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

Back again, this time a filter and and cold brew. Both exceptional. Every time I've had amazing coffee, however being the number 1 coffee shop in Australia, this is expected. But it's not the coffee that makes TYS number 1, it's everything else. Since coming to TYS my life has completely turned around. I've lost 20kg, am debt free, met the love of my life, have a great job, and have reconnected with my estranged father. I always read these reviews of high rated cafes giving people having life changing experiences and TYS is one of these. Thank you so much guys. Here's to 2017. New year, new me.

Hate to give a perfect score, but seriously awesome. Every drink was great, staff were super friendly and knew what they were talking about!

Single Origin roasters are one of my fav's. Just a shame Told you so don't offer ristrettos. Espresso was light and smooth but it's a personal thing I prefer my coffee with more body which I know the SO beans can offer. The lime pie was delicious though.

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in brisbane for 2016

Underwhelmed. Based on beanhunter reviews I was anticipating a much better experience. Coffee was poor, tasted burnt. I had a pram and a toddler and had to take my young baby out of pram to get inside to order. Why is this cafe listed as child friendly?! Didn't find service friendly and food selection is average and unappealing. Won't be going back.

Please stop writing FAKE or overinflated reviews on yourself

Top notch coffee, excellent food especially the bruschetta with bacon my favorite, definitely child friendly, great ambience. I work in the city and wish I could easily get coffee as good as Robbie's there

Best cafe The Lodge in brisbane for 2016

I'm from Melbourne, so I've been spoilt for choice- Brisbane doesn't even compare. However, The Lodge is amazing, as good as Proud Mary or Baulderdash in Melbourne (two of my favourites). Do yourself a favour and stop by here...you won't regret it!

I can see why this cafe rates so highly. Shame it's so from where I live :(. caffè impressionante! Thanks guys, Calvin.

Really nice selection of coffee, fantastic breakfast! Good service and atmosphere. Will come back.

#4

Shawty's Espresso

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in brisbane for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

With years of experience in hospitality under his belt, Brodie Shaw and business partner Ben Evans embarked on an impressive journey to bring about Shawty’s Espresso – a hop, s(k)ip and a jump away from the Park Road train station in Woolloongabba. Read more at https://goo.gl/wp3Ckl

Good selection of coffee in blends and single origin. I opted for a single origin which complimented the Bonsoy, giving hints of fruit, toffee, nougat, tobacco. Lovely creamy texture.

#5

Cup From Above

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Cup From Above in brisbane for 2016

Lovely coffee, a little milky but I think that was my fault for ordering too large a size. Very friendly staff.

#6

Day Made

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Day Made in brisbane for 2016

Found in bean hunter. Great contemporary fresh new open space. Supreme roasters (run by Supreme) - long black was as good as it gets even though I don't seek out Supreme beans. Looks nice for a brekkie or light lunch too..

Great coffee, nice fruity and nuttiness in my Bonsoy latte. La Marzocco machine. Barrista was very obliging to make a hotter cup as first was bit like warm. More often, Soy milk is overheated and can curdle. Place is bright and airy, taps for still and sparkling water, wifi, great space to chill for a bit.

Having a coffee at the place was pretty good. Lovely latte art and good atmosphere. But had a take away coffee was very average. Taste bit sour and not creamy. I tried take away coffee twice at Day Made, both same.

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

Coffee: Excellent long black, really a stand out from nearby competitors. A rich roast and just the right strength for what I like, definitely enjoyed this one. Atmosphere: Nice to have AC on a hot day like today, comfy seating and a relaxed vibe on a monday afternoon, pretty much all you can ask for. Service: On point, quick and simple. Note that it's non-cash so make sure to bring a card - luckily this is my preferred way to pay, so on point once again. Overall, a fantastic monday afternoon coffee with colleagues. A bit of a further walk from the office so will probably be making more frequent visits after things cool down. Looking forward to trying the cold drip next time I'm there.

Bloody awesome coffee, especially considering it was a large latte. Service ok for busy time. Dig the interior

Excellent coffee and friendly, fast service. Great look about the place

Best cafe Fox Street Factory  in brisbane for 2016

Always a great coffee regardless of how busy it is or time of day. Freest spot to sit upstairs and watch the day pass

#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.

A pure and simple coffee experience. It's all about the coffee and atmosphere. No long list of fancy food or commerciality. Just consistently great coffee and a vibe that keeps us regulars going back. Tiff really knows her stuff and only uses a small range of beans from a Brisbane roaster. But wow her passion for bringing out the best in them, there is never a bad cup. Keep it up Tiff, we are lucky to have such great quality here at Wellington Point. 👏🏻😎

Love coming here, and a bonus that they rotate some of my favourite Australian roasters.

Best cafe Wolff Coffee Roasters in brisbane for 2016

Great fitout and commitement to education and the coffee industry, but espresso was average, if that, and service was very blaisé and uninterested

Ended up here after their cafe Dandelion & Driftwood and enjoyed it also

#11

Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in brisbane for 2016

It is refreshing to find a humble little establishment that just serves great coffee and food at reasonable prices. I have only one wish, that it was open weekends but everyone has to have a life I guess.

Great coffee, fresh tasty food and lovely views of the park. Would definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area.

Great spot, overlooks the park on the corner of the showgrounds. Funky fitout with grafitti art on the walls and astro turf out the front. Had a FA cap on almond milk which was tasty.

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in brisbane for 2016

My only 10 rating thus far. We came here wanting their Costa Rican brew in Bonsoy and we were steered away as "the coffees acidity could curdle with the soy" so we went with their house blend. The great thing was that we were given an espresso on the side, of the Costa Rican, so we could taste it for ourselves. Very fruity and acidic so I was left feeling we had been well advised. Top staff here.

These folk should be running our countries best hotels. Service here is on a level up from all their peers. We're not talking pretentious, toffee nosed suckuppiness - just authentic...I'm listening...we are interested in the customers best interests. Opposite to what the big 4 banks do, if u get what I mean. Ian Narev could change the culture inside the banks by getting his next cuppa here. Oh did I say the coffees good 👌

Great atmosphere. Loved the full flavour coffee so got one to go!

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Super yummy coffee, the bagels were amazing, cute seating area, service was friendly :)

Stopped in today for a coffee. Cool little set up based out of a storage container. Staff were very friendly, attentive and helpful which was nice. I had a double Piccolo which had a nice body of flavour from Wolff Roasters. I would recommend this cafe if you are in the area or even if your not :)

great little spot in the middle of suburbia. couldn't fault the coffee and real friendly staff.

Best cafe Josie North in brisbane for 2016

Sublime coffee. Their filter is always great, and espresso never off. Must try

Sublime coffee. Their filter is always great, and espresso never off. Must try

One of the best coffees I've had. Tried a short mac on the single origin today- batch brew Colombian. Wow! super delicious, nutty and toffee flavours. Been coming here for a while now and it's great to see them doing so well - always busy. There's a reason for that though - always greeted warmly, good food and great coffee!

Best cafe Abode Cafe in brisbane for 2016

We loved it! Great atmosphere and attentive, friendly staff, interesting and delicious breakfast menu. My husband had a flat white which he really enjoyed and I had one of the best decaf caps I've ever had. We sat inside bc it was really humid. The aircon was heaven. In other months we'd love to sit outside in the courtyard. We took our 20 month old daughter and she was welcomed and well looked after.

First time here yesterday. Menu very limited and poor, so opted for no food. Friends coffee came first and mine 5 or so minutes later so very dissapointed with service. Young girl serving was very loud that i could hear about her social life. Coffee was lukewarm. maybe i got here on a bad day but there was only 6 customers....

#16

Wake Me Up

Slacks Creek

Best cafe Wake Me Up in brisbane for 2016

Nicely set up with comfortable chairs and lots of ambience. Walking in makes me feel like it would be great for enjoying a coffee and reading or working (free wifi and newspapers)...but the music is too loud and the wrong genre. Service with a smile is welcoming and prices are not expensive. My main disappointment was the coffee sadly ... I was very specific about a cappuccino with extra froth and extra chocolate. I got the extra chocolate but there wasn't anything you'd call froth on top :(. Temperature was ok but I prefer it a little hotter usually. I would come back but next time I'd speak direct to the Barista b4 I pay to make sure they can make what I want.

Amazing coffee especially the almond milk latte, great ambience. Tommy and the rest of the staff are very friendly and make the experience all the more enjoyable.

Best cafe The Eva St Privateer in brisbane for 2016

My favourite joint by far. Excellent coffee and a great group of staff who make you feel at home.

#18

Lola Coffee

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Great place. We were in on Friday for lunch and had the tastiest pork, veal and chilli sausage rolls. Freshly baked and just out of the oven as we walked in. The lady serving told us that they are a regular Friday special. Best of all was the amazing Cold Brew Ice Cream cone, O...M...G its gooood. Highly recommended on these hot Brissy days. Coffee was just perfect, I had the espresso shot and it was so sweet with a beautiful crema and full body that left a pleasant mouth feel after. Could have had several. Best customer service I have experienced in Brisbane so far.

I have visited Lola several times alone and with friends since its opening. Each time, the owner and her team treated me and my friends nicely and friendly. They even put up with one of my jokey friends without showing they were annoyed. The place is rather small, very feminine, cozy and clean. The communal table shapes interesting. The mural is a must-see. You can buy local made goods too. I think this cafe is very community-oriented. There is no pretentiousness in this cafe. The lady owner was happy to explain coffee profiles when I asked and did not snub my friend when he was unsure about which coffee he should order. They do not offer single origins all the time, and they use darker roasted coffee. I normally don't enjoy that style, but I quite enjoyed milky coffee as well as black and filter coffee (Aeropress). As a cafe in hot Brisbane, they of course offer cold brew, which wass also nicely done. I had the best filter coffee here in the end of the last year. It was just surprisingly tasty. I tried other single origins and they were also good too. As mentioned before, they choose darker roasted coffee (Alchemy) so if you prefer lighter roast, you may not enjoy their coffee, but both service and atmosphere are really nice, In addition, as other reviewers mentioned, their food menu is small but really enjoyable. Only problem is that it is a small operation, so the service might be a bit slow. Overall, I strongly recommend to visit Lola to anyone who love coffee.

lolo gets my tick of approval ! smooth delicious coffee- no wonder it won brisbane's best coffee 2016. great selection on the menu for breakfast, morning tea or lunch. best EVER bacon & egg butty !!

#19

Belltop

St lucia

Best cafe Belltop in brisbane for 2016

Consistently Good Coffee. Toby's Estate never disappoints. Best coffee on Campus at St Lucia.

Staff are always friendly. Always a nice coffee, not overally hot on one occasion. Opens at 7, but not a huge selection of food available, especially takeaway at this time. Go a little later in the morning for a better selection once everything has been put out.

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.

Best cafe Dovetail on Overend in brisbane for 2016

Great coffee. The almond milk was the best I've tried; also tried the soy milk "silk" which if you prefer a more neutral taste is also good. Service was top notch.

I've been there twice. Easy parking. Good coffee, but food was very expensive. It was very simple toast. I was still hungry after that and bread was very hard.

Great service, I had my daughter with me and they were very accommodating. Great food!!

Best cafe Acacia Espresso Bar in brisbane for 2016

Great coffee and community feel. Check this one out for sure! The people running this place care a lot about quality coffee and creating a welcoming place that makes your day better. Good quality, well priced food too. Get into it.

what a little oasis! love this place, coffee was very good, service brilliant and friendly.

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.

Labrynth-like entrance to this regulars cafe bar - it's not a place you'll just stumble upon, and even its signage leaves you wondering whether to go upstairs or downstairs. I admire the staffs knowledge and enthusiasm for their brews, of which there are several, but the coffee itself was average for me. The plusses here outweigh my first experience and I'll be back to try again.

This was a must try based on reviews and ratings. To be frank I'm disappointed. After navigating the vowels of the building a bit like finding Tutankhamens tomb we were greeted by friendly knowledgable helpful staff. Requested slightly cooler temp for Bonsoy. (Bonsoy and some alt. mills don't come out well with hotter temperatures) Coffee served was way too hot, waited for it to cool but temperature through me off looking at other flavour aspects. On leaving I told staff temp was way hot vis-a-vis my order so it didn't work for me. It really shouldn't be up to me to ask for another one (at no cost) so I didn't ask and I wasn't offered. I probably should go back to try again, but you know what there are too many other highly rated cafes to consider. I liked the drop down pendant vintage glass lights. They diffuse light better than the ridiculous trend of exposed filament bulbs. Owners of cafes with filament bulbs are sheep following a trend that will b gone in a year or 2.

Great batch brew, fantastic service. Not the first time I've been here and certainly not the last.

#23

Bunker

Milton

Best cafe Bunker in brisbane for 2016

Great coffee. It was hard to find seats.

Awesome Coffee. Quick Service. Awesome little hole in the wall type Coffee Shop.

Very interesting building. Friendly efficient staff. Not the place to sit with computer as seating is limited, which I had wanted to do. I had a soy flat white, single shot, which tasted like frothy milk (soy milk) and it came with chocolate chunks on the top which I didn't want because of the taste and also because I am vegan and those chips often contain milk. Being a wimp and as none of my friends were looking, I didn't ask about the chocolate and drank it anyway.

Best cafe Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters in brisbane for 2016

Went today 9/4 Coffee was nice got a latte maybe slightly hotter than I would have had it but the taste wasn't affected once cooled down. Service was a little bit average shop wasn't busy at the time and the service was not very friendly but overall it was okay.

Not your usual coffee shop Great old house feel with nice garden outlook Friendly and fast service Coffee had a great flavour and was on the strong side which I personally like however a little strong for my wife. Could have been a little hotter

#25

Strauss

Brisbane CBD

Best cafe Strauss in brisbane for 2016

My go-to weekdays. I always try single origins here. Very good barista on the sticks. Recommended

Fine smooth, nothing disjointed here. They have successfully avoided overt roasted flavours. Quite seamless. Just a little bland - I'm looking for some character to wend its way into the flavour spectrum. Service was a little like Meryl Streep; toned down and sanitised so as to appeal in a wide range of roles. A really smooth coffee will appeal to get your day moving up a gear nicely. But if you work or live on the edge you might want a little something more. Bonsoy was heated a little too much😒

Liked the quieter laneway location. The houseblend coffee was good, not overly roasted.

Best cafe Elixir Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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

Jason and David have set up a benchmark location on the northside of Brisbane. The baristas are spot on with their skills making always delicious caffeine fixes. Terrific range of blends on offer ground to suit your home setup for great results there. Food always good with a well thought out selection to choose from, and delivered promptly with a smile. Nice place for cyclists to catch up over a caffeine fix. Keep up the great work!

Coffee is good, I've never had a bad coffee from here, reliable. some good food options, can be very busy over the weekend.

#27

Reverends Fine Coffee

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Reverends Fine Coffee in brisbane for 2016

I didn't enjoy my magic but the drip drip was to die for, I would come back just for that. Cool little cafe with an amazing burger !!!

Lovely pour over brews worth the wait. One of the best I have had!

Best cafe Wilderness Bar in brisbane for 2016

Good coffee. Staff friendly. Low key place in the burbs. Bit of a surprise to find it here... good stuff.

This little gem is my morning haven. I know I will always get a beautiful cup of coffee that sets me up to tackle the busy day ahead. On the days I can't be bothered making breakfast I simply order a delicious bagel to accompany my coffee,job done! And no matter which combination I go for it's always delivered with a superb smile and effortless happy banter.... A simply brilliant coffee shop....

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

amazing coffee. cool place. super friendly staff. lives up to previous reviews.

Best coffee shop for miles around! When I moved up this way from the valley, I scoured the local area and it was all pretty hit or miss. But when Fort opened, my coffee prayers were answered...

Good coffee and good atmosphere. Hard to find a parking.

#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.

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