We don’t claim to be the experts when it comes to the perfect stop-off, so we asked FTR readers to share their best suggestions from around the world. If there are any we’ve missed, then give your favourite place a shout-out. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the A74 between Carlisle in Cumbria and Glasgow, Scotland.
Latitude: 55.331766 | Longitude: -3.445923
The Beef Tub Comfort Grill’s ‘build your own burger’ is known throughout Scotland as the perfect antidote to the weather.
Three sizes, nine different burgers and 25 different fillings – including smoked salmon and haggis,– make this a must-stop destination or riding holiday base.
Still need convincing? The owners are all bikers and the place features drying facilities for leathers, secured covered lock-ups for your bike and even suggestions for some of the best routes in Scotland.
Try the 252-mile Scottish Castle run, the shorter Three Lochs route or simply discover the endless miles of road surrounded by quaint villages and rolling scenery.
*Recommended by Robert Guylain, Paris
The Puhoi Pub,
On the Saleyards Road around 30 minutes north of Auckland on State Highway 1.
Latitude: -36.84846 | Longitude: 174.763332
An iconic motorcycle-friendly destination in the north island, this is the place for great fish and chips, and a trip down memory lane.
The walls of this retro joint are adorned with decades of memorabilia about generations of settlers in the area.
It’s a great place for the whole family, with scores of bikes usually parked up outside, especially at the weekend.
*Recommended by Simon Lee, Auckland
Fast Eddy’s Restaurant and Pizza
First good pitstop on the Alaska Highway around 300 miles after Anchorage and close to the Tanana Valley State Forest.
Latitude: 63.343807 | Longitude: -143.098213
Almost every rider heading in or out of Alaska via Anchorage will stop here… and if it’s seafood they’re after, they’ll be in seventh heaven.
It’s right on the main route connecting the States with Alaska, so there’s no missing it. Deep-fried halibut is a speciality, but they also specialise in deep-fried mushrooms and huge sandwiches.
*Recommended by Peter Scimeca, Seattle
Thirty minutes ride from Ronda and nestled between two national parks on the MA-7301 north west of Marbella.
Latitude: 36.625342 | Longitude: -5.170337
A small, rural hotel and restaurant in an undiscovered whitewashed village close to some of the best riding routes in Spain.
Owners David Nuyen, originally from New York, and chef Iván Pascual relocated here from London in 2004 to fulfil a dream of running their own business.
The restaurant, La Bodega del Bandolero, offers Spanish-mountain-country cuisine while the bar, El Bar de El Tempranillo, has homemade tapas.
It’s midway between Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras, the mountains around Ronda, making it the perfect stop-off.
*Recommended by Felipe Peleteiro, Barcelona
Madeira Biker Cafe,
On Madeira Drive right by the pier in England’s south coast, you can be there from London inside an hour on the A23.
Latitude: 50.81716 | Longitude: -0.122425
If it’s a bracing breakfast fry-up, chips by the English seaside or a taste of cult movie Quadrophenia you’re after, try this.
Madeira Cafe is a long-established family-run business on the main route past the city’s pier and is the scene of countless motorcycle movies down the years.
With plenty of parking for your ride, there are a host of events taking place in the coming months.
*Recommended by Sophie Eadon, London
Coffee in Love
Chiang Mai-Pai Road,
Mae Hong Son,
Find this little bit of heaven on the Road of 1864 bends in north west Thailand around 45 minutes ride from the Myanmar border.
Latitude: 19.327093 | Longitude: 98.455084
A cafe bakery with great coffee and cakes in an attractive location just a short ride out of Pai on the road to Chiang Mai. Get there at the extremes of the day for breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the mountains.
*Recommended by Angie Cox, Brisbane, Australia
Discover more at thailandlife.info/coffee-in-love-pai/
Just before the Belgian border in western Germany and 50 miles south west of Cologne.
Latitude: 50.618884 | Longitude: 6.275561
The perfect stop-off if you’re heading through mainland Europe, this is a popular biker meeting point for the whole Euroregion.
Whether schnitzel or scrambled eggs are your day-starter of choice, it’s a melting pot of cultures and languages with one thing in common… love of the ride.
Discover more at biker-ranch-eifel.de
*Recommended by Anders Hebel, Austria
Diesel & Crème,
Midway between Cape Town and Plettenburg Bay as you head for Port Elizabeth, this is unmissable.
Latitude: -33.907609 | Longitude: 20.718206
A vintage diner famous for its burgers, milkshakes and retro ride-influenced décor, this is definitely a place to go out of your way for.
Close to the spectacular Tradouw Pass on the main Route 62 from Capetown to Oudtshoorn, it sits alongside The Karoo Moon Motel.
Step into a 50s-style rural American diner in Africa and try the amazing lamb pie. No one is left disappointed!
*Recommended by Dave Henbrey, Kent, England
Stands out like a beacon on Jiuxianqiao Rd in the very heart of Beijing, five minutes to the north east of the city centre.
Latitude: 39.971269 | Longitude: 116.489859
The modern incarnation of the original Ace Cafe in London in the heart of the city’s 1950s built Dashanz District.
The newly opened Ace Beijing retains all the brand’s heritage and tradition of being a home and destination for visitors with a passion for speed, thrills, rock ‘n’ roll and a hearty meal.
It’s a perfect reminder of the Western world, once you’ve explored the wonders of Asia and places like Turkey, Iran and Tibet.
Discover more at ace-cafe-london.com/china.aspx
2014 Ventura Boulevard,
Need a shelter from the sun or just want to escape the Pacific Coast Highway’s tourist crowds? The Gasolina Cafe on the 101 north west of Los Angeles is certainly worth a quick detour.
Latitude: 34.1679513 Longitude: -118.5979323
Packed full of riding memorabilia with an old gas station vibe, it’s the first solo venture of chef/owner Sandra Cordero and her Hollywood actor husband John Hensley .
Manchego (a Spanish cheese), tomato and arugula salad, tortilla española and serrano ham breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs are just a few of the food hits in this refuge from the road.
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