Our Favourite Cycle Friendly Cafes in Glasgow

There’s nothing quite like stopping for a good coffee (or cuppa!) and a tasty treat to fuel your commute or your cycling adventures. 

We asked our staff and our community to share their favourite cycle-friendly cafés around Glasgow. 

Here’s the line up.

Good Coffee Cartel

📍 12 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1AQ
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A coffee shop that’s right up our street as they care about sustainability and fair payment for coffee bean farmers. 

They pioneered reusable packaging in Scotland with their wholesale and retail customers too. 

“They roast their own coffee, the baristas are amazing (I think some of them compete), it’s not unfairly priced like some cafés in the West/South and it’s also on my commute to work so I can time my caffeine hit strategically before coming into work.”
Chris Martin, Training and Employability Coordinator at Bike for Good

“They have their own roastery and produce some really great coffee. They also have some great cycling themed Merch!”
Jonny Burke, Bike Shop Coordinator (South Hub) at Bike for Good

Beefcake Cafe

📍 808 Crow Rd, Anniesland, Glasgow G13 1LY
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This award-winning cafe is sure to satisfy any hungry cyclist. You only need to take a look at their Facebook page to start feeling peckish!

You can pre-order your food too so there’s no risk of showing up and being disappointed. 

“It’s easy to get to by  the canal cycle path 754 , turn left at the Lock 27 pub, roll down the quiet bit of Crow road,  past the Anniesland library.  It’s worth a short detour for the award winning pastries. They sell fast so go early or reserve some. I go there once a week to buy a loaf of bread, they bake everything themselves and it’s the best I’ve had anywhere. They have tables outside and handy public bike racks.”
Chris Watson, Training and Employability Coordinator at Bike for Good

A man sitting at a table in a cafe with pastries

Chris, our Training and Employability Coordinator at Beefcake Cafe


An almond croissant and another pastry on plates on a table

Yummy pastries from Beefcake Cafe

Gathering Ground 

📍 Old Basin House, 5-7 Applecross St, Glasgow G4 9SP
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A social enterprise cafe that uses food as a way to have a positive impact on the community. 

They’re big on organic produce (they even grow some themselves) and sustainability. 

“This is a great wee community interest café based right on the canal, making it ideal as a pre- or post-ride fuel stop. The coffee and cakes are excellent, the place is chill and friendly, and they frequently run wee events.”
Peter Jahn, Sustainable Travel and SWITCH UP Project Lead at Bike for Good

A group of cyclists outside a cafe in Glasgow

Cyclists on a Bike for Good led ride, outside Gathering Ground Cafe

Oatlands caffeine

📍 34 Elmfoot Grove, Glasgow G5 0LR
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Great community cafe with a strong game when it comes to breakfast, brunch and lunches. 

Reviews mention friendly staff and fast service. 

Two women riding a side by side tandem bike in front of a cafe called Oatlands Caffeine

Carol Thompson and Lisa Hart from Sunny Cycles, outside Oatlands Caffeine



📍 1103 The Hidden Ln, Argyle St, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8ND
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If it’s not coffee you’re craving but Mexican food, a pit stop at Rafa’s is a treat. 

Their tacos & burritos, desserts and horchata (a creamy cinnamon-y mexican drink) are top notch 

Indoor seating is very limited but they have tables outside.

Further afield 

A few places that are a bit further away were suggested and they sound too good not to include!

Greenhouse Café 

📍 52 Townhead, Kirkintilloch
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Just off the Union Canal, this social enterprise cafe serves comforting staples including lasagna, mac and cheese and sticky toffee pudding.  

Their traybakes are a steal too at £1.55 to take away or £2.20 to sit in.

Bernie’s Cafe Deli

📍 Neva Place, 1, Main St, Bridge of Weir PA11 3PN
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Ideal for a pit stop if you’re on the National Cycle Route 75, this relaxed and friendly cafe has a great breakfast and brunch menu as well as tasty cakes and ice cream. 

Outside seating is handy if you want to stay near your bike. 

Time to get on your saddle and visit some of these gems! We’d love to follow your adventures! Tag us on social media @bikeforgoodglasgow 

Is your favourite cycle friendly cafe in Glasgow not on the list? Drop us an email at marketing@bikeforgood.org.uk.

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