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

My s/o espresso was solid yet quite bitter however the staff are really nice and friendly.

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.

Coffee and pastry only (no substantial food offering) but the coffee was perfect. Thanks Beanhunter community, I'd have NEVER found this otherwise but when I saw the huge crowd I know if found the good stuff!

A cool little place. Hardwood tables (island benches). Some people have commented it's quite dark- but it absolutely adds to the atmosphere. Latte perfectly made!

My quest to sample top coffee in melbourne has taken me to LB2. It's a great little cafe half way down an ally. Serving axil coffee and special single blends. Perfectly made coffee.

Best cafe Maker Fine Coffee in melbourne for 2016

Best cafe One Origin Specialty Coffee in melbourne for 2016

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!!

My late was incredible and their s/o didn’t disappoint. Really impressed and highly recommend.

#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.

Overpriced for smaller than average cup size. Coffee way too hot and poor texture

#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

Having always wanted to go here,i was not disappointed! Great single espresso. Friendly and helpful staff. Will be going here again for sure.

This is a coffee experience and not for those who simply want a latte or blended coffee. We had 2 coffees as part of a showcase which gave 3 styles of flavour profile, all made from the same bean but they had been different processing methods to create the differntiation. Great experience and enjoyed our cold brew. Lovely staff. Highly informative.

Tried three Brazilians. To start, yellow bourbon natural as an espresso began robustly and nutty, mellowed somewhat to maybe charred pineapple with a nice backbone of acidity. Pour over on another yellow bourbon natural had some attractive mango and tropical, aftertaste had a bit of a vegetal note. Finished with a cold drip on a yellow catuai natural that was rather potent with cinnamon and bitter cola.

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

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

Sorry but you lose all marks when you clean the machine 30 mins before your closing time and can't serve coffee to a customer who drives 20 mins to get one.

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

This place is as much about the vibe-people milling around and sitting on milk crates in the lane way- as it is about the coffee, which was excellent. Service with a smile, too.

Simply the best. After some pretty average coffees since arriving in Melbourne nice to have a great one supporting Melbourne’s claim to be the coffee capital of the world. Busy but cosy adds to the atmosphere.

Best coffee we’ve found so far in Melbourne CBD. Very friendly staff.

Best cafe Wilbur's Cafe in melbourne for 2016

Best cafe Brother Baba Budan in melbourne for 2016

Coffee was poor. Very acidic, dark and too strong. Ordered almond milk latte and piccolo. Almond milk curdled in coffee. Had to be thrown out. Wouldn’t return.

really love the batchbrew recipe they rotate here. I had the current one today obviously. great economic price point for morning coffee. addicted to the BBB beverage batchbrew

Columbian Seven Seeds espresso had a citrus zing and more roasty notes as it cooled Batch on a different Columbian was sweet, almost like Ribena

Best cafe Mayday Coffee & Food in melbourne for 2016

#19

Cup of Truth

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Cup of Truth in melbourne for 2016

Bang on! These guys are legends and know their coffee. Love their brews and love the banter.

Big juicy espresso went down very nicely. FW to-go had silky milk and a nice nutty vibe

Best cafe Pardon Coffee in melbourne for 2016

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

#23

Nabiha

Moonee Ponds

Best cafe Nabiha in melbourne for 2016

#24

Area Four

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Area Four in melbourne for 2016

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

By far the best espresso in Melbourne. staff here are friendly and knowledgeable

This place is oh so Melbourne and what a great way to finish my trip. Full marks in every way apart from the loud music. The coffee was A+

Another Melbourne highlight. Such brilliant coffee and service. The vibe is so outstanding. Lovvve it

Best cafe Velos Mazeh Musette in melbourne for 2016

Was just wandering along and was drawn into the shop. Didn’t even want a coffee at the time but ordered anyway. WOW, BEST COFFEE IN AGES. He was reluctant to give it to me in cardboard take away but I had a physio appointment to get to. Even that didn’t kill how good his coffee was. If you like a solid coffee, this is the place to come.

Adds spice to the sometimes mundane flavour of everyday life. Expect the unexpected.

#27

Magic

South Melbourne

Best cafe Magic in melbourne for 2016

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 Three Bags Full in melbourne for 2016

Good coffee, prompt and friendly service, welcoming surroundings. This place stays on my list.

A great place for a magic and soup! Friendly staff too

Service wasn’t great. Coffee was nice! Had a flat white

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