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

Awesome coffee, friendly vibes, easily one of the best places on the north side to get coffee thanks guys!

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 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

Coffee is unreal! Great blokes that work here too! And the banana bread melts in your mouth!!

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!

#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

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

#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.

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.

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.

Best cafe Espresso Room Hyperdome in australia for 2016

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in australia for 2016

Hard to get too, hidden away. Seemed more like a mini canteen then a cafe and coffee was average at best.

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.

#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.

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.

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...

A good strong blend - very smooth and full of flavour. Fancy coffee art on top :). Not right on Lake street - head down village lane and you’ll find it. Best coffee in north qld.

Awesome coffee - well balanced. Great service

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

Best cafe Sing Sing Espresso in australia for 2016

Coffee was great and we will return during our stay. Lovely little laneway location.

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.

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.

Not bad. Good service. Not number 3 in Melbourne.

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

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!!

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in australia for 2016

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

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

Great Coffee Great Service Relaxing location

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

Best cafe Ground Up Espresso Bar in australia for 2016

Always great Toby’s Estate coffee, lovely staff culture & pastries are also amazing. Rug up in Winter though!

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.

Best cafe Sherwood Coffee Bar in australia for 2016

Favourite spot for a good drop in Newcastle. Coffee is never anything less than perfection, always a good vibe & the best Ruben toasted sandwich I’ve ever wrapped my mouth around.

Good coffee, hot chocolate okay. Service friendly.

Best cafe First Fruits Coffee in australia for 2016

Nice coffee, but for me a great coffee is one where you enjoy every sip to the last drop. The first three sips... Great... But after that, it is just nice coffee. Always get super friendly service here and the coffee is good, but there are better on the coast.

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in australia for 2016

Many cafes can claim to do decent enough coffee, but only a select handful follow through with enough care from roast to brew and top it up with attentive service and good food. Coffee Anthology is in that coveted handful that comes to mind when one mentions Brisbane.

Delicious v60 ( small batch) just what I needed, after a delayed flight.. super friendly head barista came over for a chat about my coffee .. will be back

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

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