Best city cups of coffee

Without a little insider knowledge it can be tricky to find a great cup of coffee when visiting a new city (or even when exploring your own). Discover YOURLifeChoices picks of the best coffee in Australia.

Australian Capital Territory
Ona Coffee in Manuka not only makes a great tasting brew, it looks fancy too. This cafe is worth a visit just to enjoy the beautiful coffee-art. A word to the wise – on cold days, it’s worth asking for your coffee to be made extra hot. If you’re on the other side of town the Espresso Room in Woden makes an excellent cup. The secret to the Espresso Room’s excellent coffee? We hear they use Ona coffee beans.

New South Wales
Coffee Alchemy in Addison Road, Marrickville, roasts its own beans right there at the store. While there isn’t much in the way of food on offer, the coffee is to die for. For great food, why not try Excelsoir Jones in Ashfield? It’s family-friendly and, apart from making a great cup of coffee, is known for its cream soda spiders.

Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is not known for its coffee (probably because those clever enough to live up north aren’t trying to stave off the icy winters of Australia’s coffee capital), but there are definitely a few coffee spots you should try if you’re in the area. Although more of a restaurant than a cafe, The Boatshed Coffee House makes a very good cup of coffee, and the location is excellent. The award for best coffee in Darwin, however, goes to the Four Birds. The coffee is strong and the blend is smooth.

If you’re in Brisbane then the Ltd Espresso + Brew Bar is the place to get your caffeine fix. Those who have visited talk about the communal books, good service and, most importantly, the great coffee. Further north the Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar on the Sunshine Coast offers a great cup, and James and Tim are more than happy to share their extensive coffee knowledge.

South Australia
Coffee by the Beans has taken out the best coffee award in Adelaide, offering consistenly good coffee, great service and a location just across the road from the golf course. The UR Caffe also serves an excellent cup, as well as being known for good food at reasonable prices.

Pilgrim Coffee in Argyle Street, Hobart, is a cafe known for its creative coffee art, as well as the flavour of the coffee itself. The food can be pricey, but if you’re looking for a latte to go then this is the cafe for you. Those further north in Launceston can’t go past Velocci Coffee in John Street, where the specialty roasting and house coffees have got the locals talking.

The Age Good Cafe Guide 2013 named Axil Coffee Roasters at 322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, the best coffee in Melbourne. The Auction Rooms in North Melbourne was named the best cafe. If you want the best coffee in Melbourne city, The Sensory Lab in Little Collins Street is known to make a great cup of coffee (and a terrible hot chocolate).

Western Australia
The Elixir Coffee Specialists in Nedlands, Perth, offers a strong, full-flavoured cup of coffee. They roast their own beans and really know their stuff, so if you have any coffee-related questions don’t be afraid to ask. In the CBD why not try your luck with the Lowdown in the Cloisters Arcade? They make consistently good coffee and always offer great service.


Do you have an opinion on the best coffee in your area? If we haven’t already named the cafe, share your local knowledge in the comments below and share the caffeine-love.