19 places to cycle on the South Island after working up an appetite
If you love to ride a bike and love to eat delicious food, this list is for you.
The MicCHEK Podcast recently asked Trek bike shop owner Bill Fry for his list of the best places to cycle on the South Island for a bike and a bite to eat.
Fry has been a leader in Victoria’s cycling community for decades. He has been involved with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Tour De Rock Cops for Cancer since its inception, donating bikes to cyclists and has helped thousands of islanders meet their cycling needs. He also happens to like food.
“The motto of the store is pretty much ride a bike to eat burgers and drink beer,” says Fry. Here is his list of 19 places to go for a coffee, a snack, a meal and a beer on the South Island.
Mattick Farm (5325 Cordova Bay Rd.)
“It’s the ideal distance for a round trip from the city center. As a Tour De Rock rider, the first practice ride is at Mattick’s Farm and back from the Saanich Police Station. They have ice cream, coffee and a restaurant there. This is an obvious recommendation for any new pilot.
My Chosen Cafe (4492 Happy Valley Rd.)
“If you’re from the western communities, My Chosen isn’t too bad, but if you’re from the center, it’s a bit far. There are so many rides to do this way, you can also put your bike on your car and reduce the distance.
Finn and Pearl at Whole Foods (3587 Blanshard St.)
“Not a local choice, but the little restaurant attached to Whole Foods has fish and chips and draft beer. My riding buddy and I often take a ride and meet there for a meal.
Grocer East Sooke (5611 East Sooke Road)
“It’s a small general store and they have small pastries and pepperoni sticks.”
Mason’s Store and Patio (1885 Renfrew Rd.)
“I’ve been going here for a very long time. You end up on the other side of Shawnigan Lake and if you get there, you’ve come a long way and you’re probably very hungry.
The Ruby (3110 Douglas Street)
“If you’re going for a drive and stop for breakfast, Ruby’s attached to the Zed Hotel on Douglas Street is awesome. If you hop off the Goose like you’re heading to the Mayfair mall, it’s easy to get there. It’s a super funky place.
Cherries (4144 Wilkinson Road)
“These breakfasts are legit. Bangers and hash are next level. You want a good ride if you go for a full breakfast. The patio is also super nice too, modest, but great.
Nest Cafe (2311 Watkiss Way #102)
“The nest is great and it’s right along the galloping goose. They have an apple cake which is really good and a chocolate brownie. It’s more of a snack stop. They also have sandwiches. The Nest is an awesome stop if you’re doing the loop, which is just under 20 miles. You would head out on the E&N line route, then hop on the Goose back to town. For novice riders, the loop is dynamite.
The Roost (9100 E Saanich Rd.)
“It’s pretty close to the airport and the cinnamon roll is what you want to get. It’s a good distance if you take the Lochside trail from the town centre.
Mosi (5303 W Saanich Road)
“It’s a very popular area for cyclists and West Saanich Road is such an important cycling artery. Another great spot for a coffee and snack to refuel mid-term.”
Habit Cafe (552 Pandora Avenue)
“Cycling and coffee go together, but it’s hard to choose places because there are so many coffee shops in Victoria. I like Habit though.
Hide and Seek (2207 Oak Bay Avenue)
“It’s a new place along Oak Bay Avenue. I was in an exercise induced haze the last time I was here. Great coffee.
Township Cafe (4343 Tyndall Avenue)
“The guys I work with at Trek love Township Coffee. They say it’s amazing. It’s a great choice if you’re riding along the water and through Mount Douglas Park. Location wise, it’s great because it’s very central.
L’Ecole Brewery (1715 Government Street)
“It’s a slip on your tweed jacket, get on your city bike and go for a fancy dinner. I almost didn’t put this on the list because it was on a lot of your lists, but the food is too good not to mention. The owner is also an avid cyclist and I like to support cyclists. It’s also easy to get to if you use the Pandora bike path.
Arrow and Batten (2 Paul Kane Pl.)
“It’s easy to get there and there’s good bike parking. Again, I think this is a place to cycle for fine dining. They also have a cafe, but biking to dinner is super fun. You don’t realize how easy this place is to get to by bike.
Phillips Tasting Room (2000 Government St.)
“The Phillips Tasting Room is easy to get to, but the stuff around it is great too. You can have a beer and then visit some of the shops downtown. I also love all the merchandise that Phillips has to offer. They do a very good job with the merchandise.
Whistle Buoy Brewing Company (marketplace)
“Oysters and beer in the market place and dogs are also welcome. You can also lean your bike against the fence if you don’t want to bring a lock.”
Driftwood Brewing Company (836 Viewfield Road)
“It’s a great place and they’re also making it more bike friendly. The patio is amazing. When the patio opens up it’ll be a great place to stop for a beer.
Burger Crush (787 Fort Street)
“Great burgers and it’s right along the Fort Street bike path so very easy to get to.”
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