Time flies when you’re having fun, or so the line goes and that couldn’t be more true of my last year living in Brighton. It had always been my dream to live down by the sea in this quirky little city and 12 months ago Joe and I were able to make that happen.
Since being here, we’ve tried to do something that we wouldn’t have otherwise done each month. Things like paddle-boarding and walking along Seven Sisters cliffs have been done, but our staple coffee shop visits have remained as regular as ever (as well as our comic book pick up).
So, that being said, I wanted to share a few of my favourite coffee shops in Brighton, just in case you were ever visiting.
Where: 40 Sydney Street
Let’s begin with one of my oldest favourites. Even when I was a tourist I’d come down to Brighton just to visit this place! It’s a wonderfully quiet spot in the North Laines, perfect for watching passers-by, especially on the fold-up chairs outside, with a smooth coffee. Grab a magazine from Papersmiths or Dave’s Comics just across the road, then settle down for a few hours and relax.
Try: A slice of banana loaf with a chai latte.
Where: 82 Trafalgar Street
This has become a lunchtime favourite when I’m working remotely, as their lunch options are fresh and taste absolutely incredible. During the summer, it’s one of the best spots in the North Laines as it’s on a corner with benches positioned all around the outside – perfect for taking in the rays. The women who work here are absolutely lovely too, never short of a smile.
Try: A halloumi flatbread with a regular latte.
Where: 52 Ship Street
One of the quirkier (and cheaper) places on my list, Marwoods has a beautiful garden with a chilled vibe during the weekend but the inside is really where the magic is. Hanging from the walls are pieces of 90s nostalgia, from Action Men to the Millennium Falcon – one thing is for sure you’ll never get bored of looking around this place!
Try: A cheese and red onion toastie with a cappuccino.
Where: 28 Sydney Street
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then you need to make a visit to Pelicano. The cakes are second to none and come in portions that will leave you full for days. With a range of options from chocolate to walnut, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Couple this with a pot of loose leaf tea or an iced latte, and this is one of the best spots to come to with a laptop or for a sugar fix post-shop.
Try: A slice of chocolate and beetroot cake with a pot of tea.
Blend and Brew
Where: 45 Trafalgar Street
In a rush for a train and need to grab a speciality drink for the way? Look no further. This spot is fairly new and set up as a kiosk, although it does have a few seats outside in the sunshine. The women who run it are all studying and set up the coffee shop as part of funding their degrees. All beans are roasted in Italy, so you get amazing quality for a couple of pounds.
Try: A croissant and a cortado.
Where: 3-4 Circus Parade
Part-gallery, part-cafe, Cafe Plenty is my go-to brunching spot in the city. Not only do they do great value avocado on sourdough toast with all the trimmings, they also do a mean coffee. More recently they’ve had some brilliant artwork on the walls that you can take away with you. Book your table though as this place fills up pretty quickly, especially on the weekend.
Try: Avocado on sourdough with chilli dressing and a mocha.
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If you think I’ve missed a coffee shop in Brighton that you’d recommend, comment below, I’m always keen to try new roasts or treats…