Top Cafes of 2016 - Brisbane

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

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Told You So

North Lakes

Best cafe Told You So in brisbane for 2016

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.

Been coming here since TYS opened. Most consistent coffee around. Always on point and the staff really know what they are doing. Other shops could learn from these guys... keep up the fantastic work

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in brisbane for 2016

Good strong coffee and sensational chia pudding.

Best cafe The Lodge in brisbane 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


Shawty's Espresso


Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in brisbane 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...


Cup From Above

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Cup From Above in brisbane 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 brisbane for 2016

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


First Coffee Co

Wellington Point

Best cafe First Coffee Co in brisbane 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 Big Bad Wolff in brisbane 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!!!


Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in brisbane 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 Coffee Anthology in brisbane for 2016

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.

Columbian Reformatory double espresso had some complexity (sweetness city) but was not up there with other cups from here the last couple of days. FW traveller was on point - well treated milk and nutty flavour

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Delicious piccolos and a very tasty danish made for an enjoyable visit

Best cafe Josie North in brisbane for 2016

Cracking coffee, it's easy to cock up soy based coffees but the guys on the tools at Josies got it bang on. I also had the breakfast roll without bacon which is a dish every cafe is serving up at present - it was the best version I've had in Brisbane. Make the trek from near or far if you don't want to be disappointed the next time you want great coffee/grub.

Some blends on the regular rotation definitely outshine others (Small Batch is particularly good) but very good and very consistent. Have never not loved a flat white from Josie.

Espresso was very smooth with a light touch of natural sweetness. Initial flavours of citrus gave was to hints of hazelnut. A very popular venue with many brunch-time diners as well as take-aways (they present coffees in your cup as requested and sell coffee “go-cups”). Cheerful and friendly service, but at 11s, we were too late for a biscuit or pastry.

Best cafe Abode Cafe in brisbane for 2016

Beautiful little spot plus the food and coffee was spot on 👌🏾

Great coffee. Good service. Busy but good vibes


Wake Me Up

Slacks Creek

Best cafe Wake Me Up in brisbane for 2016

I had a very nice triple shot medium fw of their house. Was smooth and the taste never dropped off to the end. I wanted to try s/o but nothing in stock on Saturday. The barista was knowledgeable about coffee and interested in my experience. Also tried magic from them and it was perfectly done. Definitely worth visiting if on the southside. Will be back for sure.

Just drove in and it’s closed BUGGER


Lola Coffee


Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

The aeropress Guatemalan I had from these guys was delicious and smooth. It never disappointed me and their rating is a true reflection of the quality of coffee they produce. I had a flat white on the blend and that was also well done with notes of chocolate. I was impressed by the atmosphere and service and would recommend to serious coffee snobs and regular folk alike.

Just tried the espresso Ice cream sandwich and its the bomb. Thank you Lola Coffee, there is a Santa. LOL. Also had a great pic, tasty and beautifully full flavored.

Double magic on the house blend. Full flavour. Delicious. Milk like silk. Outstanding. Superb service. Barista 10/10. Carrot cake epicurean.



St lucia

Best cafe Belltop in brisbane for 2016

Best cafe Dovetail on Overend in brisbane for 2016

Excellent beans with good flavour, well made latte, great art as well!!

Best cafe Acacia Espresso Bar in brisbane for 2016

Was working in the area and found these guys on Bean Hunter. The male barista here was so lovely. The atmosphere was great. And the coffee awesome.

Delicious coffee! The Guy in store was super friendly and up for a chat while he was making my coffee. Congratulations on the cafe, you have done an amazing job.

Best cafe John Mills Himself in brisbane for 2016

Our cafe is a quality focussed business using Mecca Coffee as our house blend and sourcing from other quality Australian roasters for our feature coffee and filter coffee. We source our ingredients from other like-minded businesses such as Maleny Dairies for milk, Heirloom for all things chocolate and our sister cafe Bunker for Iced drinks. We have a daily selection of fresh baked pastries and cakes and the cafe is located in the heritage listed John Mills Himself building. We can be a little hard to find: you can reach us via the driveway at 55 Elizabeth St, or walk through to the back of the buildings basement level from 40 Charlotte St.

Guatemalan espresso was great with a balanced Maillard reaction base note and sweetness dancing around up top. The reflectometer test (dissolved solids) for the batch was cool. Same beans for batch as the espresso, unusually for a batch the Five Senses had some delectable rounded roasti’ness, was backed up by spot on acidic/sweetness. Top coffee location.

Crema on the Ethiopian espresso looked like the eye of a tiger. Was exceptional - lovely acidity and hazelnut notes. Batch was also great with a richly fruity flavour

Guatemalan for both espresso and batch. Espresso was good but not as great as the last couple of days - had some sweetness but didn’t finish as cleanly as ideal. Batch was also not quite there - initially sweet but a bittering at the end




Best cafe Bunker in brisbane for 2016

Easy to like, relaxed but on point with quality gear and a pleasant house blend

Coffee a little on the cold side, but got a glass of water without asking

Always wanted to try. Wasn’t disappointed. 👍🏻

Best cafe Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters in brisbane for 2016

Always good. Always stop by when in Brisbane. Can take my Poodle too. 👍🏻🐩

Lovey selection of beans. Food is sensational

Good coffee. Service is hit and miss. Lovely area



Brisbane CBD

Best cafe Strauss in brisbane for 2016

Fresh batch brew. Good service. Good food. Good place to catch-up for a meeting.

Some of the best coffee I've had so far in Brisbane, a pleasure.

Best cafe Elixir Coffee in brisbane for 2016

A family-owned coffee roasting house and cafe serving gourmet breakfasts, lunches and cakes.

Mmmmmmmm..... Elixir. Best beans in Bris. This is the mothership, and coffee always fantastic. Cakes are nice, food not too shabby. Service and staff friendly.


Reverends Fine Coffee

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Reverends Fine Coffee in brisbane for 2016

LOVE this cafe!! Consistently great coffee, from filter to flat white. Food is top-notch and the ambience is fantastic. Love the renovations out the back laneway too. If you haven’t been for a while, go check it’s worth it!!! Always have found the staff friendly. Oh, and you can enjoy a great beer too.

Reverends is my work morning go-to coffee place. Always had great coffee (Long black, Flat white) and personal service. Cosy, personal places and recent extension of the back make Reverends an excellent place to stop, relax and chat. (Hint: Ask about the bible in the wall)

Best cafe Wilderness Bar in brisbane for 2016

Shit coffee, service was crap. Barista didn't care, felt like she thought I was a nuisance. Definitely does not deserve it's 9.4 rating overall. Sorry wilderness but that's where you belong

Now called Blume and coffee/service is average at best

Best cafe The Fort Specialty Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Unable to have an open tab whereby some form of security is held. Unique as most cafes are accommodating in this request particularly when ordering multiple coffees during meetings at the cafe. Asked for Coke in the takeaway order as that was what was required. Was told yes we have it in the fridge on the second shelf. They do not supply ‘Coke’. Only Emma and Toms Cola. To clarify this is not Coke as requested. Coffee tasted as it should.


The Alley

Everton Park

Best cafe The Alley in brisbane for 2016

Situated next to Nexus Church, The Alley Cafe is a specialty coffee shop. Open 7am-4pm (closed 1:30pm-2:30pm) our great coffee is complimented with plenty of under cover seating and a awesome playground for the littlies!

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