Many of the great things in life start with a 'C'!
Coffee, cafes, chai and of course cycling – this section and listing is dedicated to your enjoyable pleasures!
Over the last decade we have witnessed cycling boom as Melbourne’s ‘new golf’ and as a petrol free way to get to work. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of two wheeled devotees have taken to enjoying an espresso with their ride.
telephone: 03 9568 8790
Located within Chadstone shopping centre, this stylish café is known for its mouth watering range of cakes, French perfected macaroons and alluring coffee, a perfect part of any days shopping in Melbourne's fashion capital.
telephone: 03 9654 1011
Located within one of the more amazing buildings in Melbourne, inside you can imagine that you've travelled to France. Perfect for a business lunch or afternoon coffee. A scrumptious range of filled baguettes, delectable cakes and savouries are on offer and they can also cater for your next business function or event.
telephone: 03 9838 2067
Located within the newly rebuilt Doncaster Shoppingtown, this stylish café is known for its mouth watering range of cakes, French perfected macaroons and tantalising coffee, perfect part of any days shopping in Doncaster.
telephone: 03 9417 7310
Just near the MCG in East Melbourne and close to some of Melbournes most stunning parklands, they serve a delicious range of homemade soups, chunky pies and authentic French filled baguettes with a extensive range of fillings to choose from
telephone: 03 8682 0000
Laurent Hawthorn offers a superb range of fresh filled baguettes, scrumptious savouries and mouth watering coffees that can be enjoyed in their French inspired courtyard, relax in this alfresco dining oasis on a summers day.
telephone: 03 9497 3844
A delicious range of stunning cakes are served in this French style café. Enjoy the prefect espresso made with care using Monte coffee and served in their stunning crockery. Enjoy the passion and flair that's the pride and trademark of the Ivanhoe Laurent people.
telephone: 03 9853 7900
Located close to the Yarra Bend park in Kew, they have a delicious range of home made soups, chunky meat pies and authentic French filled baguettes on offer. Choose from an extensive range of fillings for your very own tasty treat.
telephone: (03) 9824 1414
A delicious range of stunning cakes are served in this French style cafe that can be enjoyed with a perfect Monte coffee espresso, which is served in their stunning crockery with passion and flair. Known as the first Laurent retail store, you will find it full of French inspired artwork.
telephone: 03 9827 6928
Located within Toorak village, you can find the most incredible range of fresh breads and pastries baked fresh daily. Relax and enjoy a freshly toasted ham and cheese croissant, as well as a delicious range of quiches, pies and croque monsieurs.
telephone: 03 5157 5665
Fantastic fresh home made dishes plus coffee, teas and preserves, and their fruit punch is a wonderful thirst quencher for hot and bothered`cyclists after puffing their way up the dusty east Gippsland rail trail.
telephone: 03 9818 8864
After being crowned with 2009 Cheap Eats ‘caffeine hit of the year’ award, local cycling identity Gordon Lawrence (of Lawrencia Cycles fame) says he’s never had a better coffee than here. Opens at 7am every day and if you’re a tad peckish try their mouth watering smoked salmon arrancini with feta, and dill served with lemon aioli and salad.
telephone: 03 9642 5001
What else would you expect to find in a cone shaped modern harbour side shack but great gelati? Limonetto which has become an ‘ice cream institution’ serves a mean Monte coffee and make all their fresh sorbets and ice cream daily – ask for a scoop of their fabulous lemon sorbet or rich chocolate, tiramisu, berry, mango served in a waffle cones. Now try and wipe the smile off your face!
telephone: 03 9598 5488
Ludo is a huge favourite with the locals who flood in here for its cold savory tarts, warm soups, fresh salads, antipasto platters, mains and desserts. Set in a charming old-fashioned European cafe/deli, you are surrounded by shelves of exciting jams, pastas, breads, cheeses, oils and even cooking books!
telephone: (03) 9561 4522
With sweeping park views, this rustic farmhouse cafe is ideal for a cool drink, vegetarian Zucchini & Vegetable Bake or choose from one of John's Daily Dishes on the specials board.
telephone: 03 5779 1404
Set in an old historic produce store with high timber lined ceilings and skylights, its shelves are loaded with local produce, eclectic art works. This place buzzes at breakfast and lunch and has the best coffee in town!
telephone: 03 9690 8831
The name means ‘tram’ spelt backwards, this quirky but very charming café situated on the light rail stop number 130 is adjacent to the Fitzroy St to Aquatic Centre Ride2Work path. It offers splendid views from its enclosed deck over the park whilst you enjoy a memorable coffee and perhaps their famous corn fritters with avocado.
telephone: 03 5156 2711
Rob and Gail will welcome you to their famous lakeside bakery where they produce delicious bread and meat pies 7 days. You are going to work to get there on your bike – which makes for a guilt free treat sitting on the dock of the bay enjoying your 'hard earned' lunch.
telephone: 03 9431 2681
Around 1.3km east of the bike path the Gallery’s ‘Meeting Pool’ café is a simply beautiful retreat at Montsalvat Gallery situated amongst Eltham’s legendary leafy gums. Their freshly baked apricot scones, jam and cream with a steaming espresso is one of life’s pure delights.
telephone: 03 9737 1294
Mt Evelyn, Victoria
Situated next to the historic Mt Evelyn Station, its alfresco deck overlooks the trail and it is a great sunny spot to start your trip with a steaming coffee, whilst you contemplate the ride. Perhaps their Big Park Brekky with bacon, eggs most ways, toast and choice of sides such as mushrooms, hash browns, sausage or tomato will make your day.
telephone: 03 8660 5700
Mr Tulk serves a fine breakfast – which means you are in for a dish such as cinnamon porridge with sultanas and rhubarb or a fried egg bruschetta with feta and crisp shallots. Later in the day you might eat minestrone or a textbook caesar salad with a juicy anchovy lounging saucily on top.
At lunchtimes, there is plenty of tasty baguettes available including a classic BLT and a tempting combo with rare roast beef, rocket, horseradish and caramelised onion.