For many road cyclists, enjoying a cup of coffee after (or even before or during) a ride is just part of the deal. And if you’re thinking of a bicycle tour in British Columbia, Nelson has all sorts of great cafes to choose from.

In a town beloved for its coffee culture, Sidewinders has plenty of reasons to visit. Plus, it just might have the best but least known patio in Nelson.

Road bikers and cycling enthusiasts will find a welcoming vibe and odes to the sport inside. Look for the chainrings and bike components set into the intricate wood wall as you sip your cuppa jo. Sidewinders serves up locally roasted Oso Negro beans along with Vancouver’s own Elysian Coffee Roasters.

If your belly is rumbling, you can’t go wrong with the in-house breakfast special. $4 gets you egg, ham and cheese on an English muffin with finger licking good garlic aioli. Yum. The scones, cookies and baked goods are also equally tempting.

Need a repair or extra item for your biking trip? Sidewinders is conveniently located across from Gerick Cycle & Ski, the go to bike shop in Nelson for touring and road bikes. Boomtown Sports is next door too, offering a treasure trove of new and used gear for just about any outdoor adventure.

Ah yes, and the patio. Climb the stairs and head to one of Nelson’s only rooftop patios. You can look down on historic Baker Street while enjoying 360 views of the mountains and Nelson’s charming heritage homes.

Sidewinders is located at 696 Baker St, on the corner of Hall St. It’s open at 6:30am Monday-Saturday, and 8am on Sundays.