
Velo House, Tunbridge Wells
Velo House in Tunbridge Wells is a common stop for cyclists tackling the Kent Hills. Always buzzing, the cafe provides a range of food and drink and hosts some great local events. A large space at the side of the cafe provides the perfect spot for safely securing your bike.
Mud Dock, Bristol
Mud Dock is Bristol’s best known bike shop and café, taking pride of place in their harbourside converted warehouse. For over 20 years, Mud Dock has been fuelling the human engine with a variety of locally-sourced food, whether it be for a morning coffee stop, a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner. They offer secure bike parking too, making it the perfect stopping point for local riders.
Rockets & Rascals, Poole
There’s a long list of reasons to visit Rockets & Rascals, including their extensive menu of superfoods, the workshop for speedy repairs or to say ‘Hi’ to the resident dog Noosa. You can rock up for the shop’s regular ride every Saturday, or chill in the café for your own bit of R&R. You can also keep your pride and joy safe outside using the shop’s locks.
Lock 7, Hackney
Lock 7 can be found in the heart of Hackney, serving the cycling community as a fantastic shop repair centre. It was inspired by the unique bike shops of Copenhagen and right next to the canal, it’s got that Amsterdam feel about it. With a team of certified mechanics and qualified wheel-builders, it’s the place to go for all your repairs and exotic purchases.
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