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

Great coffee. Quite the young crowd here on a Sunday so lots of good vibes. Staff are always awesome.

Set amongst the beautiful North Lakes community this was a pleasant find as we explore the Trending Cafes Book One. Great coffee and we absolutely loved the Bagel with pumpkin spread. Friendly staff and we will definitely be back when we are in the area.

Best crumpets I have ever had! Amazing long black and coffee soda too. Couldn’t recommend them more! Slightly devastated that Norh lakes isn’t closer to us.

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in australia for 2016

Good strong coffee and sensational chia pudding.

Best cafe The Lodge in australia for 2016

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

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...

#6

Door 34

Cardiff

Best cafe Door 34 in australia for 2016

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

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

#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

Beans: Clandestino San Jose blend. Good coffee and friendly service. Good atmosphere and easy to find. I had a double strength latte which was good if a little slow on the delivery.

Enjoyed my time at Zabe the barista made me a tasty espresso. Showed much knowledge in the coffee. Very happy with my experience

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

#10

Plug Nickel

Collingwood

Best cafe Plug Nickel in australia for 2016

Excellent decision to drop in on the way home. Quality espressi in an interesting space.

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.

Nice find in the heart of Burnie. Great coffee. Has a bit of a place to be seen atmosphere about it, a little on the trendy scale, but lots of good stuff going on there, food a little pricey.

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.

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in australia for 2016

Don’t know what all the hype is. After they sent me out a burnt espresso the first time I put a negative review on here, the owner pipes up and persuades me to come back for another try. No good. Again, burnt. If they can’t get the basic of basics right -espresso, how can they continue to produce good coffee? Is it that hard to train your baristas in the art of proper extraction? Approx 25ml/25 secs - have that for free! Or maybe the machine needs to be cleaned properly? Very very disappointing. Unfortunately a sad reflection of most cafes in Sydney that think if they have a good Instagram following then their coffee MUST be good.

Quality and quirky with excellent espresso

#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!

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

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

Great venue, great location. Staff are attentive but lack slightly in training which would be expected from a venue such as this. Coffee has a great flavour profile but milk could use some work. Staff 9/10. Venue 10/10. Coffee 9/10

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

Best cafe Sing Sing Espresso in australia for 2016

Nice and vibrant Cafe, unfortunately at the end of a lane which make it hard to find. Cold brew coffee is really nice, slightly bitter after taste but not too much. Espresso nicely served in hand made cups and smooth till the last drop. Really enjoyed spending some time here, Ritch was really friendly!

Nice little alley way location, coffee is good and staff are North Queensland friendly. A nice place to visit early in the morning. Worth a visit.

Not sure why this is rated 9.5 as it was seriously one of the worse coffees we have had. It was so bitter we had to throw it out (now that’s a first). Great service though 😊

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.

Sexy little establishment in a back street, beautiful Ethiopian natural filter. Great service!

Arriving back in Melbourne after moving away 8 months ago, first priority was get coffee. LB2 was an obvious choice. Brilliant coffee as always and just what I needed...

My Local for many years love this place choice of coffees and am a great fan of the Cartel filters. keep it up.

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in australia for 2016

Great coffee alternative when kids are at clip & climb

This place rocks. Such well roasted coffee. Great staff. Love these guys.

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

Great service good coffee worth a try if you are a coffee snob

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!!!

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

Cool space. Did not disappoint. Great espresso, single origin from San Jose.

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

#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

Excellent single-origin from Brazil, made well and served with soda water. Service could have been faster even though the cafe was busy.

A great find in downtown Toowoomba - glad we followed the chalkboard sign! Awesome coffee, cake atmosphere and service.

For cyclists living in Toowoomba this is THE place for a morning coffee. Great service, friendly staff and strong "just right" coffee. Can't go wrong really.

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!

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

We loved the bean choice, the service and neat food near Botanical Gardens.

Busy little shop. Flat white was a bit warm but flavour was there

Reformatory for espresso was excellent. Balanced and while fruity kept the complexity of caramelised apples - great. Take away batch was a beautifully balanced cup. This place is real good.

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