It is interesting to consider that two of the more lucrative substances on Earth are dark, energy-giving liquids. On two wheels we eschew one (petrol) but greedily guzzle the other (coffee). The good people at Chasing Mailboxes have taken this idea and laid down an intriguing challenge to encourage us out the door just as autumn tries its best to keep us in.
Put simply it’s the search for great coffee on two wheels. Your mission; Once a week* for the next 7 weeks take a bike ride** and stop for a coffee (or hot chocolate, or tea ….). Take a photo, preferably with the coffee and your bike, and tweet it to us here with the hashtag #coffeeneuringLux
Whether you are having a ride on your own, with the kids or in a group it all counts. It’s even OK to take a flask with you and have a ‘coffee without walls’! The rules, in fact, are nice and flexible on pretty much everything, except for one thing; each of the 7 coffee stops must be different.
I drink (coffee) therefore I am (a cyclist) – René Descartes
The opening weekend is the 13th of October, and it runs to the 19th November. Cycle Luxembourg will be running a guided run on Sunday 15 October, to start the challenge.
Once the 7 weeks are up, email your complete selection (in any form: photos, or blog links, or tweets, Strava etc.) to the official judge (for details see point 13 here) and the results will then be collated and added to the International Coffeeneuring Map. Help make Luxembourg count!
So why not rise to this challenge? To help you get along here are a few suggestions of bike friendly cafes we love. Any we’ve missed? Any along great routes? Tweet or comment below your own ideas, and let us know how it’s going every week!
Bike-Friendly and Great Coffee
Project Bike 30 Rue des Romains, 8041 Strassen ; Tues – Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat noon – 4pm
The first ever cycle-café in the Grand Duchy offers great bikes, great coffee and great service. What more do you need?!
Andy Schleck Cycles 2 Rue des Pres, 5972 Itzig; Mon – Fri 9.30am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 5pm
The UK has two Tour de France winners, the US and Australia have only one apiece but tiny Luxembourg boasts a total of four. And two of them are to be found in the same village. Ride up to Izeg (Itzeg) and visit Andy Schleck’s lovely bike shop with workshop and café attached. You may even get a coffee served by the man himself! Afterwards pay your respects to Charly Gaul (1932-2005) in the cemetery there. Appropriately for “l’Ange de la Montagne” (“The Angel of the Mountains”) it’s quite a stiff climb up to his final resting place.
Knopes 11 Avenue de la Porte-Neuve, 2227 Luxembourg (behind the Bourse) ; Mon – Sat 8am – 6pm
70 Route d’Esch, 1470 Luxembourg; Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm, Sat 9.30am – 6.30pm
The best coffee in town? Could well be, and happily there are two opportunities to clock this up, with a couple of branches to visit.
Ready? 35 Avenue du Bois, 1251 Luxembourg (Limpertsberg) Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm
Great coffee, great food and with bikes on the wall, this is a bicycle-friendly must. Cool and super friendly staff and they also sell a mug which says ‘Do Epic Shit.’ enough said.
Bloom 101 Rue Adolphe Fischer, 1521 Luxembourg (Gare); Tues – Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 6pm
Deceptively simple laid-back décor belies top notch coffee, and the brownies will boost your energy on a longer ride.
Coffee-Bike various locations
This is surely a must for this challenge – if you can track it down! Lovely espresso and you don’t even need to dismount. And if you see it en route, just ride alongside until it pitches up!
Escher Kafe 55 Rue du Clair-Chêne, 4061 Esch-sur-Alzette ; Wed – Sun 10am – 1am, Mon / Tues 2pm – 1am
A real find in the back streets of Esch, it’s a great café/bar that sells coffee (and fine beers) and is actually open Sundays!
On The Cycle Paths & in the Villages
Of course coffee stops can be found in many villages, and often along a cycle path; here’s just a very small selection:
Becher Gare – 1 Bécher Gare, 6230 Bech PC2
This recently converted station has great views and is easier to reach by bike than car!
Rothaus across and under the bridge from Remich PC3 / Mosel Radweg
Right on the cycle path opposite Remich, lovely spot if there happens to be any sun.
Café Fern 37 1 Route de Luxembourg, 6910 Roodt-sur-Syre, PC4
Enjoy your drink as you watch the trains rumble by.
Café Central 67 Grand-Rue, 3730 Rumelange PC8
One of many options in this pleasant southern town, home of the Mining museum – which also includes a café!
Café Fogo A Lenha & Lenger Stuff Rue de la Libération, 4797 Käerjeng PC12
Side by side; take your pick.
Cafe des Sports 1 Rue de l’Église, 8467 Eischen PC12
Over by the Belgium border, and just off the lovely old l’Attert railway track. Plenty of room to sit outside with your bike.
Café du Château 35 Rue du Château, 7463 Pettingen PC15
Grab your coffee, and take a look round the castle too!
* don’t worry if you miss a week; up to two rides a week are permitted
** any length at all above 3km
Another eye catching piece of cycling infrastructure opened in September; the ‘hanging’ bridge below Pont Adolphe. This takes cyclists between the City and the Gare area avoiding all cars and buses (and the tram!). It also offers an exciting new viewpoint of the famous old bridge which opened in 1903 and has just been completely renovated. It’s a lovely addition to the city. All we need now are some real cycle paths along Avenue de la Liberte, once you leave the bridge!