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

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 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

#4

Shawty's Espresso

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in brisbane for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

Good tasty Supreme flavour. Good coffee. Little sweet spot.

Managed to grab a coffee just before they packed up. Very nice coffee. Good job!!

#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

Nice funky coffee shop. Sells one of the best coffee brands available. Had one nice coffee and one passable coffee today. Not sure what they are doing, but consistency is key. Service was blah.

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.

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.

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in brisbane for 2016

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

#11

Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in brisbane for 2016

Great cap, nice flavor smooth 😊

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in brisbane for 2016

Consistently great coffee. Good breakfast/brunch menu and friendly service. My go to place in Brisbane.

Busy, good coffee, but I will not come back if I don't need. The staff sold me coffee beans that were not great on filter. Not enough education on coffee, focused more on business

Absolutely delicious coffee. Was not quite hot enough but easily forgiven. Near perfect flat white with a lovely Costa Rican bean at the moment.

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Another excellent, hidden, industrial cafe in Brisbane. Fantastic service and they have a great small range of quality food. Well worth the detour.

I have a special place in my heart for the tiller. As a nervous intern I used to get my coffee from Charlie and Chris every morning before work and their friendly and warm chats would give my day the best start. I love how they focus on the coffee, their food is simple but done right!

Best cafe Josie North in brisbane for 2016

Coffee was very nice, shop fit and feel was decent for the dated mini mall location. Would recommend if in the area.

Lovely coffee and brekky, took us a bit to find, but a lovely stop on our quest to visit the top 10 cafes in Brisbane ^.^

Great, consistent coffee every single time!! Josie North’s coffee has now become my baseline against which I measure how good other coffees are.

Best cafe Abode Cafe in brisbane for 2016

This is our local cafe and we love having it down the road. The service is always great and they make you feel welcome. The good is limited but amazing, and the coffees are always delicious

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

Great coffee. Good service. Busy but good vibes

#16

Wake Me Up

Slacks Creek

Best cafe Wake Me Up in brisbane for 2016

I haven’t given many perfect scores and this deserves it. Coffee, service and atmosphere all top of the tree. Great good too - quality and value. Definitely worth a special trip for the experience.

Back again - coffee still awesome. Food is very very good too. But the thing I love about this place is the authentic service - they go out of their way to provide you whatever it is you want. Yes it is worth a specific trip to come here.

I've been known to travel if the the reviews look promising. So here I am from the Gold Coast at this place in Slacks Creek that is getting some good reviews. Ordered my smashed avo (Pic supplied) and a flat white. I am not an avo. expert, but something smelt stale about the avo on toast, maybe it was just the cheese?? It wasn't good. Coffee was a latté, not a flat white. First sip was spectacular, so instantly looking forward to a great experience. It just went downhill from there. First time here, so won't be too harsh, but certainly not as good as the hype. Vibe was great, and the cafe itself is so well laid out. Service was meh, and it wasn't busy, so it looks like I got the short straw. Have no idea what the other reviewers were talking about. Coffee was good, but nowhere near as good as what you get at some of the inner city or Wooloongabba cafes. It honestly wasn't even in their class. Coffee was a 6/10 at best, but given this was my first visit I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Overall, this cafe is a 6.5/10.

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

Amazing coffee. Come here often and always get the best coffee. Beautiful toastie for breakky too.

Went in for the Mothers Day High Tea and it was amazing. Highly recommend if you get the chance. Nice mix of food and coffee.

Alright coffee ! Not the best roaster. Staff friendly and atmosphere nice

#19

Belltop

St lucia

Best cafe Belltop in brisbane for 2016

Best cafe Dovetail on Overend in brisbane for 2016

Exquisite coffee. Note: this is not a word commonly by me.

Best cafe Acacia Espresso Bar in brisbane for 2016

Very good macchiato here. The 2 guys behind the counter were very friendly and you can see the rapport with their customers. Location at back of shopping Centre not most appealing but the coffee was spot on

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.

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.

Look for the poorly signed entrance for the koala savers. Walk past the offices of self-important mung eaters. Continue down the hallway. When think you’re lost, take a right and you’ll enter a bunker. Silk.

Epic Coffee, cool little spot, snug and out of the way. Such a good little find...

#23

Bunker

Milton

Best cafe Bunker in brisbane for 2016

Yes coffee ! Staff passionate about what they are doing, wanting to learn and share their skills, cute spot, I'll drive just to go there

Very nice latte. Very cool spot. Great atmosphere. Good service. Limited food menu but that’s ok because its focus is coffee.

Can't go wrong with five senses coffee. Funky little place with great coffee.

Best cafe Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters in brisbane for 2016

Great coffee and a large selection of beans on retail. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Atmosphere inside is a little odd as the place is dominated by a huge staircase and not a lot of seating options.

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

#25

Strauss

Brisbane CBD

Best cafe Strauss in brisbane for 2016

Very impressive service and nice vibe. Coffee very smooth with no bitterness. Could have been warmer as a flat white.

Top notch coffee with quality beans. Quaint inside and good seating on the quiet lane outside.

Fantastic spot in Brissie, tucked away, great coffee with real choc on the cappuccino. The toastie was very tasty

Best cafe Elixir Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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

Consistently good coffee. Thick shakes are great too. Always good service and heaps of seating - inside and out. My favourite beans (espresso) for home use!

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.

#27

Reverends Fine Coffee

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Reverends Fine Coffee in brisbane for 2016

This place came recommended and I can see why. Ordered a Cap for the Mrs and a Short Mac for me. Tidy.

Beat cafe experience in such a long time, both barista and breakfast chef were sunny and warm. The coffee was great and the almond milk they used was excellent. The breakfast I had was delicious!

Tried Coffee some years ago and recall it was first rate with an initial light sweetness, showing intense and rich flavours, finishing with a lingering pleasant fruitiness. Ordering lunch we opted for a Rye approach with a Haloumi Bagel and a Reuben Sandwich. Both were delicious and had a nice balance of ingredients. The slow cooked corn beef was melt in the mouth and complemented by the sauerkraut, swiss cheese and russian dressing. Sliced green apple and rocket added to the bagel made a very good combination. Attentive and friendly service added to the experience.

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

Cool looking place, and yummy food, but I don’t like the flat whites here...

Cool atmosphere. Great service. My espresso lacked flavour but had nice body. Piccolo was lovely and milk texture was devine! Didn’t stay for food but would definitely recommend.

#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!

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