Not all great motorbike adventures involve long distances and long, winding miles of tarmac. Sometimes a quick Sunday ride and a decent breakfast will do just fine.
Around the world, there are hundreds of city biker-hang outs, perfect for an urban ride.
So whether your ride of choice is a Thruxton, Thruxton R or the new Street Cup, we’ve picked ten of our favourites…
The Bike Shed
Latitude: 51.527080, Longitude: -0.079703
Part classic American diner, part traditional English café, the Bike Shed’s restaurant has proved a popular draw since it opened just 11 months ago. With ample motorbike parking (a rare commodity in trendy East London), a shop stacked with cool café scene accessories, a showroom of custom creations, a regular calendar of events and even a barber, it’s a one-size fits-all destination for the capital’s bikers.
Deus Café Canggu Bali
Latitude: -8.409518, Longitude: 115.188916
Deus ex Machina (god from the machine) began gaining serious kudos as a custom bike shop in Australia in 2006. Ten years on, and the brand has established workshops and cafes on four continents. Its Bali café is renowned for great coffee and a menu compiled by “expert food mechanic” chefs that mixes Southern Thai and Indonesian cuisine.
Latitude: -38.401325, Longitude: 146.159933
Proclaiming itself Australia’s No. 1 location for motorcyclists, the Inline4Cafe is located in Mirboo North, Victoria. With a menu that includes Fried Piston Rings calamari and The Toe Cutter hot dog, the café has a reputation for friendly service and good food. And being surrounded by some great stretches of road, it hosts up to 5,000 bikes at a time for regular meets.
Latitude: 34.423243, Longitude: -86.274334
Located along the famous Mulholland Driveway halfway between Malibu and Calabasas in California, The Rock Store is considered California’s most popular biker hangout by many. What began life as a stagecoach stop in 1910 has become a popular weekend draw for celebrities and petrolheads. And being linked to the Pacific Coast Highway by wide serpentine canyon roads, it’s not difficult to understand why.
… and the new Street Cup is made for the cafe buzz 2017 style.
Ace Café Luzern
Latitude: 47.091693, Longitude: 8.242628
The granddaddy of the biker café scene, London’s oldest hangout for rockers, riders and petrolheads opened in 1938. These days, the Ace brand has spread its wings around the world, with locations in China, the US, Finland, Japan and Germany. Ace Café Luzern is just under a year old but already proving a hit with Swiss bikers. And with the Swiss Alps on its doorstep, there can’t be many better locations worldwide…
Latitude: 25.080570, Longitude: 55.139541
Since the inception of Bikers Café in Dubai, outlets have also opened in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah. As well as serving up sustenance to UAE’s biking community, Bikers Café regularly hosts bike launches and runs an annual Build Off competition where they hand over stock bikes to local workshops, with the results of the custom competition judged by a panel of experts.
The Queen Mary
Latitude: 50.048666, Longitude: 4.314249
Located in Chimay near the French border in Southern Belgium and, with European roads in all directions, the Queen Mary mixes motorcycle enthusiasts, karaoke and even a Table Football team. With an enviable selection of Belgian beers on tap, it’s an evening destination for European touring with MotoGP regalia covering the walls inside.
Nicky’s Handlebar Hotel
Latitude: 7.919660 Longitude: 98.281409
No tour in South East Asia would be complete without a trip to Nicky’s Handlebar Hotel. Located in the heart of Patong Beach in Phuket, the hotel features 27 rooms as well as housing the island’s top biker bar and restaurant. While the walls and ceilings drip with bike paraphernalia, guided tours are available, and a fresh seafood menu and cold beers provide the perfect combination for the warm nights.
Latitude: 50.876951 Longitude: -119.451057
With fresh soup, homemade pies and sandwiches on offer, Sprokkets Café is part of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento, British Columbia. It opened in May 2012, and showcases classic and collectable rides, while a well-stocked gift shop offers plenty of mementos for anyone on a trans-Canadian journey.
House of Machines
Latitude: -33.921310, Longitude: 18.418766
Cape Town’s ‘THoM’ or ‘The House’ describes itself as a “consummate fusion of coffee, café, craft beer, cocktails, live music, menswear and custom bikes”. Locally sourced food sits on the menu alongside its exclusive espresso brand, Evil Twin, while craft brews and small batch distillery spirits are also a focus. THoM also hosts weekly music events including a songwriter’s showcase and monthly artist residencies.
Got a favourite biker hangout? With hundreds to choose from around the world, it’s tough to build a definitive list, so if you’d like to put one forward, get in touch here.