The Best Cafés in Brighton
With so many to choose from in the UK capital for coffee drinkers – so which are the best cafes in Brighton?
Cafe Plenty – Circus Parade – BN1 4GW
Following an exciting regeneration project of the Circus Parade area of Preston Circus, Cafe Plenty is just what this part of town needed – a cool contemporary cafe. Plenty is run by Mitch, a Brightonian full of energy and keen to share his passion for locally sourced food and a damn good cuppa (sustainably sourced of course!). Drop in for an extremely friendly welcome and make sure to try one of their delicious cakes baked on site.
Redroaster, St.James’ Street, BN2 1RE
Did you know, that 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 have a great reputation for serving delicious breakfasts and lunches, all made by chef Matt Gillan. We like the sound of the breakfast board, a great option for if you can’t choose what to have!
Lucky Beach, Kings Road, BN1 1NB
Lucky Beach is one of those cafes that locals want to keep a secret… with it’s beachfront location and fresh n funky 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, plenty of fresh flavours and healthy options for those who don’t fancy a heavy lunch. Lucky Beach have been awarded the ‘UK’s Best Organic Burger’ by Elle and when the sun shines it’s possibly the best place to be hanging out at in the city!
V & H Café, Holland Road, BN3 1BA
From the perfectly extracted espresso to the silkiest scrambled egg or the perfect pastrami sandwich – all their ingredients and products are sourced locally through independent suppliers who are masters in their respective fields. At V & H they have a fantastically diverse range of breakfasts and brunches that include homemade granola with Greek yoghurt and honey to breakfast muffins, eggs Florentine, full english and more.
Moksha Caffé, York Place, BN1 4GU
Moksha Caffe is the quintessential family caffé. The home-made cakes and meals, along with lovingly made coffee and friendly staff is 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.
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 fantastic Small Batch coffee, these bakers are bringing carbohydrates back with aplomb. All of the Flour Pot Bakery shops stock and sell their own bread. Bread can be ordered in advance (before 3pm) from shops, or for next day collection and cakes can also be pre-ordered. Flour Pot is a Brighton success story and among best cafés in Brighton
Bucket & Spade Cafe, Seafront Cafe, BN1 2LN
Forming part of the old Victorian Arches underneath the Kings Road, the Bucket and Spade Cafe is ideally located on the Promenade, next to the Kings Road Playground & Paddling Pool. The Bucket & Spade Cafe is the perfect place to bring the family, with a large selection of children’s meals and snacks on offer and have plenty of book crayons and chalk board tables to keep the little ones entertained whilst you enjoy your lunch and a well deserved drink!
Cafe Malbec, Church Road, BN3 2FN
Café Malbec is an Argentinian deli based in Hove on the busy Church Road, it’s next door to it’s founders Latino America. Not only is Cafe Malbec great for a glass of South American wine but the Argentinian deli items are not to be missed, with the real-deal empanadas which come in delicious flavours such as chilli beef, chicken or cheese. They’re a perfect accompaniment with a coffee!
Starfish and Coffee, Brighton, BN2 0GA
Starfish and Coffee is right next to the beautiful Queens Park in Brighton, it’s a cafe that specialise 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 owners favourite Prince song, Starfish and Coffee, so expect a strong influence of his music taste running through the cafe.
Mange Tout, Brighton, BN1 4EB
Open seven days a week from 9am, 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 3pm, 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 5.30pm 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 black board.
BeFries, Brighton, BN1 1RR
Befries in Brighton have shown us the light, and that light is crisp, fluffy and covered in sauce. Hand chipping the best potatoes available and double frying them to create the best chips you’ve ever eaten. These would be fantastic on their own but when combined with one of their 20+ sauces you have got a match made in heaven. The team are always happy to discuss anything whilst you enjoy your chips at the counter or seated at the back of the restaurant. Not far from the seafront too for a beach lunch!
The Breakfast Club, The Lanes, BN1 1HH
London’s successful Breakfast Club dining experience has ventured into Brighton’s Lanes after much anticipation. The Breakfast Club have brought a bit of Miami Vice and Art Deco to Brighton. Painted bright yellow with baby blue seats outside, it’s hard to miss! With an extensive menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner you can go anytime of the day for some delicious American style food or drink, the Elvis milkshake is one to try! A micro chain from London and rated as one of the best cafés in Brighton
Joe’s Cafe, Seven Dials, BN1 5DF
Joe’s Cafe is a hidden away, locally run cafe in the Seven Dials area of Brighton. Now under new owners, they have become increasingly popular as more and more people are finding out about their delicious food. In 2014, Joe’s won best breakfast in Brighton (Brighton & Hove Independant), and are now short listed for the best breakfast and best in Cafe in Brighton in 2015 (Brighton Foodie Awards 2015). Definitely one to visit. Has garden and child friendly.
Eatalio, Italian Street Food – Queens Rd – BN1 3WB
Not strictly a cafe but a new venue to Brighton which gives you that café experience. Serving Small Batch Coffee and a range of pastries, Eatalio is a convenient Italian style venue just up from the clock tower. Their menu also gives you a range of small bites, breakfasts and lunch options – all freshly prepared to your delectation and bringing you Brighton’s first ever Italian street food concept. By the way, they really know how to serve a good coffee, a mean breakfast bap and you must try their piada. Bonissimo! A venue with a difference and one of the best cafés in Brighton
Cup of Joe, Kemptown, BN2 1ED
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’s as your home away from home.
Morris & Jacques – St James St, BN2 1TP
‘Home cooked food, freshly made every day’ – this great venue comes highly recommended for their great range of quality classic dishes plus a super friendly team. Morris and Jacques serve the best of British and Mediterranean style food; they are open breakfast, lunch and dinner (Fri & Sat only) and they are located in central Kemptown. Morris & Jacques offer a great Kemptown vibe and includes a super rear south facing garden space. Menu.
The Julien Plumart Salon du Thé – Duke Street, BN1 1AG
Why not try something completely different and transport yourself into a modern Parisian patisserie? Allow us to introduce an exquisite and unique collection of patisserie, from the simply sublime to the exotic. Open for a French breakfast, a light lunch, or a little slice of patisserie heaven. You will love the beautiful setting of the authentic café and patisserie, where Julien produces the most delicious macaroons & patisseries that you’ve ever tasted. Menu.
Marwood Ship Street, BN1 1AF
Nestled into a cosy corner on Ship Street, you can mingle with Brighton’s cool and trendy cognoscenti while enjoying a cup of their “kick arse coffee” and a slice of their “life changing cake”. It’s Brighton’s number one hipster hangout and there’s nowhere else like it. This unique and quirky place could win an award for having the funkiest décor in the city. A Brighton institution and one of the best cafés in Brighton
Café Coho Ship St & Queens Rd
It’s a popular spot with coffee aficionados and with very good reason. The décor is much more minimalist than Marwoods – more reclaimed wood than vintage sofas. Possibly one of Brighton’s best loved coffee houses in this grade II listed building. There’s also a branch on Queen’s Road, which is great for commuters in need of a morning caffeine fix. A real contender and one of the best cafés in Brighton.
Small Batch Jubilee Sq, BN1 1GE
Undoubtedly one of the best names in Brighton so had to be included in the best cafes in Brighton as quality at the Small Batch Coffee Company is something they take seriously. Very seriously indeed. The central Brighton branch is located below MyBrighton on Jubilee Street and there are other branches across Brighton and Hove, but this isn’t just any old chain of cafés. Ideal to sit in or grab a take away. A small chain of independent coffee shops that is taking Brighton by storm.
Treacle & Co. Church Road, BN3 2DL
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!