Devotees of the bean and bike certainly love their cafes. Members of cycling clubs, MAMILs (middle-aged men in Lycra) and social riders can be seen gracing coffee stops, refuelling after a lengthy or leisurely cycle. So, where do they go? This list may offer a few clues…

Cycling in the city, north, east south or west, we have you covered for that caffeine hit, cold drink or a little plate of something for your peloton.


Bar Cycle Cafe

BarCycle Cafe, Walsh Bay Owned by ex Italian pro rider Alberto Talone, BarCycle Cafe serves up delicious coffee, affogato, smoothies, panini, stuzzichini, antipasti and pastas – overlooking beautiful Sydney Harbour. 17a Hickson Road, Walsh Bay;

Rapha Sydney

Rapha Cycle Club, Surry Hills This is a bespoke meeting place for like-minded cyclists to come together and celebrate their sport. Apart from being able to browse the latest Rapha collections in the funky retail space, you can enjoy the onsite cafe serving fine food and coffee. 4/410 Crown St, Surry Hills;


Coffee, Tea and Me, Waterloo + elsewhere It all started with a cutesy tiny shop in Redfern serving Campos Coffee, crunchy bagels and a selection of sweet treats. Now the cafes are popping up all over the place, such as in this endearing spot in Waterloo. 19 Lachlan Street, Waterloo (Also in Redfern, Marrickville, Potts Point and Bondi);

Single O

Single O, Surry Hills + elsewhere This place is ‘forever sourcing, sampling, cupping, roasting, measuring, calibrating, tweaking, blending and tasting’. It takes its coffee damn seriously – ideal for serious drinkers. 60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills (Also in the CBD and Botany);


Bay Ten Espresso

Bay Ten Espresso, Lavender Bay Tucked beneath the Bay 9 Heritage Warehouse Offices on the northern approach to the Harbour Bridge, Bay Ten is a mecca for any two-wheel pedal power fanatic. If you’re after a great place to relax, or a mid-ride stop, this is your place. 10 Middlemiss Street, Lavender Bay;

Nomadic Cafe

Nomadic Cafe, roaming Hornsby + elsewhere This caffeine-laden cart has been seen at various cycling events and often pops up on well-known cycling routes. It’s for hire, too. Roaming cart;

Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky, Cowan This little slice of heaven has been in operation for about 30 years, and over this time they’ve added some ‘fancy’ pies and espresso coffee to the menu. Icy cold drinks are on offer, too. 1296 Pacific Hwy, Cowan; 

The Butcher's Block

The Butcher’s Block, Wahroonga This rustic and inviting cafe is a popular upper North Shore haunt. You’ll often see a row of Lycra-clad bods perched on the stools at the front bar, enjoying a post-ride coffee. 15 Redleaf Ave, Wahroonga;


Campos Coffee Alexandria

Campos Coffee, Alexandria With excellent coffee for purchase, this cafe also boasts 10 bike rings fixed to a wall across the alleyway. So no matter how long you decide to stay, you can rest assured your machinery will be secure. G1/21 Fountain St, Alexandria;

Carss Park Cafe & Grill

Carss Park Cafe & Grill, Carss Park Surrounded by scooter and bike paths, this pit stop is ideal for the whole family. There is plenty of room for everyone’s bikes. Carwar Ave, Carss Park;

HAM Harry and Mario

HAM Harry & Mario, Cronulla With Paul Basset coffee at the ready, the outdoor seating area is large enough that you can easily park your bike at your table or chain it up to a nearby post to keep a good eye on it. 3/17 Gerrale St, Cronulla;

Swallow Coffee Traders

Swallow Coffee Traders, Rockdale Touting gourmet coffee, this coffee spot near Rockdale station is very handy for a caffeine hit. We also hear the Lemon Scrolls are totally delish. Enjoy it all with your bike by your side. 1 Tramway Arcade, Rockdale;


Cafe Morso

Cafe Morso, Pyrmont Situated right on the Harbour’s edge, there are few places better to sip a coffee and indulge in a pre- or post-ride nibble. There are plenty of spots to secure your bike, too. West Side Jones Bay Wharf 108/, 26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont;

Gertrude & Alice

Gertrude & Alice Cafe, Bondi Beach Ride on in, grab a coffee and stop to watch the world go by for a bit. The books will keep you occupied if you have more time on your hands. 1/46 Hall St, Bondi Beach;

Chalk Espresso

Chalk Espresso Cafe, Maroubra Not too far from the beach and Arthur Byrne Reserve’s bike paths, drop on by for a tasty coffee before or after your ride. 45 McKeon Street, Maroubra; 

Paddington Grind

Paddington Grind Cyclists appear to have the rule of the roost at this place, affectionately known as ‘Paddo’ Grind. The staff are bike-mad, too, and there’s even bike art on the walls to make you feel right at home. 339 Oxford Street, Paddington;

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse, Centennial Park Got a bike? No problem! So does just about everyone else here! Luckily, there are enough bike racks to go around and the coffee is flowing fast and furious. Grand Drive, Centennial Park (near the Darley St entrance);


Abbatoir Blues

Abattoir Blues, Sydney Olympic Park Interrupt your cycling journey around Sydney Olympic Park with a stop at beautiful Abattoir Blues. Coffee, cold drink or more – they have whatever liquid you desire. c/1 Herb Elliott Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park;

Bicycle Garage

Bicycle Garage, Lilyfield This bike shop doubles as a cafe and does good coffee. As it’s on a fairly tight corner, the space is quite small, so you might struggle with a large group, but it’s definitely worth checking out. 215 Lilyfield Rd, Lilyfield;

Black Star Pastry

Black Star Pastry, Newtown The big choice here is what to have first: the coffee or the strawberry and watermelon cake? 277 Australia Street, Newtown (also in Rosebery and the CBD);

Coffee Club Nepean

The Coffee Club Nepean River, Jamisontown This is a bit of a cyclist haven – those who have a penchant for a pedal will find it great for their after-ride cool down. There’s loads of seating, both inside and out, but it does get quite busy. 78-88 Tench Ave, Jamisontown;

Do you have a favourite ‘cycle-in cafe’ you frequent. Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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  1. Les Majoros 17 June 2017 at 12.55pm

    I am spoilt for choices when it comes to coffee shops on my rides except for one. The popular M7 cycle way has nothing apart from McDonalds at Prestons. Are there any hidden gems near the M7 that I don’t know about?

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