Top Cafes of 2016 - Australia

We’ve run the numbers! Here are the best cafes of 2016 in Australia, voted by real coffee lovers.

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Told You So

North Lakes

Best cafe Told You So in australia for 2016

Awesome coffee, friendly vibes, easily one of the best places on the north side to get coffee thanks guys!

Great coffee. Quite the young crowd here on a Sunday so lots of good vibes. Staff are always awesome.

Set amongst the beautiful North Lakes community this was a pleasant find as we explore the Trending Cafes Book One. Great coffee and we absolutely loved the Bagel with pumpkin spread. Friendly staff and we will definitely be back when we are in the area.

Best cafe The Lodge in australia for 2016

I had a flat white double shot of Guatemala single origin. It was average, the coffee seemed a bit burnt and was brought out to me with a bit of spill off the top running down the side which the worker should have picked up and cleaned up for me. I then tried single origin in filter small cup and it was nicer and more flavoursome which is understandable. Hence why this rating went up from my original thoughts. This cafe is not top range. It was family friendly out in the gap and seemed a bit lackadaisical. The original first contact when I ordered coffee and asked about the single origin did not know what single was in the grinder.... This is a 6-7 out of 10 cafe. No more

Best cafe Kai Coffee in australia for 2016

I’ve always enjoyed the coffee here over the years. They have a new barista on board who is on fire with his coffees. Highly recommend.

Coffee is unreal! Great blokes that work here too! And the banana bread melts in your mouth!!

Great coffee. I had a long Black and my wife am Almond Milk Latte. Got an explanation of the beans our coffee was being made from as they were being made and watched as they roasted more beans.


Shawty's Espresso


Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in australia for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

Brilliant tasting coffee, city fringe / popular location. Lived up to the hype.

Good tasty Supreme flavour. Good coffee. Little sweet spot.


Door 34


Best cafe Door 34 in australia for 2016

After being pointed here I understand what it’s all about. Small shop, great coffee, friendly vibes.

Great coffee and freshly made breakfast choices. Open at 6 for your early morning cravings. The only choice in Cardiff


Cup From Above

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Cup From Above in australia for 2016

Cup From Above is a social enterprise. 100% from every cup you purchase from here helps create a better community.


Day Made


Best cafe Day Made in australia for 2016

Nice funky coffee shop. Sells one of the best coffee brands available. Had one nice coffee and one passable coffee today. Not sure what they are doing, but consistency is key. Service was blah.

Best cafe Zabe Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

Great coffee - flavour, texture & heat. Relaxing atmosphere & friendly staff.

This is a hard one to review... there is a lot I like and also things that drive me nuts. 1. The coffee is good. They use Clandistino beans and judging from what I have seen every time I have been, they must be a medium to high account. 2. Atmosphere here for the cafe is also not bad. There is a nice vibe generally going on with lots of locals (especially bike riders in the morning) always about having a chat and a laugh. 3. They are SLOW. I have seen a lot of cafes, including having owned them, and this is one of the slowest that I have experienced. 4. Attitude here sucks. Very much what I call “baristatude”, where there is a “we are too cool for school” sort of vibe. All told, if you are in Noosa / Tewantin looking for coffee, I would place these folks about 6 on the list. While the coffee is reasonable (and I should also note they provide a little bikkie, which is another point in their favour), the attitude from the baristas makes me want to go elsewhere


Plug Nickel


Best cafe Plug Nickel in australia for 2016

Good coffee but surprisingly mine was not great, just not enough strength for my liking. Still based on its reputation this was more a blip.

The espresso is very aromatic and the choice of the beans are very spot-on! They offer great ranges of DIY kit and instruction for all coffee lovers!

Excellent decision to drop in on the way home. Quality espressi in an interesting space.

Best cafe The Chapel in australia for 2016

Cafe, Roastery, Bar & Music Venue. Situated in a restored 1890's Chapel. "A beautiful space where community is valued and proactively built"

Excellent in-house-roasted coffee was complimented with a really well thought out menu and super friendly service. Thanks guys, you made our trip to Tassie complete.

Wonderful setting. Lovely staff. My toastie was a bit special and the coffee was brilliant. Couldn't really fault it. If I was able to test consistency day to day, I reckon it could be a solid 10. Thanks for the time!

Best cafe Vilicia Coffee in australia for 2016

they have the cutest barista there. he is tattooed from head to toe and has lots of piercings. was hard to concentrate on my order as he was so dreamy. he also had that cute amount of barista attitude that seems to be so in vogue these days.

Best cafe Fox Street Factory  in australia for 2016

👌🏻 my favourite of all of Brisbane

Superb coffee and food, excellent friendly service - the people here genuinely want you to have a positive experience. Top notch.

Best cafe Espresso Room Hyperdome in australia for 2016

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in australia for 2016

Hard to get too, hidden away. Seemed more like a mini canteen then a cafe and coffee was average at best.

Don’t know what all the hype is. After they sent me out a burnt espresso the first time I put a negative review on here, the owner pipes up and persuades me to come back for another try. No good. Again, burnt. If they can’t get the basic of basics right -espresso, how can they continue to produce good coffee? Is it that hard to train your baristas in the art of proper extraction? Approx 25ml/25 secs - have that for free! Or maybe the machine needs to be cleaned properly? Very very disappointing. Unfortunately a sad reflection of most cafes in Sydney that think if they have a good Instagram following then their coffee MUST be good.


First Coffee Co

Wellington Point

Best cafe First Coffee Co in australia for 2016

Hole In The Wall. Specialty Coffee. Dog Friendly. Cycling Friendly. Since 2015.

Great hole in the wall using modern equipment, exceptional product, as well as sustainable consumables. Great representation of speciality coffee standards! Thank you, I loved my House FW & Colombian Batch Brew. Don’t be fooled by the beanhunter map showing location in the water! You’ll find this gem operating out of a window in the V1 Cyclery shop on the corner of Christina St & Main St.

Best cafe The Chamber Room Espresso & Brew Bar in australia for 2016

An adults only Espresso & Brew Bar where a coffee coma is possible...

I love this coffee shop! Always awesome coffee, fast friendly service from knowledgeable staff and a really cool atmosphere!

This café is for me the number 1 in Cairns. They serve excellent cappuccino. They share their knowledge about coffee, origins of coffee beans and the impressive espresso machine.

Cool little spot down the street but really put off by the arrogance to refuse to serve there coffee over ice and just find it weird how they don’t let children in. So many other friendlier places in cairns sorry

Best cafe Sing Sing Espresso in australia for 2016

My son and I had very good cappu's there. They are definitely in the top in Cairns. The only negative comment is that they did not know exactly the origins of the beans in the seasonal blend.

The coffee was good, perhaps the pour a little long. I’m guessing it was at a low ebb as all the signs were right. The food was genius. The staff could not have been more welcoming.

Coffee was great and we will return during our stay. Lovely little laneway location.

Best cafe LB2 Specialty Coffee in australia for 2016

LB2 Cafe is a boutique coffee shop in Melbourne CBD, serving up Axil and Cartel Coffee.

Very enjoyable place, strong coffee. Friendly and welcoming service plus open Saturday morning.

Great atmosphere, people and coffee, never disappoints

I have heard about them for quite some times and always wanted to try, and I finally did! They surely offer very unique coffee and beans, and I really enjoyed both espresso and pour over. The atmosphere is cosy and chilling to spend quality time with loved ones!

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in australia for 2016

Great coffee alternative when kids are at clip & climb

This place rocks. Such well roasted coffee. Great staff. Love these guys.

Best cafe One Origin Specialty Coffee in australia for 2016

They served very strong great tasting coffee!

I don’t come here for service or atmosphere..although they are both good. I come here for the coffee, the coffee is amazing..always amazing!!

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in australia for 2016

Great service good coffee worth a try if you are a coffee snob

Best cafe Black Market Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

Black Market Espresso Bar - Clandestino Coffee Espresso Bar. Passionate about crafting brilliant consistent coffee. Ground fresh and weighed for each and every cup. Providore of locally baked pastries, sliders, & cakes. We're very Pet Friendly (and likely to run out to meet your four legged friends)! We're also WiFi enabled!Coffee: Clandestino Roasters Equipment: La Marzocco Linea PB and 3 Mazzer Grinders

A little cozy but great place for coffee and light food fare. Parking options around which helps. Dog friendly outside. Not much seating. Lovely service too

My F/W in a smallish cup (130ml) packed plenty of flavour, full-bodied, higher than average acidity (tang) and outstanding finish. My definition of finish, by the way, is that buzz of optimism you get in the half hour after you leave the cafe..doesn't happen as often as I'd like these days!

Great Coffee Great Service Relaxing location


Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in australia for 2016

Great cap, nice flavor smooth 😊

Best cafe Ground Up Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

This is a little slice of Melbourne in Toowoomba! Coffee is excellent. Especially if you get a straight shot they even give you a small glass of soda water to help with the pure bitterness. The atmosphere has you sitting on basic and rustic furniture with heaters for winter and even give you a blanket if you want. The food is very good. Not a huge range, but what they have is well prepared and very tasty combinations. The Chocolate Fudge Brownies are to die for!

omg what can i say. acouple of years later and the vibe, coffee and food still on par with Melbourne. keep it up guys best Java, Joe, Kaff, Coffee in town

Best cafe Sherwood Coffee Bar in australia for 2016

Favourite spot for a good drop in Newcastle. Coffee is never anything less than perfection, always a good vibe & the best Ruben toasted sandwich I’ve ever wrapped my mouth around.

Best cafe First Fruits Coffee in australia for 2016

Nice coffee, but for me a great coffee is one where you enjoy every sip to the last drop. The first three sips... Great... But after that, it is just nice coffee. Always get super friendly service here and the coffee is good, but there are better on the coast.

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

Consistently great coffee. Good breakfast/brunch menu and friendly service. My go to place in Brisbane.

Busy, good coffee, but I will not come back if I don't need. The staff sold me coffee beans that were not great on filter. Not enough education on coffee, focused more on business

Absolutely delicious coffee. Was not quite hot enough but easily forgiven. Near perfect flat white with a lovely Costa Rican bean at the moment.

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