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

Hands down, this is the best coffee in Melbourne, if not Australia. Barista are uber friendly and knowledgeable.

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!

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.

My third visit to LB2. They all seem very friendly and welcoming. willing to have a bit of a coffee chat. The options of blends and single origins are great. They seemed a bit busy which may have accounted for the over textured froth on top of my flat white. This was replaced for free when highlighted. But was still not great. Worth a visit, but a little disappointed.

Cool place tucked away off a smaller road. Good drop of the black stuff

Cartel always amazing! I tasted the ARICHA beans from Ethiopia. A sweet and fruity double espresso, the finish was just amazing. This time I didn’t waste the taste of it with soy milk!!! Really busy as usual and smily faces around.

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in melbourne for 2016

Super refreshing Carbonated Coffee hit the spot on a hot day. Bit of a hidden gem down a Richmond side street worth a visit for the lovely coffee and service.

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.

#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...

#7

Aunty Peg's

Collingwood

Best cafe Aunty Peg's in melbourne for 2016

A trip to Melbourne would not be complete without a visit to Aunty Peg's. Never disappoints and always something special to try.

It really is a flawless establishment. Serving the finest quality, well extracted black coffees. They are eager to educate and passionate about what they do. The 2k walk there and back was worth it!

Such a great place with great coffee, passionate staff and great service.

Best cafe Double Dutch Coffee Bar in melbourne for 2016

Best cafe Workshop Brothers CBD in melbourne for 2016

Their new spot is a hidden gem. Say hi to Jason if you're popping in for a takeaway

Cute interior for a small venue. Nice coffee but service was a little average

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

Has Focus changed hands? Went there today and it was chaos. Yes they were busy but there appeared to be no system to ordering, staff were stressed although there were quite a lot of them for the size of the cafe. I eventually went to till to order in spite of being told it was table service, and abandoned the whole enterprise when one of the staff yelled at a customer to get out of her cafe. There was no obvious misdemeanour to those of us standing around. He was gobsmacked. We left. Bad vibe, not sure about the coffee.

Cafe was closing. Ordered a half long black. Almost perfect roasted taste. Texture and bouquet brilliant. Service on point

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!

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

Got a quick takeaway from here before going on a tour. Great Columbian bean coffee, great service.

Always an exceptional choice of locally roasted coffee, really showcasing some of the best roasts that Melbourne has to offer. I haven't been able to fault this place in the numerous times I've visited. 10/10

One of Melbourne's first "Coffee Only" cafes, it's a bustling little standing room only shop with consistently good coffee. Nice to relax and chat on a rare occasion they're not totally under the pump too. Batch Brew to go for me!

Best cafe Franklin Windsor in melbourne for 2016

Great coffee and staff with a nice little venue nice and close to the station. A great choice if in Windsor.

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

Coffee was a little bitter for me but that’s a personal preference. Cute venue

Cool place. Probably too cool for me. Had to push my way through the masses to get served (so it must be good) Ok yes coffee was good.

Best cafe Mayday Coffee & Food in melbourne for 2016

#19

Cup of Truth

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Cup of Truth in melbourne for 2016

Always busy when I get there but coffee is served up quickly and always consistent. Great CBD option.

Came for a quick grab and go on the way to work. A nice drop with consistent flavour

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

Really nice piccolo though I keep forgetting that when in Oz, always ask for a double shot.

Nice little venue tucked away in the back streets. My piccolo was perfect but my follow up latte was just a little weak for my preference. Limited food menu

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.

Best cafe Axil Coffee Roasters in melbourne for 2016

Service, atmosphere, and coffee all exceptional. Costa Rican long black was a delight.

Very efficient service particularly on a busy day. Strangely have had nicer Axil coffee at other venues (eg. Cup of Truth) but my Ethiopia filter was still lovely - floral and fruity.

Big tick on the coffee though food menu had a few weird choices

#23

Nabiha

Moonee Ponds

Best cafe Nabiha in melbourne for 2016

#24

Area Four

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Area Four in melbourne for 2016

I had a tasty Ethiopian single origin with surprising flavours and yummy roll with beetroot and goats cheese.

A surprise little packet. For a small venue it’s food menu is large and they don’t skimp on the size of the servings. Love that the long black came with a side of soda water

A good drop of coffee in a venue that looks different to all the same cafes around Melbourne

Best cafe Monk Bodhi Dharma in melbourne for 2016

My high expectations were met and exceeded. Great coffee and good energy.

Good coffee, good food. The smashed avo was a bigger serve than I would have expected and was definitely full after it.

What can you say? The coffee is brillant. Small space though that is always packed with the appropriately styled misfits (we are in Balaclava afterall, wouldn't have it any other way). Staff are disaffected but friendly.

Best cafe Velos Mazeh Musette in melbourne for 2016

#27

Magic

South Melbourne

Best cafe Magic in melbourne for 2016

How on earth does this place have a rating of 9?! I’ve gone here sometimes waiting up to 10 to 15 minutes for a takeaway coffee which is average at best.

Neat little cafe serving Axil Beans. Coffee had a lingering flavour that left me wanting a second one.

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.

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