Top Cafes of 2016 - Melbourne

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

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#1

Plug Nickel

Collingwood

Best cafe Plug Nickel in melbourne for 2016

Good coffee but surprisingly mine was not great, just not enough strength for my liking. Still based on its reputation this was more a blip.

The espresso is very aromatic and the choice of the beans are very spot-on! They offer great ranges of DIY kit and instruction for all coffee lovers!

Excellent decision to drop in on the way home. Quality espressi in an interesting space.

Best cafe LB2 Specialty Coffee in melbourne for 2016

LB2 Cafe is a boutique coffee shop in Melbourne CBD, serving up Axil and Cartel Coffee.

Walked around looking for this place and finally found it tucked away in a side street, but worth the walk, these people are clearly into their coffee. They have Axil or Cartel, obv I chose Axil, and it was superb, perfect balance, good temperature. If you want to talk coffee find this place ...

Friendly and welcoming staff let me try their cold drip made with coconut water - really light and refreshening. Funky space down a laneway. Also enjoyed a picollo made with their Cartel indian blend. Perfect temperature. Delicious cup.

Very enjoyable place, strong coffee. Friendly and welcoming service plus open Saturday morning.

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in melbourne for 2016

Best cafe One Origin Specialty Coffee in melbourne for 2016

Finally found a decent coffee in Melbourne. If you appreciate good coffee this is the place for you.

They served very strong great tasting coffee!

#5

The Storehouse

Mount Evelyn

Best cafe The Storehouse  in melbourne for 2016

An organic wholefoods store turned cafe. The storehouse puts meticulous time into training all staff to make coffee perfect. If you're after a milk coffee you'll be spoilt with latte art every time. The atmosphere is contemporary & inspiring and the staff could make a pauper feel like a king.

Come here on my Thursday mornings before school! Awesome coffee, very aesthetically pleasing (especially love the flowers on the back wall), love the muffins and great nutritious foods! They support Toms paddock which is awesome (because I love Toms Paddock) and overall they are just damn awesome!

The Storehouse has evolved in the 3.5 years that it has been my local. The focus has removed from wholesale organic food store with coffee to cafe with a few ingredients for sale. However that focus shows as an improved and expanded menu including the most delicious cakes, muffins, doughnuts and tarts, with many vegan and raw options. The excellent Capulus coffee has also been replaced with Storehouses own roast. This could have been a disaster and the first few weeks with the new beans had me worried but now I’m pleased to say the quality has returned and my long black is invariably excellent. What has not changed is the quality and enthusiasm of the staff. You will not find better. The bad news now - you will find you cannot drink coffee elsewhere because you have been thoroughly spoilt here!

Coffee is consistently great, milk is creamy and coffee has a unique and strong flavour. Staff are always very friendly and personable. Raw treats and breakfasts are wholesome and delicious, you can tell a lot of care has been put into making them. Also kid friendly. The Storehouse is our local favorite for sure.

#6

Hey Mikey

Wantirna South

Best cafe Hey Mikey in melbourne for 2016

Axil Specialty Coffee and nostalgic jaffles...

On the recommendation of Beanhunter, I walked for ages to find this place... And it was worth it. Great coffee & light meal options.

#7

Aunty Peg's

Collingwood

Best cafe Aunty Peg's in melbourne for 2016

Really cool place here, learnt a lot about coffee during my visit. They only do black coffee which may be a problem for some, but I really enjoyed my experience here. I had the Nemba (red bourbon from Burundi) and was really impressed. The barista made it both hot and cold for me to try. Friendly service with knowledgeable staff, cool accessories such as fragrance jars, photos and brand in different stages of roasting to add to the experience. Recommend to serious coffee drinkers!

Great service and friendly staff. For a coffee boutique, they were great with our kids too - a surprise.

Such an incredible coffee experience, I loved our visit here. Every element is considered and world class. I am so looking forward to going back. With specialising in black coffee though, I’d really like to see a double ristretto option for those of us that like a more concentrated taste. That said, I was so blown away by every other element of the experience that I was left very open to trying other ways of drinking the coffee. Staff went above and beyond. Inspiring!

Best cafe Double Dutch Coffee Bar in melbourne for 2016

Best cafe Workshop Brothers CBD in melbourne for 2016

Wow what happened. Did they sell to new owners? Long black was bitter, machine tastes like it hasn’t been cleaned in months. So surprising since it’s always been incredible, I’m sure it’s under new mgt.

Best cafe Focus Melbourne in melbourne for 2016

Focus have long been regarded as one of the best in the business. And for good reason.... if you find yourself in Balwyn, make Focus a pit stop for brekky, lunch or a cracking coffee. Coffee roasted by the Reformatory Coffee Lab. Absolute precision extraction. I hit this place up as regularly as I can! Do yourself a favour ladies and gents!

I went with a high expectation. Only ordered a decaf long black to take away, but it tastes good and the service and atmosphere was good.

Best coffee in Melbourne! Ive been to around 20 different Beanhunter listed coffee shops in Melbourne and find myself coming back to Focus! Single origin Ethiopian is one of the best coffees I’ve had! Ken the barista knows his stuff and his attention to detail shows in the cup!

Best cafe Sacred Alley Espresso Bar in melbourne for 2016

We love specialty coffee and making a visit to our cafe an experience for each and every customer! All food made in-house with love. ALL-DAY BREAKFAST!

#12

Patricia

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Patricia in melbourne for 2016

Great coffee, very knowledgeable staff. Speedy service, very popular.

These guys keeping it real. A true service and quality driven espresso bar.

Deserve every accolade they get. Staff are stellar, coffee is amazing. Peak Melbourne without the snobbery ❤️

Best cafe Franklin Windsor in melbourne for 2016

Great coffee, good practical menu and friendly staff.

Best cafe Wilbur's Cafe in melbourne for 2016

Don't be fooled by the rating. The coffee is woeful. All who have highly reviewed this place need to be introduced to what a good coffee actually tastes like. As personable as the barista is, you don't pay for personality. You pay for product. Wake up Wilbur. What you serve up can't be classified as coffee...

Still the best. Pinto Hound you’re a douche. The barista and staff are always striving to give you their best and it’s always bloody good if not perfect at times. Perhaps if you had an issue with your coffee you could’ve spoken with the barista instead of being a keyboard hero.

Really not up to what the reviews said. Beware of misrepresenting on beanhunter to get customers in because when you get a real coffee connoisseur you’ll be caught out, like what has happened here.

Best cafe Brother Baba Budan in melbourne for 2016

Super popular cafe with the queue stretching out to the street. Great vibes with communal table and natural melbourne sunshine streaming through large front window. I had a piccolo: Seven seeds seasonal blend. Beautiful drop. Lovely friendly staff. I Love melbourne!!!

Funky little place, big queue but fast flowing. Staff was great, but can’t get into the coffee. We had a flat white and a mocha and the mocha is bitter. I expect they use quite a raw chocolate powder which is cool for some I’m sure but not what we were expecting. The flat white somehow also tasted a bit raw, not unpleasant but quite a flat taste. Maybe our expectations were too high. Overall a nice experience.

#19

Cup of Truth

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Cup of Truth in melbourne for 2016

Amazing coffee from a little hole in the wall. This place has been there for almost 10 years and is still going strong!

Nice latte from this little hole in the wall. Hipster vibe. Nice roast. Good strength and technique. One of my go-to’s for a takeaway coffee in the CBD.

The alt place you’ve been dreaming of. Hole in the wall, no frills, bench seating around the corner in the corridor, a good conversation with the barista. Bags more character and better coffee than Degraves Street upstairs.

Best cafe The Coffee Cupboard in melbourne for 2016

Easily best serious coffee in Moonee Ponds. Great range of specialty coffee and alternative methods. Had a Ethiopean V60 pour over and wife had a “soy latte”. Owner seems like a genuine coffee lover and happy to talk about his beans. Will be back :)

By far the best coffee in Moonee Ponds! I had the espresso and my partner had strong flat white and we were very content with the drinks and food we had. The owner seems to be a coffee lover and he surely made this couple super happy! We will surely go back again!

They know their coffee. Offering a Raspberry Candy blend. It was very smooth and no after taste. Would highly recommend.

Best cafe Pardon Coffee in melbourne for 2016

Tasteful renovation/expansion on what was here. Not a big fan of the new coffee they use now though. Undercover roast came through as smoky in my long black.

Decent coffee offering. Nice people. Warm and cozy.

Pardon Coffee was a great find. Nice to while away an hour or 2 given the great coffee and friendly team.

Best cafe Axil Coffee Roasters in melbourne for 2016

High volume cafe that has lost some ground to local competitors offering delicious black and milk coffee.

Wow! Great service, atmosphere and style. The coffee was fabulous and the food was a delicious work of art!

#23

Nabiha

Moonee Ponds

Best cafe Nabiha in melbourne for 2016

#24

Area Four

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Area Four in melbourne for 2016

Quite simply the best mix of great coffee great food and awesome service all wrapped up in a cool little space with music and Star Wars randomly playing on a wall. Come on.... give the rest a chance.

Well made coffee, but the roast was not to my liking. Very good service, great decor and friendly staff. Worth visiting, if not making it your regular!

The coffee is great smooth no after taste at the right temperature with a great n friendly service 👍

Best cafe Monk Bodhi Dharma in melbourne for 2016

Monk continues to be the absolute benchmark for lovers of coffee in Melbourne. Also offering a boutique vegetarian/vegan food experience.

As Jim Reeves said, "I love you because you understand, dear...most of all I love you 'cause you're you". Don't go here - it's not big enough for all of us.

Excellent coffee and food! It was busy when we went and had a great atmosphere and great service! Highly recommend!

#27

Magic

South Melbourne

Best cafe Magic in melbourne for 2016

Can’t give a score - arrived at 3.40 on a Sunday just to be told they were closed I’m sure the coffee is great just be aware if it’s anywhere near the 4pm advertised close time you may get unlucky

Best cafe Black Flat Coffee Brewers in melbourne for 2016

In the heart of Glen Waverley, Black Flat is your local hole in the wall coffee house. Brewing house blend from Axil Coffee Roasters on our La Marzocco GB5 and Filter Coffee from various roasters including Wood & Co, ACoffee, Proud Mary's and Maker Fine Coffee.

Latte with Axil beans was a bit bland. Filter out of moccamaster was great

Best cafe Little Bean Blue in melbourne for 2016

On the concourse so atmosphere is lacking. Service was quick and coffee excellent

Best cafe Three Bags Full in melbourne for 2016

Awesome coffee, staff are very friendly and accommodating, food is really nice.

Excellent Ethiopian. Friendly service. Enjoyable breakfast. What more can you ask for on a Sunday morning?

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