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

I am constantly stoked by the top notch coffee this place delivers! We make the trip almost every weekend to try whichever single is on rotation. Literally the best place for coffee/service, and great small food options too!

We recently visited told you so for an early morning coffee. The coffee and chai latte were delicious. I actually think the chai latte is THE BEST i have EVER tried! Friendly service and great brews, make a great cafe!

Sensational Ethiopian Nansebo long black on Anzac Day. What a treat. Love what these guys are doing with single o. Cheers

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in australia for 2016

The coffee is always superb and the the owners are so friendly and cheerful. It's a cost neighborhood hang out. Love it! The Reuben's are also to die for. So big I had to take half home for later!

The coffee and location is good but the staff there just seem to hate children. The staff take it upon themselves to tell off their customer's children and as a parent I am always made to feel very unwelcome. Admittedly kids can sometimes be a bit rowdy but watching these people tell off your children for jumping up one step is pretty ordinary.

In response I have never seen them have a go at children whilst I have been there. Maybe you should teach your children to behave in public, not let them jump around.

Best cafe The Lodge in australia for 2016

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

The soy coffee was not good and it gave me a tummy ache.

Great coffee! Generous servings of fresh food with friendly service. Not usually in this neck of the woods; really enjoyed it.

Best cafe Kai Coffee in australia for 2016

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.

Good coffee. Not the best customer service (takes them a while to acknowledge you're there). Setting is nice but it's more suited for a workshop/roasting rather than a proper cafe. It's more of a coffee takeaway place. Wouldn't recommend it as a meeting place. Would be great if they could subscribe to the local newspaper and have something for you to read while you wait.

Always amazing, always super friendly, super consistent coffee. They always have a great range of beans available for take home as well. The smells and sounds in this place alone make the trip worthwhile! A must do on the Sunshine Coast.


Shawty's Espresso


Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in australia for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

seriously good espresso and best toasties EVER !! definitely a hidden gem and well worth finding... refreshing to see such enthusiasm and passion from the creators of this cafe ☕❤

Cute little place, in front of a mechanics workshop that looks straight out of the 1950's. Coffee was decent and service was friendly.

I can see why this is one of the top cafe's in Brisbane. I have been to this cafe several times as it's close to my workplace. The coffee is phenomenal, the service is prompt, friendly and fast. They always have a rotating selection of delicious novel single origin coffees in addition to the house brew. I've had many coffees from here recently and they have always been top notch. The inside is charming - simple, stripped down, stark, modern and cosy in a little nook on the cusp of suburban/industrial Woolloongabba.


Door 34


Best cafe Door 34 in australia for 2016

Great coffee, excellent value and friendly staff. Small and cosy and as all good cafe's can be busy. Love it!

Saturday morning at Door 34 was a great experience. Despite being very busy the service was excellent & as usual the coffee was great. I just love the atmosphere where everyone is friendly & you meet interesting people.

Great reputation, great service, great coffee. A little chilli on a winters day but it is cold out there! Great job Door 34.


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

My partner and I have visited this place quite a few times now. Unfortunately we just can't deal with the lack of service for customers that don't seem to fit their personality type. We waited 10 minutes for acknowledgement let alone service, despite sitting within the view of 5 staff members. It's a shame that the service here is incredibly awkward/uninviting because the coffee is decent and the space is quite relaxing if you can get past the people that work there.

Informal cafe with a nice, relaxing vibe. Coffees and banana bread were tasty, service was great.

Best cafe Zabe Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

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.

This. Place just keeps getting better. Great staff. Consistently great coffee. And the food is always tasty.

Good vibes at this little beauty. Coffee is consistently good!


Plug Nickel


Best cafe Plug Nickel in australia for 2016

Really great coffee- flatwhite- the only reason I gave a 9 for coffee was it was just a little too cold for me. That is my preference though- the coffee warm smooth and tasted lovely. Service is excellent!

It was yet a very quick visit but the coffee was perfect, service super friendly, easy going and casual, and despite the shop being really small, it has this great 'vibe' to it! Loved it!

My go to place when in the Fitzroy/Collingwood area for coffee. Great long blacks, awesome atmosphere, and excellent staff.

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 👍

Cute coffee shop, nice ambience. Double shot flat whites were excellent. I visited three times in one day and they lose points because they gave me a hard time when I complained that my iced latte was sweet even though I had asked for just ice, coffee and milk. Instead of just making me another one two lady staff members insisted that that’s just the way they make iced lattes and one said she could never drink one without sugar. Well that may be the case but it’s the only cafe I’ve been to (and I live between Bondi and Hobart) where an iced latte has been sweet. Plus I did describe what I wanted. And it was our fifth coffee that day so surely I deserved to be treated nicely. Also they never once offered my little dog water. But then there didn’t seem to be any pet friendly coffee shops in Burnie. Even though I was disappointed in my final experience I’d still say it looks like the best place for coffee in Burnie.

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

Asked for a strong small FW and got a single shot milky coffee. Saying that is was smooth.

Best cafe Vilicia Coffee in australia for 2016

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

Had a nice long black here,their chicken pesto toasted sandwiches are the best!

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

Lovely atmosphere but drink quality was not at the level I've always heard anout

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in australia for 2016

I have not been to this café but I tasted their coffee at Quell café in Macquarie Shopping Centre. The cappus and piccolo of Frankie's beans are excellent and flavoursome based on 100% Colombian beans.

Super chilled cafe, weird location but apart from Tradies on the street it's quiet. Solid coffee and friendly staff The right price for a BNE roll!!

Great coffee. Not really any indoor seating if you want to stay awhile. There are outdoor seats.


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.

Love these guys when I'm out this way (rare). The new shifting light blend by parallel roasters is fantastic - especially on milk. Thanks guys

Nothing but positive energy for this joint. The friendliest people creating nectar heaven in ceramic cups, a cold filter so clean and refreshing, wow wow wow wow wow.

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

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

Nice coffee, best I had in Cairns. Not much food available but really nice staff.

long black under extracted both times. equipment all Victoria Arduino so no excuse. bump that dose up a bit and we'll be friends

Great find for an out of towner like me. The pick me up I needed, thanks team!

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

Excellent coffee but I personally prefer the brews at Balckbird Espresso. Still great coffee and service at this little alleyway cafe

Wow great flat white great banta great choice. Would really recommend this place

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.

Had an Ethiopian spro, roasted by Cartel. As a big yurg fan, I'm happy to report that LB2 nailed this. Also had a Colombian spro, roasted by Axil. Although I wasn't as fond of this (purely down to my own preference), it had that wild dynamic that I love from certain Colombian coffees. Summary: Little cramped, so probably wouldn't come here with more than one friend, but this place isn't about that, so no bother. What I do know is that these guys are super lovely, and really know their black coffee. Bravo!

Our double shot flat white and mocha were great, mocha on the stronger side but just what we needed. The accompanying raspberry chocolate brownie was amazing. A great find - without Beanhunter we would never have stumbled across it.

Superb little oasis. Wonderful selection of singles, blends, super friendly knowledgeable barista Daniel - definitely a return visit in order

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

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

We had breakfast here today and it was too shelf. The food was of good portion, flavour and value. The coffee was well prepared and to no fault of Dr Chen, tasted under developed. This was noted through dry grass flavour in my pour over, with minimum sweetness and acidity. I would say that the blend, purple haze, was under developed at roasting, although having had this blend before at several cafes it is possible that it was under extracted at brew. My milk coffee was exceptional although the expected Ethiopian natural processed coffee flavours were very lacking. The fit out is very nice. I will return again and recommend to friends.

Ive been away in Adelaide, and its such a joy to come home to the service and coffee from One Origin. I had the Purple Haze blend from Uncle Joes as an espresso, which reminded me of blueberry and lemon candy. So nice to feel welcomed back to Melbourne.

Coffee was good. eggs and porridge were average at best. slow, disinterested service. was left disappointed after reading other reviews. best lift their game in a competitive strip of cafes.

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in australia for 2016

Amazing service, coffee was well made and of great quality, most people will love this place 👏🏼

Called in as nearby and had never been before. Staff were professional yet welcoming. Rich rated his long black as one of the best ones he had ever had. Chocolatey and creamy, he said. My flat white was tasty and not too milky tasting. Rich had a ginger and date biscuit and it was chewy gingery enough while my cornflake cookie took me back to my childhood and Mum's baking. Recommend and they also hold Barista classes.

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

I'm surprised it got so many good reviews.. coffee wayyyy too hot.. the coffee is burnt.. very bitter.. yummy muffin though.. but definitely won't go back

Loving coming here!! Staff are always so friendly and coffee is always delicious !! Definitely my favourite place to get a coffee on the coast 👌


Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in australia for 2016

The service has always been perfect & the owners are super friendly! I use to walk here daily while working at the Hospital. 5 months after I left I made an order over the phone & the owner still remember my latte 1 sugar! I now work just down the road & the atmosphere here is great to sit down & chat, work or relax. The coffee literally touches my soul haha

The coffee is reliably great and so is the food!

Really good coffee, with some tasty treats if u feel the need. Always kind service from the team here..

Best cafe Ground Up Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

Every experience here is superb .. food coffee, staff, making possibly the best Cafe experience in QLD. rave rave rave

Flawless espresso. Smooth and delicious. Perfectly extracted. Well textured milk. Taste was sensational. Great atmosphere. Fantastic service. Staff were great, super friendly, and order came very quickly. Highly recommended.

Gone are the days that traveling west from Brisbane meant saying goodbye to good caffeine. This great little joint would have nothing to apologize for in Flinders Lane! I’ll be looking for a reason to come back.

Best cafe Sherwood Coffee Bar in australia for 2016

Some of the best coffee anywhere... lovely spot to sit out the front in the morning sun and enjoy this little gem

The Urban dictionaries definition of ‘good vibes’ should be The Sherwood Coffee Bar. A neat little hole in the wall, a hidden gem in the coastal town of Newcastle. The staff take pride in their coffee, their service & their environmentally savvy philosophy is a fresh breath to this hustling world. The place to be

Best cafe First Fruits Coffee in australia for 2016

Beautiful rich delicious coffee. And lovely people, knowledgeable about their product and where it comes from. Highly recommend the Avo on toast too. 😜

little hole in the wall type cafe, super good coffee, very friendly staff, perfect for secret meetings!

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

nice. I wasn't blown away. it was a bit annoying that a specialty coffee shop won't do a pour over in the mornings. great flat white though.

Smooth, velvety coffee. Loved the selection of roasts on offer especially the dark, chocolate 'Padre' roast. If you prefer a more floral and citrusy coffee, the 'Candyman' is hard to miss.

Beautiful decor - amazingly friendly and genuine customer service. Love the complimentary sparkling water on tap! Coffee was silky smooth both in beans and milk. Decadent chocolate was perfect on cappuccino.

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