Cycling, coffee, and culture collide on the Cote d’Azur courtesy of Café du Cycliste.
My parents have lived in Nice since February 2018. We all visited the city for the first time in 2010 and it left a lasting impression on all of us. It’s a city on the Cote d’Azur, with close proximity to Monaco and Marseille, it’s in the Mediterranean so the climate is mostly warm throughout the year, and it’s beautiful and friendly.
There are plenty of things to see and visit in Nice but one of my favourites is a café called Café du Cycliste. It’s opposite Port de Nice and, as the name suggests, it’s a café dedicated to cycling. The city has it’s own race – the Paris-Nice race – acting as a precursor to the Tour de France. as you walk in, you’re greeted with a continental mix of exposed brick, blue tiles, and modernity. After all, you’re in France – it’d be a crime not to have a blue theme.
The café is reasonably priced; an iced coffee is ~£3.10 at time of writing. There are shelves of cycling books and magazines on the far wall to your right (if you love design, you’ll love the paraphernalia on offer here). Deep into the café, you’ll find the cycling gear. Helmets, bikes, apparel, t-shirts, equipment, and plenty more. I don’t cycle so I can’t say how reasonable the pricing is but everything is top quality.
Upstairs is a small section of regular clothing and a dressing room to try stuff on. They’ve made the best of a relatively small space, catering to two different aesthetics that marry up so well. As it’s a cycling café, you can ride in and park your bike on the railings near the entrance. It’s like a ride-in coffee shop. It doesn’t matter whether you’re into cycling, coffee, or neither. The ambience and view are enough to entice you to sit and relax.
Check the map below to see how to get to the Nice store and follow the links to all their social media accounts. Bon voyage!
- Address: 16 Quai des Docks, 06300, Nice
- Opening hours: Monday 08.30-14.30, Tuesday – Saturday 08.30-18.00, Sunday 08.00-18.00
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: (+33)0967020417