Cycling and coffee go together like…well, cycling and coffee. Offering cycling enthusiasts a place to meet up and have great coffee and French-inspired food, along with cafe treats and snacks, the recently-opened Vélo Café on 17th Avenue is haven for bicyclists.
The result of a pairing up of two local business owners passionate about cycling and food, Vélo is the project of Gilles Brassart of Cassis Bistro, Suzette Bistro, and Market 17) and Market 17 co-owner Joel Goralski.
The cafe was born of a desire to create a space for cyclists to gather, eat, drink, and watch live cycling events. They opened their doors at the end of 2016.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Vélo sources its beans from Rooftop Coffee Roasters in nearby Fernie, BC. The “single origin, single speed,” roastery boasts a bicycle on its logo–so it’s indeed instep with Calgary’s newest cycling cafe.
The cafe uses Rooftop beans for their espresso beverages and drip coffees. Other beverage options include housemade fresh juices (made daily in the morning and served while supplies last), along with matcha tea.
The food is made by Cassis Bistro’s Head Chef, Stephanie Bayer, and the pastries by Cassis’ Pastry Chef, Kazumi Sato. Look for dishes like quiche, baguette sandwiches, Croque Madames, light salads, grab and go healthy snacks, and an array of baked goods from cookies to more decadent sweet treats–including gluten-free options.
Address: 2505 17th Avenue SW