Top 15 Cycling Friendly Cafés in the UK
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We’ve rounded up some of our favourite cyclist-friendly café stops across the UK. These are places that welcome cyclists with dedicated bike parking, water bottle refill points and on the odd occasion a bike mechanic on hand.
Cinnamon Café – Windsor, London
Address: Goswell Hill, Windsor SL4 1PJ
Set in an old railway ticket hall, this classic old-time café is focused on good old-fashioned café quality. They value high-quality ingredients, proper customer service & a warm welcome for all. With ample indoor and outdoor seating and space for bikes to park; this is the ultimate mid-ride café stop.
What to order: for any cyclist looking for a mid-ride pick-me-up, we advise a double espresso (Pact is their chosen roaster) and a signature cinnamon bun.
The Dynamo – Fulham, London
Address: 200-204 Putney Bridge Rd, London SW15 2NA, UK
This spacious cycling café is the perfect stop off whether you’re riding in a group or solo. With lots of bike storage, televised cycling and lots of fellow cyclists; this place is a true retreat for anyone who likes riding their bike.
What to order: Caravan Roastery espresso and make sure you have room for a proper breakfast – their porridge is the fanciest out there!
Four Boroughs – Crystal Palace, London
Address: 10 Church Rd, London, SE19 2ET
These guys love cycling so much they even have their own Rapha team kit! This minimal café focuses on food & drink offerings that challenge the norm & promote healthy living. Park up outside & refuel ready for the next leg of your ride.
What to order: Assembly Roast espresso or a kombucha and a refined sugar-free, gluten free, vegan cake.
Kaffeine – Gt Titchfield St & Eastcastle St, London
Address: 66 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7QJ // 15 Eastcastle Street, W1T 3AY
Both locations of this benchmark-setting London café offer a great place to stop mid-ride. With places to lean a bike and on-street outdoor seating, this is the perfect venue for watching the world go by while you work up the energy to get going again.
What to order: Get one of the regularly changing guest espressos and one of their iconic pastel de nata.
Superette (Swains Lane) – Highgate, London
Address: Unit 5 Swain's Ln, London N6 6AG, UK
This fine food store is a welcome break on any cycle ride, whether you want to browse the shelves & discover some of the most amazing artisan items (even better if you’re riding with saddle bags), or grab a drink & a snack to keep you on the road for longer.
What to order: A Climpson & Sons iced American & one of their daily selection of pastries.
Society Café – Bath, Oxford & Bristol
These cycling friendly cafés have even teamed up with Charge Bikes to offer their baristas their own commuting bike for their shifts. Park up at any one of their modern cafés and you’re sure of a restorative break from the trials of the road. The welcoming team are masters at making you feel at ease, well cared for & well fed too!
What to order: Opt for a guest batch brew or one of their colourful smoothies to accompany a vegan ‘sausage’ roll.
Ride 24/7 – Cirencester
Address: Unit A, Apollo Court, 1 Wilkinson Rd, Cirencester GL7 1YT
Ride 24/7 is an independent bike shop, workshop and coffee stop – the ultimate pilgrimage for serious cyclists. Enjoy bike storage, an onsite mechanic and a shop full of accessories and merch. There is also an amazing community here with Club 24/7; participating in regular group rides, private Facebook/Whatsapp groups, social events and benefitting from shop discounts & free coffee.
What to order: Clifton Coffee Roasters espresso & a gooey chocolate brownie.
Hard Lines – Cardiff
Address: Cardiff Central market, Unit 25, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
The coffee here is guaranteed to be fresh as it is roasted right on site. The Hard Lines roastery has expanded to include an on-site cycle-friendly café; a relaxed diner-inspired place to take a mid-ride breather.
What to order: We know no-one likes a bike ride on a full stomach…. but you really need to try the empanadas here. If that sounds too ambitious, they do an awesome pastry & filter coffee deal which should be just perfect to fuel the ride home.
Coaltown Canteen – Ammanford, Wales
Address: The Roastery, Foundry Rd, Ammanford SA18 2LS, UK
Head to canteen on-site at Coaltown’s ultra-stylish roastery. Perfectly located in the old mining town of Ammanford for a bit of hill training; you will really deserve a rest stop – and this is just the place!
What to order: Coaltown’s own incredible cold brew and the most amazing donut from local suppliers Pitchfork and Provision.
Craft House Coffee – Wiveslfield, Sussex
Address: Unit 1 Park Farm, Wivelsfield Green, Haywards Heath RH17 7RU, UK
Specialty roaster Craft House have cleverly positioned a retro coffee van outside their HQ so visitors on two wheels can swing in for a coffee & to rest up on the ample outdoor seating. It’s the perfect ultra-relaxed venue to head for on a group or club ride through the rolling Sussex countryside.
What to order: A house espresso and one of their signature baps….unless you hold off for donut weekend in which case…isn’t it obvious?
The Velo Lounge – Wool, Dorset
Address: Unit 1, Woolbridge business Centre, Wool, Wareham BH20 6HG, UK
The Velo Lounge not only offers a menu & surroundings perfectly tailored as a cyclist rest stop; they also have an on-site bike & repair shop. Bring your bike in for anything from a small repair to a full, gold-level service. Meanwhile you can head to the café for a little R&R yourself.
What to order: Their Peruvian house blend coffee & a slice of their special flapjack.
Modern Standard Coffee – Edinburgh
Address: 49 Barclay Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4HW, UK
This distinctive blue café is a beacon of hope for many weary cyclists. The coffee is supplied by Modern Standard’s own roastery & served to perfection by a team of enthusiastic baristas. Park your bike up outside & take a break from the (probably) damp Edinburgh weather.
What to order: A piccolo and a cinnamon bun or a coffee flavoured soft-serve ice cream.
Bear – Northwich, Derbion, Stone, Derby & Uttoxeter
Address: Unit SU230, Level 2 Derbion, London Rd, Derby DE1 2PL, UK
The Bear cafés epitomise casual, characterful coffee breaks. The quirky, ultra-cool interiors and outdoor spaces are great for cycling pit stops in style.
What to order: A pour-over coffee & a plate of fruit pancakes….the fruit makes it healthy, right?
The Velo Barn – Westerham, Kent
Address: Unit 1, Betsoms Farm, Pilgrims Way, Westerham TN16, UK
The Velo Barn is run by cyclists, for cyclists. The café (with its cleat-friendly flooring) is the perfect pit stop to regroup and refuel, filled with a mixture of healthy options and indulgent treats for tired cyclists. The adjoining workshop undertakes everything from custom frame builds to bike servicing to puncture repair.
What to order: A house blend espresso and a slice of carrot cake.
Quarter Horse Coffee – Birmingham
Address: 88-90 Bristol St, Birmingham B5 7AH
This bright and airy café is run by specialty coffee roasters Quarter Horse, so natural the coffee is excellent. They cater brilliantly for cyclists, with a great outdoor area (round the back) to park you bike, as well as outdoor seating if you’d prefer to feel the breeze.
What to order: This is definitely a place to stop for brunch – you can’t pass up that French brioche toast and a coffee of course.