The Bike Is the Star at This Cafe

Photo inside the Actual Cafe in Oakland, CA.
Andrew Casteel —

Bike culture in the Bay Area may have found its Algonquin. At the Actual Cafe in Oakland, which opened last week on San Pablo Avenue, people can ride their bikes into the cafe and hook them to the wall, the way they might have hitched their horses a century ago. The rail enclosing the bikes even looks like a hitching post. Bicycle protection, without locks or chains. A whole new way of doing business and attracting business, all at one. And it isn’t just about the bike. The rider is treated like royalty here - which is just the way it should be, its patrons believe.