Top Cafes of 2016 - Gold Coast

We’ve run the numbers! Here are the best cafes of 2016 in Gold Coast, voted by real coffee lovers.

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Best cafe Papercup Coffee in gold-coast for 2016

Dog friendly coffee shop, fast friendly service, excellent coffee and convenient on the go food.

Excellent coffee! Inviting atmosphere. And the service is the best. I pass by 10 other coffee shops to get my brew from Papercup Coffee! Highly recommend!!


Blackboard Coffee

Varsity Lakes

Best cafe Blackboard Coffee in gold-coast for 2016

Great and friendly service every time - the staff make you feel like a friend. Coffee is always great and food is generally good. Bit pricey, but one of my favourite spots on the coast!

Friendly staff but disorganised and slow. Ordered a large strong skinny latte and received a small after waiting 15 mins


Lot 1

Surfers Paradise

Best cafe Lot 1 in gold-coast for 2016

Beans Forza blend Coffee was good, service is efficient.

Best cafe Daark Espresso in gold-coast for 2016

I’m a regular here and a TOTAL coffee snob. House blend is beautifully smooth - in 2 years they’ve never disappointed. Music 👌. Staff incredible. Food delicious and so reasonably priced - breakfast AND lunch. All this = a busy little joint so If you don’t like busy check it out on a weekday xx

Been here a few times, I my opinion sometimes the coffee is just good, sometimes not so good. The coffee seems watery, this can often mean that they don't use enough ground coffee. I don’t know if this is the situation here. Maybe the roast is very light ? If it is not the quantity of coffee it is probably the grinder setting. Just my opinion. Look the food is technical and very tasteful. I sometimes prefer just basic egg and bacon rolls and I can get that too.


Elk Espresso


Best cafe Elk Espresso in gold-coast for 2016

The staff are absolutely lovely, food is always on point and the coffee is delicious! Only gave the coffee a 9 because the cups could be bigger

This is a second review (The first time years ago)but worth noting that I was just served a Magic which was as equal to the best Magic that I have had.

Absolutely bangin black, SO from Sydney is always strong. These guys know how to pour on the strata.

Best cafe Paradox Coffee Roasters in gold-coast for 2016

Their birch is so yummy. The coffee is rich and smooth, easy to drink. The atmosphere is relaxing and their is a kids play area with gates!!!! In the back of the cafe separate to the patio dining. Its table service and the staff and welcoming, personable, kind and not invasive. Will definitely come back. What an amazing little gem. I am a barista and cook so very fussy. Well done guys. Great set up and I love the exposed roasting.

Great black coffee. For drinkers of non milk coffee who appreciate well made coffee, this is a highly recommend.


Canteen Coffee

Burleigh Heads

Best cafe Canteen Coffee in gold-coast for 2016

Has changed hands and lost its swag. This appears a good example of someone buying a coffee shop and underestimating the important things like friendly greeting, quality beans, single origins, perfect extraction and all-round good service.

Just a beautiful fruity blend that canteen coffee uses!! I have went there many times and it is quality is always consistent yummm!!!!


No Name Lane


Best cafe No Name Lane in gold-coast for 2016

A bit bitter but open early soo grateful as needed after 5 kms run and ocean swim 🤗

Great coffee. Fruity taste. Well made with soy, although tricky with these beans as they’re slightly acidic. The service used to be very hit & miss but recently I find it quite good. They usually open late on Fri/Sat but reduced hours at the moment.

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