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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Plug Nickel


Best cafe Plug Nickel in melbourne for 2016

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.

I have heard about them for quite some times and always wanted to try, and I finally did! They surely offer very unique coffee and beans, and I really enjoyed both espresso and pour over. The atmosphere is cosy and chilling to spend quality time with loved ones!

Not bad. Good service. Not number 3 in Melbourne.

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in melbourne for 2016

Great coffee alternative when kids are at clip & climb

This place rocks. Such well roasted coffee. Great staff. Love these guys.

Best cafe One Origin Specialty Coffee in melbourne for 2016

They served very strong great tasting coffee!

I don’t come here for service or atmosphere..although they are both good. I come here for the coffee, the coffee is amazing..always amazing!!


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.

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.

Great to see a cafe using the best alternative mills available. Good atmosphere and heaps of food options. Coffee was smooth and well textured


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.

This place is amazing coffee every time. Reliable and if I'm ever in the area I always get coffee here.


Aunty Peg's


Best cafe Aunty Peg's in melbourne for 2016

Really knowledgeable staff serving a great bean. Had a flight of drip filter with three different flavours from the one bean - natural, washed, honey. Immaculately prepared while you watch. Great flavours accompanied by some tasting notes.

The roasting has improved. Great execution of what coffee can be. A must visit place.

Best cafe Workshop Brothers CBD in melbourne for 2016

The Queen St Workshop Brother has a different feel to its older brother in Glen Huntly. Sure, it is typically quite busy, especially on sunny days when patrons tend to sit outside and soak in the sun, but the flavours of the coffee are somehow different too. I’ve tried the various single origins, which are too fruity for my palate, but even the espresso blend seems to have a lighter, fruitier feel to it - certainly not the style I like.

A sweet bright and tangy Colombian espresso.. a very light body, sweetens as it cools

Best cafe Focus Melbourne in melbourne for 2016

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!

A great strong Flattie.. nice nutty flavours with a nice aftertaste. Made exceptionally well, with great friendly service

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!



Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Patricia in melbourne for 2016

Would have to be my favourite coffee in Melbourne. Fantastic smooth espresso, bold and full of flavour. Great warm atmosphere and exceptional service. Highly recommended.

Fantastic coffee, consistently delicious. Great service and atmosphere. Look out for the disco biscuit :-)

Just perfect! The space little and atmosphere amazing. The long black taste smoothie perfect body and after taste caramel. Amazing experience! Thanks guys you’re amazing.

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

Love the coffee here it’s just that sort of place to stop and grab a quick one and the sandwiches are always freshly made. Love the chicken avocado wraps.

Best cafe Brother Baba Budan in melbourne for 2016

Returned after 12 months and still fantastic coffee. Very busy and very good atmosphere. Love the vibe at this place.

Best coffee I had in Melbourne, great little space too.


Cup of Truth

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Cup of Truth in melbourne for 2016

Coffee was a high 7/10. No atmosphere but great service.

A place of good karma and coffee. Pure coffee with love.

The best coffee, nice guys but they have think about moving in a coffee shop.

Best cafe The Coffee Cupboard in melbourne for 2016

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

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.

Disappointing. The milk was overheated and the barista showed zero skill. No latte art or even any care when pouring the milk. She simply slopped the milk on top of the espresso. Neither the person who took my order nor the barista smiled or were friendly. Perhaps this place is getting complacent.

Best cafe Axil Coffee Roasters in melbourne for 2016

Awesome single origin Espresso! Friendly staff. Will be back.

Impeccable - perfect coffee, amazing food, smiling staff

A beauty of a single espresso.. great breakfast and good vibes. Still going strong



Moonee Ponds

Best cafe Nabiha in melbourne for 2016


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

Nice coffee, but I was expecting more since it was so hyped up, a bit overpriced and expensive though. The service was really slow compared to other places.

this is my preferred venue for pourover filter in melbourne. thanks to melissa the barista from canada, beautiful pourover, the olfactory notes were almost the highlight, but everything hit the spot



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.

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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