Top Cafes of 2016 - Sunshine Coast

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

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Best cafe Kai Coffee in sunshine-coast for 2016

Great coffee. I had a long Black and my wife am Almond Milk Latte. Got an explanation of the beans our coffee was being made from as they were being made and watched as they roasted more beans.

Kai Coffee is something very special indeed. The Barista is equal parts friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. He never looks or acts rushed and gives his full attention to all his customers but is beautifully effective on the coffee output. Amazing. I enjoyed a fantastic piccolo here, one of the best, if not the best, I’ve ever had. I followed this with a flat white. It was incredibly good too. My wife had a mocha and she, unprompted by my enthusiasm for the place, said it was sublime. I’m going back tomorrow to buy some beans and try some pour overs. I don’t think I’ve ever given a 10 for a café but if any place deserves it, Kai definitely does. This is a must visit if you’re on the Sunshine Coast. And there’s a great brewery across the road too!

Situated in an industrial part of the Sunshine Coast this place is miles from stunning beaches and hinterland. The positive is that you don't have to battle tourists or fight for parking. I ordered a double shot cap and it was velvety smooth for a double. No hint of bitterness at all. The coffee was excellent. The only slight criticism was that the milk was slightly under temp but having said that if have it under temp rather than burnt any day of the week. The barista was warm and welcoming however took quite a long time to be served and even longer to make the coffee. This was surprising given there was only me and 1 other in there. It wasn't a problem just an observation. The shop is an open warehouse with limited seating, no atmosphere and practically no food options. This is the only real negative of this place. Essentially it caters for the local industrial factories coffee hit in the morning. If this place was in a better location and some effort put into the design and style of the space it would be hard to beat.

Best cafe Black Market Espresso Bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Black Market Espresso Bar - Clandestino Coffee Espresso Bar. Passionate about crafting brilliant consistent coffee. Ground fresh and weighed for each and every cup. Providore of locally baked pastries, sliders, & cakes. We're very Pet Friendly (and likely to run out to meet your four legged friends)! We're also WiFi enabled!Coffee: Clandestino Roasters Equipment: La Marzocco Linea PB and 3 Mazzer Grinders

Cool space. Did not disappoint. Great espresso, single origin from San Jose.

A lovely cafe serving great coffee and a great atmosphere! Can’t wait to come back!

Best cafe Compound Surf & Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Surf & Drink Coffee

Coffee was amazing. I drink short coffees and the flavours were amazing. Staff were very friendly and service was good. The atmosphere is a bit different as they sell coffee and surf gear. I had coffee with two shirts.

Best cafe Humdrum Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Nice little place with quality coffee. A couple of blends on offer and passionate staff who care about the product.

Excellent service and coffee. Perfectly textured milk. Relaxed atmosphere. Staff have pride in service and product.

Back in town and made a beeline for this cafe. Just as good as my last visit with excellent, attentive service and full flavoured, well made coffee.

Best cafe Little May Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Disappointing - two of the four coffees we ordered were almost cold and another drink was forgotten. Some food was again cold by the time it arrived at our table.

Sadly seems to have changed hands resulting in a lesser service, and quality


YOYO Espresso


Best cafe YOYO Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Best cafe Waterline Espresso in sunshine-coast for 2016

Back up in Noosa for school holidays, the new manager is so friendly and goes above and beyond, new types of milk including bonsoy and milk lab to cater for my dairy free daughters, a true gem of a cafe we will 100% be back



Kings Beach

Best cafe Beau's in sunshine-coast for 2016

A quality focused cafe servicing delicious coffees, teas and local chais, organic cold drinks and juices to complement our beautiful menu.Open 7 days from 7am, and serving dinner on Friday & Saturday nights. Licenced, with a boutique wine list, Tasmanian ciders and award winning Green Beacon Brewing Co beers.

Coffee was great, good flavour and consistent. Disappointing that we couldn't get lunch given we'd arrived a couple of minutes before the kitchen closed.

Best cafe Clandestino Roasters in sunshine-coast for 2016

Definitely a magical place for its atmosphere, excellent service and friendly staff. Its variety of coffees, flavors and products is another aspect that makes it unique. Definitely 100% recommended.

Staff (men not women) making and serving coffee are reserved to the point of rudeness and this has put me off after several experiences of this. Pity because the coffee is tops architecture and interior also..atmosphere is chilled.

Loved the atmosphere. The coffee was amazing. And the service very good. Definitely will return!

Best cafe Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Good quick service. Great flavour and nice outdoor seating area. A good coffee experience :)

Full flavoured, very smooth coffee. Friendly staff.

Coffee was drinkable, but left disappointed. The coffee tasted burnt as if he ran it too long under the head or the head was dirty maybe. Been here twice before and both times before, this visits were much better. If it weren't for the two previous visits, I would have given today's coffee a 4/10. Gave it a 6/10 simply because the last two times would have been closer to 8. Service was nice and atmosphere was great.

Best cafe The Colombian Coffee Co. in sunshine-coast for 2016


Foster & Black


Best cafe Foster & Black in sunshine-coast for 2016


The Pocket

Moffat Beach

Best cafe The Pocket in sunshine-coast for 2016

Coffee always good Service today sullen 😔 $5:60 Was $4:60 ? I had my 60th birthday here I expect better smiles service pls

Great location for a coffee in the morning & a Sunday afternoon beer.

Great coffee and beautiful, friendly local vibe. Always a good sign when a discerning long black drinker friend says it’s the best coffee he’s had in a long time.

Best cafe The Birds & The Beans espresso bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Wow we LOVE this cafe. We are always guaranteed an exceptional coffee. Such a cool spot too, cenfre of Buderim in an old service station. One of the friendly guys here is so passionate about the coffee and explains the tastes of each of their origins they use, and we are never disappointed. We always get a regular double shot latte. We've been to quite a few cafes on the sunny coast now, and nothing beats this place. Best coffee and so excited to have found it. Surprised its not #1 on the beanhunter list.




Best cafe CUBA ST.  in sunshine-coast for 2016

I’ve had x2 flat whites on separate days and baristas and both were really good. The coffee has a really unique flavour that’s worth going back for. Highly recommended and although I didn’t eat there the food looks great 👌

Really smooth, delicate and palate-pleasing coffee, and super friendly staff

Nice cafe near the airport, only found it by chance coffee nice


Urban Garden


Best cafe Urban Garden in sunshine-coast for 2016

We are a specialty coffee shop with our own unique house blend that is locally roasted, organic & traceable in source.We always have a seasonal single origin coffee available and all our coffee can be purchased to take home.Milk options include: Full cream, skim, lactose free, bonsoy, coconut, almond.We offer a large selection of gluten free, dairy free cakes & raw vegan treats are available.Fresh pastries delivered daily as well as bagels w/cream cheese.There is a selection of breakfast & lunch items in the cabinet as well as Food Trucks that park next to the shop to serve lunch between 11-2pm. There is parking at the rear and street parking.We are located on the ground level of the Old Courthouse Building.

Funky vibe. Great decor. Love the coffee grounds recycling opportunity for customers. Coffee was excellent; best coffee on our holiday here, so far.

Really nice place to sit and read the paper and have a coffee. The service is great and the coffee has a really nice flavour. Long after taste and is worth the drive.

Best cafe Milk and Beans Coffee House in sunshine-coast for 2016

Very nice coffee and hot chocolate to start the holidays. Muffins, Veggie roll and Egg and bacon roll were spot on. Definitely check out these guys if you need that hit! Also has 'suspended' coffees for that pay it forward option 😁

Great little find. Coffee hot the spot, the veggie stack is huge! Field mushrooms yummy as. Generous portions all round, even has a simple kids selection. Friendly folk running a nice place.

Best cafe Little Cove Coffee Co in sunshine-coast for 2016

Iced coffee was bitter wasn’t until the ice cream melted that it became sweet. The server didn’t even say hello to me. Disappointed that the beanhunter review is so high didn’t live up to its expectation.

Rubbish services bad atmosphere and a disgusting bitter flat white if you love coffee don’t come here


The Old Bean


Best cafe The Old Bean in sunshine-coast for 2016

The Original Old Bean.

Best cafe Bean There Done That Espresso Bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Italian Style Espresso, Breakfast and Lunch Menu, Quick Takeaway Coffee and Food, You can buy all the furniture and bits and pieces in the cafe, funky and fun atmosphere. House Blend and Organic Blend, Aeropress and Sell Coffee Beans.

Pretty good coffee, worth a try.

Best cafe ShotHouse Brew Bar in sunshine-coast for 2016

Popular little cafe where a competent barista turns out an enjoyable coffee from his Wega/Own roast duo.

Nice coffee, not the best locations. Friendly staff who were helpful. Happy to stop past again for a coffee

The soy FW i ordered had such amazing latte art, I thought it was a mistake. Amazing.

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