I WANT TO RIDE MY BI­CY­CLE A Guide to Mel­bourne’s Bike Friendly Cafes

GRAM - - Contents - Megan Os­borne

The sun is start­ing to shine again, and Mel­bourne food­ies no longer have to rug up and risk the frosty weather in search of mulled wine and hot choco­late. Spring is here, and cy­clists are out in force, fre­quent­ing Mel­bourne’s many pop­u­lar bike tracks. Thanks to be­ing a rel­a­tively bike friendly city, Mel­bourne un­der­stands that with great tracks, comes great hos­pi­tal­ity. Here are some of Mel­bourne’s best bike friendly cafes, with Ly­cra op­tional, but great cof­fee non­nego­tiable.

Bay­side rid­ers have plenty of op­tions on where to get their salt-scented sips. Rid­ing along­side the beach is a pop­u­lar choice for those work­ing out, or just af­ter a week­end wan­der. A pop­u­lar spot on Ma­rine Pa­rade in St Kilda is CAFE RACER. They of­fer all day break­fast with tra­di­tional faves, plus a few scrumptious ex­tras such as the beet­root eggs, with house made rel­ish, goats cheese, rocket and some pretty poachies. What’s even bet­ter is you can en­joy it while over­look­ing the wa­ters of Port Phillip Bay. Home to many true­blue bike lovers, any time you pop by Cafe Racer you’ll be sure to en­joy the warm com­mu­nity feel—af­ter you’ve nav­i­gated through the jun­gle of tyres, spokes and high-tech lock­ing de­vices, that is.

Another Bay­side beauty is Hamp­ton based

BROWN COW, where you can get Brown Cow branded cy­cling kits. Bike racks aplenty, and a close beach lo­ca­tion, Brown Cow aptly hail them­selves as the cy­cling hub of the south east­ern sub­urbs. Open for break­fast, lunch and even din­ner, you’ll of­ten see some shiny ly­cra pop­u­lat­ing the out­door seat­ing through­out spring, and on par­tic­u­larly cold days, maybe even catch a glimpse of some su­per keen cy­clists warm­ing them­selves by the toasty in­door fire­place. But Mel­bourne’s best bike tracks aren’t all by the bay. Stud­ley Park and Yarra Bend Park in Kew are great places for a scenic cy­cle, and the STUD­LEY PARK BOATHOUSE is a great stop for a caf­feinated chat. So close to the city you’d never ex­pect this scenic oa­sis, but make like it’s a hol­i­day and join the hoards of bike rid­ers as they en­joy bike paths and cof­fee alike.

A jump, skip and pedal away is THREE BAGS FULL in Ab­bots­ford, which is the num­ber one choice for many hues of ly­cra wear­ers. It’s no won­der why, when their menu is both hearty and healthy. Rid­ers can stop for a quick veg­gie juice, or sit down with fel­low cy­clists for some­thing a bit more ad­ven­tur­ous, like their Eggs in Hell dish with grilled po­lenta, spicy chorizo ragu, poached eggs, fior de latte and basil. Their sweet treats are aw­fully tempt­ing too, and if you’re hop­ping back on that bike af­ter­wards, why not sneak in a few ex­tra calo­ries?

While a lot of cy­clists hit the roads as week­end war­riors or hob­by­ists, a lot of eco friendly and #fit­spo in­di­vid­u­als utilise their fancy fix­ies for day to day travel. The city and sur­rounds is full of cafes, but how bike friendly are they re­ally? And how much are you will­ing to risk the se­cu­rity of that ex­tra limb—err, bike? SEVEN SEEDS in Carl­ton is a great stop for in­ner-city rid­ers, fit­ted out com­plete with an in­door bike rack. So you can get your qual­ity cof­fee fix whilst not be­ing too far from your one true love.

Rich­mond rid­ers will want to cut through to new cheeky hide­away DE­NIS THE

MEN­ACE on Chest­nut Street, Cre­morne. Headed by Adam Wilkin­son (pre­vi­ously St Ed­monds), De­nis the Men­ace is not only bike friendly with an un­der­cover stor­age space for your wheels, but also de­signed with con­sid­er­a­tion across the board for en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. Wilkin­son tells us that ‘ev­ery sin­gle piece of tim­ber in the build­ing is re­cy­cled tim­ber’, along with many of the fit­tings, dec­o­ra­tions and design fo­cussing on re­cy­cled ma­te­rial.

So if you’re al­ready do­ing your bit to help out the en­vi­ron­ment by rid­ing your bike (and sav­ing money while you’re at it), then you’ll feel right at home at De­nis the Men­ace, where they be­lieve it’s too big a prob­lem for one per­son to fix(ie), but col­lec­tively it’s pos­si­ble to make a dif­fer­ence to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. The menu at De­nis the Men­ace is quite health con­scious, with an em­pha­sis on seafood and nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion in abun­dance—but don’t get your knick­ers in a twist. It’s not all green and lean, Wilkin­son as­sures us. ‘You can still go in and have your burger and your bene­dict,’ he says.

Whether you ride for fun and leisure, or you com­pete with fel­low ly­cra lads and lasses. You’re a prac­ti­cal A to B-er, or a self­pro­claimed ve­gan eco-war­rior. Mel­bourne has a bike friendly cafe, just wait­ing for you to ride on in singing the sounds of Queen.

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