The Best Bike-Friendly Cafes in Victoria
While there are deep divisions amongst cyclists about whether the ideal post-ride drink is a flat white, long macchiato, or cold drip iced coffee, what isn't up for debate is the enjoyment that comes from relaxing with friends after a ride.
But what really makes for a great road bike and cyclist friendly cafe Well, ample space to safely store your bike and service that isn't dismissive of anyone who rolls up on two wheels are important. In addition, free top-ups for your water bottle and an outdoor area are also great so that bike shoes don't scuff the indoor floors.
And of course, to stop disagreement among the group about whose shout it is, a place that splits the bill is also a plus.
The cafes and mid-ride pit stops on our list might not have every one of these characteristics, but they are definitely among the most bike-friendly cafes in Victoria.
Allpress espresso on Rupert Street in Collingwood is that typical cool Melbourne cafe, complete with a great outdoor area. The rear courtyard also doubles as a place where you can easily park your bike while you duck in for a coffee.
The name is a clue to the fact that Bright Velo might be something a bit unique for cyclists. Billed as Australia's only dedicated bike hotel, Bright Velo has struck a partnership with Padre Coffee to provide the best beans to cyclists who stay at the hotel. Added extras include high energy fuel for upcoming rides and great comfort food for after you've conquered the local climbs.
For a place to stop for coffee that is also tantalisingly close to the fresh ocean breeze, you don't have to look any further than Cafe Racer in St Kilda. A favourite for those who cycle the Beach Road, the popular local spot has plenty of places to park your bike and is frequented by medium and large groups of cyclists.
The Corner Store
If you're ever up in the mountain passes of Forrest, where mountain biking takes precedence over road bike riding, be sure to stop in at The Corner Store. And don't feel the need to pack a family's worth of bikes, as the Store also has plenty of bikes to hire.
Another cafe with a clue in the name that it might be a good spot for weary cyclists to park their bikes, Gauge espresso (last time we checked) even has a bike hanging from the ceiling. Gauge also opens bright and early, brewing its first cup from 6am, every day from Monday - Friday.
If you have any other favourite spots where you stop when you're out on a ride, be sure to let us know, we might even feature it on a Part 2 to this article!