Celeste green is now the official colour of a spandex safe zone. The iconic colour of Bianchi bicycles is featured throughout Musette, Vancouver’s first cycling café, which opened this week at 1262 Burrard Street. The location is just off of Davie and Burrard but it’s a bit tricky to find because they are located in the alley behind Jim Pattison Toyota – a positive for those of us wishing to lock our bikes up on the road less traveled.
A musette is the name given to the feedbags that cycling teams use to transfer food and water to their riders – a suitable name considering that Musette offers a variety of cyclist friendly food. The walls of the café feature a wide variety of musette bags along with a smattering of cycling memorabilia topped off by a mint condition Bianchi road bike from the 80s.
Thomas Eleizegui, who has spent the majority of his working career as a high-end clothing buyer, owns the café. The camp charm of the cycling memorabilia is offset by the furniture, which is all antique and stylish the nth degree. The rugged appeal of the antique furniture and cement floor also allows you to bring your bike inside without feeling guilty.
Spend some time looking around the café you can really grasp the ingrained attention to detail that Thomas’ retail experience has provided, It feels more like a home than a café. Kid friendly too. Thomas, who has two young ones, made sure to include a beautiful antique table where kids can colour or play with blocks that he has provided. There’s also a coffee- themed foosball table for us older kids.
Musette will serve as a hub for cyclists of all levels. Both Thomas and manager Dave Vukets have pedigrees in managing respective cycling teams in Vancouver. Eventually the café will offer group rides, and the knowledge behind the counter is an invaluable tool to anyone who has questions about the sport of cycling. Stop by while riding, take in a race on one of two flat screens, or just come for a good cup of coffee.
1262 Burrard Street | Vancouver
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 6:30 am-6:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
~ Colter Jones