Top Cafes of 2016 - Sydney

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

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Best cafe Salvage Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Ethiopian roasted by, soon to be opening, Primary had a really attractive mix of sweet berries and clean acidity - great.

Two days of a solid Sample Columbian espresso - nicely balanced and nicely drinkable.

Literally never had a bad coffee there, which is impressive considering how often I've visited over the last few months. Their roasters and beans rotate at least once a week and are different for espresso/white/filter. Tasty, simple food too.

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in sydney for 2016

Great coffee, very friendly staff, cool vibe. Did I mention that the coffee is great?

Great coffee with warm and friendly service to match. A hidden gem as it is certainly in an odd place. Definitely will be back.

Excellent coffee! Odd place inside a hardware store, with enjoyable sitting places outside. Very friendly service. Absolutely worth to seek out!

Best cafe Artistry Coffee Craft Co. in sydney for 2016

Strong Ethiopia long black. Not too bitter, great cup of coffee!

Distinct strawberry tone to the Ethiopian espresso, tinged with a darker edge on cooling - nice. Strong flavour to FW.

Best cafe 18 GRAMS Coffee Project in sydney for 2016

Been here a few times and they consistently do a good coffee. They are open 7 days a week, even during public holidays when other cafes are close! A haven for those desperate for a good cup of coffee on a lazy day. A large almond milk cappuccino cost $4.50. My request for "extra hot with extra chocolate sprinkles on top" are always met. Plus they give you these yummy bite size cookies for free with your coffee. This is where I go for coffee in Hurstville if my preferred Campos place isn't open.

Great for takeaway. Not much room for sit down. Good coffee and friendly, efficient staff.

Had my large almond milk cappuccino made with their featured single origin - El Salvador. A mid-roast with a smooth and creamy mouth-feel. Aroma a mixture of burnt figs and cacao, finishing with a nice crispness. Extra kudos for my always making my coffee "extra hot with extra chocolate sprinkles on top", just how I like it. #Hurstville #18GramsCoffeeProject #SingleOriginBean #ElSalvador #AlmondMilkCappuccino

#6

Lime Espresso

Sydney CBD

Best cafe Lime Espresso in sydney for 2016

Still my favourite all round take away coffee and toast in the city. Amazing people and coffee right by work

So hard to find places like this in the city, absolutely bang on coffee professional with a good menu to match. Good vibes a plus

Serious coffee, delicious looking food, and super friendly service.

Best cafe The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in sydney for 2016

Overall great experience...great coffee!!

Had a great long black here. Lovely flavour.

Best cafe Cavalier Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Real sweet fruity feel to the Ethiopian double thy just expanded on cooling. Flat white finisher was solid.

Exceptional filter, lots of tropical fruits. Espresso was light and super sweet. Exceptional

Disciple natural Guatemalan espresso was a nice juicy number that lingered on the palette. Well-made FW to finish.

#9

Coffee Alchemy

Marrickville

Best cafe Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Ethiopian espresso had a sweetness to start with some acidity coming through at the end - nice. The FW was way tasty.

Best cafe Swallow Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Equipment LaMarzocco Linear PB Mythos One Grinder EK43 with custom twin doser Batch Brewer Tiamo Cold Drip

Good coffee. I ordered a flat white, which was well made and the blend was reasonably nice. Would happily get coffee here again.

Coffee was fantastic (pour over, wife: skim cap). Food and service was great, but food came a little slow. These people deserve your money in exchange for coffee.

Service is fab. Very knowledgeable owner, happy to answer any questions asked about coffee. Always buy my beans from these guys. Latte always steamed to perfection but also THE BEST cold drip I’ve had in a long time! Amazing flavours!

#11

Cream & Co.

Chipping Norton

Best cafe Cream & Co. in sydney for 2016

Great coffee, great atmosphere and really nice and friendly staff. It was packed but we were sorted out very quickly for a table. The only problem we had is my wife always asks for fried egg whites without the yolk and we’re always happy to pay extra. This chef must be the only chef in Sydney who couldn’t manage it..! I’m going to buy him an egg separator from Coles for Xmas...

Still the best cafe in Liverpool area. Coffee and food always on point. A must try when in the area.

Delightful capp. w great selection of choices for breakfast menu

Best cafe Artificer Coffee in sydney for 2016

Sort of peachy feel to the well balanced Kenyan espresso - clean but juicy. Guatemalan filter had a buttery mouthfeel and pervading mild carmel - very drinkable.

Great coffee and there is a reason this place rates so highly. Cool setup and a team that clearly knows what they are doing. Definitely worth a visit.

Best cafe Pusher Espresso Bar in sydney for 2016

I been away in Qld for a week. So Pusher was my first port of call - great coffee best staff perfect breakfast - I just could not find a coffee up their that was as good maybe it was the humidity. So thanks for being here when I got back love you guys and your coffee.

Coffee Heaven, soy latte perfection. Friendly and accommodating. Closed Sundays. Great street vibe.

Great coffee shop with cool vibes and incredibly friendly staff! A great location on Oxford street with indoor and outdoor seating. I ordered a Long Black and it was decent. No special flavors or notes, but very drinkable. Definitely going to come back for another try, and maybe a Milk coffee.

Best cafe Ritual Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Very enjoyable experience, coffee smooth and sweet, perhaps work a extra shot

Great vibe even better coffee. Had a 3/4 strong flat white and a V60 pour over on Ethiopia. Both were delicious

Best cafe The Diver Cafe in sydney for 2016

Little Marionette CoffeeTippety TeasLa Marzocco Linea Classic

I’d move here for this coffee, barista is friendly, location is amazing and service is faultless

This is a fun a very unassuming Cafe. I know it’s at the corner of the lights but worth checking out!! The turmeric latte was great.

Coffee was really good, just a little bit hot. Nice atmosphere with a great view of the south of Coogee. Excellent service

Best cafe Barefoot Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Generous volume of water for the Ethiopian espresso, clean lime'y tone to start but bittered on the aftertaste.

Great coffee, funky cafe, friendly staff.

Best cafe TopHat Coffee Merchants in sydney for 2016

I like what they do with their piccolos here. The little tumbler of sparkling water served as a palette cleanser is a nice touch. The blend was a little earthy and acidic, with a long, lingering finish. One of the nicer coffee outlets in Clovelly in my opinion.

Best cafe John Smith Cafe in sydney for 2016

Great coffee and food. Very professional staff, thank you

Love this place. Service is always more than excellent and quality food.

Coffee, atmosphere, service. Tick, tick, tick. Great experience but a team that truly cares.

Best cafe SteamTank Coffee in sydney for 2016

Small batch espresso started like ripe blueberries with a nice bit of acidity. Let down somewhat by aftertaste becoming fairly bitter. FW was well made Always enjoy a visit here

Friendly, efficient & committed staff. Barista pulled a lovely S.O. espresso of Ethiopian origin. Would have preferred a darker roast but just personal preference. Coffee extracted well with lovely rich crema. Nice complexity.

Nicely done tiny cafe in handy location. Only one size cup with beautiful design. Ordered a capp - was ok, thicker froth would've been good

#20

Sample

Surry Hills

Best cafe Sample in sydney for 2016

Espresso on a Kenyan was nicely balanced with an acidic treat at the end. Nutty tasting FW followed. Despite the roadworks, still very busy.

Been a while since I have been here and I was not disappointed with my visit. Smooth coffee, friendly staff and a cool set up. What more could you ask for.

Best cafe waffle co. in sydney for 2016

Thinking you guys have changed your name but previously you didn’t hit the mark for me, but recently you guys have changed your name and stepped up the game hands down the best dirty chai I’ve had in a long time the large cup that you don’t want to end.

#22

Mrs P's

Burwood

Best cafe Mrs P's in sydney for 2016

Nice cup of coffee in a cool little hole in the wall type of place. I felt right at home and even took the paper bag off my face I felt so comfortable although because of the narrow walkway I tripped over one of my tentacles and knocked the knives and forks off a table. Extra points for the stylish facial hair of the barista and I won’t even dock points for being in Sydney because the music was cool. Seven and seven ninths thumbs up /@$

Mecca blend for espresso, had maybe a bit of green apple - nice. Flat white was well made and went down well. Enjoyed the coffee conversation.

Excellent cosy little cafe. Flat white and cappuccino always good and tasty. Staff are warm and knowledgeable. Food also quick and great. Our go to in this part of the world.

#23

Story

Lane Cove

Best cafe Story   in sydney for 2016

Established by Jean Demirjian in 2012

Friendly service. Nice full bodied long black (I chose the blend rather than single origin). Interesting cup with only half a handle. Open early.

Great little coffee spot with the best coffee in town and lovely staff. I buy their beans to take home sometimes. It’s a shame they are only open for short trading hours

Best cafe elbow room  in sydney for 2016

Shot on Mecca Guatemalan was a bit close to bittersville for my taste. FW was good

Costa Rican from Edition made me think of nectarines with a bit of dark chocolate - seriously likeable. No nonsense with the FW to-go.

Columbian espresso from Supreme made me think of candied orange peel and dark choc - nice. Flatty also none too bad.

Best cafe Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Espresso on a Mexican bean had a bitterness cloud over the hidden sweet acidity - alright. FW also wasn't the greatest I've had here.

Yet to find a better coffee in Sydney. Beautiful

Consistently good coffee, even when they are very busy.

Best cafe Bay Ten Espresso in sydney for 2016

The espresso on Whitehorse had some stone fruit gear going on to start but became rather bitter. The milk in the FW was well cared for.

White Horse for the espresso had a nice lash of acidity over dark chocolate. Takeaway FW was a bit warm. Haven’t been here for a while now they don’t open Saturdays. Still busy.

Best cafe Ristretto and Co in sydney for 2016

Came for a lunch date during the week. It took a long time to be served, even though they were not that busy. Waiters weren't rude but just gave up a feel like they didn't want to be there. Coffee was good, would grab coffee here again.

No doubt is the best option in the area, and could easily be in the top 10 cafes in Sydney. Coffee is made with care and expertise and atmosphere is really cool

Been coming here for years and I come every day before work and on the weekends! Coffee has been amazing all this time! Absolutely best cafe around!

Best cafe The Steam Engine in sydney for 2016

Excellent coffee and a great yet simple menu that effortlessly caters for many dietary requirements without making a big thing of it. I chose to put the Costa Rica single origin with my flat white. The barista seemed allergic to this (so often the case here in Australia), but I assure you, it works. With milk it had flavours like liquorice and blackcurrant toffee.

Great coffee right at the station. They do $2 stand up espressos.

Real smooth Costa Rican espresso, nicely balanced with a hint of ending acidity - very good. The cold brew that was so distinctly mango and chewy - delicious. A solid flat white rounded out a great coffee experience.

Best cafe Roastville Coffee in sydney for 2016

Good coffee. Well made, not exceptional but still quite nice. The cafe has a nice vibe as well.

Coffee wasn’t bad. Nothing amazing but nothing undrinkable either. Service was a bit hit and miss.

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