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The Best Coffee Shops for Cyclists!

Posted on October 29, 2014 @ 3:31 PM in Cycling

A day out on the bike really isn’t complete without a good coffee stop thrown in for good measure! So that’s why CycleNI.com have put together a list of their favourite cafes and coffee shops all across the country, perfect for relaxing in and refuelling for your onward journey. Some places mentioned below have bike parking outside and all of them are sure to give any cyclist a warm welcome!

Inevitably there will be places to add to this list so if you know of somewhere that is not included and is cycle friendly please let us know by commenting below!

Coffee shops for cyclists

Belfast

  • Divis Coffee Barn – the recently opened coffee barn at Divis has had many cyclists flock to it to sample the homemade baking and cooking delights and at 1,025 feet, it is Ireland’s highest coffee shop. The new Ridge Trail on Divis is open to cyclists and offers spectacular skyline views over Belfast.  
  • Lough Keepers Cottage – located on the Lagan and Lough Cycle Way, The Lock Keepers Inn is the perfect stop off for a coffee, breakfast, lunch or a snack. Using the best of local ingredients where the owners strive to bring you good food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere
  • 5A Lockview Road – this cafe is a tiny, quirky little place that serves up great coffee and great food. Inside and outside you’ll notice the relaxed atmosphere around the place and another benefit is that it is ideally located on the edge of the Lagan and Lough Cycle Way in Stranmillis.

Belfast coffee shops for cyclists

Co. Antrim

Co. Armagh

Love Coffee shop Lurgan

Co. Down

Co. Fermanagh

Co. Londonderry

Co. Tyrone

Suitor Gallery and coffee shop

Beverley Magowan
Beverley Magowan  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

18 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Jenni on October 30, 2014 @ 8:51 AM

What about the Battyre Inn between Ballymena and Ballyclare?? Excellent homemade cheesecakes!!

Posted by Jayne McGibbon on October 30, 2014 @ 4:00 PM

Unch coffee house Cido in portadown gets a large number of Apollo cycling team visiting. Co. Armagh.

Posted by Richie on October 30, 2014 @ 8:22 PM

There's 2 good spots in portaferry, one has a track pump out back you can borrow and the other has sweet pancakes for refuelling and even does a discount for cyclists - crafty cakes! This should DEF be on the list!

Posted by Claire on October 31, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Oxford Island Discovery Centre is very cycle friendly. We've gone in with fairly large cycle groups before and they'll often throw out a couple of big pots of coffee and tea and a plate full of scones for about 2 quid a head. I think it depends on how busy they are, but even on an ordinary day I know they have cyclist deals for coffee and snacks etc. And it's a lovely place to visit regardless of coffee and food!

Posted by Beverley Pierson on November 3, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Great suggestions everyone, thanks for sharing with us!

Posted by Stuart on November 5, 2014 @ 10:12 PM

The Georgian house comber is very cyclist friendly with private bike parking, quiet courtyard and excellent coffee.

Posted by Phil Patterson on November 6, 2014 @ 9:51 AM

STORM IN A TEACUP

33 Massey Ave, Stormont Estate must make this list. It is an impeccable 1800 bank converted into a Tearoom with 5 rooms, outdoor seating area and fantastic potent coffee. It is at the bottom of the craigantlet 11% climb, a must for club runs. 028 9076 0067 to book ahead for club runs.

Check it out on Facebook or Twitter.

Posted by Michael on November 6, 2014 @ 1:29 PM

Olive Coffee shop as you enter Newry town on the towpath coming from Portadown direction. Haven't been in in a year or so, but it was always very nice stop off if you are cycling the canal route.

Posted by Adrian Garvey on November 10, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Olive coffee shop has been changed to Synge & Byrne. Big improvement, fantastic food, wood fire for warming cold hands on winters days. Bike locks available and the coffee & Natas are just class

Posted by Mark Crooks on November 17, 2014 @ 7:18 AM

Try out the new coffee shop in carrickfergus "gateway to the coast " Lifecycles.bike a bicycle specific shop with coffee house brilliant coffee cycling on tv and a complete bike workshop too boot !!!

Posted by alma kinnear on January 25, 2015 @ 7:28 PM

'The Kissin Crust' Coffee Shop - Sandwich Bar Main Street in Lisnaskea, makes a great stop for cyclists on the King Fisher Trail, en route to Upper Lough Erne, Crom Estate,and the Share Centre. To make an advanced booking please call us on 028677 22678

Posted by Jeremy on April 10, 2015 @ 2:32 PM

Allens of Caledon won the Fred Award for best cycle cafe definately worth a visit. They also have a coffee shop in Armagh on Dobbin Street

Posted by David mc on April 16, 2015 @ 9:31 PM

The Green Cat Bakery , 36 Main Street Eglinton is a great place with lovely food and coffee. Good for coeliacs too. Easily accessed from Greysteel to Eglinton road and the Bakery is on the way into Eglinton.

Posted by Barry McQueen on September 20, 2015 @ 5:43 PM

A great wee coffee shop - Sloan's Coffee Shop, based in Loughgall Village. Bike parking available

Posted by Stuart on October 1, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

Try Creed Coffee on the Marine Highway Carrickfergus plant of space to park your bike and railings to lock up against.

Great coffee & teas, smoothies made fresh sandwiches hot and cold traybakes and cakes for that extra sugar hit

Posted by john Morrison on April 24, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

The Rose Cafe in Portglenone, should definitely be on the list, its unusual not to see a cyclist in it. some Sunday's there are 40 bikes outside it. They are open 7 days a week and provide bicycle racks outside. The river bann bridge crossing provide great routes for clubs and tourist. Staff are friendly and fast, foods and coffee are great, what more can you say.

Posted by cullen on November 13, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

coffee shops names noted and love to be there for fun with mates. Hope it will be a fun plan for me. Will make a move with trips from dc to have fun memies.

Posted by Abelia Herry on November 15, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

I love to read the names of coffee shops. I should try to enjoy coffee there after mine https://www.goldenbustours.com/new-york-ny-tours.

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