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

Back again, this time a filter and and cold brew. Both exceptional. Every time I've had amazing coffee, however being the number 1 coffee shop in Australia, this is expected. But it's not the coffee that makes TYS number 1, it's everything else. Since coming to TYS my life has completely turned around. I've lost 20kg, am debt free, met the love of my life, have a great job, and have reconnected with my estranged father. I always read these reviews of high rated cafes giving people having life changing experiences and TYS is one of these. Thank you so much guys. Here's to 2017. New year, new me.

Hate to give a perfect score, but seriously awesome. Every drink was great, staff were super friendly and knew what they were talking about!

Single Origin roasters are one of my fav's. Just a shame Told you so don't offer ristrettos. Espresso was light and smooth but it's a personal thing I prefer my coffee with more body which I know the SO beans can offer. The lime pie was delicious though.

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in australia for 2016

Underwhelmed. Based on beanhunter reviews I was anticipating a much better experience. Coffee was poor, tasted burnt. I had a pram and a toddler and had to take my young baby out of pram to get inside to order. Why is this cafe listed as child friendly?! Didn't find service friendly and food selection is average and unappealing. Won't be going back.

Please stop writing FAKE or overinflated reviews on yourself

Top notch coffee, excellent food especially the bruschetta with bacon my favorite, definitely child friendly, great ambience. I work in the city and wish I could easily get coffee as good as Robbie's there

Best cafe The Lodge in australia for 2016

I'm from Melbourne, so I've been spoilt for choice- Brisbane doesn't even compare. However, The Lodge is amazing, as good as Proud Mary or Baulderdash in Melbourne (two of my favourites). Do yourself a favour and stop by won't regret it!

I can see why this cafe rates so highly. Shame it's so from where I live :(. caffè impressionante! Thanks guys, Calvin.

Really nice selection of coffee, fantastic breakfast! Good service and atmosphere. Will come back.

Best cafe Kai Coffee in australia for 2016

Coffee was smooth but nothing stood out as extraordinary. I can't fathom the beanhunter rating as I've certainly had much better coffees. Almond milk was not texturised to the thick, silky consistency that I expect. I expect my coffee filled to the brim and not with the 'tide out' . Customer service was satisfactory but no extra effort to appear to genuinely welcome a new customer. Decor was modern industrial and quite appealing but atmosphere was not existent.

The most incredible experience for a coffee enthusiast! Visited right on opening time at 7:00am and had the full coffee experience laid out before us. Bought a couple bags of beans as we walked out. Absolutely worth the visit. A must do.


Shawty's Espresso


Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in australia for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

With years of experience in hospitality under his belt, Brodie Shaw and business partner Ben Evans embarked on an impressive journey to bring about Shawty’s Espresso – a hop, s(k)ip and a jump away from the Park Road train station in Woolloongabba. Read more at

Good selection of coffee in blends and single origin. I opted for a single origin which complimented the Bonsoy, giving hints of fruit, toffee, nougat, tobacco. Lovely creamy texture.


Door 34


Best cafe Door 34 in australia for 2016

Picked up a take away cappuccino yesterday. The coffee was a lovely smooth blend with the first sip bitter but it continued to get better with every sip. Really happy that door 34 lived up to its great reputation. The only downfall was a bit of a wait but that is expected when it is busy.

Love this cafe so much, best coffee I've ever had!

you've gotta get one of Caroline's chicken salads for lunch. the best.


Cup From Above

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Cup From Above in australia for 2016

Lovely coffee, a little milky but I think that was my fault for ordering too large a size. Very friendly staff.


Day Made


Best cafe Day Made in australia for 2016

Found in bean hunter. Great contemporary fresh new open space. Supreme roasters (run by Supreme) - long black was as good as it gets even though I don't seek out Supreme beans. Looks nice for a brekkie or light lunch too..

Great coffee, nice fruity and nuttiness in my Bonsoy latte. La Marzocco machine. Barrista was very obliging to make a hotter cup as first was bit like warm. More often, Soy milk is overheated and can curdle. Place is bright and airy, taps for still and sparkling water, wifi, great space to chill for a bit.

Having a coffee at the place was pretty good. Lovely latte art and good atmosphere. But had a take away coffee was very average. Taste bit sour and not creamy. I tried take away coffee twice at Day Made, both same.

Best cafe Zabe Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

We're on holidays and this place has the most chilled atmosphere. Staff are great and it's never empty.

Must have come on a bad day. Service was okay but the coffee was definitely not up to scratch. I will return and try once more as other reviews have been positive.


Plug Nickel


Best cafe Plug Nickel in australia for 2016

One of the few places that can mix a slightly fruity espresso blend with bonsoy. Really enjoyed it, awesome vibe inside too

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 👍

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

Coffee: Excellent long black, really a stand out from nearby competitors. A rich roast and just the right strength for what I like, definitely enjoyed this one. Atmosphere: Nice to have AC on a hot day like today, comfy seating and a relaxed vibe on a monday afternoon, pretty much all you can ask for. Service: On point, quick and simple. Note that it's non-cash so make sure to bring a card - luckily this is my preferred way to pay, so on point once again. Overall, a fantastic monday afternoon coffee with colleagues. A bit of a further walk from the office so will probably be making more frequent visits after things cool down. Looking forward to trying the cold drip next time I'm there.

Bloody awesome coffee, especially considering it was a large latte. Service ok for busy time. Dig the interior

Excellent coffee and friendly, fast service. Great look about the place

Best cafe Vilicia Coffee in australia for 2016

These guys are good. Fast operators making one of the smoothest flat whites I've ever had. Will be back for more. They deserve their position as one of the best.

Excellent picollos; lots of care and beautiful art though taste the important thing and it was there

A very busy little corner cafe. A unique coffee, very strong but smooth. Great service and consistency

Best cafe Fox Street Factory  in australia for 2016

Always a great coffee regardless of how busy it is or time of day. Freest spot to sit upstairs and watch the day pass

Best cafe Espresso Room Hyperdome in australia for 2016

Had an amazing single 0 here yesterday. Service is still amazing. The only place to go in tuggeranong!

great coffee. had a dopio. service maybe a little slow but overall reaaly good.

Staying in Tuggeranong, it was on the cards to visit the Espresso Room. Great coffee by Ona

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in australia for 2016

Cafe without a name is still serving the best coffee I have had in Sydney. Amazing service and extensive knowledge from the Barista's makes this little place an absolute delight to visit.

Bit hard to get to this place, but it was worth it. The coffee had nice strong full bodied taste to, the milk was made to a good temperature and great texture. The staff are very friendly and know their coffee and passionate about it.

Been a while since I've had a chance to pop into this place. If you've never been here you could easily miss it. It really is a hidden treasure. Their single origin Ethiopian espresso was sweet with some great dark choc flavours coming through. The house blend was sweet and smooth in my take away latte. Worth seeking out.


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.

A pure and simple coffee experience. It's all about the coffee and atmosphere. No long list of fancy food or commerciality. Just consistently great coffee and a vibe that keeps us regulars going back. Tiff really knows her stuff and only uses a small range of beans from a Brisbane roaster. But wow her passion for bringing out the best in them, there is never a bad cup. Keep it up Tiff, we are lucky to have such great quality here at Wellington Point. 👏🏻😎

Love coming here, and a bonus that they rotate some of my favourite Australian roasters.

Best cafe The Chamber Room in australia for 2016

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

Personal service on a slow and rainy day.

Coffee was exceptional and conversation with staff was great! Thanks guys!

Best cafe Sing Sing Espresso in australia for 2016

Great spot to relax, genuine service. Good local contemp local feel. 🤠🙌 excellent ying yang creme bar on my LB

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.

My absolute favorite cafe in the city. Awesome staff! Great coffee! Fantastic setup!

Great little coffee shop hidden in a typical Melbourne alleyway.

Fantastic pour over, delightful coffee indeed !

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

I had the Timbio - Colombian as a long mac. Awesome coffee, great food, services and tunes!

Spending the morning here is always a pleasure. Had a wonderfully sweet Kenyan filter coffee, and sat at the bar watching the barista brew coffee for the better part of my day.

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

Really Nice take away coffees - long black (Ethiopian fruitiness) and latte.

Back in Melbourne, and back to where its at. Loving the Costa Rican natural in the hopper. Alan is one of the most humble operator, and his staff always greet you with a smile. Happy to be home after this visit.

Best cafe Wolff Coffee Roasters in australia for 2016

Great fitout and commitement to education and the coffee industry, but espresso was average, if that, and service was very blaisé and uninterested

Ended up here after their cafe Dandelion & Driftwood and enjoyed it also

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

Coffee is AMAZING ! Great coffee and service every time I go. Best coffee on the coast by far !!

Consistently good coffee!! Not many places like this on the Sunshine Coast. Staff are so friendly and welcoming and great range of counter food options too. Highly rate the cold drip!

Love coming here with my wife. The vibe in the mornings is great. Bold, strong coffee, awesome food and excellent staff


Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in australia for 2016

It is refreshing to find a humble little establishment that just serves great coffee and food at reasonable prices. I have only one wish, that it was open weekends but everyone has to have a life I guess.

Great coffee, fresh tasty food and lovely views of the park. Would definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area.

Great spot, overlooks the park on the corner of the showgrounds. Funky fitout with grafitti art on the walls and astro turf out the front. Had a FA cap on almond milk which was tasty.

Best cafe Ground Up Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

Excellent fit-out. Added bonus of rotating street art on the alley walls. Menu wasn't for my taste, but the coffee certainly was!

Best cafe Sherwood Coffee Bar in australia for 2016

Grounds for espresso was pretty ordinary - too bitter with not much else. FW to-go was pretty solid if not outstanding.

First time at Sherwood. Had a triple shot latte and it was spot on. Good flavour, strength and smoothness. Will be back.

Didn't enjoy overly bitter espresso. Maybe I needed to ask for a single origin or something as this seemed to be made with care but just had a punchy blend flavour. The FW was good

Best cafe First Fruits Coffee in australia for 2016

Not the easiest location but what a find great coffee and a really lovely barista you would go here again and again. Really good roaster and tasty blend this will get busier and busier we will certainly spread the word

A really great surprise to find such a great tasting coffee in such an unusual location. The barista is really friendly and knowledgeable about all different facets involving coffee. The texture and taste of the coffee is outstanding. This is the best coffee shop I have tried on the Gold Coast without a doubt! Without the internet I would have never found this great place...thank you very much Beanhunter!

Best spot on the gc, lots of options, great coffee.. James does a perfect v60 and he's incredibly knowledgeable.. check them out!!

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

My only 10 rating thus far. We came here wanting their Costa Rican brew in Bonsoy and we were steered away as "the coffees acidity could curdle with the soy" so we went with their house blend. The great thing was that we were given an espresso on the side, of the Costa Rican, so we could taste it for ourselves. Very fruity and acidic so I was left feeling we had been well advised. Top staff here.

These folk should be running our countries best hotels. Service here is on a level up from all their peers. We're not talking pretentious, toffee nosed suckuppiness - just authentic...I'm listening...we are interested in the customers best interests. Opposite to what the big 4 banks do, if u get what I mean. Ian Narev could change the culture inside the banks by getting his next cuppa here. Oh did I say the coffees good 👌

Great atmosphere. Loved the full flavour coffee so got one to go!

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