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

TOP 3 COFFEE CRAWL See also Valori Espresso and Lola Coffee reviews. Been here a bunch of times and coffee is consistently good. Fit out is nicely put together - love the secret kitchen door! Service can be slow - even when it's not busy but they're thoughtful and careful with the coffee. Food is limited. Great regular events, great community feel.

I was recommended to come here by friends when told I was starting work in North Lakes, and couldn't be happier... TYS has become my morning local, and the staff have been friendly, my coffee's always on point, staff knowledge brilliant and best place in the Lakes :)

Great service, the coffee was made very fast and was amazing! The staff were lovely too, will definitely come back

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in brisbane for 2016

Good strong coffee and sensational chia pudding.


Shawty's Espresso


Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in brisbane for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

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.

First time at Shawty’s and- Wow! Coffee was the best I’ve had in a while - intensely rich, perfect temperature and crema. Had a flat white and then a piccolo- both were excellent. Wish this place was closer to home.


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

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


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.


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

Lovely service, great coffee - I’ll be back!

Took two tries to get in on a Saturday morning but it was worth it. Three of us tried Daddy’s Girl blend which we all agreed was excellent. Our fourth tried the Columbian blend which tasted as per the tasting notes, macerated strawberries was the defining taste. Not to my taste after having a sip, but our fourth said it went well with her chocolate slice.

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Extra shot ordered and it was good. Possibly might have been a bit too milky otherwise.

Coffee - Fantastic cold brew. Small glass with perfect proportion of coffee and ice. Well presented. Atmosphere - Nice outdoor spot in a quiet industrial estate. Service - Very friendly, keen to chat about coffee and offer suggestions.

Best cafe Josie North in brisbane for 2016

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.

Love the flat white. Perfect ration of milk to shot. Glad I visited. Definitely highly rate this bespoke cafe.


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.


Lola Coffee


Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

TOP 3 COFFEE CRAWL See also Told You So and Valori Espresso reviews. Been here before and the coffee is consistently good. Fit out is the nicest. Parking can be tricky. Service is fast. Menu is moderate in size with breaky and they bake everything. Not a lot of outdoor seating. Legit coffee professionals here.

Great coffee, great cake, great service. What else do you need? TenOuttaTen

Love the coffee here, hands down one of the best in Brisbane. Service is always great, food is good, fresh and tasty. Inside always has a nice feels to it, calming, relaxing atmosphere to waste a Sunday morning. It's Easter Sunday and not a lot open, Lola never seems to let you down. The hot cross bun and espresso ice cream sandwich was a fun treat.



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.

10 out of 10 would recommend! Attentive and friendly. Great coffee and the baked eggs are amazing. We got tempted into one of their house baked doughnuts too..... a breakfast with a difference. Loved it all!! Thank you.

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.

Great coffee. Cute little tucked away location.

If you know anything about great coffee and you work in the CBD, you don’t go anywhere else. Brilliant every time with the applauded Bunker Espresso drop, impeccable service and a charming hidden location, this is one of the best coffee experiences in Australia.

Espresso on a washed Ethiopian from Parallel Roasters gave a syrupy shot with soya sauce fermented notes - excellent. Rose water and nectarines to the Parallel washed Kenyan pour over, nice chewy mouthfeel as a bonus




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

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



Brisbane CBD

Best cafe Strauss in brisbane for 2016

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.

Brilliant spot tucked down a narrow alleyway. Staff are always friendly and the coffee is always on pointe. Great spot to have a before work coffee when I can and catch a few moments before my day starts.

Best cafe Elixir Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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

By far the best coffee in Brisbane if not the country. Friendly staff who know who you are and provide the best, friendly service and coffee.

Coffee - Good cold brew but poor presentation and far too much of it. A PLASTIC STRAW...who even does that any more?! Atmosphere - Pretty cool little building. Service - Served pretty quickly, good but nothing too special.


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 The Fort Specialty Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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


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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