Whether you’re craving pancakes, poached eggs or a good ol’ fashioned fry up, these Brighton spots have got you covered
Brighton’s brunch scene is brimming with splendid cafes and restaurants, all at the ready to provide the perfect late morning pick-me-up. Whether you’re after some much needed hangover-curing sustinence or you’re launching a weekend of celebrations, this city’s roster of brunch spots definitely will not disappoint.
Frumpets, hashes, sharing breakfast skillets and of course, some bloody good eggs, are just some of the scrumptious dishes being cooked up in this foodie hotspot of a city. And the brunches are characteristically Brightonian, with creative seafood twists on classic morning meals, and a platter of veggie options on offer, too. If you’re headed to the south coast sometime soon, make sure you get stuck into at least one of our top brunch picks.
Top brunch places in Brighton
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1. Starfish & Coffee
Starfish & Coffee is tucked away from the city centre, but the food is well worth the detour. Perched opposite the archway into Queen’s park, this cafe does breakfast properly. Here you’ll find classics like pancakes and eggs, but its also known for its delicious hash, sweetcorn fritters and more. The venue occasionally plays host to a super-cool supper club, too.
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2. Egg & Spoon
Nestled in the charming neighbourhood of Kemptown, Egg & Spoon is one of Brighton’s best kept secrets. Frequented by the cohort of hospital staff, as Sussex County is only up the road, this café is super popular for sit-in and takeaway brunches and lunches. A delectable selection of sandwiches, cakes and coffee is on offer, plus all your favourite egg ‘n’ avo dishes too.
3. Cafe Coho
One of Brighton’s most central spots, the mini-chain of Cafe Coho, with its three branches in the South Lanes, Queens Road and Hove, is a worthy contender on our list. The original, bright South Lanes branch has a suntrap of an al fresco area to watch the world go by. Plus, a pledge to match any purchase of ‘invisible toast’ — that’s a £2.50 donation to homeless support charity The Clocktower Sanctuary — makes this place not only a great spot in the city, but a great part of the community.
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4. Mange Tout
Brunch for a special occasion? Mange Tout is the place to go. This French Bistro is known for it’s great natural wine selection and fresh ingredients, but their morning menu makes for an elegant start to the day with a classy french twist. Of course, the menu has to include an excellent Croque Monsieur, but they also do great brunch toasts (or ‘tartines’). It’s a bright and charming restaurant, where the menu is scrawled rustically on a blackboard wall, and there’s outdoor seating in the laines. Ooh la la.
Not just one of our favourite brunch spots, but also one of our favourite restaurants, Moksha is a game changer when it comes to a late morning pick-me-up. The cafe-turned-brunch joint boasts a varied menu; think a full english, all kinds of eggs, breakfast burgers and huevos rancheros. They take pride in their coffee, juices and shakes, and they’re also known for a cold brew martini, the most delicious way to whack some oomph into your brunch.
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Though it’s without a doubt the most gram-worthy spot on this list, Oeuf is more than just a pretty setting. Since it opened in late 2020, the all-day-brunch cafe has maintained its unmatched popularity — you’ll likely need to reserve a table. However, it’s no surprise thanks to their extensive menu. Serving until 4pm daily, their super-creative cocktails, and signature Frumpets, are definitely worth the hype.
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7. T @ The Dials
This teeny tiny cafe, nestled among the bustling eateries at the Seven Dials, does a truly great veggie brunch. Their menu is packed with meat alternatives as well as pure planty goodness – the hot skillet sharers, where you can get a full vegetarian english breakfast for two, are a messy, tasty highlight. T @ The Dials, and it’s sister, T @ Hove, also have a fab selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches.
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8. Cafe Rust
Cafe Rust, an aptly named family of rustic cafés, are another great brunch spot in the city, with branches in Brighton, Hove and Kemptown. Its breakfasts, eggs, sandwiches and pastries will cure any hangover, and we recommend checking out the team’s fourth location Rust Oven, specialising in only baked goods.
9. The New Club
This chic brunch spot is a casual diner-LA coffee house hybrid serving up simple classics. Perched at the bottom of Preston Street (one of the city’s best foodie hotspots), The New Club is renowned for its eggs, pancakes and breakfast rolls which make up the menu in the a.m., with tacos, burgers and salads joining the list after noon.
Baked, a bustling, elegant cafe, does classic brunch staples extremely well. The sunny corner of church road makes for a cracking people-watching spot, and its also known for a £25 prosecco brunch deal, where you can get a bottle of bubbly thrown in if you opt for one of the selected dishes (think feta eggs, syrup stack pancakes and more).
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11. Wai Kika Moo Kau
If you know anything about Brighton, you’ll know this is the place for vegans and veggies; and Wai Kika Moo Kau is just another example. This is a fully vegetarian spot, where pre -11.30am, the breakfast menu consists of everything you could possibly be craving, from pancakes to fry-ups. After that, the lunch menu boasts a mega-selection of sandwiches, plus a bangin’ soup and wrap deal. Wai Kika Moo Kau is an established joint on Kensington Gardens, and the pedestrianised lane makes it a lovely spot to sit outside.
12. Kenny’s Rock & Soul Cafe
For all those who grew up in Brighton, there’s a good chance this was the spot you and your mates dashed to the first time you were allowed to venture adult-free. Out-of-towners, however, don’t fret — even if you’re new to the city, this café exudes nostalgia. The grungy wooden booths, classic breakfast grub (plus the most sought-after balcony spot in Brighton) make this a tucked-away treasure. Kenny’s is located on the corner of Kensington Gardens and North Rd.
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13. North Laine Cafe
This down-to-earth former deli-turned-cafe is a simple but sought-after brunch spot. The terrace (which thankfully has heaters) is a stunning pitstop for a delicious coffee and bite to eat. Their menu takes pride in the best that the locality has to offer: think juices made from locally sourced fruit, or a crisp cocktail made with Brighton Gin. At only a five-minute stroll from the station, North Laine Cafe could (and should) be the best first stop when you roll into Brighton for the weekend.