Jozi’s Top Ride Stops

Former pro Kevin Benkenstein spends hours riding Joburg’s streets – here are his five favourite places to refuel.


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Former pro Kevin Benkenstein spends hours riding Joburg’s streets – here are his five favourite places to refuel.

'Be-spoke' furniture - cycling-centric tables at The Grind.
‘Be-spoke’ furniture – cycling-centric tables at The Grind.

Benky, who just completed his third Everesting challenge for Qhubeka, is an ex-pro cyclist, current market developer for Specialized SA, and coffee lover.

The Grind

“A busy, vibrant coffee shop within a bicycle shop, made to feel like home by baristas who take the time to learn your name. With bike parking and product to view, it’s the perfect place to end a weekday ride.”

Favourite Brew: Coffee in a Cone
Favourite Meal: Banana Bread Slice with PB and Syrup
Location: Melrose Arch

Bidon Bistro

“A great ‘country’ vibe in the middle of the Cradle of Humankind. The food is good and the coffee is strong, and it’s always full of cyclists making their mid-ride stop.”

Favourite Brew: Cappucino
Favourite Breakfast: Tortilla or Breakfast Pizza
Location: The Cradle of Humankind

Vovo Telo

“Because it’s in Parkhurst, just a few minutes’ ride from the Spruit, the tables are always full of dirt-covered riders. Vovo Telo welcomes cyclists, and has bike parking to go with killer coffee and killer food.”

Favourite Brew: Flat White
Favourite Meal: The Surrey Hills and a Pain au Raisin
Location: Parkhurst

The Surrey Hills - like its namesake in England, this plate is and 'Area of Outstanding Beauty'.
The Surrey Hills – like its namesake in England, this plate is and ‘Area of Outstanding Beauty’.

State Five

“Cool, trendy and busy, this shop is always a hub of energy. With big tables and a bike rack for your steed, it’s a great place to stop on any weekday ride.”

Favourite Brew: Cold-Brewed Coffee
Favourite Meal: Swiss Fruit
Location: Greenside

Tasha’s

“This place is so Joburg. Trendy and a place to be seen, but also with great staff, who are always friendly. A good place to get great food.”

Favourite Brew: Greek Coffee
Favourite Meal: Salmon Scramble
Location: Rivonia Road

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