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

These guys have been consistently great since opening. Love the passion they have for their coffee and locally sourced food/tidbits. Consistently great, particularly with the filter and cold drip. I can’t recommend more highly!


Shawty's Espresso


Best cafe Shawty's  Espresso in brisbane for 2016

Specialty coffee and good eats!

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

Coffee was great! Asked for flat white extra shot and it was nice and strong yet not bitter. Very pleased.


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.

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 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

Best cafe Coffee Anthology in brisbane for 2016

Axil Columbian espresso was a jammy roasty tasting number. Filter on Maker washed Columbian made me think of plums with a dash of acidity. Both good.

Awsome coffee, little bit of a wait to get a seat but worth the wait ...

Very pleasant staff. Good coffee. But 8/10 on that. My flat white (which I take in a 12oz cup in the morning) wasn’t perfectly textured. It was featured but the featuring was lighter than usual and the bubbling wasn’t perfect. I suspect it was done a bit quick. Having said that the beans themselves were excellent, the coffee gave a very nice after taste. I did tell them I came for review so this was their best shot at it and to my surprise they didn’t offer me a choice of beans. I only found out they had several go offer when I went to pay. I would come back however will go for an 8Oz next time or ask for an extra shot. They seem to have a good kitchen also. Nice croissant which I had. Avo on toast looked nice next to me. But the 8/10 on coffee mean I’ll be hunting for my perfect cup elsewhere in Brisbane.

Best cafe The Tiller Coffee in brisbane for 2016

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

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

This is now my regular cafe on Tuesday afternoons and it is consistently good.


Lola Coffee


Best cafe Lola Coffee in brisbane for 2016

Can't fault this place, always great coffee, service and atmosphere. All food is made here too. Which is a nice change from a lot of the usual suspects.

Was very disappointed in the coffee. No strength in the coffee, watery and weak.



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

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

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.

As the review below said, it seems like they have had some staff leave. Averaging tasting coffee.

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.

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

Cheetah spotted crema for the Ethiopian double espresso. Burst of acidity up front then caramelised gear taking it home. Wood and Co for the pour over had some initial creamy mouthfeel and was great - beautifully balanced.

Intriguing sour note, a la a sour beer, together with caramel and a healthy dose of acidity made the couple of cold brews on an Ethiopian from Sample very tasty cups.




Best cafe Bunker in brisbane for 2016

I love coffee. And I go to a lot of coffee shops. I just find that in the last few years I tend to compare everyone to Bunker. Unlike some mates who tend to go to one place regardless of quality and consistency, I love to go and try new and different places as much as I can because it’s fun. And yet I find myself coming back to Bunker at least 3-4 times a week and they never disappoint. They love coffee. They know coffee. It’s consistently good and they’re so friendly- what’s not to like?

Super unique location, well-made coffee, great atmosphere, mind-blowingly delicious hot chocolates, and really friendly staff.

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

Great little find, awesome coffee and amazing almond croissant 👌🏼 Definitely coming back!

Nice little place, with a nice outdoor extension. Friendly staff and great coffee! The menu was pretty decent and so was the food. Would return.

Consistently great coffee - nice and strong too! Efficient service, lots of regulars.

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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