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

Great for a non city cafe, great place to find in the burbs and worth the visit. Good coffee and tasty treats

Great place to visit, love what they do and how they go about it. Coffee is consistently great.

Fantastic Coffee, atmosphere and friendly staff. Best coffee in the area! (and the filters are insane!)

Best cafe The Lodge in australia for 2016

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.

Nice place, was a real surprise for the Burbs. Coffee was nice and some good food options.

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!!


Shawty's Espresso


Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in australia for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

Nice coffee but ridiculously difficult to find a park. Cars were illegally parked and getting ticketed while we waited.

Fantastic little find right near where I've started working. So my new daily is straight off the train as I'm heading in. The coffee is Supreme - one of my all time faves and each cup is made exactly the same, perf flavour and temp. Cool vibe in a great little spot! iOS on you guys!


Door 34


Best cafe Door 34 in australia for 2016

This place is really worthwhile visiting. I live locally so I’m here every so often. The owner (I wish I knew his name) is always so friendly and enthusiastic about what he does. It rubs or onto the staff too - really enjoyable and knowledgeable. And they brew a delicious double espresso!

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


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

Every time I am back in Brisbane I head straight here. Always the most delicious filters - so nice to see such a heavy focus on soft brews. Also can’t go past a 1+1 of whatever tasty single they’re offering on espresso. Best vibes.

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

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

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 Pablo & Rusty's Brisbane in australia for 2016

Been coming here quite regularly for my early milk-based hit, with the occasional batch brew every now and then. One of the best in this part of the CBD, and plus they sometime stock the best caramel slice I've ever tasted.

Best cafe Vilicia Coffee in australia for 2016

Good solid Smith coffee, only decent coffee I’ve had since landing in Tasmania. Would highly recommend

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

Espresso on house blend (mix of Columbians) had a thick crema, was underwhelmingly bitter to start, did go a bit dark choc on cooking but not up there with some of the shots I’ve had here.

Don’t know what all the fuss is about with this place? My flat white was honestly a little burnt and my wife’s soy cap was overheated so the milk separated. Had high hopes but was really disappointed...

Thanks for the constant fantastic coffee, no better way to start a monday. Coffee made with love.


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.

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!

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...

Awesome spot for coffee enthusiasts, really nice pour overs. Using Melbourne roasters, good for filter and espresso drinkers

Coffee and atmo is awesome. Don’t take your kids.

Was hard to find but my long black was good. Limited food and quite pricey for what you get.

Best cafe Sing Sing Espresso in australia for 2016

Coffee is ok. Good atmosphere in the cafe and the staff are nice.

Cool vibes - love the location,fit out and tasty food options. Coffee is not always consistent though and not quite at the caliber I would expect as number 1 in Cairns.

Excellent coffee and atmosphere, the equal of Melbourne or Sydney. Nice quiet laneway setting.

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.

Walked around looking for this place and finally found it tucked away in a side street, but worth the walk, these people are clearly into their coffee. They have Axil or Cartel, obv I chose Axil, and it was superb, perfect balance, good temperature. If you want to talk coffee find this place ...

Friendly and welcoming staff let me try their cold drip made with coconut water - really light and refreshening. Funky space down a laneway. Also enjoyed a picollo made with their Cartel indian blend. Perfect temperature. Delicious cup.

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

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in australia for 2016

Best cafe One Origin Specialty Coffee in australia for 2016

Finally found a decent coffee in Melbourne. If you appreciate good coffee this is the place for you.

They served very strong great tasting coffee!

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in australia for 2016

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

Not recommended could not drink coffee disgusting taste worst coffee on the Coast

Congratulations Black Market on winning the top spot on Beanhunter award. Very well deserved! Was in to try their latest single origin from Burundi yesterday. My favourite long black so far.

If u know ur coffees these guys do some of the best. They also change up their Single Origin on offer every week so us black coffee drinkers have a chance to experience flavours from around the world! My fav was the Nicaragua 🇳🇮


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

Ground up is easily the best coffee in Toowoomba and now with the change to Blackboard, it’s even better. Fantastic atmosphere and service.

Having come here for 4 years straight since the start, Ground Up never lets me down. Believe me, it’s the place you want for your hidden (although it’s not really a secret anymore) coffee fix or to impress your city visitors. The baristas take their coffee seriously and it’s reliable every time. My last review was 3 years ago and it’s still a keeper. Need to know: can be busy on the weekends. Food: grab a toasted chorizo croissant if you’re lucky. It’s an old favourite from their old counter menu.

I travel through Toowoomba frequently and always plan a stop at Ground Up. It is a highlight of my trip. Excellent coffee and always consistent, a rival to any of the best in Brisbane.

Best cafe Sherwood Coffee Bar in australia for 2016

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.

Handy location, consistently good coffee

Best cafe First Fruits Coffee in australia for 2016

Exceptional coffee with friendly staff. Cosy place to have a coffee or two. Best coffee on the GoldCoast!

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

Coffee wasn't the best and the service could have been better. The staff looked rushed and a bit disinterested. It was my first time here it was a bit off putting. Chances are that from the other great reviews that this may have been just a one off, I will give them another try.

Great selection of beans from the usual sources, but apart from that, nothing really drives me to choose this place over the other specialty ones within the CBD. Have tried to give them another go a number of times (both takeaway and dine in) but in the end it's not even worth it. All surface and no substance, highly overrated.

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