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Brighton Coffee Shops

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Brighton Coffee Shops | Central

First in our Brighton Coffee Shops Guide. Open seven days a week from 9 am, Mange Tout is the perfect spot between the train station and the Brighton Lanes for those coming to the city. They serve a range of breakfasts and Brighton brunch right through until 3 pm, from simple fresh pastries to French classics such as Croque Monsieur and their own bistro twist on the Full English. Light meals are served until 5.30 pm from Sunday to Wednesday and evening meals until 9.30 from Thursday to Saturday.

Authentic ingredients and real cooking are at the heart of Mange Tout with their ever-changing menu being written out daily on their ceiling-high blackboard. This is more than a Brighton coffee shop, this is a Brighton institution where you can watch the world go by in this trendy part of town. 

Trading Post Coffee Roasters were new to Ship Street Brighton in 2017, followed by their Kensington Gardens branch in early 2019. Bringing you the expertise of a 2nd generation Italian coffee roaster, delivered to you in a stylish setting in the centre of Brighton’s Lanes.

Trading Post Coffee is all about organic, sustainable, fair-trade and premium coffee. Priding themselves in their unique roasting method which has been refined by their Master Roaster Simone Curatolo. Currently one of the most popular Brighton coffee shops.

Lost in the Lanes is open from 9am daily serving freshly roasted coffee from Lewes based roasters, Pharmacie Coffee. Brighton breakfasts include wholesome granola bowls through to highly satisfying full breakfasts, with vegetarian and vegan varieties. For lunch, there’s a selection of six seasonal dishes that showcase the creative flair of Head Chef James Flavell. A carefully selected wine list that focuses on indigenous varieties and a well-paired cocktail list from award-winning mixologist Thanasis Karvelis make this a truly elevated cafe experience. 

At Vios Cafe, coffee lovers will find a haven of fantastic coffee options. Whether you prefer it black, with milk or chocolate, or iced, they have it all. Experience the rich flavours of a traditional Greek coffee, indulge in an iced Freddo flat white, or sip a hazelnut mocha. Dairy-free milk options are also available. For tea enthusiasts, enjoy a range of organic teas, from English breakfast to matcha and iced tea. Pair your beverage of choice with one of their delectable pastries for a truly delightful treat.

The Lanes based Post House, is a stylish and trendy cafe bar that is bursting with all the best bits of Brighton’s cafe culture. The display of countertop treats makes this cafe really stand out. The abundant spread of flaky pastries, freshly baked bread, and decadent cakes creates an enticing visual feast impossible to resist. The bar, which operates throughout the day, serves cocktails and other beverages. So, should you desire to add the ‘martini’ to your espresso then the master mixologist is on hand to serve you. 

Moksha Caffe is the quintessential family friendly Brighton Coffee Shop. The homemade cakes and meals, along with lovingly made coffee and friendly staff are what makes Moksha a fond favourite in the London Road area.

Whether it be families coming in for a top-quality breakfast or students coming in to finish an essay over a delicious cup of coffee, Moksha manages to cater for all. Open early daily til early evening. Ideal for breakfasts, Moksha is consistently nominated and awarded best cafe in Brighton. 

Rise and shine with a delightful coffee experience at FUMI in Brighton. This fantastic space offers a cosy ambiance and a delectable breakfast menu to start your day right. From mouthwatering Japanese-style rice bowls to fluffy pancakes, there’s something to please every palate. Whether you’re fueling up for a busy day or looking to enjoy a leisurely breakfast while catching up on work, FUMI is the perfect choice. With its inviting atmosphere and optional remote working amenities, FUMI provides a delightful blend of breakfast indulgence and a productive environment if needed. Serving bento boxes from 12-4pm.

Cocoa lovers look here, for Knoops are in town and they’ve brought their unbeatable collection of chocolate drinks with them. Find this chocolatey paradise in The Lanes, where you have the option to drink in or takeaway. Their masterful Knoopologists are on hand to help you discover the perfect chocolate drink for your palate. The cafe also offers guests an impressive selection of patisserie goods and other hot and soft drinks.

Don’t let the fact of their multiple food awards mislead you, Curry Leaf Cafe really is a cafe. Serving up teas, coffees, chais and light street food-inspired lunch, and at cafe prices, the Curry Leaf Cafe in Brighton’s Lanes really is a fun alternative and well worth a visit.

Brighton Coffee Shops | Brighton Beach Area

You can experience the cafes at Brighton i360 without needing a ticket; simply drop by for a coffee or grab a bite to eat during your visit. The Tollbooth Café & Bar, featuring a suntrap terrace, offers an inviting setting to savour a coffee while taking in the picturesque view of Brighton Beach. Whether you’re out for a leisurely walk with your furry friend, seeking a family-friendly lunch spot, or planning to indulge in a delightful Brighton i360 Cream Tea (ticket required), the i360 is the perfect choice for various occasions.

The New Club is an all-day eatery and baron King’s Road, overlooking the West Pier. They serve up a mix of east and west coast America mixing NY edge with LA chill. Expect excellent hearty Brighton brunches and lunch with, good coffee, IPAs, cocktails and serious cool. 

Lucky Beach is one of those cafes that locals want to keep a secret. With its Brighton beachfront location and fresh and fun menu, you’ll have to get in early to nab a seat. The best way we can think to describe the menu style is almost Californian, with plenty of fresh flavours and healthy options for those who don’t fancy a heavy lunch. There are also superb Brighton cocktails and coffee from the famous Redroaster cafe. 

The Flour Pot Bakery grew out of a commitment to all things artisanal and delicious in food. Offering fresh bread and pastries, homemade sandwiches and their own coffee blends. The Seafront site also offers hot meals, and of course, the territory comes with panoramic sea views. There are locations throughout the city including Hove and Brighton seafront and this Brighton Coffee Shop micro chain just keeps on growing. 

Brighton Coffee Shops | Kemptown Kool

Starfish and Coffee is right next to the beautiful Queens Park in Brighton, it’s a cafe that specialises in brunch, pastries, homemade cakes and excellent tea & coffee. Giving Brighton residents the ‘best breakfast’ in the city along with amazing coffee. The cafe was named after the owner’s favourite Prince song, Starfish and Coffee, so expect a strong influence of his music taste running through the cafe. Located in the trendy Hanover and Queens Park area of Brighton.

Arcobaleno is a cafe-bar and restaurant in Kemptown. It’s a community space for the LGBTQ+ community, their friends and allies. You’ll find this a welcoming space offering a variety of activities covering everything from well-being sessions to drag and cabaret. Food is served Thursday and Friday from 5pm and from 12pm on the weekends. There’s a well stocked bar with a fun signature cocktail menu, a large sheltered garden space. Arcobaleno is family and dog friendly

Nanima Asian Kitchen is nestled in Kemptown Village. The cafe is charming, family-run and boasts a daily changing offering of pan-Asian-inspired dishes. You’re welcome to dine all day on fresh coffee, teas and cake, but can also enjoy the Asian influences of the venue. Including a great selection of enticing Asian-inspired sandwiches and Vietnamese coffee, which is traditionally served with a teaspoon of condensed milk, as well as Indian spiced chai, and moreish mango lassi. You can also order fresh juices, smoothies, bubble tea and shakes.

Cup of Joe is a stylistic and unusual cafe located in the vintage antique market Kemptown Trading Post. It is designed to be somewhere where you can listen to some music, work on your laptop or just enjoy some very good quality coffee, as well as sample the large selection of Nova Teas and English cakes. Fitted with French-themed furnishings with a homely feel, you will soon treat Cup of Joe like your home away from home.

It’s not just the name of this coffee house that evokes a sense of the TV cult classic Twin Peaks, you could, in fact, place Dale Cooper almost anywhere in the dark, meticulously finished shop and he’d not look out of place. The focus really is strong on great coffee and an effortlessly cool ambience, making this a seamless production of dark mystery all in its own right.

Redroaster was one of the first specialist coffee houses in the UK when they set up in 2000, still to this day, they are the only certified organic roastery in the south. They roast up their beans every day to ensure they’re serving the freshest coffee.

Redroaster also has a great reputation for serving delicious breakfasts, bottomless brunches and lunches, from 7am to 5pm daily. The stylish cafe is decked out in white marble with high ceilings and abundant botanicals, during warmer months the front doors open up providing excellent people watching opportunities over the colourful St James’ Street.

Hippest in Hove

Honey Cake by Mary is a delightful cake shop on Richardson Road in Hove, specialising in Medovik, the iconic Russian honey cake. Mary crafts beautiful layered honey cakes in a variety of flavours, including caramel, chocolate, raspberry, and banoffee. Enjoy a slice of this decadent cake with a cup of Pelicano coffee, perfect for sharing with friends, family, a date, or savouring by yourself. Treat yourself to a unique and indulgent experience at Honey Cake by Mary.

BAKED in Hove is a neighbourhood cafe that sets a happy scene for a lovely brunch or lunch. On a sunny day, you can sit on their south-facing terrace and enjoy a cup of coffee, or indulge in one of their delicious seasonal dishes. There are plenty of tempting patisseries on offer along with a fantastic menu of dishes, made to order and with something for everyone.

If you’re trying to decide between shopping and grabbing a coffee and a light bite, Salvage Cafe has your USP covered as almost everything in there is for sale. In addition to that, they offer a wide range of gluten and dairy-free options and host vintage tea parties for special occasions. Two floors of eclectic furnishings, jazz music and freshly baked all day dining make this a little gem to while away some time in.

Six

The original Six Restaurant in Hove is an all day bar and eatery. It’s a popular destination for bottomless brunch Friday – Sunday (and bank holidays). The menu neatly covers every dietary requirements with meat, vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian options, each different and imaginative. There’s a whole section of Benedicts as well as sandwiches and healthy smoothies. Coffee is from Woolfox organic coffee roasters. 

Countryside cafe

Much like its Brighton based sibling’s The Trading Post, Lewes is a failsafe option for those of you seeking a cafe with it all. Here they serve breakfast, brunch and lunch through to 7 pm. Its prime location at the bottom of Lewes’ historic high street means it offers guests the perfect spot to enjoy their signature coffee blend and relax on their comfy sofas after perusing the many antique boutiques in the area.

Selection of cakes - Flint Owl Bakery

Flint Owl Bakery

Famed in Lewes for their alluring window display of fresh-baked loaf’s, Flint Owl Bakery pretty much does what it says on the tin. The baked goods from here are sensational. If you’re a fan of a savoury pastry then head straight for the smoked salmon and cream cheese tartlet. You won’t regret it!