Restaurant Reviews

The best cafés in Australia, city by city

Brunch and a batch brew? Avocado toast and a flat white? These are the best cafés in the country right now according to our GT 2020 Restaurant Guide.
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It’s no secret that Australia has perfected it’s café culture. The simple combination of a good breakfast and even greater coffee is one of our greatest exports in recent times. Brunch and a batch brew? Avo toast and a flat white? Here’s our quick-fire hitlist of the best cafés in Australia right now, according to our Gourmet Traveller 2020 Restaurant Guide.


Abbots and Kinney

Classic pastry technique and modern tweaks with a Venice Beach aesthetic.

What to order: Outstanding sfogliatelle.

78 Pirie St, Adelaide, (08) 7099 2210


Come for the expert barista work, stay for the all-day menu that features a whopping three-cheese and ‘nduja toasted sandwich.

What to order: Whatever the Aeropress calls for.

1-3/12-18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide, 0415 966 225


Top-notch beans from quality farms around the world, brewed in a sunny open-plan warehouse space.

What to order: Filter coffee.

9-17 Young St, Adelaide, 0450 066 216

My Kingdom for a Horse

On-site roasting ensures that whatever ends up in the cup is always a cut above the rest.

What to order: The Traffic Stopper.

191 Wright St, Adelaide, (08) 8410 7408


Cafe O-Mai

A speedy, no-fuss authentic Vietnamese café using premium produce and offering plenty of vegan options.

What to order: The ultra-flavourful vegan pho chay.

15 Cracknell Red, Annerley, (07) 3255 9778

Felix for Goodness

This good-looking CBD laneway bolthole under-promises yet over-delivers.

What to order: The crumbed pork rillettes burger.

50 Burnett Ln, Brisbane, (07) 3161 7966


Tightly run Scandinavian-leaning neighbourhood café that’s several notches above the competition.

What to order: The aptly named Forest Floor.

31 MacGregor St, Wilston, 0458 159 945



A popular, pocket-sized pit stop flaunting great flatties and stellar cold brew.

What to order: Mushroom congee.

59/30 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 0423 100 814

The Cupping Room

The home of coffee guru Saša Šestić’s world-beating brew.

What to order: The Black Betty blend.

1/1-13 University Ave, Canberra


Room For A Pony

Equal parts inventive and dependable.

What to order: Scrambled silken tofu.

338 Elizabeth St, North Hobart, (03) 6231 0508

Pigeon Whole Bakers

The Art Deco Mercury building is home to Hobart’s best bread and pastries.

What to order: The lemon tart.

32 Argyle St, Hobart


Dukes Coffee Roasters

Attitude-free coffee fanaticism complete with ethically-sourced, house-roasted beans and a couple of pastries.

What to order: Espresso, filter or pour over.

247 Flinders La, Melbourne, (03) 9417 5578

Hardware Société

Indulgent brunch (duck and burrata in the mix), plus great coffee and cocktails.

What to order: Lobster Benedict.

10 Katherine Pl, Melbourne, (03) 9078 5992


Multi-tasking café, produce store and wine shop in a marble and stone foyer.

What to order: The porchetta roll.

161 Collins St, Melbourne, (03) 9639 8264

Lune Croissanterie

Best croissants in the country and then more precision-baked goods to paralyse the decision-phobic.

What to order: The almond croissant.

119 Rose St, Fitzroy

Maker and Monger

Cheese toasties and other cheeserelated eats from Melbourne’s premier cheese guy, Anthony Femia.

What to order: Swiss raclette toastie.

Stall 25, Prahran Market,163-165 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, +61 413 900 490

Saint Dreux

Katsu sandos (classic pork and beyond) and excellent coffee to boot.

What to order: Your call – crumbed pork, chicken, wagyu or prawn.

Level 2, 260 Collins St, Melbourne


Blacklist Coffee Roasters

This “coffee concept store” takes caffeine very seriously.

What to order: The $7 all-you-can-drink tasting is tailor-made for coffee geeks.

41 Welshpool Rd, Welshpool, (08) 6162 1034

Mary Street Bakery

Pastries? Recovery breakfast? Your daily bread? This Perth favourite – via its many outlets – has you covered.

What to order: Cheese on toast.

507 Beaufort St, Highgate, 0499 509 300



A move two doors down and a striking re-design have reinvigorated this Sydney breakfast institution.

What to order: Those ricotta hotcakes.

359 Crown St, Surry Hills, (02) 9360 4762

Boon Cafe

Thai classics and Western twists collide at this all-day café-cum-grocer offshoot of the Chat Thai empire.

What to order: Pandan custard croissant.

1/425 Pitt St, Haymarket, (02) 9281 2114


Some of the city’s best bread and standout coffee in a compact corner spot.

What to order: The almighty bacon sandwich.

206 Cleveland St, Chippendale,(02) 9698 7880


Mecca remains a benchmark for coffee connoisseurs.

What to order: Any of their impeccable roasts in filter or espresso form.

26 Bourke Rd, Alexandria, (02) 9698 8448

One Another

Freshness wins the day at this Newtown newcomer, where everything’s under $20.

What to order: The seasonal salads.

Shop 1/131 Wilson St, Newtown

Room 10

The tight space is always cramped for a reason – reliable café fare done right.

What to order: Avocado on toast doesn’t get much better.

10 Llankelly Pl, Potts Point, 0432 445 342

Single O

The newly renovated Surry Hills stalwart now sports a DIY batch-brew tap bar.

What to order: The Gone Bush breakfast.

60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills (02) 9211 0665

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