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

Long black was not too acidic, not too bitter, good balanced with stone fruit flavors. Always a surprise to taste what can do talented baristas with good beans well roasted.

I've had such a good experience here. GREAT service, loads of chats with the staff and great brownies.. the staff loved to chat about coffee. Keep up the great work! 10/10 experience

Disappointed the first time but went back in hope that it was just a bad day. I was wrong. Average coffee, shame for ONA. No vibe. Littler- no service. #toocool

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.

Silky washed Columbian espresso from Axil on a large volume, had a lovely citrus feel - seriously good. Flatty traveller had spot on texture, taste and temp

The best on a Saturday morning.. they have a huge selection of single origins on pour over. Helen is lovely!

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.

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

First impression was that there people take their coffee very seriously. A blend and a Guatemalan single origin from Axil and another single from Uncle Joe's. I had a strong flat white on the Axil blend (4 South American beans). The cup was initially just a touch too hot to be comfortable and obscured the flavour but as the cup cooled the beautiful chocolate and caramel tones came through with an impressive strength. The aftertaste of cacao on the tongue was brilliant. I would love to take the time to try the single origins but I've got my caffeine quota for the day! Maybe next time!

Its been a while, but the coffee is still excellent. As is the service. The new Purple Haze blend is a delight.

Cappuccino was great! Smooth, frothy with right consistency. My only negative is limited cake variety and display.


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.

As a barista, and as a customer, I cannot go past this place without stopping for a latte. Always top notch and the staff are the friendliest in the business.


Hey Mikey

Wantirna South

Best cafe Hey Mikey in melbourne for 2016

Axil Specialty Coffee and nostalgic jaffles...

Coffee is good, but IMHO not worthy of the ratings in other reviews. The Jaffles are great - The Fresh Prince especially.


Aunty Peg's


Best cafe Aunty Peg's in melbourne for 2016

Every single coffee, cupping, and conversation there has been amazing :) they remember you, chat with you about coffee, and you walk away feeling great!

Do yourself a favour and visit Aunty Peg's! Great coffee, great staff, great music. 10/10

You can't describe it ,just experience it. Really nice shop . Friendly stuff !!!!

Best cafe Double Dutch Coffee Bar in melbourne for 2016

Best cafe Workshop Brothers CBD in melbourne for 2016

Even with sugar it was a tad too bitter for me.

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

Best cafe Focus Melbourne in melbourne for 2016

Great, strong coffee. Made with care.

Perfect pour over of 90+ Ethiopian heirloom. So good, I had two!

Outstanding Kochere Purple .... as a pour over, and espresso- its a tropical dream

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!

Nice to see they have Maker Fine Coffee on the menu now.



Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Patricia in melbourne for 2016

Good drinks and fast service and they get you out of the door in no time. Not the right place if you want to sit down to drink a coffee. Good for a fast take awat

Great spot for some of the best espressos in town. The filter isn't quite up to my taste, but that's because it's usually just a tiny too light and floral. I would prefer the ratio be a tinge different. Still good though! Service is great and the area feels very "Melbourne" when you sit outside the alley on a milk crate :)

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 Finders Keepers Cafe in melbourne for 2016

Always good at Finders Keepers. The coffee was beautifully made and full of flavour.

Best cafe Wilbur's Cafe in melbourne for 2016

love the coffee from here, and the service is spot on.

Best cafe Brother Baba Budan in melbourne for 2016

Best cafe Mayday Coffee & Food in melbourne for 2016


Cup of Truth

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Cup of Truth in melbourne for 2016

Still my favourite spot in the CBD for a quick espresso. Legitimately take the long way home to pass by!

Excellent coffee but cremer could have been thicker / but still fabulous tasting. Chatter from the guys lovely. Degraves st tunnel is so funky why doesn't Melb City council make it a happening place? Good job Cup if Truth

Cool setup that gets very busy during peak periods. Coffee was bang on. Left me a happy camper.

Best cafe The Coffee Cupboard in melbourne for 2016

The size of this cafe is a bit like a large cupboard, but when the weather permits there is additional seating outside. However the coffee quality more than compensates for any downsides. Recommended.

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!

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

Great place for food and atmosphere and this local roaster is a credit to the Melbourne coffee scene. Worth a visit

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



Moonee Ponds

Best cafe Nabiha in melbourne for 2016


Area Four

Melbourne CBD

Best cafe Area Four in melbourne for 2016

I’ve tried my usuals. A long black first, bitterness and acidity very well balanced, aftertaste long and sweet. To go I ordered a soy latte, was too hot, so the milk curdled, shame! Attentive and friendly staff.

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

Best cafe Monk Bodhi Dharma in melbourne for 2016

Its been a while since my last visit, but the coffee is still up there with the best of them. From the Ethiopian natural from Chelelektu, to the Ninety Plus game changing Panama Gesha- not a drop was left in my cup. 10/10

Such consistently good coffee. A choice of 4 single origins available roasted in house. I had a flat white on the Brazilian. It was beautiful.

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

Best cafe Velos Mazeh Musette in melbourne for 2016



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.

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.

The little "hole in the wall" cafe near the station is still producing delicious coffee with Axil beans. My flat white was spot on.

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

Best cafe Little Bean Blue in melbourne for 2016

Coffee was more fruity than I prefer, but a well made piccolo with good crema. The Granola bar is a good accompaniment. Service was polite and quick.

Lost and unhappy staff is the polite way to put the service at this place. I hate giving negative feedback, but no smile, no care for customers, doesn't even listen to what the customer is saying, and worst of all, standing calling drinks because they are not sure who ordered it. Not even going to go to how the drinks tasted.

Best cafe Three Bags Full in melbourne for 2016

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