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 am constantly stoked by the top notch coffee this place delivers! We make the trip almost every weekend to try whichever single is on rotation. Literally the best place for coffee/service, and great small food options too!

We recently visited told you so for an early morning coffee. The coffee and chai latte were delicious. I actually think the chai latte is THE BEST i have EVER tried! Friendly service and great brews, make a great cafe!

Sensational Ethiopian Nansebo long black on Anzac Day. What a treat. Love what these guys are doing with single o. Cheers

Best cafe Espresso House Windsor in brisbane for 2016

The coffee is always superb and the the owners are so friendly and cheerful. It's a cost neighborhood hang out. Love it! The Reuben's are also to die for. So big I had to take half home for later!

The coffee and location is good but the staff there just seem to hate children. The staff take it upon themselves to tell off their customer's children and as a parent I am always made to feel very unwelcome. Admittedly kids can sometimes be a bit rowdy but watching these people tell off your children for jumping up one step is pretty ordinary.

In response I have never seen them have a go at children whilst I have been there. Maybe you should teach your children to behave in public, not let them jump around.

Best cafe The Lodge in brisbane for 2016

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

The soy coffee was not good and it gave me a tummy ache.

Great coffee! Generous servings of fresh food with friendly service. Not usually in this neck of the woods; really enjoyed it.

#4

Shawty's Espresso

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in brisbane for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

seriously good espresso and best toasties EVER !! definitely a hidden gem and well worth finding... refreshing to see such enthusiasm and passion from the creators of this cafe ☕❤

Cute little place, in front of a mechanics workshop that looks straight out of the 1950's. Coffee was decent and service was friendly.

I can see why this is one of the top cafe's in Brisbane. I have been to this cafe several times as it's close to my workplace. The coffee is phenomenal, the service is prompt, friendly and fast. They always have a rotating selection of delicious novel single origin coffees in addition to the house brew. I've had many coffees from here recently and they have always been top notch. The inside is charming - simple, stripped down, stark, modern and cosy in a little nook on the cusp of suburban/industrial Woolloongabba.

#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

My partner and I have visited this place quite a few times now. Unfortunately we just can't deal with the lack of service for customers that don't seem to fit their personality type. We waited 10 minutes for acknowledgement let alone service, despite sitting within the view of 5 staff members. It's a shame that the service here is incredibly awkward/uninviting because the coffee is decent and the space is quite relaxing if you can get past the people that work there.

Informal cafe with a nice, relaxing vibe. Coffees and banana bread were tasty, service was great.

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

Asked for a strong small FW and got a single shot milky coffee. Saying that is was smooth.

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.

Love these guys when I'm out this way (rare). The new shifting light blend by parallel roasters is fantastic - especially on milk. Thanks guys

Nothing but positive energy for this joint. The friendliest people creating nectar heaven in ceramic cups, a cold filter so clean and refreshing, wow wow wow wow wow.

Best cafe Big Bad Wolff in brisbane for 2016

Amazing service, coffee was well made and of great quality, most people will love this place 👏🏼

Called in as nearby and had never been before. Staff were professional yet welcoming. Rich rated his long black as one of the best ones he had ever had. Chocolatey and creamy, he said. My flat white was tasty and not too milky tasting. Rich had a ginger and date biscuit and it was chewy gingery enough while my cornflake cookie took me back to my childhood and Mum's baking. Recommend and they also hold Barista classes.

#11

Flick n Beans

Bowen Hills

Best cafe Flick n Beans in brisbane for 2016

The service has always been perfect & the owners are super friendly! I use to walk here daily while working at the Hospital. 5 months after I left I made an order over the phone & the owner still remember my latte 1 sugar! I now work just down the road & the atmosphere here is great to sit down & chat, work or relax. The coffee literally touches my soul haha

The coffee is reliably great and so is the food!

Really good coffee, with some tasty treats if u feel the need. Always kind service from the team here..

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in brisbane for 2016

nice. I wasn't blown away. it was a bit annoying that a specialty coffee shop won't do a pour over in the mornings. great flat white though.

Smooth, velvety coffee. Loved the selection of roasts on offer especially the dark, chocolate 'Padre' roast. If you prefer a more floral and citrusy coffee, the 'Candyman' is hard to miss.

Beautiful decor - amazingly friendly and genuine customer service. Love the complimentary sparkling water on tap! Coffee was silky smooth both in beans and milk. Decadent chocolate was perfect on cappuccino.

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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

Consistently excellent coffee and service. This is how coffee should taste. Also, love the food menu. Bagels are tasty and fresh.

Exceptional coffee, great atmosphere and friendly service.

Best cafe Josie North in brisbane for 2016

Amazing coffee and great service thankyou! Bonsoy cap was smooth and delicious. Nice clean space tucked away off the street. Good tunes and early morning vibe. Will be back!

so delicious. Really enjoyed the filter. Staff are lovely too. Thanks guys.

Best cafe Abode Cafe in brisbane for 2016

This is the first time I have done a second review on Beanhunter. Abode continues to deliver great coffee and great food. I originally came here for the coffee but now I come for the food as well. Oh, and the service is second to none. Great job guys.

Fantastic coffee! Terrible service. Waited over half an hour for one slice of avo on toast. Got sick of waiting and told the staff not to worry about it anymore. Got a shrug of the shoulders. No "I'm so sorry sir" or anything approaching it. Not good enough. There are too many great places in Brisbane to waste my time here again.

Took ages to get our order. Coffee is very average, bagel is dry and falling apart. Cheese and ham toastie is overpriced, and mango sauce makes it even worse. Didn't enjoy our breakfast.

#16

Wake Me Up

Slacks Creek

Best cafe Wake Me Up in brisbane for 2016

Service with a smile always! Lovely coffee. Thanks for providing almond milk for me Tommy! You're a legend. Great atmosphere.

Best coffee in Logan! Love these guys and their always delicious coffee no matter what you order. Their mix of ethiopian beans tastes incredible black and their milk based coffe is chocolatey and smooth.

There is literally nothing to fault at Wake Me Up. Exceptional and efficient service, lovely community atmosphere and some of the best coffee you’ll find in Brisbane. The owner really knows his craft and wants you to have a great experience. Will listen and create the coffee you want. Naturally, they use Bonsoy. So happy this is my new work local!!

#18

Lola Coffee

Woolloongabba

Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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 !!

Love this place, I reviewed it 4 months ago and have been a regular since. Love that they are expanding their food, it's really delicious. I'm a big fan of the Homemade Sausage Rolls on Fridays and the recent addition of the Tomato Macaroni Chesse on Mondays. Love the addition of the Chilli Cauliflower Crumb on the top, nice warmth but not too hot. Really nice for the cooler weather. The recent addition of the Moccamaster brewed coffee is a real treat for anyone looking to try it. Also great to hear that they are a finalist in the Restaurant and Catering Association's Awards for Excellence, well done guys and good luck.

#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

what a great little spot. I could read the paper and drink filter coffee here all day. lots of tasty treats to tempt as well

Just for the coffee. Uncle Joe's Purple Haze extracted perfectly. Rich, clean and fruity—a total standout in these parts (and beyond).

Purple Haze all in my brains, lately things don't seem the same but a very good coffee goes a long way!!!

Best cafe Acacia Espresso Bar in brisbane for 2016

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

This has to be the best coffee I have had for a long time. Very friendly staff and a small assortment of food as well. Highly recommended

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.

Probably one of brisbane's best kept secrets. Great coffee if you can find it but certainly worth the adventure

My daily, the coffee the service the people the atmosphere. Best of all their Mecca bean..... strong, nutty and slight chocolatey too. Love this place

Stylish little hole in the wall, with delicious coffee !! Also super nice service too !!

#23

Bunker

Milton

Best cafe Bunker in brisbane for 2016

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.

Found my way here as this place was requested to me by a friend. Loved the coffee and the cafe itself looks amazing!

Best cafe Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters in brisbane for 2016

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

The Spirit! I had heard rumors of this beast and all the myths were true. The nectar milked from her chrome breasts was intoxicating. Afterwards I had that feeling as if I had rubbed my face upon a cats tummy and walked away without a scratch. What a lovely tender rush.

3 -years in, this place is a beacon of consistency. Always cheery, quick service, tasty coffee and breakfast (their salads are great for lunch too. Favourite spot in the city. Great job Oli and team

Best cafe Elixir Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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

I would definitely go past for another coffee, but won't bother eating there again. Food is over priced for the quality, half the previous portion size but still the same price?...

Great coffee, friendly and speedy service. Parking a challenge.

Great cup of joe! I never have the food though that looks great I just grab a coffee and a bag of beans whenever I'm anywhere near Stafford. It's always 100%

#27

Reverends Fine Coffee

Fortitude Valley

Best cafe Reverends Fine Coffee in brisbane for 2016

This is one of the best coffee places in Brisbane hands down

Very Good wholesome cafe that has some chill vibes, has the feel of being family run which is cool. The Espresso coffee is made using Supreme beans which is a great start, my pour over was made using ‘Duromina’ Small Batch Roasting Co beans and was Very Good. The amazing food is lovingly made out of a tiny kitchen, and the product of some culinary skill. The Barista on station today was knowledgeable and skilful. Deserves to be known as a place for good coffee.

Nice chocolaty blend with subtle spice. Limited menu but great atmosphere and service.

Best cafe Wilderness Bar in brisbane for 2016

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

Fantastic coffee, really fast service and great food!

#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.

loved the cozy atmosphere but coffee was weak for me

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