This picturesque city in northern Italy is the perfect place to enjoy by bike. Beautiful cobbled side streets give way to wide thoroughfares where, and anywhere that’s worth seeing is easily accessible. Exploring a city by bike can be thirsty work, though, so here are some places you can refresh and recharge yourself on your travels.
Upcycle Milano Bike Cafe
The Upcycle cafe is something of a hub for the city’s cycling community that puts an emphasis on environmental sustainability. It’s run by cyclists for cyclists, so in addition to providing repair and maintenance services, there are always workshops running where riders can expand their technical know-how. Bright and airy inside, the menu distinguishes itself with the Scandinavian and Mediterranean fare, great coffee and a winning dessert menu.
Bianchi Cafe & Cycles
Bianchi bikes are a classic of Italian design and a real cycling icon. If Bianchi had a church on Earth, it would be this cafe, located in the beating heart of the city close to the cathedral. It’s open from breakfast to supper, offering a sophisticated menu with a mouth-watering selection of dishes on offer. If you’re looking for a more indulgent bike spot to relax in, look no further than Bianchi.
A relatively new addition to the city, Ciclofuso is designed to reflect the owners’ two greatest passions: that is, wine and cycling. It’s an adorable establishment that feels grounded in old Milan yet also feels forward thinking. It’s the perfect place to grab a cheeky glass of red while on the go, and we’d also recommend pairing the wines with some of their delicious cheese and Coldcut boards as well.
Le Biciclette Cafe
This striking establishment is drenched in the kind of sharp design aesthetic Italy has become famous for the world over. Walking in, it feels like you’ve stumbled upon the set of a classic Giallo film. However, the management cultivates a relaxed atmosphere, where patrons can enjoy a light but flavoursome food and top quality coffee. Also in the Le Biciclette cafe has a bike fitting service on site to help you put together the machine of your dreams tailored to your individual cycling needs.
Crank Organic Bakery
Located bang smack in the centre of the city’s Isola district, Crank is as forward-thinking as bike cafe’s get in Milan. It’s a buzzing hub for locals and visitors looking to get some healthy food and drink to keep riders energised when they’re out and about. There’s also no shortage of live music to be enjoyed if you’re after some cultural diversions to go with your meal.
Nowhere in Milan wears it’s bike-friendly credentials on its sleeve as much as REcicli. While it’s perfectly possible to enjoy a quality round of food and drink here, the cycling services on offer are the real draw. There’s a bike exchange service where you can pick out a new or second-hand bike for yourself, lots of accessories for sale, and a top-notch repair service. The management is warm and welcoming, so if you want a place that looks after your bike as much as they look after you, give REcicli a shot.
Best enjoyed when the weather’s good, this establishment offers the best al fresco experience for sun-drenched riders. The food on offer is light but tasty, with plenty of vegan-friendly options if that’s your thing. A great place to kick back and recharge your batteries in the sunshine.
Author: William Benetton is a blogger, traveler and writer. He loves writing on many kinds of sport and tourism. Last time he passionate about web design and here you can see one of his cycling design project. He can’t imagine his live without sport, travel and morning coffee.