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

Washed Ethiopian espresso was all lemon sherbet to start, became more of a fruit salad as it went.

Peaches-a-plenty in the Brazilian espresso, finished cleanly extraction seemed near perfect. Flat white went down very well.

Dark chocolate and sour cherries for the Brazilian espresso, had a lovely aftertaste. Cold brew was the best coffee I’m every going to get on a plane

Best cafe Cafe Without A Name in sydney for 2016

Espresso on house blend (mix of Columbians) had a thick crema, was underwhelmingly bitter to start, did go a bit dark choc on cooking but not up there with some of the shots I’ve had here.

Don’t know what all the fuss is about with this place? My flat white was honestly a little burnt and my wife’s soy cap was overheated so the milk separated. Had high hopes but was really disappointed...

Thanks for the constant fantastic coffee, no better way to start a monday. Coffee made with love.

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

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

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

Best cafe The Reformatory Caffeine Lab in sydney for 2016

Any cafe that plays old-school Batman cartoons behind the barista scores high in my book! Quick and friendly service, and the coffees pretty good too!

Best cafe Cavalier Specialty Coffee in sydney for 2016

Excellent coffee but it’s VERY expensive. It’s the only cafe on the North Shore where the price of a coffee starts with a 5...

Marvel beans for an espresso that was all sour cherries, a bit like a lambic beer. I liked it. Sterling FW to close

Columbian espresso with nice berry acidity upfront, a darker sweetness to follow and a mouth drying visit - rather nice. Flatty to-go was on point.

#9

Coffee Alchemy

Marrickville

Best cafe Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Best coffee I have had the world over. Even after all the copious amounts of coffee I have here I have still never ever been disappointed. On point every time!

Had an incredible double ristretto piccolo here, perfect acidity and lightly roasted flavour. Excellent

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

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!

Favourite cafe in the area. Baristas and kitchen staff are always friendly. Coffee is amazing! Using a blend from Single O roasters and delicious singles from ZEST.

Visited on Easter Friday for breakfast and Coffee. I had high expectations based on the fantastic reviews, but found the whole experience disappointing (....I won't include the breakfast review here as this is all about the coffee). I ordered my usual large almond milk cappuccino, extra hot with extra chocolate sprinkles on top ($4.50). My coffee was good, definitely above average, but there was nothing unique or particularly special to grab my attention. Not sure if this is because I had an excellent coffee prior from a different cafe and it skew my palate. Ok’ish in its attempt to be extra hot, but they hit my pet peeve by only filling up my keep cup ¾ full. Might give it another try when I haven’t already had a coffee.

#11

Cream & Co.

Chipping Norton

Best cafe Cream & Co. in sydney for 2016

It was pretty good. A bit bitter for once which was interesting , different barista at helm w good latte art

Best cafe Artificer Coffee in sydney for 2016

Alchemy and Artificer are Sydney’s finest!

Best cafe Pusher Espresso Bar in sydney for 2016

Thanks - just another perfect coffee/breakfast/service its go to make fore a Perfect Day

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

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

Long black was good, cappuccino was perfection!! Staff are the salt of the earth!! Great people!!! Right off the beach!! Must go in Coogee!!!

The owner needs to work a lot on her maths? And less on her mouth ....she doesn’t give the correct change or charge the correct price ....and doesn’t ring the money through the POS which will give you the amount of change required ...she just opens the draw Hmmmm How ever do you balance your books? Let alone the Till? Makes me question if the staff a paid an award wage with superannuation? And if all the money is declared? But all that aside the coffee is really really good ...but it does depend on the barista Coffees ordered star rated Macchiato *** Espresso *** Late *. ( hit and miss) Cap **

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

Best cafe Barefoot Coffee Traders in sydney for 2016

awesome offering given size, long blacks always on point post a dip in the ocean!

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

Best cafe John Smith Cafe in sydney for 2016

Columbian espresso had a nice tingling acidity but an underlying sourness detracted from what could have been - good not great.

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

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

Where do I begin... I have been a regular customer of SteamTank for almost as long as they have been open. As a budding coffee enthusiast back then, I am so glad I lived in a place called Hornsby near these absolute coffee gods. While there have been staff changes from the OG line up, the service and customer experience has never wavered. I personally love a batch brew: and with their roster of sample roasters and Mecca masterpieces, the palate has a new experience every time that you join the team for a cuppa. While it would be lovely for them to expand to have sitting area, their niche hole in the wall style has been something people of Hornsby have come to know and love about the SteamTank experience. As a young man at 17, when things were tricky at home, SteamTank became a little home away from home. With the warmth of a well balanced and exciting batch brew, and the pleasure of their company I will always hold SteamTank as the place I truly discovered my love of Coffee. Thank you SteamTank, and I will forever be a loyal customer!

Brazilian from Supreme for the double espresso was at the chocolately end of town with a clean finish. Take away FW had spot on temp, texture and taste.

#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

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.

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

El Salvador from Proud Mary was rather unusual with a flavour I associate with cumquats from when I was a kid - sort of sour citrus with a bit of sweetness at the end - enjoyed drinking. FW was good

Amazing cold drip & food. I highly recommend

Visited in December 2017 and had a soy cappuccino . They serve 5 Senses' Dark Horses blend for their coffee. I've never had this brand before. As the name suggests, the coffee has a dark intense flavour. Not as aromatic as the other blends I've had, and there was a hint of citrus/sourness after taste....which I wasn't sure about. But that after taste could be because I wasn't feeling 100% that day. Might have to try the coffee again in 2018. Overall, a nice coffee, but not one I would go out of my way to have again. #ChatswoodCoffee #ElbowRoom #5SensesDarkHorse #AlmondCappuccino

Best cafe Gumption by Coffee Alchemy in sydney for 2016

Nicaraguan espresso was a bit cloudy (mixed up) in flavour, bit of mild acidity coming through but not much else FW traveller was better with nice temp, texture and a nutty vibe

Great coffee (soy cap) and the mot efficient baristas I’ve ever seen. It’s not very cosy to sit and have a chat.

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

Good atmosphere. Had a flat white with extra shot and it needed it. But was yum. Waitress touch stressed, so not as welcoming as she could be, but they were very busy so all was forgiven.

Campos Ethiopian espresso had a thick crema, syrupy feel, and a caramelised apple flavour - enjoyed. FW ok but warmer than ideal. Always friendly here.

Campos blend well utilised and well made will b back hopefully great service too

Best cafe The Steam Engine in sydney for 2016

Washed Mexican for the espresso had a generous crema and nicely acidic feel - tasty. Sweet FW to follow. Hung around for their cupping. Enjoyed so much, there were 7 different beans to taste - just fantastic fun and amazing flavours.

Consistently the best coffee in Chatswood. Really good. 😀

What! My view of Brazilian coffees changed for ever. Had a batch brew on a natural brazil "daterra" that was just insane. so fruity and refreshing something id never experienced from that country

Best cafe Roastville Coffee in sydney for 2016

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

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

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