Top Cafes of 2016 - Bendigo

We’ve run the numbers! Here are the best cafes of 2016 in Bendigo, voted by real coffee lovers.

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#1

El Gordo

Bendigo CBD

Best cafe El Gordo in bendigo for 2016

Coffee was terrible needs serious work was so so sour and then the second one was watery... figure that El Gordo?

Ambiance was great with the situation in a narrow laneway and the small area of the cafe was appropriately decorated in a Spanish style. Our shared tapas dishes we had for lunch were very good as well. However the coffee did not quite live up to the rest being rather mild and lacking the touch of bitterness I like. Still worth a try.

Best cafe Old Green Bean in bendigo for 2016

Coffee is consistently decent, food is also good but not as enjoyable as it used to be. Service is what lets this place down lately, the cheery vibe has been lost and the essence of hospitality doesn't seem to be so well understood by new owners- this is reflected by staff who are less personable & jump on you when you walk in the door telling you what to do- regardless of whether you're a regular or new face.

Not bad at all Old Green Bean definitely need some more coffee training but the rest of the service yesterday was amazing and awesome atmosphere 👌🏻

Cool retro items, always something to look at and a point of conversation. Nice coffee and staff friendly even at 7.30 on a Sunday morning...

#3

Cortille

Bendigo

Best cafe Cortille in bendigo for 2016

“The one with the caravan in it” More than just a pretty face, Cortille is nailing some great coffee and great food. Plenty of good seating inside and pleasant spots out front, they really do the AXIL Coffee justice. To find a fault is that it’s noisy, the floors, walls, ceilings don’t do much to dampen the sound of the chatter ... so don’t take your nanna here or she’ll struggle.

Axil Coffee you are not doing this awesome little cafe it's own justice give them a decent coffee to serve or some more training. Great venue just missing that mouth smacking coffee!

Service was fast and efficient despite some previous reviews and water was brought to us without having to ask (always a positive in my view). Coffees were great with a mellow front of mouth followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingered for some time. There was a good buzz in the cafe and the van inside was an interesting feature.

Best cafe Get Naked Espresso Bar in bendigo for 2016

Coffee was good and consistent but very small tight space, staff missing that cheerfulness and for such a shop with so many other venues why not roast your own coffee....

Best cafe Brewhouse Coffee Roasters in bendigo for 2016

Brewhouse is outstanding. One of the first to bring a ‘touch of Fitzroy’ to Bendigo, they are still a solid performer in both coffee and food. Great location, always plenty of bustle and good baristas.

Have been here Three or Four times in the last 2 yrs and every single time Brewhouse have swept me off my feet and just given good quality service and product. Always greated at the door to then be seated straight away and today Barista remembered my coffee... like seriously I have been here 3 times!!! How do you remember that?

AMAZING coffee. But my baby crawled asking the floor for about three minutes, in the kids area, and came out with completely black hands and feet. The floor was soooo filthy and covered in grease! Staff were helpful in cleaning baby up, but service was slow, and for a floor to get THAT extremely filthy takes a lot of neglect over a long time!

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