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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#1

Told You So

North Lakes

Best cafe Told You So in brisbane for 2016

Nice atmosphere. Brilliant coffee. Great service.

Went to 'TYS Thursdays' last Thursday night and it was AWESOME. Great vibe. Excellent coffee and service. The food trucks were fantastic. Highly recommend Told You So.

The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, the coffee is always consistent and vibes are on point. Told You So takes everything about a terrific cafe experience and elevates it. 10/10.

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in brisbane for 2016

Coffee is smooth, not particularly strong. Service is hot and cold. Prices are on the expensive side. Lovely old shop but not well ventilated - can be stuffy and hot.

Simple- coffee always good, food fantastic. Prices , same as anybody else. Service, better than anybody else. Just visit and see for yourself.

Best cafe The Lodge in brisbane for 2016

You really can't beat this place, the coffee is an absolute delight. I want to take a bath in it.

This is right up there. It's out of my way when heading north and parking can suck but the coffee is in the top range. Can't give you a detailed taste explanation... it's just good. The people and place are also good but I only give scores based on the main thing: the coffee. It doesn't get much better. I've had similarly good but I don't think I've had better.

#4

Shawty's Espresso

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in brisbane for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

Tried the house roast and had a perfectly extracted espresso. Brodie’s knowledge and artisan ability was outstanding. He was nice enough to split the El Salvadoran single origin with me (free of charge). Definitely recommend and will come back.

Fabulous coffee, and great staff. Thanks guys.

Nice coffee but ridiculously difficult to find a park. Cars were illegally parked and getting ticketed while we waited.

#5

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.

#6

Day Made

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Day Made in brisbane for 2016

I came just for the donuts and they didn’t have any.. only Fridays and Saturdays apparently. Coffee was good but overall don’t bother. The atmosphere is bizarre - bunch of dour looking millenials using laptops - no conversations no smiles No food options

Went for coffee and brunch with a friend but was disappointed with their very small food menu, which lacked any gluten free options. Not even the option of gf bread. The coffee was pretty average as well, so probably wouldn’t go back.

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

Been coming here quite regularly for my early milk-based hit, with the occasional batch brew every now and then. One of the best in this part of the CBD, and plus they sometime stock the best caramel slice I've ever tasted.

Best cafe Fox Street Factory  in brisbane for 2016

👌🏻 my favourite of all of Brisbane

Superb coffee and food, excellent friendly service - the people here genuinely want you to have a positive experience. Top notch.

#9

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.

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.

Omg how is this hole in the wall rated best anything. I expected great things and was extremely disappointed :(

Great concept store. Great coffee and excellent service. So glad to find this gem ahead of a big day!

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in brisbane for 2016

One of my absolute favourite coffee shops. The coffee is outstanding! Service is amazing too, just a very limited range of food.

Came here in the morning and got an espresso tasting plate. Both were interesting flavours with excellent bodies and great balance. will return

Coffee was lovely with a great depth from front to back. Service staff were lovely and very tolerant of our chit Lin’s. No AC made it a bit steamy.

#11

Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in brisbane for 2016

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

Great cap, nice flavor smooth 😊

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in brisbane for 2016

Seriously these guys are awesome.. they where super busy and my coffee was still so accurate and tasty. Recommend the food too it's so good. Will be back when I get time ;)

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Fantastic coffee always consistent and love the vibe every time I'm there.

Honduras espresso took me to places I have never been. Decent FW as well/

Coffee is great, love the bagels too. Not had a bad coffee here. If your on the hunt for something new and out of the way this is the place for you. The only thing was the hot air being pumped out of the aircon duct from the industrial building behind them.

Best cafe Josie North in brisbane for 2016

Underwhelmed would be the word. Nice enough place on the inside, but the atmosphere is lacking as your tucked down a grubby closed in shopping arcade, but what really matters in the coffee... and that's where I was disappointed. Ordered a piccolo, but might as well have asked for a cup of warm milk. It's actually almost impressive how devoid of any trace of coffee flavour was present. It feels as though beanhunter has lost its point. Once upon a time it was about subjective customer reviewing. Now it's just an outlet for peoples creative writing (as can be read in the previous) or nondescript reviews that throw around 10/10 just for fun. Not to say you shouldn't try this place out, and maybe I just got a 1 in 100 rubbish coffee, but there are far better places in Brisbane than this.

First time back here in a while and the crew here never disappoint! Had some killer Ethiopian from Wood & Co on espresso and batch brew. Overall a brilliant experience!

Best cafe Abode Cafe in brisbane for 2016

Blacksheep beans (woolloongabba) provide a good range and styles of brew. Single O batch brew available on weekends. Quiet and homely vibe with FANTASTIC food, friendly staff and chilled tunes.

Great cafe with brilliant staff. Food options are out of this world and their commitment to fresh produce (and jams) makes this always a tasty visit. Coffee is regularly made very well on Black Sheep Coffee.

Cute cafe in the suburbs. The service was quick and friendly. Coffee was delicious and the home made cakes were so tasty. A great little find.

#16

Wake Me Up

Slacks Creek

Best cafe Wake Me Up in brisbane for 2016

There is literally nothing to fault at Wake Me Up. Exceptional and efficient service, lovely community atmosphere and some of the best coffee you’ll find in Brisbane. The owner really knows his craft and wants you to have a great experience. Will listen and create the coffee you want. Naturally, they use Bonsoy. So happy this is my new work local!!

Great little cafe that serves excellent coffee with enthusiasm, was served a 5 bean Ethiopian blend doppio that was heavy in flavor with no trace of bitterness..highly recommended

Best coffee I’ve had in greater Brisbane. Their 4 bean Ethiopian blend was excellent and service great.

Best cafe The Eva St Privateer in brisbane for 2016

Great Coffee, and the food tastes good but it’s wayyyyyyy to expensive. $14 for a small bacon and egg roll. I’d expect to pay $10 at the most. Worth the coffee though and service seemed ok.

#18

Lola Coffee

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Super friendly service. Loved the Ham, cheese and pickle toastie. Yummo. Coffee is always nice here. First time I got an extra shot which I needed. Today, I just had a regular flat white and the flavour was great. Very genuine and friendly service. Would recommend a visit.

This cafe is absolutely on point! The coffee is fantastic; so well balanced and smooth. The service is so refreshingly professional and friendly - though never overly attentive. I will be back again and again.

Really loved Lola coffee, beautiful tasting coffee, great fit out, lovely place to enjoy coffee in Brisbane - highly recommended

#19

Belltop

St lucia

Best cafe Belltop in brisbane for 2016

Belltop is the only place to go to on campus for good coffee. The staff are amazing and have created a welcoming, friendly environment. The coffee is fantastic and always consistent. The space is great if you want to catch up with friends, colleagues or study between classes. They even went so far as to give me a space to hold a study group. The atmosphere is relaxed and the tables are spaced out so you aren't sitting on top of each other. All and all it's an amazing place to be and your UQ experience wont be as good until you have been to Belltop.

Really good location for BEL faculty, good food and coffee. ahhaa oh man the service is awesome and they are so friendly and funny! :D

Best cafe Dovetail on Overend in brisbane for 2016

Very nice coffee, lovely quiet location. Worth a visit for sure.

Great place for its location. Coffee is very good and always a delicious range of sweets. Great place to go if you require gluten free. A nice outing to the burbs if your looking to explore.

Great place in the middle of Norman Park, very unassuming but worth the trek if you have the time. Coffee was really tasty and nice flavours.

Best cafe Acacia Espresso Bar in brisbane for 2016

This has to be the best coffee I have had for a long time. Very friendly staff and a small assortment of food as well. Highly recommended

Good coffee, nice barista and nice cafe. Coffee was good.

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.

The coffee here is just wonderful and the service is great. One of my top 3 places to get a coffee in Brisbane.

This is a great little cafe!!! I’m up from Melbourne and went in search of delicious coffee - JMH has it all right!! Quirky little hole in the wall with wonderful coffee. I had a long black (Darkhorse blend). Really impressed with these guys!!

This was seriously good coffee this morning. Today’s music was some sort of Spanish/Latin background. Very soothing and gave the venue atmosphere. Service was top shelf. Friendly/caring staff. Nothing too much trouble. Thank you

#23

Bunker

Milton

Best cafe Bunker in brisbane for 2016

Has been my go to in the area for many years. The last few weeks, my lactose free flat white has had a peculiar taste which was not pleasant. I mentioned it to the baristas and to be fair to them, they asked me about it the next time I was there- apparently they’re having issues with their milk which they hope to sort out soon. I appreciate their willingness to ensure quality control and hopefully their lactose free options will be back to normal in the near future.

The bunker is exactly what the name suggests. A nice little nook with delicious coffee, batch brew is worth trying.

Awesome coffee and very consistent. Just what you want. Thanks

Best cafe Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters in brisbane for 2016

Love this coffee. Smooth and strong but no bitterness. Great staff that are friendly and cheerful. Such an asset to Bardon.

#25

Strauss

Brisbane CBD

Best cafe Strauss in brisbane for 2016

By far the best tasting coffee in the CBD. In busy periods you usually have to wait a while, but the service is always nice and friendly.

Hip cafe down the lane way. Good service with zoned seating - think I sat in the wrong spot ;). Coffee was good with cocoa and citrus.

Best cafe Elixir Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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

The best I've ever had. Magnificent coffee, which a nutty flavour that lasts and lasts and lasts. Outstanding food range, offered all day. Do not give it a miss if you're in the area. You'll never know true caffeinated happiness.

Good coffee, always consistent.. one of the better places. Car parking here can be an issue but.... that has nothing to do with their coffee.. ;)

#27

Reverends Fine Coffee

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Reverends Fine Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Very Good wholesome cafe that has some chill vibes, has the feel of being family run which is cool. The Espresso coffee is made using Supreme beans which is a great start, my pour over was made using ‘Duromina’ Small Batch Roasting Co beans and was Very Good. The amazing food is lovingly made out of a tiny kitchen, and the product of some culinary skill. The Barista on station today was knowledgeable and skilful. Deserves to be known as a place for good coffee.

Nice chocolaty blend with subtle spice. Limited menu but great atmosphere and service.

Coffee here is no doubt great however in relation to service that is questionable. We ordered take aways (whilst the cafe was closing they were happy to serve us take away coffee), others were still seated and eating. When we asked if we could sit down and have the coffee in the take away cups they said no again. Will not be back - bad attitude and service.

Best cafe Wilderness Bar in brisbane for 2016

Amazing coffee, great aesthetic, friendly team. Everything you could want in a quality local coffee shop.

Best cafe The Fort Specialty Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Coffee was fantastic and counter service was welcoming and friendly. Great place. Open on a Sunday too which was convenient.

Not only a delicious coffee made by staff who care about their product, but with double shot as standard and a great price they're absolutely a winner. The coffee was creamy and smooth and the temperature was spot on. The flavour was mild at first bit built in intensity as it sat on the palette.

Probably my favourite coffee shop. Staff are always friendly and most know their stuff. Can’t fault the food or the coffee 👏🏻

#30

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!

Coffee weak and bland. Chai powdered and boring. Service not good. Will not be coming back.

I arrive at this hidden coffee shop at 1210 and find loads of people around it. must be after a church service. walk up for a coffee an on the sign trading hours are 0700 -1230 and the first thing he tell me is they are shut. Not what you want at all.

loved the cozy atmosphere but coffee was weak for me

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