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

Juicy sweet Ethiopian from Wood and Co was even better the second day - real nice. Accompanying FWs smooth and flavoursome.

Artificer Ethiopian was very drinkable, went down well. Flatty great as usual.

The Kenyan espresso had a lovely sweetness to start and a nicely balanced fruitiness to follow - seriously tasty in a big cup. Refreshing cola feel to the cold brew.

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.

Best cafe Artistry Coffee Craft Co. in sydney for 2016

Great decaf, brewed to perfection. Always a good spot for a chat.

Bit of a volcanic vibe to the Sumatran espresso, some sweetness towards the end - nice. None too shabby FW to follow.

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.

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

pumping vibe & great coffee. remebered my name and order even though I've only been here a few times

Came in on a Friday and smashed an amazing bacon and egg roll and a double ris. They had an awesome Columbian single from White Horse on at the time!

Came here on a recommendation, did not disappoint - Coffee + service exceptional. Also very efficient so you wont be waiting long. More of a take away option, not really that much room to sit

Best cafe The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in sydney for 2016

Panama Gesha espresso started cocoa tasting and became more fruity but still down the down choc end of town - packed with dark flavour. FW traveller was a mixture of malt and hazelnut, it was the real star of this visit

Wush Wush as a double espresso was spectacular. Had a lovely mouthfeel and a beautiful balance of sweetness and acidity coupled with a lovely floral quality. I can't give 10s because nothing is perfect but this is just about as good as it gets – spectacular.

Another visit.... another awesome experience. In my cup? Nekisse from 90+

Best cafe Cavalier Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Round Hill Roastery Ethiopian as a diluted espresso had a lovely buttery mouthfeel and a subtle berry(?) nuttiness. Espresso on same had an attractive additional acidity with more citrus - real nice. Flatty chaser was bang on.

Wush Wush (washed Ethiopian) as a diluted espresso had a clean mild fruity vibe. As an espresso more grapefruit'y, still clean and balanced with a moreish aftertaste. Real nice

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

#9

Coffee Alchemy

Marrickville

Best cafe Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Friendly Japanese staff. But they charged me extra 50 cents for double shot and gave me single shot espresso........ Sad. coffee was good.

Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. But a bit of unsatisfied flavour in my coffee. Should be better in next visit.

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

New barista at the helm ..still a great t/a coffee w nicely textured milk

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.

Best cafe Artificer Coffee in sydney for 2016

Had a nicely brewed Kenyan batch the other day. It was good!

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.

Best cafe Pusher Espresso Bar in sydney for 2016

was very impressed with this place. 10 out of 10 for the coffee and the service! The barrista waited until I had returned from the bathroom and then made my coffee instead of letting it sit there cold. It was an outstanding experience and recommend them highly. I even took my friends here who were visiting from os and they loved it!

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.

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'm a regular here because of the delicious coffee and lovely service, and the beautiful view of Coogee. I work in Surry Hills but I still choose here to have my coffee each morning as it's so good!

Intrigued by the cortado...I went in...it was delicious...a lot like my favourite piccolo but with less foam

Another amazing brew this morning...strong latte followed by a double ristretto...perfect way to start the morning.

Best cafe Barefoot Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

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.

Great coffee, funky cafe, friendly staff.

Best cafe TopHat Coffee Merchants in sydney for 2016

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.

I take my hat off to you sir What a great little hole in the wall. Great coffee. Great service. Great food. Recommend. Pulled pork sandwich. Jaffles Avo smash 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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

Honestly don't have a single complaint. A delicious latte, served with a smile and good follow-up service as well. Nice outdoor seating along the footpath.

Best cafe SteamTank Coffee in sydney for 2016

Love this place. Although it's a stand up espresso bar in a station, it has a great vibe. We have been here numerous times and the coffee is great, no matter what you order. Service is quick and friendly - best coffee in the area and possibly for most of the north shore. One of our favourites.

Lovely smooth well extracted coffee. Next time I will order a double shot. Very friendly and quick service.

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

#20

Sample

Surry Hills

Best cafe Sample in sydney for 2016

Very nice Kenyan espresso with a clean balanced flavour - memorable. Flatty was on point

Ethiopian shot had a keen bit of crema, pervading green apple feel, overall balanced with a clean finish. Good temp and taste for FW. Sample are one of my favourite roasters

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

Best cafe waffle co. in sydney for 2016

Another lovely stop off on what is going to be a long, coffee fuelled day. The long black (short long) was juicy, sweet and syrupy. As always in this place, a different face, but the service is always top notch. Comfortable at the bench, while listening to good music. How else would want to start your day?

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

Bolivian from Market Lane was a mix of roasty cocoa with a clean aftertaste - nice. FW was way tasty.

Sweet cocoa Seven Seeds espresso went down very nicely. Would have had a second if I didn't have to go. Smooth flatty chaser to-go. Just real nice.

Best cafe Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Excellent Sumatra single origin long black. Notes of Nutella. Excellent extraction. Go girls !!!!!

Tasty Columbian espresso had a orange air about it - nice. Solid FW followed.

Expensive, small but tasty coffee. Doesn't really pack a punch, I usually need a follow up one in the morning.

Best cafe Bay Ten Espresso in sydney for 2016

Espresso had a grapefruit vibe with may be some dark choc to close. Tasty FW to-go.

Espresso was let down by its bitter edge, slight sweetening at the end partially redeemed it. Enjoyable FW, friendly fast service as always.

Espresso was ok but I really enjoyed the FW to-go, had a bit of a malt edge to it.

Best cafe Ristretto and Co in sydney for 2016

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.

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

Best cafe The Steam Engine in sydney for 2016

Pleasant coffee and service. probably my go to place for coffee if I'm around Chatswood.

Ive had to up my rating for these guys, every morning my coffee is on point! Milk coffees are consistently chocolatey and nutty and theyre single origin blacks always surprise me with interesting flavours. Thanks again

Very tasty Kenyan espresso had an almost savoury vibe - very nice. Solid FW followed. Staff great as always.

Best cafe Roastville Coffee in sydney for 2016

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

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

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