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

Kenyan Sample espresso had a lovely sweetness to start with some more 'roasty' notes to finish

Marvell St Columbian espresso had a bit of dark honey to it. Couple of days later same beans had some more acidity and was even better. Both days outstanding FWs.

Marvell st Columbian espresso had a nice bit of balanced sweetness and acidity with a clean finish - real nice.

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in sydney for 2016

I have not been to this café but I tasted their coffee at Quell café in Macquarie Shopping Centre. The cappus and piccolo of Frankie's beans are excellent and flavoursome based on 100% Colombian beans.

Super chilled cafe, weird location but apart from Tradies on the street it's quiet. Solid coffee and friendly staff The right price for a BNE roll!!

Great coffee. Not really any indoor seating if you want to stay awhile. There are outdoor seats.

Best cafe Artistry Coffee Craft Co. in sydney for 2016

Coffee is perfect! Ordered single origin espresso - creme was thick and unshakeable, flavour was syrup-like and wonderfully strong. Good music, staff are relaxed and polite. Such a good little spot for crows nest.

Best cafe 18 GRAMS Coffee Project in sydney for 2016

If you're in the market for cocaine or heroin then 18 grams is probably way too much. But if we're talking coffee - then congratulation goldilocks - these guys are just right. The flatty was smooth as silk and with zero wait.

If you are in Hurstville it's the place to go for a good coffee.

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.

Best cafe Coffee Bar by Espresso'd in sydney for 2016

good coffee and great service, difficult to find a park if you're driving but I guess that's pretty much that case with most places in this area

#6

Lime Espresso

Sydney CBD

Best cafe Lime Espresso in sydney for 2016

I had a really good cappuccino on Thursday this week during a quiet time at this cafe. Great ratio of espresso, milk and foam. The standard slipped slightly on Friday when I returned during a busy period. The espresso wasn't as well defined in flavour due the ratio of wet milk to foam but it was still a better coffee than 50% of coffees I've had in Sydney so not all bad!

Best cafe The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in sydney for 2016

Unbelieve experience. The Semeon Abay from 90+ is worth traveling over 700kms for. Its something to be savoured, much like everything in this coffee bar.

Gesha double shot started rich and a bit dark then on cooling opened into a lightly acidic fruity collage of flavour - real good

Best cafe Cavalier Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Rwandan from Onibus pour over started with some mild vanilla became more floral as it cooled - very drinkable. Espresso on same beans was unusual with a oyster quality - seafood thiol compound is the best I can come up with. Enjoyably surprisingly. FW was spot on.

Columbian Marvell espresso with extra hot water had watered down. Other shot of the extraction had more acidity but also some of the sweetness. Both were excellent. FW follower had a nice nutty vibe.

#9

Coffee Alchemy

Marrickville

Best cafe Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

My coffee of choice lately, at Coffee Alchemy, has been cold brew with milk. It is cool and refreshing. On a hot day it hits the spot to cool you down. On a cool day is can be sipped and savoured. 13/05/2017

The transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life. Oh and I almost forgot - they do a good coffee too.

Had a cappu at Grumption in the CBD. Excellent flavour and the service was good even while it is very busy. My favourite when I am in the CBD

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

Colombian espresso was ok, nice bit of sweetness in the middle but bittered towards the end. The flat white chaser was the highlight with some distinct hazelnut action going on, spot on temperature and a silky mouthfeel.

Never disappoints, coffee flavour is always amazing, milk textured to perfection. Paired perfectly with a house made muffin this morning. Thanks Swallow!

#11

Cream & Co.

Chipping Norton

Best cafe Cream & Co. in sydney for 2016

Lovely latte taken in before the work crowds come in ..Consistent

Best coffee. Busy morn and a bit less hot than usual which I prefer

Best cafe Artificer Coffee in sydney for 2016

Darker vibe to the espresso, while flatty had a caramelly flavour and slightly above spot on temp.

Amazing coffee, smooth as a baby bottom, and great service/ location/ vibe. Everything you dreamed of, Excellent

Espresso was deliciously sweet with a morerish acidity and clean finish - so nice

Best cafe Pusher Espresso Bar in sydney for 2016

Great coffee. Exceptional food. Cool tunes. Nice staff. I will come back here for sure

Popped in again today. The standards are staying very high. Great latte, perfect milk. Nice vibe as always.

Fabulous coffee, simple delicious healthy food, lovely fun people, Sydney's best :)

Best cafe Ritual Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Not too strong - Gabriel's coffee

Gabriel Ethiopian natural espresso dark chocolate start with some sweetness, fairly clean finish - enjoyable. Flat White was good.

coffee still great... working staff are great .... but for goodness sake keep the customers out of the kitchen ... some middle aged lycra clad lady wandering around man handling the onsides of coffee lids and other things that come in contact with food ( not to mention cleaning her phone on the tea towels ) is just bad form.

Best cafe The Diver Cafe in sydney for 2016

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A great spot to stop on our Bondi to Coogee walk. Fuelled up now for our return walk! Thanks.

Coffee here is without doubt one of the best I've had...service is spot on and the view is amazing

Best cafe Barefoot Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

Best coffee in Manly hands down. I visit each work day and have never been let down. The Marvel St beans are on point 👌

Espresso had a bit of interesting orange acidity, let down a little by the somewhat better aftertaste.

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

Best cafe TopHat Coffee Merchants in sydney for 2016

A really clean and full bodied latte - an easy 9 in my books. First time here and won't be long for a return visit. Lovely space too with simple healthy menu.

Great coffee but the service is dreadful. Rather than walk with a coffee in hand, we decided to grab a quick sit in... no such thing! Coffees ordered... at least six takeaways ordered after we placed ours and all were served and out the door before anything arrived to our table. I understand one or two, doubling up on the milk or the shots but at least six??? I questioned as to where our order was... response 'it's coming'. Not good enough. Suffice to say I won't be going back. Gordon's and the Village now have my business.

Best cafe John Smith Cafe in sydney for 2016

We truly appreciate the coffee and loved the nice simple yet rich setting of western industrial with green natural infusion under the harmonious natural sun light. The service is more than you asked for and the barista is a professional

Ethiopian espresso was a bit mixed in flavour - not one of their best. As always staff very helpful, and I still love their cups.

Lovely coffee- themed setting. The "sensual / descriptive" coffee wheel on their wall was a perfect complement to the specialised coffee brewing at this cafe. The service was exceptional with our coffees and meals being served within 5 minutes of ordering. Their flat white was flawless and their caps almost just as perfect.

Best cafe SteamTank Coffee in sydney for 2016

Awesome little hole in the wall type coffee shop. Large choice of coffee types (filter, single origins and blends) with also selling different brands and roasts of coffee beans. Offered a tasting of their filtered coffee also. Very quick service and friendly staff. Will be a regular visit when in the area.

First time here and the gentlemen was really friendly so a thumbs up. A little strange the do coffee in just the one size as wanted a large. Considering the coffee was small I would expect it to be stronger and overall found the milk to give the coffee a very milk flavour with not much if a coffee kick. Overall pleasant experience for a pick up coffee why on the move but would not go out of my way to go back.

Awesome coffee. And Mitch has the most beautiful hair in all of Hornsby. Really makes the experience!

#20

Sample

Surry Hills

Best cafe Sample in sydney for 2016

Pretty solid espresso that bittered somewhat on the aftertaste. The flat white to-go was the highlight having a creamy hazelnut vibe.

Great spot for a solid brew! Had the Kenyan batch brew and it was fruity with a very pleasant mouth feel. Quite small venue, but if you can get a seat it's a cool vibe. Friendly staff and good service! Well worth a visit!

The guys at sample know and love their customers, for the hour I was there they greeted more then half by name! Great location and cool vibes the only downer is its lack of seating and it's quite cold in winter as it's an open front! I got a long black (Ecuador) which had an acidic body. The aftertaste seemed woody with some nice notes. In all it was pleasant but not amazing. The batch brew however is worth returning for!

Best cafe waffle co. in sydney for 2016

I have missed this coffee. Bold, fruity and delicious. Came here after a great feed at another local cafe. Would recommend to anyone in the area. They need to sell this coffee in more places!

Best coffee in Penrith. As someone who lives over on the north shore, when I visit the 'home town', I need a soy latte. These guys brew a smooth, deep roast which hits the spot. So glad to have found a coffee shop in Penrith worth writing about.

Thought it only fair to come back and try again. Grungy sort of Newtown theme works well and has a relaxed atmosphere with people scattered around passing time. Staff were friendly and attentive. For me though it is mainly about the coffee. I ordered a small flat white. While I believe the flavour is probably there, it's just too big, almost double the size of other good cafes, making the single shot disappear in too much milk. Can't comment on other coffees but a smaller fw could be the simple fix to a better coffee.

#22

Mrs P's

Burwood

Best cafe Mrs P's in sydney for 2016

Always a joy going to Mrs P's. Passion for coffee is contagious. Always open for feedback ✔️

I can't really fault this place. Chuffed to have it as my local! Always consistent with the coffee - bright with citrus notes as a black coffee. The "Magic" (dbl ristretto 3/4 flat white) is the perfect way to have a white. Staff are always happy and chatty. Sometimes there is a bit of a wait for coffee due to their popularity. But who cares when the coffee is fantastic.

Outstanding taste and texture. I loved the complimentary cookie.

#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

Fairly solid PNG espresso and silky smooth flat white - both went down well.

Bright raspberry to the Panama from Fat Poppy - real nice. Smooth flat white

Earthy vibe to the espresso with some fruity fun following. Fast service even though they were packed.

Best cafe Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Good coffees, served double ristretto flat white. Medium roasted coffee beans, quite balanced flavored although was expecting stronger flavor as it was double shots

Coffee and atmosphere still worth the trip. But has success and popularly lead to a softening of service? The complimentary water is now no more, and there's an practised up-sell to a whole bottle of water - which is, unfortunately, nowhere near as pleasant an experience as the side glass of water used to be.

Solid Brazilian espresso had a bit of initial citrus flavour that became sweeter as it went on - nice. Well made Flat White. Despite being very busy coffee arrived very quickly as usual

Best cafe Bay Ten Espresso in sydney for 2016

Nicely balanced espresso with a bit of sweetness and acidity - good. FW traveller spot on temp and taste. Alway make you feel welcome here.

Little bit more bitterness to the White Horse espresso than ideal to my taste. Enjoyable FW chaser.

Espresso was okay - no fireworks no disappointment. FW also ticked the box

Best cafe Ristretto and Co in sydney for 2016

Have had coffee here twice and both times the execution has been outstanding. Very nice latte art, body and texture.

Campos Kenyan peaberry as a tight shot had a tasty potency. FW to follow was pretty good. Still my choice for coffee in Liverpool.

Panini is by far best value for money I've had at any cafe before. Delicious, wholesome and larger than I thought. Milk coffee is always great and well made.

Best cafe The Steam Engine in sydney for 2016

Honey processed Nicaraguan had a nice bit of sweetness on top of some serious vanilla bean action. Way tasty FW followed

Congo espresso a robust belter of a cup had a big taste and didn't disappoint on the finish. Unusually FW was warmer than ideal

Great find in Chatswood. Funky vibe and suitable for a quick coffee. Nice service with a smile.

Best cafe Roastville Coffee in sydney for 2016

I needed some breakfast after dropping off my car for service. It was only a short walk to Roastville, and as I hadn't been for a while, it became my destination. On this occasion, I tried the "Seasonal Mushroom Bruschetta". It was delicious and my flat white was excellent as it has been every time I have visited. 13/04/2017

Cool fit out friendly staff and well made coffee. Plenty of flavour and smooth. Roast on site.

Back again and everything was almost on point. Slight let down on service but overall a good experience.

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