10 Great Cycling Cafes for Coffee and Culture

Coffee and cycling go hand in hand these days. The two-wheel fiends among you love a pit stop that combines lattes and Lycra, apparently. So here’s some inspo on where you can shop, refuel and revel in cycling culture all at once.

THE COG, TRINGhttps://www.facebook.com/The-Cog-227454487392781/

The Cog doesn’t sell cycle gear, but they do welcome a good old chinwag about the two-wheeled world over a cuppa. Refuel on bacon butties, hearty stews and pasties while you check out the cycling memorabilia on the walls. 

THE VELO HOUSE, TUNBRIDGE WELLShttp://www.thevelohouse.com

Whether you’re a triathlete, mountain biker, road rider or commuter, this bike shop and workshop prides itself on fixing all sorts of velo-related problems. Shop for high-end brands or refuel on health-conscious food in the café. Wash it down with a Coffee Officina, or a Belgian Blonde beer.

ZAPPI’S BIKE CAFÉ, OXFORDhttp://www.zappisbikecafe.co.uk

Oxford is a true cycling city, so it’s no surprise that ex-pro cyclist Flavio Zappi’s cycle café and bicycle shop is in demand. Food includes sandwiches, cream teas and coffee served by self-taught baristas and there’s an energetic cycle club vibe throughout.

G!RO, ESHER, SURREY HILLShttp://www.girocycles.com

This community-loved venue has provided regular events, cycle shop equipment and homemade sports nutrition to the cycling community for a few years now. But their GIROSPRESSO blend coffee, European craft beer and seasonal menus draw in the non-Lycra loving crowds too.

‘LOOK MUM NO HANDS’, LONDONhttp://www.lookmumnohands.com

This cultural café in Shoreditch is achingly cool, but has a heart firmly in cycling. It’s packed during Tour de France season and the menu offers hot dishes, salads, pies and Square Mile coffee. Check out their website for updates on bike maintenance courses and events. And if navigating your two wheels through Old Street is just too much, zip over to their second shop in Mare Street, Hackney.

RONDE, EDINBURGHhttp://www.rondebike.com

Road, urban, 29er and sportive cyclists all flock to this bicycle outfitter in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Their stock of bikes and cycling apparel focuses on ‘brands we believe in’ rather than brands with the biggest following. They also feature photography exhibitions and offer cycle maintenance from their workshop. The retro chic café is the place to enjoy Steampunk coffee and locally sourced pastries.

RAPHA CYCLE CLUB, LONDONhttp://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/

You’d have a job trying to cycle around the packed streets of Soho. But if you’re looking for Rapha cycling gear as well as rare screenings and even the odd book launch, this cycle shop and cafe on Brewer Street is just the place. Feast on a nutritious menu designed to prepare a cycle-fatigued body and sip on Workshop coffee. If you’re not feeling so health-conscious, check out Henrik Orre’s menu influenced by key cycling regions. Roubaix soup with a Tuscan Merlot anyone?

PROLOGUE CYCLING, HARROGATEhttp://prologuecycling.co.uk

Fans of high performance road bikes who need their cycle-sore muscles pummelling as well as a caffeine fix come to this one stop shop. Find physiotherapists and sports massage therapists who’ve worked with elite athletes as well as expert mechanics and fitness coaches too. The café serves up smoothies and Prologue blend coffee, with cycled-themed salads and wraps using North Yorkshire produce. Watch live races from their comfy sofa.

THE HARBOUR BIKE HUB, RHYLhttp://www.bikehubrhyl.uk

As much a social enterprise project as a place for cyclists to convene, The Bike Hub in North Wales has been providing work for people with learning disabilities for 25 years. Stock up on accessories, sign up for the Bike2Work Scheme and drop your bike off for repair while you enjoy coffee and cake. Got no wheels? Use their bike hire and pedal along the Welsh Coast.

VELOTON, TETBURYhttp://veloton.co.uk

Inspired by the coffee/cycling culture of Down Under, the owners of Veloton opened up shop in the Cotswolds with a café that’s quirky and open to all. The wholesome ethos translates to organic cakes, locally produced juices and a casual vibe. Join customers as they sip on cappuccinos and peruse the shop.