Posted on September 16, 2016
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From London to Singapore to Melbourne and Milan, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite cycle cafes from around the world. Each one offers the best in local foods and flavors in interesting and beautiful spaces located in cities renowned for their cycling culture.
Look Mum, No Hands! – London
It is safe to say that London’s Look Mum, No Hands! is the cycle café that inspired a movement. Friends Matthew Harper, Lewin Chalkley and Sam Humpheson aimed to create the space they always dreamed of – one where good food, beer and coffee could be found along with a chance to watch or talk cycling with fellow enthusiasts. They opened their doors in 2010 and soon found they were not alone. With three locations, workshops, events, and an extensive menu, Look Mum, No Hands! continues to fuel and inspire London’s cycling community.
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café – Singapore
Set along the private jet runway at Singapore’s Seletar airport, Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café soon became a favorite of local pedalers after it opened in early 2016. Owner Poon Kng Joo, a classic and luxury car restoration specialist, also happens to adore the bicycle and put his skills to work on his two-wheeled love. All of the vintage cycles on display are in perfect working order and are works of art in themselves. Throw in some seriously good food, a little extra creativity (Poon hand-painted the bicycle cartoons that top every table), and that’s a recipe for success.
Red Lantern - New York City
The folks at Red Lantern believe the bicycle is one of humanity’s greatest inventions, which means emphasizing quality and care from the workshop to a cup of perfectly roasted and brewed organic coffee. A highly skilled and experienced staff are ready for any bike, question or order that rolls through the door. Cyclists can refuel in this vibrant space with a selection of baked goods, sandwiches, and salads made fresh daily using locally sourced meats and produce. Touting themselves as the first bike shop in New York to serve wine and beer, Red Lantern will also soon offer finely crafted session cocktails. For all things bike in the Big Apple, Red Lantern is the place to be.
Upcycle Milano Bike Café - Milan
Grounded in the concept of making something new from the old, Upcycle Milano Bike Café is the hub of Milan’s cycling community. Housed in a former garage, Upcycle hosts live events, offers repair services, and overflows with training and bike maintenance information. Designed and planned with sustainability in mind, the bright, open interior is an eclectic mix of furniture and tables surrounded by artfully arranged bicycle frames and accessories. Lunch and weekend brunch menus focus on Swedish and Mediterranean fare accentuated by good coffee and plenty of sweet treats. It’s the perfect place to pause before pedaling off on the next adventure.
Denis the Menace - Melbourne
Hidden away on one of Melbourne’s famous little alleyways is an oasis for the city’s abundant cyclists. Founder Adam Wilkinson aimed to craft a bike friendly hideaway with good food and a sense of environmental sustainability. Wilkinson joined forces with eco-architect Simon Cook of Duckbuild to turn an old warehouse into something special. Using recycled timber and a variety of other materials, the café’s breezy interior is filled with quirky furniture, fruit trees, and compost-eating worms. Denis the Menace’s extensive breakfast and lunch menus emphasize healthy choices, although cyclists in search of a good burger and fries won’t be disappointed. Oh, and there’s plenty of bicycle parking, too.