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

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 crumpets I have ever had! Amazing long black and coffee soda too. Couldn’t recommend them more! Slightly devastated that Norh lakes isn’t closer to us.

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in brisbane for 2016

Good strong coffee and sensational chia pudding.

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!

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

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...

#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!

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in brisbane for 2016

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

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!!!

#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

We loved the bean choice, the service and neat food near Botanical Gardens.

Busy little shop. Flat white was a bit warm but flavour was there

Reformatory for espresso was excellent. Balanced and while fruity kept the complexity of caramelised apples - great. Take away batch was a beautifully balanced cup. This place is real good.

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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!

I had what I reckon was the best coffee of the year at The Tiller this afternoon. Fantastically flavourful. Great service. And a sweet spot to enjoy a few minutes out of the rat race. The Tiller really is one of the best coffee locations in Brisbane!

Best cafe Josie North in brisbane for 2016

Great service from staff who seem to know what they are doing however espresso was bit too bitter for me . Very busy morning and the staff were very efficient.

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.

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 arrived for a coffee pretty close to closing time and in chatting with the young lady serving, she stated that the guy really responsible for their top coffee was a morning shift guy and had finished for the day. They do double shot as standard in a flat white which is a huge plus compared to so many others who charge extra. It was well made with a good texture and smooth, strong flavour. It was good, but I would stop short of saying it was exceptional which I might otherwise expect from a cafe with a score over 9.

After the last 2 reviews, I decided to visit my fav cafe.. and although I’m a bit biased, I decided to bring 2 coffee connoisseurs with me.. one ordered a magic, the other a macchiato and I a doppio.. the coffee’s-were-FLAWLESS, so much so, after all 3 of us had our first sip, we just sat back, and had a moment of appreciation for this beautiful liquid gold, perfectly brewed.. from floral, toffee and caramel notes we all were mind blown.. don’t know what the other guys had but this place is still pumping the goods.. service was on point and some dope RnB beats pumping on the background was the perfect chill sesh.. we all came that afternoon to see if the other barista made it differently, but low and behold, another FLAWLESS 3 coffees.. man I love this place.. thanks guys.. see u when I’m back 😍😘🤗🤤 Follow my journey as I continue to visit other cafés and give u a real review 🤙🏼

I had a very nice triple shot medium fw of their house. Was smooth and the taste never dropped off to the end. I wanted to try s/o but nothing in stock on Saturday. The barista was knowledgeable about coffee and interested in my experience. Also tried magic from them and it was perfectly done. Definitely worth visiting if on the southside. Will be back for sure.

Best cafe The Eva St Privateer in brisbane for 2016

#18

Lola Coffee

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Whatever you get here will be home made yuminess. I had my regular flat whites (can't just have one when they are this good) and a chicken and coleslaw toastie and both were so so so good. If you look through my reviews, you know I am picky with my coffee and don't give a 10 unless it is perfect. With Lola's coffee, you get amazing service, beautiful atmosphere, and impeccable coffee. The coffee is mellow, but strong, aromatic and without the after-taste. I have no idea how people can give this place anything less than 10. I've had coffee here many times, and it is always yumolicious.

One of my fav places in Brisbane, went in to check out the new Spring Menu and it was good, tried the new Chick Schnitz toastie with Wasabi Mayo (thanks for the recommend DazGC) and it was yummo! Coffee and service here are always the best, if you are near the Gabba its worth dropping by for both the food and the best coffee in Brisbane. They use Coffee Alchemy beans and they are magic!

#19

Belltop

St lucia

Best cafe Belltop in brisbane for 2016

Best cafe Dovetail on Overend in brisbane for 2016

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

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.

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.

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

Solid coffee when you need it. One of the guys was pretty unfriendly and standoffish but the rest of the staff were delightful!

Easy to like, relaxed but on point with quality gear and a pleasant house blend

Coffee a little on the cold side, but got a glass of water without asking

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. 👍🏻🐩

Lovey selection of beans. Food is sensational

#25

Strauss

Brisbane CBD

Best cafe Strauss in brisbane for 2016

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

A really nice oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Fresh batch brew. Good service. Good food. Good place to catch-up for a meeting.

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

Drink: Long Black Would I come back? Yes Nice flavour - enjoyable coffee

Great coffee, extremely slow food service

LOVE this cafe!! Consistently great coffee, from filter to flat white. Food is top-notch and the ambience is fantastic. Love the renovations out the back laneway too. If you haven’t been for a while, go check it out...it’s worth it!!! Always have found the staff friendly. Oh, and you can enjoy a great beer too.

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 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.

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.

#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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