We visited Woodlawn Cycle Cafe for breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and a highly styled interior. The coffee shop/cafe is a cyclists’ refuge, decorated with a clean aesthetic, that allows for the food and bicycles to steal the show.
It is a “Cycle Cafe” meaning that cyclists are free to bring their bikes inside and mount them on the wall racks, for a worry-free break from the road. Otherwise, it’s your typical neighborhood cafe with a light but fanciful menu fit for any craving.
We sampled the popular “Toastie” breakfast sandwich, a fluffy biscuit served with egg, spicy sausage, swiss cheese and pepper jelly. We also had the Gravlax, a smoked salmon dish with creme fraiche and shaved parmesan – Scandinavia in the heart of Birmingham!
Woodlawn Cycle Cafe is owner Armand Margjeka’s second endeavor in the neighborhood. He created Open Shop Woodlawn, a unique concept shop/gallery space that opened in winter of 2014. These developments are part of a growing resurgence for Woodlawn. The once declining area that once received little attention from community leaders is now moving onward and upward with initiatives like Social Venture and Jones Valley Teaching Farm. Artists like Margjeka (musician and producer) and Duquette Johnston have additional projects on deck for the growing neighborhood.