A locals guide to Brighton’s most Instagrammable brunch and breakfast spots
I love going out for brunch. In fact, if I didn’t go for brunch quite as much, I’d probably be quite rich (I wouldn’t be as happy though.) I don’t know if it’s the self-indulgent feeling of spending a lot of money on something I could have made at home or the feeling of satisfaction I get from being so productive that I’m in town at 10 in the morning. However, going out for brunch is the new going out for dinner, and there’s no better a city to get in on the trend than Brighton.
Whether you like your eggs runny, or your coffee extra strong, I’ve rounded up a list of the best places to ‘avo’ good brunch in Brighton.
81 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EB
This independent french bistro is the epitome of what a Saturday morning should be for me. Although small this bistro packs tables in and offers a low-key brunch experience, all featuring the very best of ingredients. The atmosphere is always bustling and casual chic, and the food is always divine. The eggs Benedict are always cooked to perfection and the Hollandaise sauce is always rich but never too much. There is also a fantastic a-la-carte menu, ideal for a relaxed dinner with friends.
Flagship: 36 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AB
You’d be far-fetched to get through this large brunch menu at one of Brighton’s trendiest local cafe chains. Offering everything from Vegan breakfasts to Welsh Rarebit, this local’s favourite spot is guaranteed to please everyone. The tea and coffee selection is extensive and the coffee beans are roasted on-site. There is a large amount of seating in all of their cafes so it’s perfect for a catchup with friends. It also has plenty of window seats and charging points, so it’s a great place to go and work too.
103 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AP
This coffee shop is hidden in the heart of the bustling North Laine and is deceptively large inside. There’s a small brunch menu that caters for everyone. The Shakshuka is particularly good, and there’s a large selection of pastries, cake and sandwiches that change regularly. Black Mocha is also the number one place in Brighton for hot chocolate, serving three varieties, including a vegan one, so it’s the ideal place for hot chocolate and a morning pastry.
1D St James’s St, Brighton BN2 1RE
This coffee roaster has always been known for its superb coffee beans but it’s recently had a refurbishment and its decor and cuisine is now cool enough to brighten up everyone’s feed. The decor is spacious, modern and suggests intellectual and inspiring conversations are happening. There’s plenty to choose from for brunch and lunch from burritos to waffles. The non-alcoholic cocktails are particularly good.
Hixon Green’s Western Road cafe is a fantastic choice for weekend brunch. Granted, the coffee isn’t as good as some others in Brighton. However, the food is exceptional. Choose from a range of delicious brunch dishes (with plenty of vegetarian alternatives.) They are also licensed so it’s a great spot to celebrate an event and it’s really large so you’re usually in with a good chance of finding a seat.
Know any other good brunch and breakfast spots in Brighton? Comment below and let me know.
Looking for more food inspiration in Brighton? Be sure to check out Happy Maki for their vegan sushi rolls: Eating My Way Around Brighton: Happy Maki Vegan Sushi Rolls