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

Great for a non city cafe, great place to find in the burbs and worth the visit. Good coffee and tasty treats

Great place to visit, love what they do and how they go about it. Coffee is consistently great.

Fantastic Coffee, atmosphere and friendly staff. Best coffee in the area! (and the filters are insane!)

Best cafe The Lodge in brisbane for 2016

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.

Nice place, was a real surprise for the Burbs. Coffee was nice and some good food options.

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!

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

Fantastic little find right near where I've started working. So my new daily is straight off the train as I'm heading in. The coffee is Supreme - one of my all time faves and each cup is made exactly the same, perf flavour and temp. Cool vibe in a great little spot! iOS on you guys!


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

Every time I am back in Brisbane I head straight here. Always the most delicious filters - so nice to see such a heavy focus on soft brews. Also can’t go past a 1+1 of whatever tasty single they’re offering on espresso. Best vibes.

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 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.


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.

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!

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

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.


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

Coffee wasn't the best and the service could have been better. The staff looked rushed and a bit disinterested. It was my first time here it was a bit off putting. Chances are that from the other great reviews that this may have been just a one off, I will give them another try.

Great selection of beans from the usual sources, but apart from that, nothing really drives me to choose this place over the other specialty ones within the CBD. Have tried to give them another go a number of times (both takeaway and dine in) but in the end it's not even worth it. All surface and no substance, highly overrated.

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Nice place, coffee was good, the weather was not. It would be a great place to go if it wasnt raining.

My Favourite thing about the tiller is the massive selection of filter roasts from different suppliers. I'd love to see more cafes make the effort that these guys do. Amazing coffee and amazing staff.

Best cafe Josie North in brisbane for 2016

The staff were so lovely and super welcoming! Smooth coffee and a loose leaf Chai FULL of flavour (super rare to find a decent chai)! My new Brisbane dirty Chai hot spot!

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 ^.^

Best cafe Abode Cafe in brisbane for 2016

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.

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


Wake Me Up

Slacks Creek

Best cafe Wake Me Up in brisbane for 2016

Coffee was good, typical cafe offering in the Burbs. Good to take the family to on the way to IKEA.

Great Coffee. Coffee just slightly on cold side but no complaint. Easy parking and easy access coming from North and South on busy Kingston Rd with traffic light control. Lots of seating inside. Quick service and freindly Staff. Recommend.

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.

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.


Lola Coffee


Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

A beautifully designed space with lots of great features, very calm feel and it was nice to be refreshed after being out in the heat. Coffee was amazing and it was hard to decide what to eat, it all looked great. One of the best coffees that I've had in a long while with beautiful full flavours. The espresso cola was a nice treat, worth trying.

Great to see the Milk Cake back, was the perfect accompaniment for my long black. Always a pleasure to go to Lola.



St lucia

Best cafe Belltop in brisbane for 2016

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

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.

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

Best cafe Acacia Espresso Bar in brisbane for 2016

Great guys and excellent coffee. Bit hard to find as it’s on back of shopping centre but worth it.

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

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.

These guys have the best coffee in Brisbane. Their location makes the experience all the better!

Such a cool space, hidden away at the rear of a heritage building (from Elizabeth St you can enter via a car park ramp). Great coffee. Only negative is the queue - it would be good if they offered table service to those drinking on the premises.




Best cafe Bunker in brisbane for 2016

Really nicely flavoured coffee in a great little location. The roast is at the perfect strength, and in my opinion has a slightly nutty taste. Very distinctive. As a bonus, their bottled iced coffees are really great too.

Must be the chill in the air but my daily flat white was perfect today. Great start to the day- thanks guys!

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

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.

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.



Brisbane CBD

Best cafe Strauss in brisbane for 2016

Extremely nice coffee. So nice I ordered a second one.

Had a ★★★★★ day at Strauss couple days ago. Great coffee and delicious breakfast

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

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.. ;)

Popped in for a quick take away this afternoon. Flat white was well made and it's clear to see they take pride in their product. For such a quick visit it's hard to make a proper evaluation but I'll be back soon to taste the coffee again.


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!

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

Best cafe The Fort Specialty Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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 👏🏻

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


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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