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

They deserve to be the number 1 in Australia. Our take away cappuccino from Artificer (60% Colombia, 40% Peru) was very flavourful. What a tasting experience

Some big berries with a bit of citrus acidity backbone to the Peruvian Artificer espresso - way tasty. Next day Kenyan espresso from Sample had a sweet red currant taste and clean finish - very moreish.

I bought here coffee a few times and it was good when i got doubke shot, but last time bug disappointment. Coffee was burned. i was expecting that as i touched take away cup. Sure i wont be back here for long time. Please tech your new staff that soy milk cant be heated at the same temperature as cow milk!!! or just hire experienced staff!!! i dont even mention that i paid almost $5 for it. Half went to bin. It was undrinkable and i really tried....you lost another customer. ...

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in sydney for 2016

Hard to get too, hidden away. Seemed more like a mini canteen then a cafe and coffee was average at best.

Don’t know what all the hype is. After they sent me out a burnt espresso the first time I put a negative review on here, the owner pipes up and persuades me to come back for another try. No good. Again, burnt. If they can’t get the basic of basics right -espresso, how can they continue to produce good coffee? Is it that hard to train your baristas in the art of proper extraction? Approx 25ml/25 secs - have that for free! Or maybe the machine needs to be cleaned properly? Very very disappointing. Unfortunately a sad reflection of most cafes in Sydney that think if they have a good Instagram following then their coffee MUST be good.

Best cafe Artistry Coffee Craft Co. in sydney for 2016

Owners are great, and the flat white is easily the best I have found in the city. Flavours are strong and smooth and the milk is perfectly textured every time. Great beans to take home too. Rotation of filter beans is always a delight as well.

Just dropped in again this week for a 3/4 flat white. Still a treat every time. The difference between a cafe and somewhere that is passionate about coffee always shows through in the cup. Looking forward to my next visit. 👍🏼👏🏼

Best cafe 18 GRAMS Coffee Project in sydney for 2016

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

So it has been a while since I visited these guys and it seems as if they have raised the game even further! I still couldn’t go past the bacon and egg roll but I managed to convince myself to try the new single and it didn’t disappoint. Ta Lime crew!

Love Lime and still thinking of it while back in the UK. Named my new Acaia scales after your place Costas. All the best your Brit customer that left in July. Pete

Back in Sydney city and staying somewhere different which opens me to new cafes. I think I have another favourite cafe. Lime has great coffee, no really great! It’s also a gourmet sandwich bar, both pre-made and on demand. These looked sensational. Local city workers drop by for coffee and a sandwich. Definitely worth the visit. I will be returning tomorrow.

Best cafe The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in sydney for 2016

Awesome cafe with a cool layout and theme inside. It's about a 10 minute walk from Central and so worth it. The coffee itself lived up to all its anticipation.

Columbian Sidra (new varietal to me) double espresso was juicy with some lemon acidity and rich dark sweetness as it cooled - really enjoyed.

Great quality coffee served by friendly staff. One of the best coffees in Sydney!

Best cafe Cavalier Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Marvel columbian espresso was marmalade and maybe some more bitter roast nuts. Well made take away FW.

Marvell street Columbian initially had an almost balsamic vinegar flavour that morphed into a caramel finish - very nice. Sterling flatty followed

Columbian batch was seriously nice with a buttery mouthfeel, some caramel and some milder fruit - one of the better batch brews I’ve had. Savoury umami and red berries to the espresso

#9

Coffee Alchemy

Marrickville

Best cafe Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Just perfect. Had the cold brew and it was on point as usual. Today there were soft and subtle caramel tones with a lingering underipe apricot to finish. Surprisingly cohesive 👌🏻

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get here, the Peruvian espresso didn’t disappoint - bright acidity with some darker roasting notes. Flatly traveller was also spot on.

Rwandan espresso had a silky mouthfeel and minimally acidity but attractive roasted peach vibe - real nice

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

Kenyan espresso on Zest beans had some strong grapefruit action going on to start, slightly let down by a more bitter ending. Enjoyed the takeaway FW

Favourite local cafe! Best coffee in Rockdale by far and delicious food options. Staff are very friendly and attentive, it’s only made it easy for me to become a regular. Thanks Swallow!

They recently changed roaster from single o to Zest and upgraded grinder and machine. Coffee tastes even better now and service is always consistently good.

#11

Cream & Co.

Chipping Norton

Best cafe Cream & Co. in sydney for 2016

Great coffee, selection of milk choices and great service! Definitely recommend👌🏽

Pretty tasty and warm w lovely service and rosetta. Thank you!

Best cafe Artificer Coffee in sydney for 2016

Fruity, minimally acidic espresso on the Kenyan went down nicely. As usual great milk-work on the flat white finisher.

Kenyan espresso was excellent, a deliciously clean sweet fruity shot. Take away flat white was also grand.

Brilliant coffee, hands down.

Best cafe Pusher Espresso Bar in sydney for 2016

Amazing coffee, great friendly staff and overall nice cafe to sit and relax absolute favourite.

Great service - one of the best toasties in ages!! Piccolo bang on!!

Best cafe Ritual Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Best cafe The Diver Cafe in sydney for 2016

Little Marionette CoffeeTippety TeasLa Marzocco Linea Classic

Coffee average - skim latte, too milky not enough punch. However, relatively smooth and not bitter. Service quick and friendly.

Coffee is inconsistent according to who's making. Most days coffee is ok but only 1 day in a week a barista made spot on. Kitchen is a joke. I ordered eggs on toast and waited 15 minutes and all that came out of the kitchen before was 3 bacon and egg rolls. The toast was not toast and eggs were dry and I could do better at home and I could not finish.

Best cafe Barefoot Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Ecuador espresso had maybe some vanilla beans with a dash of citrus acidity - enjoyed

Marvel St Columbian for the espresso was alright with some red apple but bittered strongly on the finish Different Columbian for the batch was fruity, juicy and finished cleanly

Best cafe John Smith Cafe in sydney for 2016

Great coffee, food and atmosphere. Zetland and Alexandria need more places like this.

Really really good coffee. Great burgers. Great place.

Best cafe SteamTank Coffee in sydney for 2016

Mecca Peruvian had an attractive acidity to start and then something sweeter and more caramel to finish. Takeaway flat white was also pretty damn good

Wood & co Brazilian for the espresso was great - light acidity, bit of nectarine and molasses finish. Nice malty feel to the well-temperature flat white to-go

#20

Sample

Surry Hills

Best cafe Sample in sydney for 2016

Espresso tasty but let down a little by increasing bitterness on the aftertaste. Takeaway FW tasted nutty and was rather good.

Espresso was ok but the Kenyan batch was something special, deliciously sweet and fruity - real good.

Columbian espresso had a tannic feel that edged towards a more bitter ending Ethiopian filter was fairly bitter, I didn’t finish.

Best cafe waffle co. in sydney for 2016

Now called the Brew Lab Cafe, it’s a relaxed atmosphere, coffee is rich and silky. All in all pretty darn good.

Don’t love the bean they use here - a bit bland. But the consistency from the barista in terms of delivering a clean, balanced espresso with smooth milk is high. Also found the staff very friendly.

#22

Mrs P's

Burwood

Best cafe Mrs P's in sydney for 2016

Cute little cafe, friendly staff. I found the coffee had a fruity taste to it which I did not like.

George and the crew at Mrs P's always deliver. Outstanding single origin doppio with perfect extraction. #lifeistooshortfor$hitcoffee Thanks guys!

Great coffee! Staff were friendly and attentive. Atmosphere was a bit average - could do with a bit of a make over.

#23

Story

Lane Cove

Best cafe Story   in sydney for 2016

Established by Jean Demirjian in 2012

Great little nook with fantastic coffee

Best cafe elbow room  in sydney for 2016

An almost spearmint edge to the espresso on a Market Lane Ethiopian, finished cleanly - nice Flatly traveller went down well

I had expected more from the # 2 of Australia (as per Bean hunter). Our cappuccino did not have enough flavour.

Espresso had some interesting tart apple that coated the mouth and lingered long. Flatty traveller was pretty tasty if a little warmer than perfect

Best cafe Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Javan espresso had a nice fruity acidity - real nice. FW was also bang on

Coffee was awesome . Double piccolo went down smooth as.

Amongst the best coffee you'll find anywhere (and I mean the world) The focus here is coffee and nothing else! Cappuccino (whay I have) is excellent, and most importantly, consistently so.

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.

Espresso was on a blend that gave a fairly blended flavour, was alright I love the space here.

Best cafe Ristretto and Co in sydney for 2016

Consistently good coffee, and the menu offers great variety. Staff are on point at all times. Welcoming and attentive from the moment you walk through the door. Must try if you are in the area.

Got takeaway coffee from the store and had a great conversation with the barista about the variety of almond milk available across Sydney cafes. The staff are knowledgeable about making great tasting coffees with almond milk as they listed all the flavor profiles of multiple almond milk brands. The MilkLabCo almond milk was just as described by the barista, creamier than Almond Breeze Barista Blend and a lot better than the So Good Unsweeten almond milk. The overall coffee was very smooth. One of the best I ever had (which is not many tbh). Cannot comment on the price as my friend picked up the tab. Order: Weak Almond Latte (made with MilkLabCo almond milk)

Best cafe The Steam Engine in sydney for 2016

This is the best coffee I have ever had. Amazing customer service; very friendly and knowledgeable staff! I tried a long black coffee that I never usually have because it’s too bitter but the one they recommended has change my view on coffee. I’m gluten free and usually pretty fussy. As far as food goes, The Steam Engine had some great gluten free options for me as well. Top notch!

oh goodness me.. silly me to come into this place and not expect mouth heaven. the short hair man behind their machine make me long black on Brazilian bean and I thinking when he say he’s doing it that it might be dark and maybe a bit bitter.. wrong! I can’t believe how creamy and sweet and vanilla/nutty it was.. like wow! Thank you short hair man you make my day (and of course Brazil too!)

Guatemala has a sweet caramel middle with a slightly bitter edge. Really liked the takeaway FW

Best cafe Roastville Coffee in sydney for 2016

Nice place, great atmosphere and service. Coffee is awesome and the food is great and well priced.. Enjoyed it

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