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

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in australia for 2016

Good strong coffee and sensational chia pudding.

Best cafe Kai Coffee in australia for 2016

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.

Kai Coffee is something very special indeed. The Barista is equal parts friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. He never looks or acts rushed and gives his full attention to all his customers but is beautifully effective on the coffee output. Amazing. I enjoyed a fantastic piccolo here, one of the best, if not the best, I’ve ever had. I followed this with a flat white. It was incredibly good too. My wife had a mocha and she, unprompted by my enthusiasm for the place, said it was sublime. I’m going back tomorrow to buy some beans and try some pour overs. I don’t think I’ve ever given a 10 for a café but if any place deserves it, Kai definitely does. This is a must visit if you’re on the Sunshine Coast. And there’s a great brewery across the road too!

Situated in an industrial part of the Sunshine Coast this place is miles from stunning beaches and hinterland. The positive is that you don't have to battle tourists or fight for parking. I ordered a double shot cap and it was velvety smooth for a double. No hint of bitterness at all. The coffee was excellent. The only slight criticism was that the milk was slightly under temp but having said that if have it under temp rather than burnt any day of the week. The barista was warm and welcoming however took quite a long time to be served and even longer to make the coffee. This was surprising given there was only me and 1 other in there. It wasn't a problem just an observation. The shop is an open warehouse with limited seating, no atmosphere and practically no food options. This is the only real negative of this place. Essentially it caters for the local industrial factories coffee hit in the morning. If this place was in a better location and some effort put into the design and style of the space it would be hard to beat.

#5

Shawty's Espresso

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in australia for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

Managed to grab a coffee just before they packed up. Very nice coffee. Good job!!

Another place we managed to get too on our holiday. Nice coffee and nice staff. we both enjoyed our breakys too. Was a bit hot inside though, mind you outside it was melting so...

Absolute hidden gem & one of the top 3 coffee haunts in Brisbane. Epic drop, lovely service all in an unexpected, unassuming & somewhat grungy location - making Shawty’s all the more special. One of Australian’s best.

#6

Door 34

Cardiff

Best cafe Door 34 in australia for 2016

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

Well made coffee. Great service and plenty of atmosphere

A well balanced washed Ethiopian espresso that had a sweet fruitiness tinged with caramel. A resilient cola and lime flavour to the cold brew – strong and refreshing.

#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

Best cafe Zabe Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

Wonderful iced long black. good strength and flavour Best fruit toast that I have ever had Café has lots of character Friendly staff Fantastic coffee experience

Love the place , great atmosphere musisal themed, while we were there a lady was entertaining guests playing oldies on an upright piano.

#10

Plug Nickel

Collingwood

Best cafe Plug Nickel in australia for 2016

My s/o espresso was solid yet quite bitter however the staff are really nice and friendly.

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"

One of the best coffees I’ve had in Tasmania. Didn’t have any food, but it also looks good.

A hidden gem. Fantastic coffee , great food and wonderful atmosphere. Big city vibes in a small port town.

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

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.

Coffee really good. Person at counter great service. Person who delivered coffee has personality of a gnat. The gps location on here is wrong. Google map the address direct.

Coffee can be a bit hit and miss. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's average. Food is always good.

#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.

New owner & it’s going from strength to strength! Now open 7 days a week! Coffee is always faultless, Jake loves his trade! Speciality coffee done right!

Neat nook next to the bike shop. Tasty coffee and friendly faces. My go to whenever I’m in the neighbourhood.

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

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

The coffee is made to perfection with the excellent choice of dark roast. Modern and minimalistic interior. Fabulous service

Consistently great coffee (was up for the weekend and visited each day). Using bonsoy.

Best cafe Sing Sing Espresso in australia for 2016

Very nice and service was fantastic. Atmosphere is lacking. Not the best espresso in cairns CBD, but definitely up there.

This place is still amazing. Great vibe, great coffee, great people. Love love love.

After a week here of finding good coffee found a great coffee here. Tried the chamber room and bang and grind and this is my pick. Down little alley.

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.

Axil natural Ethiopian espresso had a big jammy flavour - made me think of marmalade and orange jubes. Great. Batch was clean with a smooth berries vibe.

Again just the best coffee using Cartel Roasters thanks guys for the service.

Coffee and pastry only (no substantial food offering) but the coffee was perfect. Thanks Beanhunter community, I'd have NEVER found this otherwise but when I saw the huge crowd I know if found the good stuff!

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in australia for 2016

Best cafe One Origin Specialty Coffee in australia for 2016

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!!

My late was incredible and their s/o didn’t disappoint. Really impressed and highly recommend.

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in australia for 2016

Amazing doppio ristrettos this on little red Wolff and the second Mexican. Coffee served at the perfect temperature and tasted amazing. Keep up the great work!!!

Amazing service and great coffee all day everyday. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys coffee or is a coffee fanatic.

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 lovely cafe serving great coffee and a great atmosphere! Can’t wait to come back!

Good coffee, smooth and full-bodied. Good spot in Mooloolaba, tucked away from the run of very ordinary tourist cafes on the beachfront

#26

Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in australia for 2016

Popped in here when I had a conference over at the Ekka grounds and very glad I did! Firstly I love Fonzie Abbott beans and my small flat white was perfectly extracted and smoothly textured. Pleasure to drink and linger for a few minutes in the funky surrounds, catching up on coming live acts in Brisbane over the next while. Will come here again...

Best cafe Ground Up Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

Can always get a great black coffee here and the granola was perfect on a beautiful Toowoomba morning

Really good spot. Lovely coffee and atmosphere. Staff great also.

Best cafe Sherwood Coffee Bar in australia for 2016

If you haven’t already do yourself a favor and come here. Fantastic coffee, food and service. Highly recommend!

First time at Sherwood, fantastic coffee, great staff and good atmosphere.

A great little set up in a sweet location. My piccolo was a little milky, nonetheless tasty and presented well..

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

Best coffee in Brisbane CBD, by far!! Smooth roast and the first place we've found that hasn't burnt the coffee. If you're after nice tasting coffee, not just a caffeine hit, don't bother with anywhere else.

They have a great selection of beans for those who want to be a bit picky. I had a double espresso from a delicious Ethiopian bean. The flavour was strong with fruit tones. Beautifully extracted.

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