Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Cafes in Brighton

Our top picks

Brighton's central cafe picks

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 really is a fun alternative and well worth a visit.

Run by The Real Junk Food Project, this cafe stands out among the others in the city, in that it’s a charity and the whole foundation is set up on volunteers and surplus food supply from supermarkets. They operate on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis in order to help ensure that the people in need can afford to eat healthy and delicious food. As the offering varies with the food available, guests can expect a daily changing menu with constant quality and unbeatable value. Cakes, baked goods, tea and coffee are also available here. 

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Photo credit: Knoops Brighton

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.

Open seven days a week from 9 am, Mange Tout is the perfect spot between the train station and the Laines for those coming to the city. They serve a range of breakfasts and 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.

Voted the best brunch in the 2019 Brighton Restaurant Awards, Moksha Caffe is the quintessential family café. The homemade cakes and meals, along with lovingly made coffee and friendly staff are what makes Moksha a fond favourite in the London Road/ York Place 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 and brunches.brunch

Lost in the Lanes is open from 8.45 am daily serving fresh pastries and homemade cakes with delicious coffee from HasBean. The kitchen serves hot food Monday to Sunday until 3 pm with super brunches and lunches and restaurant-style small plates. Equally well suited for grabbing a lunch to go from the deli as it is for a luxurious afternoon of wine, food and relaxed company in the heart of the Lanes. Lost in the Lanes is a haven from the hustle and bustle of the lively city centre.

The Small Batch Coffee Roasters are a success story that is much loved locally. Beginning as a one man enterprise with a simple cart at Brighton station, Small Batch can now be found the length and breadth of the city and beyond. They hand roast their beans in small batches (as the name would suggest) for the perfect brew every time. Moreover they develop close personal relationships with their growers, paying well above the Fair Trade minimum. Each shop also stocks a fresh range of pastries and savories made in their own Small Batch Bakery and cooked brunch is currently available at three of their locations (Goldstone Villas, Norfolk Square and Seven Dials)

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. One of the newest and currently one of the most popular Brighton coffee shops.

Beach treats

Lucky Beach is one of those cafes that locals want to keep a secret. With its 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 cocktails and coffee from the famous Redroaster cafe. 

Lucky Beach is also ranked as one of the most sustainable cafes in the UK. 

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.

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 brunch and lunch with, good coffee, IPAs cocktails and serious cool. 

Kemptown Kool

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 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.

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.

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.

Hippest in Hove

Bringing the well-loved local brand Cafe Coho to Hove and doing it in exemplary style. Find them on Church Street, Hove and experience their elevated cafe culture. Coho Cafe serves English, Continental and American classic breakfasts, brunch and lunches, as well as baked goods and hot beverages. Guests can also enjoy drinks from their well-stocked bar or opt for hand-crafted cocktails in the sunshine, seven days a week from the super stylish retro diner-inspired cafe.

The sister venue to its neighbour Latino America, Café Malbec offers a taste of South America throughout the day. This wine bar and deli offers customers a range of exclusive wines from the region with a focus on Argentine Malbec. With authentic empanadas and South American cuisine on offer, this is an ideal spot for a light bite and glass of wine with friends. During the day, you can stop by for a smooth Italian Illy coffee and one of their homemade Argentine pastries and cakes whilst picking up a bottle of wine for later.

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. 

Located at the far end of Church Road this venue serves exceptional and quality cakes with a warm welcome. Known for its legendary cakes, if it’s cakes that you are after then this is the place to come too. Look at for unique combinations like their chocolate and beetroot cake, along with all the popular favourites.

Whole celebration cakes are also available to order with three working days notice. Yum! not strictly a Brighton Coffee Shop but a noteworthy venue that should be on your venue.

Countryside cafe

Located in the historic Sussex town Lewes, this venue has brought a fresh take on cafe culture to the quintessential countryside town. The cafe is 100% vegan, which means that the food and drink and even interiors of the cafe are plant-based. Breakfast, brunches, knockout lunches are sold here throughout the day which guests can enjoy with hot, cold and alcoholic beverages. The environmentally conscious focus is reflected throughout the menu in that the produce and ingredients are sourced from local suppliers and where possible organically grown. 

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!