Whether you’re looking for bike advice, community, or a good flat white, cycling cafes are the perfect local hub to meet other riders and grab a mid-ride refreshment or top up your drinks bottles. With many struggling over the past year, it’s time to show them some love!
So, we asked our Clubs, Instagram followers and the HIGH5 team to give us their recommendations, and they delivered! While there are so many fantastic spots throughout the UK, here are our HIGH5 approved cycling friendly cafes:
Musette Cafe - Aldbury
Musette Café is set in the heart of the Chilterns – making it the perfect stop for cyclists, hikers and trail runners exploring the area. The café was set up by two cyclists and serves a range of artisan coffee, homemade cake and authentic Vietnamese street food.
“They’re really friendly, great coffee and cake, and run some fantastic events” – James
Address: Church Farm, Station Road, Aldbury, HP23 5RS
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am-3pm
Cafe Velo - Ringwood
An independent, family run café on the doorstep of the New Forest, you’ll find locally sourced food, homemade cakes and locally roasted espresso if you stop here for your mid-ride refreshment. They also offer indoor cycle storage, a water bottle filling station and a workshop for any serving and repair work you need done. Thanks Jeff for the suggestion!
Address: 2 Star Lane, Ringwood, BH24 1AL
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 4pm
Destination Bike - Tadworth
If you plan on taking on Box Hill or even Leith Hill (one of our top UK Climbs), be sure to stop at Destination Bike for your mid-ride pick me up. Situated at the top of Box Hill, you can grab anything from a single espresso to a brand new bike! Thanks Steve for the recommendation.
Address: 2 Boxhill Road, Box Hill, Tadworth, KT20 7JE
Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:30am – 5:30pm (varies)
Velolife - Warren Row
Situated in the foothills of the Chilterns, you can expect great coffee and homemade cakes from Velolife. The cafe was named Cycling Café of the year in 2019, after the council banned and then withdrew a ban on cyclists gathering at the local hub. It’s a must visit if you’re in the area – we hear the toasties are amazing!
Address: The Old House, Warren Row, RG10 8QS
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 4pm (varies)
G!ro - Esther
G!ro is fantastic café, workshop and community hub based in Surrey. Offering more than just delicious coffee and cake (although that’s reason enough to visit alone), G!ro runs rides, development rides to build confidence, and even has a Strava club featuring local loops.
Address: 2 High St, Esher, KT10 9RT
Hours: 7:30am – 3pm (varies)
Cinnamon Cafe - Windsor
Running for 20 years, Cinnamon Café’s namesake cinnamon buns have gained a following from visiting cyclists. It’s certainly a staple for nearby HIGH5 Clubs!
Address: The Old Ticket Hall, Windsor Royal Station, Windsor, SL4 1PJ
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 5:30pm (varies)
Cafe Ventoux - Harborough
Found just outside Leicester, Café Ventoux offers great locally sourced food and coffee. It’s also set in a huge 10 acre area with racks for over 100 bikes – so don’t worry about not being able to find a spot!
Address: Tugby Orchards, Wood Ln, Tugby, LE7 9WE
Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 3pm (varies)
Look mum no hands! - London
We couldn’t talk about cycling cafes without mentioning ‘Look Mum, No Hands!’. Probably the most well-known cycling café in the UK, the café-bar-workshop is a popular hotspot for East-London based cyclists.
Address: 49 Old St, London, EC1V 9HX
Hours: Monday - Sunday 8am – 4pm
The Independent Pedaler - Canterbury
The Indepedent Pedaler is a fantastic cafe on the edge of the Kent Downs, serving delicious, organic, in-season food, and great coffee. "Absolutely amazing!!" - Marco
Address: Highland Court Farm, Partridge Dr, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5HW
Hours: Monday - Sunday 9am - 3pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Route 2 Cafe - Topsham
If you’re riding the Exe Estuary Trail, Route 2 Café is the perfect refreshment along the way. They even have a cycle-thru hatch if you don’t feel like stopping!
Address: 1 Monmouth Hill, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0JQ
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 5pm
Velocity - Inverness
With a range of delicious vegetarian food and drinks, a bicycle workshop and plenty of community projects and events, Velocity is an ideal cycling stop in the highlands of Scotland. It also offers booking slots to fix your own bike if you want to save money – as well as one to one support if you need some help.
Address: 1 Crown Avenue, Inverness, IV2 3NF
Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 4pm (varies)
Cadence Cycle Club - Litlington
Need an ideal mid-ride hub? Cadence has it all - delicious food and coffee, bike repairs, rentals and tours. Thanks John for the suggestion!
Address: Church Farm, Litlington, East Sussex, BN26 5RA
Hours: Monday - Sunday 9am - 4pm (varies)
The Cycle Hub - Newcastle Upon Tyne
Another social enterprise as well as café, The Cycle Hub runs as a community hub for local and visiting cyclists. Stop here if you’re taking on the coast-to-coast trail or want to visit the Angel of the North for freshly cooked food and delicious coffee.
Address: Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1BU
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5pm
Proper Cycling & Coffee - Hassocks
We couldn’t forget our local! Proper Cycling & Coffee is a regular haunt of the HIGH5 team and many cyclists riding the South Downs. Made up of a team of Cyclists, Mechanics, Bike Fitters and Baristas, you can expect amazing coffee, great events and expert servicing and repairs.
Address: 26 Keymer Road, Hassocks, BN6 8AN
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8:30am – 6pm (varies)
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