It Didn't Take Long for Bike Cafes to Take Over Seattle

Cycling-themed cafés are making pit stops all over the city.
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Since Métier opened two years ago, bike cafes have exploded in Seattle.

Café, bike shop and training space Métier (First Hill, 1017 E Union St.; 206.816.3436) was born when Seattle business partners and avid cyclists Todd Herriott and Dave Ritcher decided to create a place where cyclists could gather to work on their bikes, work out in the gym—and enjoy good food, good beer and quality coffee.

Opened in 2015, the thoughtfully designed, 12,000-square-foot space includes a café, bike retail store and service center, gym and event space, and has become a place to go before and after rides, and on days off to watch racing on the big screen with riding buddies.

“It’s not just about being on the bike, it’s on and off the bike,” says Herriott, a former cyclist trainer for the Tour de France. “You can have breakfast or coffee, get a good training session in, shower up and even get your laundry done,” he says.  

The model is so popular with Seattle’s bike-loving community there are a number of other bike cafés on the scene. If you’re looking for a good meal on wheels, check out our picks below.  

MiiR
This LEED-certified, sustainably minded café and bar, located in the Brooks Running building, includes a work space, a private event room, an outdoor deck and a bike and retail shop. Fremont, 3400 Stone Way N; 206.566.7207

Peloton
A full-service bike repair shop and café, Peloton offers everything from tuneups and repairs to Washington-brewed beer and locally-roasted coffee beans. Central District/Capitol Hill, 1220 E Jefferson St.; 206.569.4265

Rapha Clubhouse Seattle
The Seattle hub for a worldwide community of riders, the Rapha Clubhouse offers membership to the Rapha Cycling Club, group ride information, Rapha-branded cycling gear and a café. Capitol Hill, 301 E Pine St.; 206.420.1810

Ventoux Roasters
This local coffee roaster and cycling-themed café is named for a mountain in France famous with cyclists; located just off the Burke-Gilman Trail, it sees a lot of them from Seattle. Ravenna, 3404 NE 55th St.; 206.370.0226

Good Weather Bicycle and Repair
The list of services at this bike repair shop on Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row recently expanded to include a café serving small plates and beer, wine and cider. Capitol Hill, 1520 11th Ave.; 206.552.9864

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