Brighton is proudly dubbed the UK capital for coffee drinkers – and for good reason. With a mix of award-winning independent cafes, artisan suppliers, friendly hospitality, and a strong coffee culture, there really isn’t a better place for a breakfast date.
Whether you’re looking for a classic full English, a boozy brunch, or a delicious vegan and veggie alternative with a view, Brighton’s got it all. This is a place that takes coffee and morning meals seriously.
So, whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat with your loved one, friends, or even your kids, here are the best places to grab a greasy, boozy, healthy, or family-friendly breakfast in Brighton:
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1. Kook’s Restaurant – for Brunch with a Twist
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Tucked within bohemian North Laine, Kook’s Restaurant has a funky, laidback atmosphere that Brighton really knows how to deliver – with an even better playlist. Serving an all-day brunch until 5 p.m. (arguably the best brunch in Brighton), this Australian-owned eatery offers a modern interior with bright yellow barstools and local art, as well as outdoor seating on lively Gardner Street.
Take your pick of the traditional full-English with white pudding, the smashed avocado and poached egg staple, and the eggs benedict breakfast classic (Kook’s signature dish), or embrace the unusual Kooky-style menu with its falafel, guacamole and halloumi abundant small plates. As with all great cafes, brunches are served alongside great-tasting Italian coffee and there are alternatives for veggies, vegans and gluten-free diets.
Psst! If you’re looking to enjoy a boozy brunch in Brighton, Kook has some classic ‘kooktails’ with a twist. We’d recommend the Espresso Martini blended with a shot of Frangelico.
2. Moksha Café – for a Child-Friendly Menu
Overlooking St. Peter’s Church in the heart of Brighton, Moksha is an independent café where good food comes first. Run by chef-trained, Oliver de Trafford and his family, Moksha means ‘freedom’ and that’s exactly what this little café brings you. It offers fresh, free-range, feel-good ingredients and artisan coffee roasted locally in Littlehampton.
As Oliver’s son Leo is a constant visitor, Moksha is also one of the most family-friendly cafés in Brighton. There are kids’ toys, highchairs, organic baby food, and babycinos for little ones.
Indulge in meat-based dishes such as a half or full English or the famous Huevos Rancheros – a loaded tortilla filled with chorizo sausage, fried eggs, and homemade beans. Vegans and vegetarians are catered for with generously sized dishes, such as the Vegan Tofu Benedict.
And let’s not forget their amazing American-style pancakes! Take your pick of toppings and fillings, from blueberry and banana to vegan and gluten-free options.
3. The Breakfast Club Brighton – for the Vibe
Well, we couldn’t leave the Breakfast Club Brighton off our list. This ridiculously funky breakfast place is the place to hang out in Brighton. With a wooden interior filled with colorful booths and modern art, you can grab a tasty meat-filled or meat-free breakfast here until midday.
You may want to get here early as there’s plenty of tasty treats to choose from. Whether you’re opting for the Full Monty (full English), Avocado on Rye, or Bubble and Squeak with vegan bacon, you’re sure to leave satisfied.
There are eggs every which way – steak and eggs, Mexican eggs, or eggs on toast. You’ll be surprised at the variations of eggs benedict, served with ham, salmon, spinach, or even butternut. In true American-style, the Breakfast Club Brighton doesn’t skimp on pancakes and waffles. Fillings and toppings include bacon and maple syrup, banana and salted caramel, peanut butter, and blueberry and granola.
And because the best Brighton breakfast includes something to sip and savour, boozy brunch cocktails include Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and Flat White Martinis, just to name a few!
4. Bill’s Brighton – for a Classic, No-Frills Brekkie
There’s a reason why Bill’s 60-plus franchises (which began as a simple café attached to a greengrocer) are so successful, and Bill’s Brighton is no different. Located in what was once a local bus depot, this breakfast spot is just a short stroll from the North Laines and the Brighton seafront and boasts high ceilings and rustic wooden tables for sociable dining.
On top of the traditional full English and smashed avocado on toast, Bill’s also has an impressive range of vegan, veggie, and gluten-free options. The Vegan Breakfast includes hummus, smashed avocado, spinach, and mushrooms, while the Garden Breakfast includes poached eggs, pea shoots, halloumi, smashed avocado, and hollandaise sauce.
Go old school with a steaming bowl of porridge with banana, hazelnuts and blueberries, or indulge in a stack of buttermilk pancakes served with banana and berries or bacon and maple syrup. You really can’t go wrong.
5. Redroaster – for Hand-Roasted Coffee
One of the first specialist coffee houses around when it first started back in 2000, Redroaster still has the claim to fame as being the only certified organic roastery in the South of England.
Inside the elegant eatery on St. James Street, the café has a botanical feel with lush hanging plants, white marble tables, floor to ceiling windows, and high ceilings with industrial-style lighting. In fact, it’s won ‘Most Outstanding Specialty Coffee House’ in the 2018 Global Luxury Restaurant & Bar Awards.
The breakfasts here are a little different from the usual – think crab and avocado brioche with mango curd, baked cauliflower on toast, breakfast tacos with guacamole, and a vegan coconut bircher with organic maple syrup.
If its good coffee you’re after, you’re in luck. Redroaster serves Arabica beans roasted fresh every day in their vintage Diedrich roasters. Plus, while you’re sipping your cuppa joe, you can rest assured that you’re giving back – each coffee bag supports Rwandan farmers and Redroaster has so far helped to build a community centre and a school in Musenyi.
6. V&H Café Hove – for Ethical & Sustainable Ingredients
If you’re looking for a breakfast spot that focuses on local, ethical and sustainable produce, you’ve found it. V&H Café has won multiple food awards to prove that it’s worthy of the title of best breakfast in Hove.
The perfect cure to a late night, V&H Café offers some of the tastiest breakfasts in Brighton until 3 p.m. every day. Fill the spot with a plate of steaming scrambled eggs, gluten-free handmade sausages, gluten-free breakfast muffins, or freshly baked croissants – all sourced from local artisan suppliers. For something a little lighter, there’s homemade granola with Greek yoghurt and berries.
Catering for gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegan, and vegetarian diets, there’s something at V&H Café for everyone.
7. Small Batch Coffee Company – for Farm to Cup Coffee
Tucked within Myhotel on Jubilee Street, this is Small Batch Coffee Company’s flagship cafe. It’s bigger than any of the other franchises and it boasts a sought-after espresso brew bar with baristas that know their beans.
Small Batch Coffee Company follows a 12-step process from sourcing to brewing their excellent coffee, so you can be sure it’s good. Having been awarded BRAVO ‘Best Coffee’ for 2017 and 2018, this is a place that takes coffee seriously.
Breakfast-wise, there are plenty of options and they’re all simple yet tasty. Choose from bacon and egg muffins (or mushroom and egg for the veggies!), goat’s cheese and pear ciabatta, or Nutella, banana, and chocolate chip pancakes. Feeling like something healthy? There are Buddha bowls and fresh fruit salads.
Vegans and vegetarians are catered for with a veggie full English, Turkish eggs, mushroom toast, and a vegan breakfast with tofu. Gluten-free options are also available, so come hungry!
8. Brewed Roaster Café – for Specialty Coffee & Craft Beer
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Coffee and craft beer connoisseurs unite! Brewed in Brighton has its own house-roasted single-origin coffee that’s well worth a try. Plus, the bacon butties are pretty phenomenal too!
The perfect spot for a Brighton brunch, the independent Brewed café has a cosy indoor space for all-year-round brunching and a sunny terrace for the summer. As the café has an open brew bar and kitchen, it’s a feast for the senses with the smell of coffee wafting through the air. Taste their barista-brewed selection of four filter coffees or sit back with an espresso in hand.
Food-wise, tuck into a stack of vegan American-style pancakes, indulge your inner carnivore with a bacon and egg fry-up, opt for a veggie-friendly mushroom buttie, or go for the vegan fry-up with tofu, tater tots, and avocado. Head here in the evenings for a taste of their amazing craft beer.
9. The Plant Room – for Veggies & Vegans
As you’ve probably already guessed from its name, the Plant Room is a veggie-friendly eatery and espresso bar in Brighton Square. In fact, it offers one of the best vegan breakfasts Brighton has to offer.
This laidback café is known for its speciality Allpress coffee which hails from the best New Zealand roasters in the world. If coffee isn’t your thing, you’ll be well covered with a selection of loose-leaf teas from Brew Tea Company.
Veggies and vegans will be ecstatic with the menu as it offers a range of salads, tarts, breakfast burritos, and other vegan and veggies snacks. Indulge your sweet tooth with raspberry brownies, vegan pain au chocolat, and banana and chocolate chip muffins. Don’t miss the Hot Brunch served every day of the week, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
10. Treacle & Ginger – for a Home Away from Home
Treacle & Ginger is a place for the people. Hang out here with a cup of coffee or tea, or indulge in one of their tasty breakfasts – you won’t regret it.
With a focus on the arts, this café features artwork from local artists – all available for purchase. If you can turn down the temptation of the fresh pastries, from banana bread to breakfast loaf, an appealing breakfast menu offers smashed avocado on toast, French toast, or a Sussex Breakfast (full English) which is also available in vegan and veggie options.
Tempt your taste buds with a cup of coffee from local Hove micro-roasters Pharmacie or a steaming mug of hot chocolate made with mint and chilli and your choice of honeycomb or gingerbread.
11. Flour Pot Bakery – for Vegan Pastries
The Flour Pot Bakery boasts an enviable location right on Brighton Beach not far from the bustling North Laine. Not only can you look forward to a mouth-watering array of freshly baked breakfast pastries and signature coffee, but you’ll also be able to tuck into their new vegan-friendly croissants and pain au chocolat pastries!
While the fresh bread and pastries are the main affair here, you can also pick from a small menu of breakfast basics. Think scrambled eggs on toast with your choice of bacon, salmon, avocado, mushrooms, or beans, or the traditional Flour Pot granola bowl. Pair it with a steaming cappuccino or a Chai latte and you’re good to go!
12. Starfish & Coffee Brighton – for a Family Brunch
Listed #1 for ‘best brunch in Brighton 2019’ by Restaurants Brighton, Starfish & Coffee Brighton with its royal blue exterior is an independent café where you can ‘brunch like a boss’ every day of the week. Expect seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms and coffee from the Brighton-based Coffee at 33 roastery.
With a children’s menu, they’re perfect for a family brunch with the kiddos. Child-friendly meals include pancakes and eggs on toast. Vegan and vegetarian options are available with veggie sausages and tofu hash browns, as well as eggs every which way – from posh scrambled eggs to eggs benedict. Want to make it a boozy brunch? Add a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Aperol Spritz, or a glass of Prosecco.
We’re not the only ones who think they’re great. The café has won an award for ‘Best Cafe Culture 2019’ in the Brighton Restaurant Awards and ‘Best Café 2018’ in the Brighton Food & Drink Awards.
13. Café Rust – for Rustic Charm
Café Rust is a fabulous breakfast spot on Preston Road. Shabby chic is the order of the day here – expect colourful, mismatched furniture and a cosy atmosphere.
Take a seat and sip on RedRoaster coffee while you wait for your breakfast to arrive – brunch options include a choice of eggs Florentine, granola, eggs benedict, filled croissants or sourdough, and generous veggie and vegan options.
Daily brunch specials are available so check out the board when you visit for more choices. Café Rust is a lovely warm space to hang out all year round but it’s especially worthwhile in summer when you can have breakfast in the pretty garden at the back.
14. Lost in the Lanes – for Wholesome Food
You won’t go hungry at Lost in the Lanes in Brighton. A tempting all-day menu offers simple and wholesome meals like overnight oats and orange and earl grey granola, as well as more filling options like the veggie-friendly breakfast platter, smashed avocado on sourdough, and their own version of a full English.
Kids aren’t forgotten either. The children’s menu offers sausage and egg on toast, French toast, and a kids’ breakfast platter with granola and berries. Vegan, veggie, and gluten-free options are catered for.
Quench your thirst with a wide range of coffees, from espressos and cortados to Americanos and lattes. If you’d prefer something other than coffee though, there are turmeric lattes, Chai lattes, fresh mint tea, and an unusual plant-based noble latte.
15. Café Coho Ship Street – for People-Watching
Perfectly located for people-watching, Café Coho Ship Street is an award-winning espresso bar that’s usually jam-packed at breakfast time. But, as its set over two storeys, you can usually find a space.
Skilled baristas will serve you tasty Revelation coffee and in the summer months, you can sit outside and watch the Brighton world go by.
All of the food here is good and the menu changes daily, but you should definitely try the pancake stack with bacon and maple syrup. Other options include the house breakfast (veggie and vegan alternatives are available) and the chorizo served with guacamole and poached eggs on sourdough.
16. Down to Earth Coffee – for Organic Food
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Down to Earth Coffee is exactly that – simple, delicious coffee served by expert baristas. Located in a stunning old building overlooking Brighton’s Palmeira Square, this independent café boasts floor to ceiling windows and plenty of natural light filtering into its rustic wooden interior.
They serve regular beans from Round Hill Coffee along with a changing selection of guest espressos and filter coffees, as well as a menu with organic and fresh breakfast options.
There is everything from a meat-filled full English to truffled mushrooms and vegan Shakshuka here. Take advantage of the unlimited sourdough toast offer or indulge in the no-guilty-pleasure of their vegan dark chocolate, marzipan and cherry traybake!
17. Oseta Café – for a Secretly Boozy Brunch
Oseta Café is one of Brighton’s hidden breakfast gems. Located in the centre of Brighton, in the vibrant North Laine, this independent café promises meals for meat-lovers, veggies and vegans, alongside excellent Brazilian coffee.
Take your pick of the abundance of sweet treats and pastries, and savoury specials like smashed avo and scrambled eggs with halloumi. Feeling hungry? Go for the full English – it comes in a veggie-friendly option too! Want to make it a boozy brunch with a bottle of wine? It’s our secret.
18. Baked Brighton – for Dog-Friendly Brunches
Baked Brighton offers arguably the very best brunch in Hove. With a focus on healthy options, it’s a great place to tuck into coconut smoothies, Matcha lattes and raw hot chocolates. If it’s coffee you’re after though, you’ll have your pick of flat whites, cortados, cappuccinos, and more.
The breakfast menu covers all bases with everything from poached eggs to pancake stacks (banoffee, syrup and bacon, or vegan).
Feeling more than a little peckish? Fill up on house favourites like steak and eggs or the traditional full English; veggie and vegan alternatives are available. Oh, and did we mention that you can bring your pooch? Baked Brighton is dog-friendly.
19. Three Stack @ The Villas – for Pancakes!
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It’s hard to get pancakes wrong, but owners Ben and Russell have absolutely perfected it. If you’re craving some sweet treats for breakfast in Brighton, you can’t go wrong visiting their permanent pancake pop up at Clarendon Villas.
And the best part? You can top your custom-made pancake with whatever you like – blueberries and maple syrup, banoffee pie, or fresh strawberries.
More unusual recipes include the Brunch Baby which consists of a spinach batter with avocado, tomato salsa, sour cream, and bacon, and the Vegan Pancake – a berry pancake served with yoghurt.
20. Joe’s Café – for Generous Hash Browns
The bright and colourful Joe’s Café in Prestonville is one of the best breakfast spots in Brighton. But don’t just take our word for it – they’ve won ‘Best Café’ and ‘Best Breakfast’ in the 2015 Brighton Food Awards.
Run by a husband and wife duo, this little café promises Hove-based Drury coffee and some of the best American-style hash browns in Brighton. If one of the many hash options don’t appeal to you, there’s also all manner of full English (with vegan and veggie options), and healthier choices that include crushed avocado and poached eggs on toast.
Joe’s Café is also child-friendly! There are colouring-in books for little ones. Visit in summer and take one of the prized seats outdoors in the sunshine.
21. Diva Espresso & Sandwich Bar – for Superfood Smoothies
Diva Espresso & Sandwich Bar is the ideal spot to enjoy a laidback breakfast in Kemptown. They boast a seasonal menu that includes, amongst other things, bagels and freshly made 100% organic superfood smoothies that you can enjoy inside or on the go.
Tuck into freshly prepared wraps, indulge in a slice of organic cheesecake or simply have a cup of coffee while you decide. The Cypriot breakfast is a highlight and you can choose to have it with halloumi or beef sausage. If you have special dietary requirements, you’re in luck as Diva caters for veggies, vegans and gluten-free diets.
22. Compass Point Eatery – for Banging Brunches
Compass Point Eatery is a 1920s-style diner serving American breakfast on the Brighton seafront. But while there’s plenty of American-style food to go around, with pancakes deserving of its very own menu, they have some healthy alternatives too.
The décor is reminiscent of a New York deli and the food is just what you’d expect: breakfast burritos, brunch burgers, and hash browns. But there’s also veggie hashes, protein shakes, smoothies, and fresh juices. The Halle Berry Smoothie is particularly good.
When it comes to pancakes, you’ll have your pick of toppings like blueberries, fresh fruit and bacon, and Nutella, jam or ice cream. When it comes to coffee, you can take advantage of the free refills or a ‘coffee with a kick’ which includes a shot of liqueur.
23. Mange Tout – for French Pastries
The French know how to do breakfast pastries and Mange Tout, an independent bistro on Trafalgar Street, offers some of the best brunches in Brighton, guaranteed.
Take your pick of freshly baked sweet or savoury croissants served with freshly squeezed orange juice. Other brekkie options include fruit and granola, veggie omelettes, Croque monsieur, eggs benedict, or cinnamon French toast.
All of the meals are prepared with fresh ingredients sourced locally in Sussex. Pair your breakfast with a cup of their locally roasted coffee blend made from five ethically sourced beans and you’ll be ready to take on the day.
24. Billie’s Café – for a Good All-Rounder
Billie’s Café is a family-run café that offers generous and wholesome all-day fry-up breakfasts in Hampton Place. You’re sure to find something to take your fancy from the diverse menu, from local handmade sausages to free-range eggs.
Tuck into the café’s signature hash browns or dare the All Day Jumbo Meat Breakfast which includes bacon, sausage, baked beans, eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and toast – or opt for the veggie alternative.
Breakfast classics are on the menu too, from eggs benedict and eggs Florentine to Welsh rarebit and toffee and banana pancakes. Coffee is fair-trade and organic so you can indulge in your cuppa joe guiltlessly. Billie’s don’t take reservations – so make sure you arrive early!
25. Marmalade – for Healthy & Homemade
Marmalade is a cosy little corner café overlooking Sussex Square. Everything here feels personal, from the warm interior to the handwritten set menus and food labels.
Test your resolve browsing the pastry counter with its freshly baked butter croissants and cakes. Fill up with a Wake up Smoothie made of orange, banana, granola, honey and yoghurt or sit down to a steaming bowl of porridge or scrambled eggs with salmon.
You won’t find your typical full English here, but you won’t be disappointed by the alternatives – particularly if you appreciate the healthier things in life. Coffee lovers are well catered for with a menu offering everything from frothy cappuccinos to flat whites.
26. The Egg & Spoon – for Weekend Brunches
The Egg & Spoon, located in the centre of Kemptown, is a charming independent café in Brighton. Run by a married couple, it’s especially known for its gourmet weekend brunches.
Midweek, you can tuck into a healthy meal, from fruit and homemade granola to poached eggs and overnight oats. There are also buttermilk waffles to tempt you.
On weekends, the Brighton brunch menu is always changing so you’re bound to try something new. Dishes range from Buddha bowls and eggs benedict to salt beef hash and Burmese tofu with butternut. Vegan and vegetarian breakfast options are available so there’s truly something for everyone.
27. The Set – for a Decadent Breakie
You can’t go wrong with treating yourself to breakfast at the Set Restaurant in Regency Square. One of the more lavish restaurants on this list, it offers a fabulous menu for all taste buds and dietary requirements.
The Set Breakfast offers all the standards you’d expect from a full English, and the Veggie and Vegan version keeps everyone happy. Classics like sweet and savoury buttermilk pancakes and homemade granola are available too.
More unusual items on the menu include smashed pumpkin on toast (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it) and Shakshuka – poached egg in a spicy sauce served with baby spinach and yoghurt. End your meal off with a breakfast dessert like fried banana with smoked fudge sauce. Yum!
28. Little Miss Piggies – for the Meat Lovers
Little Miss Piggies is a cosy little café on St. James’s Street. Independent and family-run, this cute breakfast spot in Brighton beckons you in with its canary yellow façade and pink wallpaper. There’s everything a meat lover could want on the all-day breakfast and brunch menu, from a traditional full English to bacon baps.
While the menu is heavy on pork, there are veggie options too and the brunch menu offers everything from eggs benedict to vegetarian eggs hollandaise.
Feeling adventurous? You can build your own breakfast just the way you want it! One thing is for certain, Little Miss Piggies is perfect for a hangover breakfast – and even has a dish dedicated especially to it.
29. Six – for Gourmet Breakfast Bowls
Step your breakfast game up with brunch at Six Brighton on Western Road. Made with fresh, wholesome ingredients, each meal here is a feast for the senses.
The brunch bowls are to-die-for, especially the Pescatarian which comes with smoked salmon, crayfish, mackerel, hash browns, potato, avocado, baked beans, and sourdough. A vegan and vegetarian option is available too.
Craving something sweet? Why not indulge in the freshly baked banana bread or the Belgian waffles and pancakes with Nutella, fresh fruit, and bacon. Wash it all down with organic coffee and plant-based hot drinks like turmeric or Matcha lattes. Oh, and did we mention they have vegan hot chocolate? It’s incredible!
30. The New Club Brighton – for a Typical American Breakfast
We couldn’t leave one of the best breakfast places in Brighton off the list. The New Club has a wonderful location overlooking the West Pier and Brighton seafront and is hands down the best place for breakfast with a view in Brighton. With an American diner feel, all the brunch options here are huge so come hungry!
Take your pick of smashed avocado toast, breakfast rolls, American-style pancake stacks with toppings of your choice, or the full English (veggie and vegan options are available). The must-try dish here is the Mexican eggs which come baked with sriracha sauce, cheese, caramelized corn, and crispy tortillas.
You couldn’t end your Brighton brunch off a better way than with the ‘hangover cures’ and ‘hard brunch beverages’ – take your pick of Bloody Mary’s, Breakfast Martinis, Cucumber and Elderflower Fizz, or your choice of Bellini or Spritz.
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