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

I have been here quite a few times and can say it is some of the best coffee I have ever had. The staff are so friendly and the coffee always comes out super quick even when the cafe is full. Love the atmosphere, would definitely recommend to my friends and family.

Best coffee in Brisbane, amazing Chai, great staff, awesome light food options, fun Thursday night community events. Cool minimalistic aesthetic as well, orange walls are good for a photo also.

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in brisbane for 2016

Good strong coffee and sensational chia pudding.

#4

Shawty's Espresso

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in brisbane for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

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...

Absolute hidden gem & one of the top 3 coffee haunts in Brisbane. Epic drop, lovely service all in an unexpected, unassuming & somewhat grungy location - making Shawty’s all the more special. One of Australian’s best.

#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

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

#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.

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

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!!!

Amazing service and great coffee all day everyday. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys coffee or is a coffee fanatic.

One of the best coffee shops in Brisbane. Amazing coffee and great service.

#11

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

Best coffee in Brisbane CBD, by far!! Smooth roast and the first place we've found that hasn't burnt the coffee. If you're after nice tasting coffee, not just a caffeine hit, don't bother with anywhere else.

They have a great selection of beans for those who want to be a bit picky. I had a double espresso from a delicious Ethiopian bean. The flavour was strong with fruit tones. Beautifully extracted.

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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

Consistently amazing coffee! Great team of staff that remember names and orders which is always a plus in coffee service!

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.

#16

Wake Me Up

Slacks Creek

Best cafe Wake Me Up in brisbane for 2016

Really nice coffee in a relaxed setting. Coffee was that good I had a second one 😂

This is now my regular cafe on Tuesday afternoons and it is consistently good.

#18

Lola Coffee

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

We went in a few weeks ago while still on holidays and was really surprised. Nothing else was open and we had been in on our last trip to Brisbane. Cant believe how hot outside but inside the place was cool and comfortable. It was really nice to be greeted by friendly staff and we were able to grab the last table available. It looked like everyone else was enjoying the cool inside too. Lots of great coffee and food smells, great feel to the place too, everyone was really enjoying the food and coffee. The coffee was as smooth and flavorsome as we remembered and I was hanging for a piece of the Banana bread with the coffee butter. My wife tried the Coffee smash, a shot of coffee with smashed meringue and Coffee Icecream, she's still talking about how good it was weeks later.

My partner and I have been sampling coffee in Brisbane throughout the year, having created quite an appreciation of ‘specialty’ coffee. We visit Lola’s at least 2-3 times a week and every time the coffee is consistently beautiful and full bodied. We both enjoy strong coffee, without sugar and Lola’s has never let us down. The service is always impeccable and friendly, whomever is serving. Not to mention their amazing home baked sweets that are to die for.

#19

Belltop

St lucia

Best cafe Belltop in brisbane for 2016

Belltop is a cafe I’ve discovered in the 6 months ago. And thank god I did, the best coffee I have ever tasted. It also has great food, lovely staff and a wonderful atmosphere.

Best cafe Dovetail on Overend in brisbane for 2016

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

Good coffee, good people. Coffee needed to be hotter. Asked for extra hot was still warm.

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.

Definitely a little tricky to find but worth the look. I had a small strong flat white on the 5 Senses "Dark Horse" blend which was beautifully made.

#23

Bunker

Milton

Best cafe Bunker in brisbane for 2016

A must visit , great coffee and a cracking spot..

Best cafe Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters in brisbane for 2016

Flat White was spot on- correct temperature,great extraction and lovely crema. Best coffee I’ve had in a while. Really nice space and decent parking- wish it was in my local neighbourhood!

What a find,amazing coffee and awesome service.. Definitely will come back again. #spreadtheword #neighbourhoodcoffeeroasterrock!

#25

Strauss

Brisbane CBD

Best cafe Strauss in brisbane for 2016

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

Proof that civilisation has reached Brisbane. Squirrelled away down a tight lane directly opposite the Elizabeth Street entrance to the Hilton Brisbane, this cosy establishment with indoor and outdoor seating offers excellent coffee, an interesting range of breakfast options and efficient amicable service. Ticked all my boxes.

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.

#27

Reverends Fine Coffee

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Reverends Fine Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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)

Great little find, awesome coffee and amazing almond croissant 👌🏼 Definitely coming back!

Best cafe Wilderness Bar in brisbane for 2016

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.

Really good coffee. Served at the perfect temperature. Nice bold flavour great service

#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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