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Our favourite cycling cafes

cycling cafes

We have over 150 self-guided cycling holidays around the world, with tracks and trails through some colossal and historical landscapes. Whether you’re taking on a leisurely journey through Alicante or Andalucia, a Portuguese pilgrimage along the Camino, or an epic cycle between Amsterdam and Paris, you are most likely going to want a coffee or two. Each country has its own glorious coffee rituals too as you will discover en route, whether you’re stopping for a Spanish cortado, fika in Sweden, um café pingado in Portugal or kaffee und kuchen at a German Konditorei. So here are some of our favourite cycling cafes in the UK and Europe. 

Le Peleton Cafe, Paris, France

You may want something stronger than a coffee when you arrive in Paris on your epic cycling holiday between Amsterdam and the French capital. If you’re spending a night in Paris, however, head to Le Peleton Cafe, for a Tour de France vibe – with chocolate sprinkles. As well as organising community bike rides to the likes of Versailles or Rambouillet, their community ethos is summed up well by their own words: “We always reckon life is better together in a Peloton.” We have no words when it comes to their café allongé and pain au chocolat, however, or their croissants stuffed with champignons, Emmental, rocket and truffle oil. Except that this place is earthy, ethical and aesthetic, all tucked into one Parisien pannier.

Hat’s off to you for finishing the Paris to Amsterdam cycling holiday.

Stage 1 Cycles, Hawes, UK

On our self-guided holiday cycling the Yorkshire Dales, there is a wide array of coffee and tea shops en route, but one that stands out for cyclists is Stage1 Cycles which, as well as having a bike and repair shop (which hopefully you won’t need), they have a well oiled cafe called Firebox. They have coffee from a North Yorkshire family-run roasting house called Roost and cakes from their own in-house baker whom they refer to, rather brilliantly as the Queen of Tarts. Once you have tried it, you will swear allegiance to their realm of coffeedom.

La Fabrica, Girona, Spain

Catalonia seeps into your soul on all of our holidays, but on this short cycling holiday through La Garrotxa Natural Park, you get a series of highs one day after another. Particularly from the coffee at La Fabrica in Girona, the glorious medieval town where you spend your last day and evening. Founded by former professional cyclist Christian Meier and his entrepreneurial wife, Amber, they have transformed a former carpentry workshop in the Old Town into a haven of healthy food, fine hospitality for cyclists and any coffee enthusiasts. They have also trained to become roasters, so they also now use their own roasted beans, which will definitely make you feel full of beans again. Actually the whole place will too, inspired by a couple with a vision to share their happy place. 

Cleats off, the coffee’s on.

Musette, Bicycles & Coffee, Bordeaux, France 

As our cycling holiday along the Canal de la Garonne in France starts in the elegant city of Bordeaux, you get to seek out its simple and also simply the best cycling and coffee combo cafe, Musette. They buy their roasts locally, as they do their craft beers, so you can celebrate the end of your first day with a Bordelais brew from the crew. Their biscuits and cakes are gluten-free and organic, and they are as proud of their Faema coffee machine as they might be of any of their beautifully engineered bikes for sale. They chose this brand because it has a history of supporting cyclists, having sponsored the national team in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Great synergy, and great energy. 

Velocity, Inverness, Scotland

There are so many Highland highlights to experience when cycling the Great Glen Way in Scotland, but you definitely deserve a fine coffee from Velocity in Inverness, where your velodyssey comes to an end. Velocity’s strapline is ‘for the love of bikes’ and you can feel that their vision for ‘positive social change through a fair, sustainable, inclusive, active and happy community’ is what it’s all about here. Far from a world of Lycra and Rapha, this is about getting local people out there and active, running bike workshops, sustainability events and cycle training programmes. They’re veggie and vegan, support local food producers, and source their coffee from Papercup Coffee Roasters in Glasgow. They sell mighty fine reusable lunch boxes and keep cups, so treat yourself before going home. 

There’s a fine coffee waiting for you at the end of the Caledonian Canal, Scotland.

Cycle Hub Cafe, Newcastle, England

The historic city of Newcastle is the last stop for many cyclists who have completed Hadrian’s Cycleway or the Coast to Coast cycle, as you can return by train from there after your final stop in Tynemouth. As well as putting the front wheel of your bike into the sea to celebrate your achievements, it’s worth seeking out and supporting The Cycle Hub in Newcastle. With a great location on the River Tyne, they have a bike repair workshop and also the most impressive range of coffees, milkshakes and hot chocolates you could dream of, with Cherry Bakewell latte and Baileys hot chocolate coming out tops. It’s also just half an hour’s walk along the river path to Newcastle’s main station.

Do please send us some of your top tips for favourite cycle-friendly coffee shops that you have enjoyed on your holidays with us. We look forward to building up this blog over time with invaluable intel from our cycling communities. So feel free to share your coffee highlights by tagging us on our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you enjoyed this blog, you may also be interested in our blogs on Our most popular easy cycling holidays and E-bike holidays that aim high.