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

Best coffee in Brisbane, amazing Chai, great staff, awesome light food options, fun Thursday night community events. Cool minimalistic aesthetic as well, orange walls are good for a photo also.

TOP 3 COFFEE CRAWL See also Valori Espresso and Lola Coffee reviews. Been here a bunch of times and coffee is consistently good. Fit out is nicely put together - love the secret kitchen door! Service can be slow - even when it's not busy but they're thoughtful and careful with the coffee. Food is limited. Great regular events, great community feel.

I was recommended to come here by friends when told I was starting work in North Lakes, and couldn't be happier... TYS has become my morning local, and the staff have been friendly, my coffee's always on point, staff knowledge brilliant and best place in the Lakes :)

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in australia for 2016

Good strong coffee and sensational chia pudding.

Best cafe Kai Coffee in australia for 2016

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.

The coffee was absolutely beautiful. The barista was very knowledgeable and willing to share information. What a great place!


Shawty's Espresso


Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in australia for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

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.

First time at Shawty’s and- Wow! Coffee was the best I’ve had in a while - intensely rich, perfect temperature and crema. Had a flat white and then a piccolo- both were excellent. Wish this place was closer to home.


Door 34


Best cafe Door 34 in australia for 2016

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.


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

Best cafe Zabe Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

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


Plug Nickel


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

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.

I ordered a flat white that looks amazing, they're also using ONA beans which won a few awards few years back, but unfortunately it was too hot and didn't pack the punch.. won't be coming back for their coffee


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...

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

Was my first stop landing in Cairns and I was happy to see some familiar Melbourne brands being repped so far north in a cute fitout. Not quite on point with the espresso but filter was awesome. I have returned for a flat white and it was okay just not quite the usual size and ratio of coffee>milk I’m used to. Keep up the important work of good coffee in cairns

Best cafe Sing Sing Espresso in australia for 2016

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.

Absolutely loved the coffee at Sing Sing - very smooth, delicious blend. Best in Cairns! Great breakfast brioche burger too! Staff are delightful.

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.

Absolutely buzzing on a Monday morning. The quintessential Melbourne laneway cafe, such good service and packed.. my pour over was a washed Colombian, which was a real treat.. as it cooled the bright full body flavours popped.. the care of its preparation was evident, as was the explanation of its origin once delivered.. great work, highly recommend

Very well made medium-dark blend. I don’t normally enjoy roasts that dark but enjoyed this one. Dark decor but it works. Great little find.

Best cafe Hamptons Espresso Buderim in australia for 2016

A great place. Nice coffee, respectful and lovely staff, lovely made-on-premises food. The nicest staff ever.

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in australia for 2016

Best cafe One Origin Specialty Coffee in australia for 2016

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.

One of the best coffee shops in Brisbane. Amazing coffee and great service.

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

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

Awesome cafe serving quality coffee. Just under new management with super friendly staff. Do yourself a favour and check them out.


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

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..

Service was bad! Wasn’t impressed one bit. Coffee had good flavour and they know how to work with oat milk It has gone down hill since Hamish left

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

Lovely service, great coffee - I’ll be back!

Took two tries to get in on a Saturday morning but it was worth it. Three of us tried Daddy’s Girl blend which we all agreed was excellent. Our fourth tried the Columbian blend which tasted as per the tasting notes, macerated strawberries was the defining taste. Not to my taste after having a sip, but our fourth said it went well with her chocolate slice.

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