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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#1

Told You So

North Lakes

Best cafe Told You So in australia for 2016

Nice atmosphere. Brilliant coffee. Great service.

Went to 'TYS Thursdays' last Thursday night and it was AWESOME. Great vibe. Excellent coffee and service. The food trucks were fantastic. Highly recommend Told You So.

The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, the coffee is always consistent and vibes are on point. Told You So takes everything about a terrific cafe experience and elevates it. 10/10.

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in australia for 2016

Coffee is smooth, not particularly strong. Service is hot and cold. Prices are on the expensive side. Lovely old shop but not well ventilated - can be stuffy and hot.

Simple- coffee always good, food fantastic. Prices , same as anybody else. Service, better than anybody else. Just visit and see for yourself.

Best cafe The Lodge in australia for 2016

You really can't beat this place, the coffee is an absolute delight. I want to take a bath in it.

This is right up there. It's out of my way when heading north and parking can suck but the coffee is in the top range. Can't give you a detailed taste explanation... it's just good. The people and place are also good but I only give scores based on the main thing: the coffee. It doesn't get much better. I've had similarly good but I don't think I've had better.

Best cafe Kai Coffee in australia for 2016

This espresso bar is in Kai’s medium sized roasting warehouse. They have a great barista in Lily, and you can go on a flavour journey through all the single origin beans that they roast, or through their range of blends. It’s definitely become my regular coffee haunt on the coast.

Relaxing, no stress atmosphere. Chill music. Nice experience.

Delicious every time. 😊 Just wish they stayed open a bit later so I could make it there for my lunch break.

#5

Shawty's Espresso

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in australia for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

Tried the house roast and had a perfectly extracted espresso. Brodie’s knowledge and artisan ability was outstanding. He was nice enough to split the El Salvadoran single origin with me (free of charge). Definitely recommend and will come back.

Fabulous coffee, and great staff. Thanks guys.

#6

Door 34

Cardiff

Best cafe Door 34 in australia for 2016

Loved the Silver Skin! Very smooth. Thank you for my 50c discount for my KeepCup too. Will def be back to this cute little cafe with the handy little window servery, when I'm passing through Cardiff again.

I've been here several times and have consistently had a great experience. Coffee is always great. Could be nice to have a little more variety of beans for the regular coffee snobs?

I was seriously impressed with the total vibe of service and friendliness the minute I entered the café. The Breakfast Board was generous and well presented. Coffee outstanding.

#7

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.

#8

Day Made

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Day Made in australia for 2016

I visited Day Made a few times since opening. They take care of coffee and very serious about coffee they offer. Food is really good, and decor and atmosphere is nice and relaxed. Unfortunately, waiting time can be very long, particularly on weekend, and customers are expected to know coffee well. My partner had a trouble to place our order as I asked him to get a few coffees for me, and found the staff members were not so helpful. If you are in a hurry, or have some limited time, I would not recommend Day Made, but if you have a time, and wish to enjoy good coffee in a beautiful settings, this cafe is really good. Coffees I have had so far, were all good and very enjoyable, and the selection of music is also very good.

I came just for the donuts and they didn’t have any.. only Fridays and Saturdays apparently. Coffee was good but overall don’t bother. The atmosphere is bizarre - bunch of dour looking millenials using laptops - no conversations no smiles No food options

Best cafe Zabe Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

I came here today (Thursday) at about 11am for the 1st time... what a find!! The atmosphere was fantastic and the coffee was spot on. I would love to come here on a weekend. I would happily make the journey from brisbane to visit again. Great little place, keep up the good work.

Still good consistent coffee, and service. Best in Tewantin!

#10

Plug Nickel

Collingwood

Best cafe Plug Nickel in australia for 2016

Long black was not too acidic, not too bitter, good balanced with stone fruit flavors. Always a surprise to taste what can do talented baristas with good beans well roasted.

I've had such a good experience here. GREAT service, loads of chats with the staff and great brownies.. the staff loved to chat about coffee. Keep up the great work! 10/10 experience

Disappointed the first time but went back in hope that it was just a bad day. I was wrong. Average coffee, shame for ONA. No vibe. Littler- no service. #toocool

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"

Awesome location matching the excellent coffee... had 2 x Picollo lattes and a double shot latte... cheers for the friendly service 👍

Cute coffee shop, nice ambience. Double shot flat whites were excellent. I visited three times in one day and they lose points because they gave me a hard time when I complained that my iced latte was sweet even though I had asked for just ice, coffee and milk. Instead of just making me another one two lady staff members insisted that that’s just the way they make iced lattes and one said she could never drink one without sugar. Well that may be the case but it’s the only cafe I’ve been to (and I live between Bondi and Hobart) where an iced latte has been sweet. Plus I did describe what I wanted. And it was our fifth coffee that day so surely I deserved to be treated nicely. Also they never once offered my little dog water. But then there didn’t seem to be any pet friendly coffee shops in Burnie. Even though I was disappointed in my final experience I’d still say it looks like the best place for coffee in Burnie.

Best cafe Pablo & Rusty's Brisbane in australia for 2016

Best cafe Vilicia Coffee in australia for 2016

Proud Mary Honduran double espresso was a flavoursome cup that opened up in cooling to some blackcurrant’y action - nice.

Back again, this time the Proud Mary espresso was a natural Ethiopian, it had a more bitter edge with some mild orange - pretty good

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

Great coffee, very friendly staff, cool vibe. Did I mention that the coffee is great?

Great coffee with warm and friendly service to match. A hidden gem as it is certainly in an odd place. Definitely will be back.

Excellent coffee! Odd place inside a hardware store, with enjoyable sitting places outside. Very friendly service. Absolutely worth to seek out!

#17

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.

Nothing but positive energy for this joint. The friendliest people creating nectar heaven in ceramic cups, a cold filter so clean and refreshing, wow wow wow wow wow.

Omg how is this hole in the wall rated best anything. I expected great things and was extremely disappointed :(

Great concept store. Great coffee and excellent service. So glad to find this gem ahead of a big day!

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

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

Beautiful fit out with great coffee. The only thing better than the coffee is their knowledge. Filter lover heaven

This place looks great and very modern. The coffee was average as was the service. Not a family friendly place

I've been here before and second time around is just as good as the first. Great coffee with great service. Banana bread with housemade coffee cashew butter. Yum.

Best cafe Sing Sing Espresso in australia for 2016

Coffee was washed out and half of it was foam. After spooning it out, which I've never done, I wanted to taste what Cairns #1 has to offer. Can taste the potential in the beans, but it didn't deliver.

My go to cafe for awesome coffee, yummy food and friendly staff!

Found my new local for full bodied creamy beautiful coffee! Very Happy

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.

Silky washed Columbian espresso from Axil on a large volume, had a lovely citrus feel - seriously good. Flatty traveller had spot on texture, taste and temp

The best on a Saturday morning.. they have a huge selection of single origins on pour over. Helen is lovely!

My third visit to LB2. They all seem very friendly and welcoming. willing to have a bit of a coffee chat. The options of blends and single origins are great. They seemed a bit busy which may have accounted for the over textured froth on top of my flat white. This was replaced for free when highlighted. But was still not great. Worth a visit, but a little disappointed.

Best cafe Hamptons Espresso Buderim in australia for 2016

One of my favs to grab a double shot latte on the go. Consistently great coffee that is smooth and vibrant in flavour. This place is the bomb. 👌

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in australia for 2016

Super refreshing Carbonated Coffee hit the spot on a hot day. Bit of a hidden gem down a Richmond side street worth a visit for the lovely coffee and service.

Best cafe One Origin Specialty Coffee in australia for 2016

First impression was that there people take their coffee very seriously. A blend and a Guatemalan single origin from Axil and another single from Uncle Joe's. I had a strong flat white on the Axil blend (4 South American beans). The cup was initially just a touch too hot to be comfortable and obscured the flavour but as the cup cooled the beautiful chocolate and caramel tones came through with an impressive strength. The aftertaste of cacao on the tongue was brilliant. I would love to take the time to try the single origins but I've got my caffeine quota for the day! Maybe next time!

Its been a while, but the coffee is still excellent. As is the service. The new Purple Haze blend is a delight.

Cappuccino was great! Smooth, frothy with right consistency. My only negative is limited cake variety and display.

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in australia for 2016

One of my absolute favourite coffee shops. The coffee is outstanding! Service is amazing too, just a very limited range of food.

Came here in the morning and got an espresso tasting plate. Both were interesting flavours with excellent bodies and great balance. will return

Coffee was lovely with a great depth from front to back. Service staff were lovely and very tolerant of our chit Lin’s. No AC made it a bit steamy.

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

still loving this little coffeeshop! best coffee in mooloolaba for sure!

Wow... Latte... A taste that will makes ME relax. Love the latte here. Tq. ;)

#26

Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in australia for 2016

Really good coffee, with some tasty treats if u feel the need. Always kind service from the team here..

Great cap, nice flavor smooth 😊

Best cafe Ground Up Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

Gone are the days that traveling west from Brisbane meant saying goodbye to good caffeine. This great little joint would have nothing to apologize for in Flinders Lane! I’ll be looking for a reason to come back.

Funky place. Attention to detail. Enjoyable visit. Reminded me of being in a cafe in an alleyway in Melbourne.

Best cafe Sherwood Coffee Bar in australia for 2016

The Urban dictionaries definition of ‘good vibes’ should be The Sherwood Coffee Bar. A neat little hole in the wall, a hidden gem in the coastal town of Newcastle. The staff take pride in their coffee, their service & their environmentally savvy philosophy is a fresh breath to this hustling world. The place to be

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great coffee, great service, great food and atmosphere! This place is a winner! I've been here several times and it is one of my favourite places in Newcastle to get coffee. Smooth blend. Can be enjoyed as an espresso or with milk. Service here is always so welcoming and friendly. Thanks Sherwood, you guys are amazing!

The coffee has character- being a bit on the bit chocolate-y side of things. The service is excellent and the place has a nice vibe- and someplace to sit comfortably which is a bonus. I'd be quite happy if the Sherwood was my 'local' but generally prefer my coffee with a little more bite.

Best cafe First Fruits Coffee in australia for 2016

Great service and the coffee was very nice. Couldn't fault them on the food or service. Only a small cafe, and a little hard to find but a hidden gem! Well worth going to.

The coffee is always great and the staff friendly and efficient. So good to have a great coffee spot in Ashmore

Wow! Great coffee and service from the team members, I’ll becoming back again next time I’m travelling this way. The Bagel was great as well

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

Amazing coffee. Amazing service. Got advise on which bean to try. Loved it.

Seriously these guys are awesome.. they where super busy and my coffee was still so accurate and tasty. Recommend the food too it's so good. Will be back when I get time ;)

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