Joyce Watts - CycleStyle
Five places to ride and relax
If you are a keen cyclist then you probably should know about CycleStyle. It’s a Melbourne-based online store with fashionable and functional cycling gear for those who like getting around town on two wheels. Founder Joyce Watts is a committed urban cyclist and a bit of a foodie, so naturally we want to find out her top five places to ride and relax in Melbourne.
The Little Mule | 19 Somerset Place, Melbourne | thelittlemule.com
Eat, drink, buy a bike. Hidden down a typical Melbourne laneway off Little Bourke Street, The Little Mule is a great pit-stop if you’re riding through the CBD. They make colourful custom-made fixies in their small workshop and the bikes provide eye-catching wall hangings for the warehouse aesthetic of their small adjoining cafe serving fresh, seasonal food. In the evenings they also host Laneway Learning – cheap, fun classes on all sorts of random topics ranging from make your own beauty products to 80s musicals.
De Clieu | 187 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy | sevenseeds.com.au
The bike path along Napier Street Fitzroy is one of the busiest in Melbourne for commuters. Parallel to Napier Street is De Clieu on George Street, an unofficial fixie hangout for the hipsters (and otherwise discerning citizens) of Fitzroy. De Clieu is the brainchild of the coffee maestros behind Seven Seeds and Brother Baba Budan and it serves one of the most excellent coffees in town.
Carolina | 11 Nicholson St, East Brunswick
Bounce down a cobblestone alleyway just off the Capital City trail and enter the back entrance of Carolina. You can store your bike in their spacious courtyard and enjoy a creative menu of breakfast and lunch options. There’s even a kiddie sandpit if you’re riding en famille.
Kanteen | 150 Alexandra Avenue South Yarra | kanteen.net/
So you’re cycling along the Yarra and you need to make a loo stop. Well, don’t mistake this old toilet block in South Yarra for public amenities – it’s been converted into an cafe with river views (though it does have facilities you can use). Kanteen has an awesome breakfast and lunch menu which can give you decision fatigue but my recommendation is just go with the pides and Genovese coffee.
St Ali North | Nicholson St, Carlton
OK so this hasn’t opened yet but I’m pretty sure that any cafe that has a bike-through will be worth a visit. Salvatore Malatesta and Jessie Gerner (Anada, The Aylesbury) are taking the raw space behind bike shop Velo Cycles on the Capital Trail in North Carlton and transforming it into a café backed up with the pedigree of South Melbourne’s excellent St Ali.
Read Joyce’s blog here http://cyclestyle.com.au/