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

Way tasty Guatemalan Artificer espresso had a fair whack of sweet acidity like a lime marmalade.

Enjoyed the Kenyan espresso, it had a lovely mix of acidity and sweetness. Change of ownership has caused some disruption but this shot shone through.

Espresso started ok but finished with a somewhat odd vegetal aftertaste. The fruity sweetness to the takeaway batch to start, didn’t have an overly clean finish.

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. 👍🏼👏🏼

Reformatory beans for a washed Columbian espresso had a tasty bit of acidity across a more rounded chocolate backbone - nice. Smooth mouthfeel for the Ethiopian pour over coupled with a lovely balance of sweet, clean fruit and citrus acidity - real nice. Washed Panama Gesha for another pour over had a mighty fine orange and passion fruit flavour


Lime Espresso

Sydney CBD

Best cafe Lime Espresso in sydney for 2016

Best cafe The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in sydney for 2016

Natural Ethiopian espresso started with a roasty Maillard reaction feel, the promised black tea became clear at the finish. 90+ Panama Gesha yellow natural - initial buttery mouthfeel, passion fruit then other fruits - lovely mixed bowl of fruit without being over the top. Some nice coat-the-mouth acidity on the aftertaste

Great place to stop and grab a quality blend - in the heart of surry hills / central district.

Best cafe Cavalier Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Cacao nibs all round for the Marvell Street Nicaraguan spro, more brown sugar on the finish - tasty shot. Batch was full bodied, stone fruit, clean finish - rather nice.

Faultless. Peeps who care about the quality of the product. Great team. Amazing food: taste sensations. Love the new space. Great work @cavalier2.0

Marvell St Columbians for the espresso and batch. Espresso had a nice balance of some dark chocolate and grapefruit. Batch made me think cranberries/black currants


Coffee Alchemy


Best cafe Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Espresso on a Columbian has some nice plums over cocoa backbone with some interesting acidity thrown. Pour over on natural Ethiopian was tasty fruity, bittered a little on the aftertaste but still went down well. I really like the teaspoons here

Healthy looking crema to the Rwandan espresso, lovely ginger biscuit start Natural Ethiopian for the pour over was cleanly bold in flavour

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

Great service,staff were friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. The eggs benny and açai bowl were delightful, next time I’d try the single origin coffee for a stronger tasting coffee but that’s more personal preference. Good range of milk choices including Bonsoy and milk lab.

Excellent cafe located near the train station. Nice, relaxed atmosphere. The coffee is good; smooth and not too bitter.

The service, food and coffee here is always top notch.


Cream & Co.

Chipping Norton

Best cafe Cream & Co. in sydney for 2016

I travel all over Sydney for work. I’m so lucky this is my local. The coffee is always a high standard no matter which barista makes it. Seems on our travels my wife and I are always comparing the coffee we have to here. And are usually left thinking “we’d rather cream & co”. Especially if you have light milk as we do. Somehow they manage to get a creaminess others can’t. With most light milk ends up making a watery coffee. Not here. Food is always good quality, made with care and well presented. Not a huge menu but always something for any taste. If you want take away coffee. Their quick too. Without sacrificing quality.

The service is outstanding. The coffee is just incredible- can’t be beaten. And their food is wonderful. So lucky to have this quality so close to home.

Travelling back home from Sydney airport we decided to check out Beanhunter and up came Cream & Co. Coming off the M5 google maps took us an exploratory trip through the “burbs” and we landed here. Great coffee, a very good selection of food including the apple turnover and friendly service. Well worth the stopover.

Best cafe Artificer Coffee in sydney for 2016

Not particularly impressed. Fashionable yet slightly uncomfortable seating. Call me old-fashioned but I enjoy a cushioned chair. Propped up against the hard wall I struggled to read the book I bought and enjoy my espresso as other customers spilled over the edges of the premise (perhaps my error in judgement in bringing a book). Despite this the service was warm and friendly! The coffee was on the thin side; it lacked the rich, woody and earthy taste I enjoy and left me a little depressed and craving a decent espresso. However, this is a personal preference. Location wise the cafe is surrounded by beautiful leafy trees and escapes the hustle and bustle of neighbouring Crown St.

Great variety of expressos and filters being served up here. Worth a sit down and watching the local neighbouring happenings go by, even if just for a short break. High quality service too.

Bit of a strawberry feel dashed with acidity for the Ecuador espresso Batch became very tasty-sweet on cooling - stayed clean until the end

Best cafe Pusher Espresso Bar in sydney for 2016

Delicious, quick, convenient for on the go - however not my place for a long sit in lunch.

These guys are the best- excellent coffee & fresh delicious muffins. Great team!

Best cafe Ritual Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Coffe as you would expect for Gabriel branded. Milk was creamy and not too heavy so balanced well. Service was quick and no minimum for using card which was great. Only downside was Hard to find parking, but you could get lucky on the day.

Best cafe The Diver Cafe in sydney for 2016

Little Marionette CoffeeTippety TeasLa Marzocco Linea Classic

Coffee was reasonable to drink but slightly bitter. Food was average - breakfast burrito was just a mix of flavours that didn’t make anything special together. Also had açai bowl which was an odd sweet flavour (similar o bubble gum) The service speed was fine but the staff just seemed apathetic and so vibe is bland (except for a guy who was covered in tattoos, face included - he made it feel like he was happy to have you there)

Just a visitor to Coogee. Had a great coffee at The Diver. I would definitely go back again

Best cafe Barefoot Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

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

Espresso was ok with maybe a bit of chocolate but fairly blended up - it was a blend after all. Batch was the highlight with some clean applely fruit gear going on.

Best cafe TopHat Coffee Merchants in sydney for 2016

Great coffee and love the arvo smash

Best cafe John Smith Cafe in sydney for 2016

Espresso was a fairly gutsy number, as you expect for an Natural Ethiopian (from Barrel One). Sweetened on cooling, with something red grape like. Washed Ethiopian (another Barrel One) had pleasing buttery mouthfeel

The Eggs Benedict here is incredible - I have tried two types on their menu so far and both have been amazing. The venue is great and the service is great. The coffee was ok - a bit too weak for my liking.

Best cafe SteamTank Coffee in sydney for 2016

Mecca Kenya for the double espresso was an attractive mix between grapefruit and dark chocolate with a sneaky bit of sweetness appearing as it cooled Mecca Batch Honduran was clean and sweetly balanced.

Wood and Co Ethiopian espresso was a darker tasting number while not overly bitter was fairly robust Wood and Co Ethiopian batch was good but not up there with the best I’ve had here



Surry Hills

Best cafe Sample in sydney for 2016

Smooth flat white hit the spot .. recommended

Sweet, vibrant washed Kenyan for the espresso - had an interesting slightly astringent mouthfeel, sort of drying of the back of the lips Same beans for the filter gave a sensationally bright, sweet, fruity cup - real good.

Best espresso in the area with the delicious Gabriel beans and expert, jovial Barista. Service safe seem to lack active listening ability and order can be stilted and verging on frustration. You will be rewarded with persistence though


Mrs P's


Best cafe Mrs P's in sydney for 2016

George and the team at Mrs. P's are always warm and welcoming. Add to that the consistent eye for detail making sure the coffee is delivered to a high standard and the always tasty food, that makes this the best cafe in the Burwood / Strathfield area.

I always order a strong flat white. Cup was well made, full bodied and slightly bitter aftertaste which is how I like it. Will come back for a cup when I’m in Burwood.



Lane Cove

Best cafe Story   in sydney for 2016

Established by Jean Demirjian in 2012

Best cafe elbow room  in sydney for 2016

Caramel and dark chocolate mixed some interesting acidity for the Ethiopian espresso Batch was pretty good

Only ok for the Ethiopian espresso. Batch was different story with rich Ribena vibe.

Tightish shot for the Mecca espresso came across as dark chocolate with an acidic lip buzz. Mecca Kenyan for the batch ticked the boxes

Best cafe Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Best longblacks and cold brew coffee I’ve had in the CBD. Lots of great bean varieties for home coffee. Always a must when traveling to the city!

Great coffee. Just go for the coffee. If that’s what you’re after, then go here.

Best cafe Bay Ten Espresso in sydney for 2016

Didn’t realise I never left a review... I love my long black made with the White Horse coffee beans. These guys at Bay10 definitely know what they are doing!

Lovely atmosphere, good coffee and wonderful food

Been wanting to try this place for sometime just waiting for my next Sydney visit. Coffee was a bit ordinary asked about it. Re ordered a double shot. Was ok but not special. Atmosphere and staff are also ok. Maybe I was hoping for to much. Definitely worth a try but wouldn’t rush here

Best cafe Ristretto and Co in sydney for 2016

Great little place, coffee was amazing. Highly recommend

Lovely. Small flat white. Quality flavour. Barista makes excellent quality coffee. Campos beans used.

Campos washed Ethiopian espresso had some grape-heavy acidity and a more nutty finish - real nice. They were kind enough to redo my espresso on the single rather than the Superior blend. Cold brew on ice was an easy-drinker

Best cafe The Steam Engine in sydney for 2016

A savoury number for the Washed Ecuador espresso - finished clean and tasty. Batch was fruity

Spicey Myanmar natural for the espresso, had a winey vibe - usual but good Red honey processed Toby’s Costa Rican for the batch had fruit upfront but became more bitter on the aftertaste

I've been here twice. The first time the coffee was about 8/10. This time the shot wasn't the best. However, these guys get top marks for being friendly and welcoming. I'd definitely go back.

Best cafe Roastville Coffee in sydney for 2016

Great almond flat white and good service

Great choice of beans! Out of the two long black beans, both pretty great. One was prefect for what I like but. Side note: get the dirty bird Benedict

Great V60, tried the natural Colombia whichwas roasted t perfection. Very sweet a bit of acidity and the bitterness was on spot. I sat outside and Sydney weather was kind to me for 2 hour 😁. Cost 7$ the only concern.

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