Coffee and cycling have always gone hand in hand and cycle cafes, like cycling itself, are booming. Below is a detailed look from the two-wheel perspective. These famous European cycle cafés are based on different concepts, but usually it’s a great place to stop by, order a drink and meet other riders. While you tuck into great coffee and food, you can casually inflate your tyres, get advice and repairs if your bike is not alright.
We’ve curated a list of our current favourite bike cafes that you may or may not know, but you cannot miss during your next city trip.
Have we missed out your favourite? Let us know your tips and recommendations!
Cyklist cycling cafe – Eindhoven, The Netherlands
With our home country The Netherlands being among the first cycle-friendly countries in the world, it’s more than natural that the country brims with bike shops. We visited Cyklist, a cycling café in Eindhoven. Located on a former gas factory terrain, the lively and creative ambience invites you to take a seat and enjoy a cup of coffee and a sandwich. Besides, you can buy some nice presents or a cycling jersey and shorts.
Cycklist’s lovely interior makes for a rustic and comfortable setting to watch cycling races on television.
With weekly group rides and organized cycle tours, Cyklist demonstrates its love for cycling and dedication to the cycling community.
Rouleurs of Oslo /// Cycling & Culture – Oslo, Norway
Rouleur is located in St Hanshaugen, Oslo, and combines a cozy bar/cafe with a bike workshop next door. The bar itself also pays homage to the classic bike races, with vintage posters from the Tour de France and Paris-Roubier. You can get coffee, beer, wine, cocktails and some simple bar snacks here. The coffee bar has been a gathering place for bike lovers in Oslo, both amateur and professional cyclists. The workshop takes care of all repairs, big and small, in addition to renting out custom-made Norwegian bikes and guided tours in Oslo’s hills. We fell in love with Rouleur because of the relaxed vibe, the interior design and the fireplace you can sit next to in wintertime. So when you are in Oslo, you should definitely stop by here!
Up Cycle Café – Milan, Italia
Up Cycle is a café, a co-working space, and a bike repair, inspired by Northern Europe. The two founders of this café truly believe in sustainability and have a real eco-conscious attitude. Besides great coffee, tasty food, and a fix for your cycling addiction, Up Cycle Café is therefore also a spot for educating yourself on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
This industrial warehouse divided in two areas (a part devoted to a fixed co-working and the other open to the public) is in the limelight when talking about sustainability, an incredibly important theme in Milan, and is still a meeting point for bike enthusiasts. Anyway, even if you’re not a fan, but need a calm corner to study or work, Upcycle is the place for you.
The Gentle Jaunt Bike Café – Berlin, Germany
Less than two kilometers from the East Side Gallery, is the Gentle Jaunt, probably the most fascinating bike café in Berlin. The Gentle Jaunt is Berlin’s bike shop for laid-back outdoor enthusiasts. They build, customise and repair your bike. Besides, they equip you with bags, apparel and gear for your adventures.
If you're looking for durable and thought-out commuting bikes and Gravel, Cross or Touring bikes are your thing, then it's worth the visit alone.
But they serve really good coffee as well, and small, freshly prepared snacks. Absolutely worth to go, at least to have a drink!
Sartoria Ciclistica – Como, Italia
Visiting Como? Drop by for an excellent coffee and tasty bagel in Sartoria Ciclistica, a cycling cafe in the centre of Como, which is nestled onto the bottom corner of Lake Como. They showed us great courtesy, the atmosphere is informal the cafe is a perfect starting point to ride on the roads of Lake Como and have a snack when you are done.
They’ve got their own cycling club, which you may join for a ride out into the surrounding mountains and around the lake. No bike? They offer carbon bicycles for rent. In their shop you can kit yourself fully.
When you like cycling, you like Como and the area, you appreciate great coffee (Get a pack of their Ghisallo blend for home) and a nice Apero: This will be your place.
G!RO Café – Esher, United Kingdom
Whether you are a rider looking for a spot to meet, recharge & unwind, or you are a local looking for a friendly coffee house – your are welcome at G!ro, a bicyle shop and cafe. They serve high quality coffee, fresh fruit smoothies and homemade dishes. G!ro supports the local cycling scene and has grown into a staple venue fort the region. The cafe is located on one of the main London exit routes, 25 km southeast of the city. In their shop they sell their collection of own-brand apparel, but they also stock other brands.
You will feel very homely in this well decorated cafe with nice athmosphere!
* Photos: café owners
* This is a non sponsored blog post, these cafes were chosen by ourselves. Although it is unashamedly Europe-focused :-)