By Douglas Freeburn
They say that cycling is the new golf. The rise of boutique cycling in Brisbane has been a catalyst for a new form of coffee culture. Establishments who are catering for those resplendent in lycra are becoming more and more common throughout the brew landscape. Here are our best Brisbane cafés for cyclists.
Attention coffee and cake lovers! My Sweetopia is a popular coffee shop located in central South Bank. On any morning the shop is abuzz with lycra clad patrons. With great coffee and even better cakes and pastries, My Sweetopia is a must for anyone looking to relax after a casual pedal along the Brisbane River or a hard grind through the hinterland. This café also has great cycling facilities with bike racks and tools available to patrons. My Sweetopia is also famous for its fabulous coffee art making it one of Brisbane's best cafes for cyclists.
180 Grey Street, South Bank
Whether you are having a quick coffee stop on your leisurely ride to work or relaxing after a hard workout in the hills, The Treehouse is a one-stop shop. Tucked away in the central Southbank coffee precinct on Grey Street, The Treehouse provides renowned coffee and a laidback vibe to satisfy any weekend warrior. Formally regarded as the cycling community’s ‘best kept secret’, word has spread and now on any given morning, The Treehouse is bustling with wheelers seeking this establishment’s famous brew.
164 Grey St, South Bank
Campos The Valley
Campos is an acclaimed Australian coffee franchise with a very positive reputation within the coffee sipping cycling community. Needless to say, Campos is the sort of establishment that will impress even the most cynical of brew critics. Located in the trendy fortitude valley coffee/fashion precinct, Campos is known for providing amazing coffee and hearty meals. Their love for the sport of cycling is so intense that they sponsor an elite racing team who regularly drop in for a brew. So, whether you are a racer or a commuter, Campos is a winner.
11 Wandoo St, Fortitude Valley
La Dolce Vita
Ciao Bella! La Dolce Vita has been the hallmark of Italian coffee culture in Brisbane for decades. Located 5 minutes from the CBD in Milton, this cafe showcases amazing coffee and top-notch Italian cuisine at anytime of the day. Of course, an Italian boutique coffee shop would not be complete without an abundance of lycra clad revellers sharing brew time. La Dolce Vita is somewhat of a cycling mecca, with many cycling bunches making the footpath outside the shop a meeting place.
20 Park Road, Milton
This cyclist hive is located on the most popular cycling route in Brisbane, The River Loop. Plenty is known for its fabulous coffee and decadent sandwiches and breakfasts. Additionally, this establishment boasts a Middle Eastern theme, offering lycra clad revelers a cultural brew experience. Cyclists will enjoy outdoor seating and friendly staff, rendering Plenty a must visit for anyone on a casual pedal around the river.
284 Montague Rd, West End