What are the bike-friendly cafes in Metro Vancouver, BC?

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Cafes provide rest, caffeine, hydration, calories, and socialization.

Cafes provide rest, caffeine, hydration, calories, and socialization.

But what makes a coffee break suitable for cyclists? Plenty of bike parking, a variety of food and drink, and of course toilets (and a big win, if the staff don’t hate you for hanging on your crampons).

While there are certainly a few bike-friendly cafes in Vancouver proper, this time we’re exploring just outside of town in neighboring municipalities.

Sanctuary Cafe

Arguably Richmond’s cycling hotspot, Sanctuary is exactly that: a sanctuary for cyclists. There’s ample bike parking, great coffee and an ever-changing selection of food and pastries. The property is a big supporter of the cycling community and it shows, as crowds of cyclists gather at Sanctuary on sunny days.

Address: 13020 No 2 Rd #160, Richmond

United Strangers

On the Mount Seymour Parkway bike path, United Strangers is a popular cafe for cyclists and non-cyclists. They also double as a convenience store, selling a nice assortment of coffee paraphernalia, craft items, and groceries. United Strangers is a good step before or after a Seymour attempt – maybe even both.

Address: 2740 Mt Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver

Cafe Orso

Sometimes you just ate too many Honey’s donuts. Café Orso is just up the street from Honey’s in Deep Cove and offers equally delicious refreshments. The staff are always friendly and it’s a popular stop for cyclists. The only caveat is that they are located on a steeper section of road; make sure your bike is in an easy gear, otherwise leaving Orso might be uncomfortable.

Address: 4316 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver

Petra’s by L’Aromas

With its very large terrace and indoor seating capacity, Petra’s is ideal for large groups of cyclists. They not only have delicious pastries but also sandwiches/meals. This is a popular stop for all cyclists in the Delta region.

Address: 1200 56 Delta Street (Tsawwassen)

Blacksmith’s Bakery

The pastries and food are excellent at Blacksmith. Bicycle parking spaces are not readily available outside the company, but there are plenty of spaces nearby within sight. Riders, beware: this stop is very busy during the summer. Well, to be fair, most businesses in Fort Langley are.

Address: 9190 Church Street, Langley

Brian Lim likes to ride a bike (sometimes with his camera). He’s a complete and consummate enthusiast – in both cycling and photography, and says he doesn’t take himself seriously – and neither do you. Lim wants to share his love of cycling, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to talk! You can find him on Instagram at @wheelsandwhisky.

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