Margot McGovern finds the nation’s best spots for a post-ride pick-me-up.
For two-wheeled coffee drinkers, there is little more rewarding or rejuvenating than that first sip of your latte or long mac after an even longer ride. However, great coffee alone usually isn’t enough for a café to draw a regular crowd of riders. So we put the question to Ride On readers: what makes a cafe bike-friendly?
Unsurprisingly, bike parking, and friendly service were near the top of the list, as were free water bottle refills and cleat-resistant floors. Road riders appreciated early opening times and room enough to accommodate the whole peloton—extra points if the café splits the bill. Commuters wanted chic, inner-city hubs, single roasts and speedy service, while recreational riders and tourers craved shady courtyards, access to trails and a decent selection of sweet treats to accompany their bean brew.
Australia has a rich café culture with thousands of bean bars dotted across the nation. We were determined to find those select few that meet your criteria of a great bike-friendly café. So here they are, as voted by you, in alphabetical order by state, Australia’s top 50 bike-friendly cafes.
Australian Capital Territory
40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
At Two Before Ten, coffee is not a beverage—it’s a way of life. Enjoy the chic urban décor inside, or relax outdoors where there’s plenty of room for you, your crew and your bikes.
New South Wales
52 Keppel St, Bathurst
Take a seat beneath the shady vines or find a cosy indoor table. There’s plenty of room to park your bike and big tables set up for large groups. If you’re a local rider, chances are the friendly staff already know your name and caffeinated drink of choice.
339 Oxford Street, Paddington
Cyclists have the rule of the roost at ‘Paddo’ Grind. The staff are as bike-mad as the riders and there’s bike art on the walls to make you feel at home.
163 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie
As the name suggests, Peloton Espresso Bar is geared for riders, with staff that are as passionate about bikes as they are about coffee.
1296 Pacific Highway, Cowan
Located on a popular regional bike route, Pie in the Sky has a covered outdoor area, great views, excellent coffee and, you guessed it, pies.
4/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Rapha has a reputation for never doing things by halves, and you can bet their coffee is as top notch as their cycling kit. One sip and the world takes on a grainy, sepia hue.
Shop 1/29 Rossiter Street, Rapid Creek
Café Central brews some of Darwin’s best coffee. There are also plenty of outdoor tables, room to lean your bike and cold hand towels to help you cool down after a ride.
34 Coulson Street, Blackbutt
After a big ride there’s only one thing better than coffee—and that’s coffee accompanied by baked goods. Blackbutt Bakery, located on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, has a selection of pies and cakes to satisfy the most famished rider.
173 Brisbane Street, Ipswich
At Cactus Espresso bar the staff are chipper, the coffee is excellent and riders are welcomed with open arms. There’s room outside for your bike and large outdoor tables. Regulars also tell us “coffees are half price before 9am on the weekend for cyclists.”
50 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
Decked out with “bike bling” and attached to a bike shop, Crankstar is an ideal spot to enjoy a post-ride coffee while your ride gets a tune up.
176 Grey Street, South Bank
Conveniently located on Brisbane’s South Bank, Espresso Garage has plenty of space for bikes, great coffee and fast, friendly service.
155 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
Jetty Café’s coffee has been described as “epic,” it’s open early and you get to look out over the water while you refuel. There’s also a team of friendly staff and bike racks to boot.
7/58 The Strand, Townsville
The owners of Juliette’s are as keen on bikes as their patrons and support local cycling groups and events. They have plenty of room for large groups, open at 6am, put out bike racks and offer water bottle refills with ice, raisin toast and great coffee.
Shop 8/180 Grey Street, South Bank
Indulge your sweet tooth! My Sweetopia has delicious cupcakes baked fresh on the premises each morning and if you’re lucky the barista will write your name in chocolate on your coffee.
212 The Parade, Norwood
Argo is a little café with a big heart, and something of an institution in the Adelaide suburb of Norwood. It boasts outdoor seating, bike racks, great coffee and friendly staff.
32 Leigh Street, Adelaide
One of our readers makes the bold claim that Coffee Branch owner Josh “makes the best coffee in the country”. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, Coffee Branch is located right in the heart of the Adelaide CBD on trendy, car-free Leigh Street.
Gorge Road, Cudlee Creek
A popular haunt among Adelaide Hills riders, Cudlee Café has plenty of room for bikes, outdoor seating and a wood fire indoors when the weather turns chilly.
3/15 Moseley Street, Glenelg
As the name suggests, this little nook off Glenelg’s main drag is a dedicated cyclist refueling station. It also houses a small bike museum and has a mechanic on hand Saturday afternoons.
1A L’Estrange Street, Glenside
Red Berry won a silver medal at the 2013 Australian Coffee Roasters Awards and boasts its own cycling kit. If that’s not enough to convince you to drop by, the variety of single origin roasts will.
631 Anzac Highway, Glenelg
Part of the Watermark Hotel, the Coffee Station opens early to cater to Adelaide’s beachside roadie crowd. There’s plenty of bike parking, great coffee and fast, friendly service.
272 Charles Street, Launceston
The team at Aromas know exactly what riders want: great coffee, freedom to rearrange the furniture, less than $10 minimum EFTPOS spending and cheap cake and coffee combo deals.
Shop 1/37 Main Road, Wivenhoe
A favourite among local riders, Crusty’s Bakery is open early and offers a large selection of baked treats to accompany your coffee.
176 Channel Highway, Taroona
Riders are always welcome at The Picnic Basket, which has a generous undercover outdoor area, room for your bike and a great section of coffees and cakes.
95 Main Road, Penguin
Head to Renaissance Café for service with a smile and ocean views.
80 Rupert Street, Collingwood
The epitome of Melbourne cool, Allpress serves fine coffee in urban chic surrounds, with bike parking available in the enclosed rear courtyard.
90-92 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
Boneshaker Espresso lives up to its name, offering some of St Kilda’s best coffee from inside a bike shop.
2 Ireland Street, Bright
The café at Bright Velo is part of Australia’s first dedicated bike hotel. It’s run by a cyclist, for cyclists, and is fitted out with a fascinating array of bike paraphernalia. The iced coffees are rumoured to be particularly good.
382 Hampton Street, Hampton
Brown Cow is a strong supporter of the local cycling community and boasts bike racks, ample outdoor seating, friendly staff and great coffee.
15 Marine Parade, St Kilda
If you’re one of Melbourne’s regular Beach Road riders, chances are you’ve enjoyed a latte or two at Café Racer, which is now under new management. It’s right on the esplanade, has ample bike parking and is always flooded with a sea of lycra.
42 Station Road, Warburton
Cog Bike Café is right on the ‘Warby’ Trail, is attached to a bike shop with a mechanic on hand and offers bikes for hire. In fact, everything about Cog is geared for riders—even the bathroom has bike-themed décor.
Cnr. Blundy and Station Streets, Forrest
Located in the heart of Forrest mountain bike country, The Corner Store boasts the Otways’ best coffee, ample bike parking, a bike shop and bikes for hire.
127 Fryers Street, Shepparton
Housed in an old church, Friars Café combines old world charm with great food and coffee. There’s racks outside for bikes and the owners don’t mind you leaving your cycling shoes on indoors.
3 Katandra Road, Ormond
Gauge Espresso is open from 6am, Monday to Friday, to cater for early riders, and inside its bikes, bikes, bikes, everywhere you look—there’s even one hanging from the ceiling.
42A Marine Parade, St Kilda
Located right on Melbourne’s popular Beach Road strip, The Great Provider has hanging bike racks, a great breakfast menu, friendly service and marina views.
150 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra
Located on the Capital City Trail and close by Yarra Boulevard, Kanteen caters to roadies and recreational riders alike. There’s plenty of space to park your bike while you kick back, drink up and enjoy the river views.
Shop 3/17 Esplanade, Cowes
Mad Cowes offers preferential seating for local riders, the coffee tastes great and the breakfast menu is large.
Jells Park, Waverly Road, Wheelers Hill
Madeline’s offers plenty of outdoor seating and great coffee in picturesque surrounds.
Shop 13 Prahran Market, South Yarra
“Awesome” coffee, places to lock up your bikes, trendy urban décor. Market Lane Coffee has everything you could want in a chic inner-burbs bean bar.
17 Olinda–Monbulk Road, Olinda
Olinda Café is home to plenty of outdoor seating and some of the best hot chips and iced chocolates around.
Cofield Wines, Distillery Road, Wahgunyah
The Pickled Sisters Café is an accredited cycle friendly business. The staff is clued up on local riding and the café has a pump and repair kit on hand. There’s also ample bike parking and space to spread out.
19 North Road, Newport
There’s always a bike or two at The Pint of Milk, where the friendly, relaxed atmosphere is a draw card for locals.The long list
815 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Not only does St Ali North brew some of the best coffee to be had in Melbourne, it’s right on the Capital City Trail, next to Velo Cycles bike shop, offers ‘ride through’ service, ample bike parking and a large grassy area where patrons can spread out and enjoy a post ride treat.
114 Berkeley Street, Carlton
Seven Seeds has indoor wall-mounted bike racks and the floor is polished concrete, so you don’t need to worry about scuffing it with your cleats. The pastries are excellent and the staff are friendly.
Pier Road, Mordialloc
Located at the famous Beach Road Mordialloc turn around point, Tour de Café has bike racks aplenty, taps to refill your water bottles and a range of energy bars to fuel your return trip to Melbourne.
NMIT Fairfield Campus, Yarra Bend Road
Yarra Edge Nursery Café is located just off Melbourne’s arterial Main Yarra Trail and offers plenty of bike parking and quiet, leafy surrounds. As the name suggests, there’s also a nursery for green thumbs.
84 Rosewood Avenue, Woodlands
Overlooking Jackadder Reserve, Bada Bing has lakefront views, outdoor seating and friendly staff.
Shop 5, 106 Oxford Street, Leederville
Not only is Cranked connected to a bike shop, it boasts some of Perth’s finest coffee, bike racks aplenty and shaded outdoor tables.
30 Kent Street, Busselton
The coffee is consistently good and the friendly staff are happy to welcome your entire peloton.
177 High Street, Fremantle
This Fremantle café has big tables to accommodate large groups of riders with speedy service and bike racks to boot.
310 South Terrace, South Fremantle
The coffee is good, the staff have a sense of humour and the waterfront is close.
The long list
Australian Capital Territory
|Two Before Ten|
|40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra|
New South Wales
|1con1c Coffee Van|
|Corner Dean and Creek Street, Albury|
|About Life Natural Marketplace|
|605 Darling Street, Rozelle|
|10 Homer Street, Earlwood|
|322 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst|
|285 Bronte Road, Waverley|
|215 Lilyfield Road, Lilyfield|
|18 Park Street, Port Macquarie|
|Café de Beaumont|
|70 Beaumont Street, Hamilton|
|Centennial Park Kiosk|
|Centennial Park, Sydney|
|The Coffee Club, Nepean River|
|78-88 Tench Avenue, Penrith|
|52 Keppel Street, Bathurst|
|89 Fletcher Street, Adamstown|
|Greengrocer Café & Cyclery|
|37-41 Clifford Street, Goulburn|
|6 Surf Road, Cronulla|
|Shop 4/3-5 Myahgag Mews, Mosman|
|191 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst|
|Peloton Espresso Bar|
|163 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie|
|Pie in the Sky|
|1296 Pacific Highway, Cowan|
|Shop 15/1 Alice Street, Merimbula|
|Rapha Cycle Club|
|4/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills|
|Shop1/29 Rossiter Street, Rapid Creek|
|Alberto’s Shot Espresso Bar|
|462 Montague Road, West End|
|The Bingil Bay Café|
|Bingil Bay Road, Bingil Bay|
|34 Coulson Street, Blackbutt|
|The Blue Olive|
|1/38 The Esplanade, Paradise Point|
|4 Lavarack Road, Mermaid Beach|
|Cactus Espresso Bar|
|173 Brisbane Street, Ipswich|
|1863 Mt Nebo Road, Mt Nebo|
|Chase the Rider|
|Cnr Arrabria and Currangindi Street, Jindalee|
|The Chelsea Bistro|
|The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane|
|110 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters|
|Crankstar Bespoke Cyclery|
|50 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba|
|Shop 3/30 Chancellor Village Boulevard, Sippy Downs|
|176 Grey Street, South Bank|
|Feel Goodz Gourmet|
|Shop7/14 Oxley Avenue, Woody Point|
|First Pour Brisbane|
|369 Montague Road, West End|
|1/327 Honour Avenue, Graceville|
|The Jetty Café|
|155 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe|
|7/58 The Strand, Townsville|
|87 Roma Street, Brisbane|
|4 Tay Avenue, Caloundra|
|Little Blue Tandem Café and Cycles|
|Shop 3/577 The Esplanade, Urangan|
|Mackay Metro Market|
|24-26 River Street, Mackay|
|Millie J and Co|
|334b Flinders Street, Townsville|
|Shop 2/237 Riverside Boulevard, Douglas|
|Shop 8/180 Grey Street, South bank|
|Shop 3/21-23 Warner Street, Port Douglas|
|Pam’s Café 88|
|88 O’Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach|
|2 Hythe Street, Miami|
|Shop 3/190 Fairfield Road, Fairfield|
|Two Wheels and a Handlebar|
|33 Railway Terrace, Milton|
|Zarraffa’s Coffee, Chatswood Road|
|Shop 1, Chatswood Central Shopping Centre Corner Chatswood Rd and Magellan Road, Springwood|
|27 High Street, Willunga|
|Anderson Hill Winery/Café|
|407 Croft Road, Lenswood|
|212 The parade, Norwood|
|1/9 West beach Road, West Beach|
|182 Victoria Square, Adealide|
|Bond and Lane Canteen|
|1 Salisbury Crescent, Colonel Light Gardens|
|The Broadway Kiosk|
|Corner Broadway and South Esplanade|
|114-118 East Avenue, Clarence Park|
|32 Leigh Street|
|George Road, Cudlee Creek|
|12-14 Jetty Road, Glenelg|
|The Grain and Bean|
|Shop 2B Bartley Terrace Shopping Centre, West Lakes Shore|
|240 Strathalbyn Road, Mylor|
|12 Eliza Street|
|Jetty Street Café|
|1 Jetty Street, Grange|
|La Musette, Siphon Coffee Bar|
|3/15 Moseley Street, Glenelg|
|Shop 2/72 Broadway, Glenelg South|
|The Organic Market and Café|
|5 Druid Avenue, Stirling|
|The Pantry on Egmont|
|2 Egmont Terrace. Hawthorn|
|138 The Parade, Norwood|
|Red Berry Espresso|
|1A L’Estrange Street, Glenside|
|McLaren Vale Road, McLaren Vale|
|99 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide|
|Watermark Coffee Station|
|631 Anzac Highway, Glenelg|
|272 Charles Street, Launceston|
|172 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay|
|267 Main Road, Derwent Park|
|54-56 Gormanston Road, Moonah|
|Shop 1/37 Main Road, Wivenhoe|
|18 Criterion Street, Hobart|
|464 Macquarie Street, South Hobart|
|The Lotus Eaters Café|
|10 Mary Street, Cygnet|
|Machine Laundry Café|
|12 Salamanca Square, Hobart|
|The Picnic Basket|
|176 Channel Highway, Taroona|
|52 Main Road, Penguin|
|50 Bridge Street, Richmond|
|21-23 Railway Place, Fairfield|
|56 Derby Street, Kensignton|
|À Bloc Bicycle Shop|
|116 Commercial Road, Prahran|
|86 Station Street, Fairfield|
|80 Rupert Street, Collingwood|
|Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford|
|Anchorage Coffee Shed|
|34 The strand, Williamstown|
|Art of Cycling|
|177 Stephen Street, Yarraville|
|Black Panther Café|
|Shop 6, Stoney Creek Stores, Halls Gap|
|611 Nepean highway, Carrum|
|7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds|
|90-92 Inkerman Street|
|2 Irland Street, Bright|
|648 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn|
|382 Hampton Street, Hampton|
|214 Flinders Lane, Melbourne|
|136 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg|
|15 marine Drive, St Kilda|
|62 Ford Street, Beechworth|
|CERES Organic Café|
|Ccorner Roberts and Stewart Street, Brunswick|
|27 Conness Street, Chiltern|
|Coffee Peddlers Café|
|22 Charles Street, Brunswick|
|Cog Bike Café|
|42 Station Road, Warburton|
|16 Progress Street, Mornington|
|Abbotsford Convent, 1 Saint Heliers St, Abbotsford|
|The Corner Store|
|Corner Blundy and Station Street, Forrest|
|35 Market Street, South Melbourne|
|The Deli Platter|
|1/1514 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda|
|Elwood Food and Wine Bar|
|201 Ormond Road, Elwood|
|Emerald Village Bakery and Café|
|Shop 8/10 Kilvington Drive, Emerald|
|The Farm Café|
|18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne|
|787 Nicholson Street, Carlton North|
|Fine Grind Café|
|34 Union Street, Brunswick|
|31 South Cresent, Northcote|
|127 Fryers Street, Shepparton|
|Friends of Ours|
|1018 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon|
|2 Gore Place, Geelong|
|Grand Boulevarde General Store Café Deli|
|27 Princess Court, Craigieburn|
|The Great Provider|
|42A Marine Parade, St Kilda|
|The Green Olive Café|
|11 Bath Lane, Bendigo|
|3 Katandra Road, Ormond|
|Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates|
|107 Bulleen Road, North Balwyn|
|4/100 Keilor Road ,Essendon|
|7 – 11 Dawson Street, Brunswick|
|The Joy Bus|
|23 High Street Barnawartha|
|150 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra|
|Larder Fromagerie and Provisions|
|14a Camp Street, Beechworth|
|Little Chloe Café|
|Ground Floor, 1810 Malvern Road, Malvern East|
|The Little Mule|
|19 Somerset Place, Melbourne|
|The Loaf and Lounge|
|223 Manifold Street, Camprdown|
|21 Hope Street, Brunswick|
|Mad Cowes Café and food Store|
|Shop 3/17 Esplanade, Cowes|
|Madeline’s at Jells|
|Jells Park, Waverly Road, Wheelers Hill|
|206 Canterbury Road, canterbury|
|Market Lane Coffee|
|Shop 13, Prahran Market, South Yarra|
|107A canterbury Road, Middle Park|
|34 Pier Street, Altona|
|Middle Brighton Baths|
|251 Esplanade, Brighton|
|133 Eighth Street, Mildura|
|Monkey Can Fly|
|519 Highett Road, Highett|
|1a Bluff Road, Black Rock|
|O’Hea’s Bakery and Deli|
|203 O’Hea Street, Coburg|
|The Old Bakery and Wild Plum Café|
|97 Martin Street, Dunkeld|
|Olinda Café and Produce Store|
|17 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda|
|The Olive Pit Delicatessen|
|73 The Terrace, Ocean Grove|
|Omara Cycles Café|
|304 Beach Road, Black Rock|
|Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird|
|124 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale|
|The Esplanade, Cowes|
|Main Street, Rutherglen|
|57 Chute Street, Diamond Creek|
|The Pickled Sisters Café|
|Cofield Wines, Distillery Road, Wahgunyah|
|The Pint of Milk|
|19 North Road, Newport|
|59 Wells Street, Frankston|
|Port Melbourne Bakehouse|
|210 Bay Street, Port Melbourne|
|The Produce Store|
|86 High Street, Mansfield|
|Rail Trail Café|
|2 Service Street, Porepunkah|
|Red Bean Coffee|
|121 Plenty Road, Preston|
|Richmond Rush Café|
|4 Stewart Street, Richmond|
|Ricketts Point Beachside Café|
|Ricketts Point, Beach Road, Beaumaris|
|Rubber Duck Café|
|139 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill|
|114 Berkely Street, Carlton|
|Smiths Gully General Store and Café|
|914 Main Road, Smiths Gully|
|Pier Promenade, Frankston Waterfront, Frankston|
|Soul Kitchen Café|
|The Arts centre, St Kilda Road, Southbank|
|288 Neerim Road, Carnegie|
|St Ali North|
|815 Nicholson Street, Carlton|
|St Ali South|
|12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne|
|State Coal Mine Café|
|Garden street, Wonthaggi|
|1325 Mountain Highway, The Basin|
|11 and 12 Manchester Unity Arcade, 220 Collins Street, Melbourne|
|Tour de Café|
|Pier Road, Mordialloc|
Lysterfield Park, Horswood Road Entrance, Narre Warren North
|465 Nepean Highway, Frankston|
|170 Canterbury Road, Heathmont|
|Wa-De-Loch Cellar Door|
|76 Tyres Street, Stratford|
|1122 Glen Huntley Road, Glen Huntley|
|769 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South|
|Yarra Edge Nursery Café|
|NMIT Fairfield Campus, Yarra Bend Road|
|84 Rosewood Avenue, Woodlands|
|Canning River Café|
|Corner Of Kent Sreet and Queens Park Road|
|Shop 5/106 Oxford Street, Leederville|
|17 brockman Street, Pemberton|
|30 Kent Street, Bussleton|
|Dome, Westralia Plaza|
|167 St Georges Terrace, Perth|
|La Tropicana Café|
|177 High Street, Freemantle|
|310 South terrace, South Freemantle|
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