Nowadays Wrocław has no shortage of alternatives to the usual commercial coffee houses of Starbucks and Coffee Heaven. Bike Cafe, run in cooperation with the local tourist board, is another venue battling for your attention in an area rich in great cafes. Does it have enough to give it the edge over its neighbours though?
Bike Cafe, located on Sw. Antoniego nearby Kino Nowe Horizonty, is a part cafe – part tourist information point that would be an ideal place for newcomers to acquaint themselves with the city over a cuppa. On arrival you'll find plenty of guidebooks, flyers and brochures with handy information for tourists and Wrocław newbies, as well as a computer connected to the internet. There are English speaking staff as well of course, who can also point you in the right direction whether you be looking for advice on places to visit or where to cycle around the city.
Bike Cafe boats two outdoor seating areas at the front and back entrances, and has plenty of space inside too. Currently the place is spruced up by a colourful bike gallery with various arty photos of bikes in unusual places or situations. The cafe's olive green colour-scheme looks smart, while the decor is a decent mix of classic and contemporary styles.
As far as food and drink goes, Bike Cafe offer pretty similar produce to your typical cafe at average prices – expect to find various hot and cold baguettes, salads, cakes, plus cold and hot drinks. On our visit we ordered a gorgonzola baguette that was perfectly fine, if not anything to rave about. If you like the location and you fancy a beer, that's no problem either as Bike Cafe also have Żywiec on tap.
All seems to be alright with this place then, if it weren't for the competition. While Bike Cafe is a pleasant place to be, it just doesn't have enough substance, quality or charm for it to rival its neighbours. Central Cafe, located next door, offers a much more diverse and interesting menu at similar prices, while the cinema cafe across the road is better value for money. Then there's Mleczarnia, one of the city's most characteristic cafes, which is located just round the corner.
With all these options within a minute's walk of each other, it's difficult to see why you would choose Bike Cafe ahead of the others – even if you are a bike lover. That said however, the tourist info link-up is a novel idea, and Bike Cafe looks like a great place for Wrocław newbies to enjoy a coffee while they read about some of the great places they can visit in our beautiful city.
Bike Cafe, ul. Sw. Antoniego 8
Tel: 713461534, Facebook Page