10 Of The Coolest Brighton Coffee Shops: New For 2024

Brighton coffee shops are some of the best in the world! Here’s my pick of the best ones for you to explore hand picked by a local.

Brighton is the UK’s coffee capital, with the city boasting the highest number of coffee shops per person, new research has revealed. There are currently 363 registered cafes in Brighton, the equivalent of one coffee shop for every 800 people!

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10 of the best Brighton coffee shops

When you walk around the city centre you do feel like you are spoilt for choice. From dog-friendly coffee shops, to ones that you can work in, to coffee shops that are great for people watching – or ones that have the best coffee ever…read on to discover the best Brighton coffee shops.

1 The Botanist Coffee Co.

Why go? Great for plant lovers

A lovely small coffee shop with a friendly barista. It’s one of the best oat lattes I’ve tried. And it’s tucked away just down from the station but only locals know about this place (they are not keen to share as it’s so good). The interior is all stripped back woods and lots of pretty plants to help lift your mood.

I often pop in The Botanist Coffee Co. after the gym and watch the world go by from their windows. And it’s next door to the first ever LGBTQ book shop!

2 Cafe Coho

Why go? Great for people watching.

With two Brighton locations (one by the train station and one on Ship Street), Cafe Coho is a great place to start. Not only is the coffee here great, but they also offer a scrumptious brunch menu. 

Both of Coho’s Brighton coffee shops are set inside gorgeous period buildings and have plenty of seating inside and out. So, whether you’re catching up with a friend for cake or grabbing a drink before your work day, you can enjoy the impressive tall ceilings and exposed brickwork.

Oh, and did we mention the Ship Street venue serves cocktails?

3 Twin Pines

Why go? An oasis of calm on a usually hectic stretch, Twin Pines serves up coffee to die for.

St James’ Street is alive with bars, clubs and pubs and can often feel hectic. But at Twin Pines, the chaos melts away as soon as you step inside. The basement is chock-full of comfy chairs and mid-century furniture but being below ground, phone reception is patchy at best.

That makes it the perfect place to escape, even if it’s just for a few minutes. The coffee here is first-rate, and arguably the best in Brighton.

3 Black Mocha

Why go? Pop in for single-origin espresso, tasty treats and friendly service 

Fancy an alternative to a caffeine high, then you’ll love Black Mocha’s signature blend of 70% dark hot chocolate and smooth espresso is sure to put a pep in your step. Aside from its namesake drink, Black Mocha offers delicious sandwiches, snacks and raw vegan cakes.

With its cute exterior and modern yet cosy interior, this artisan coffee shop is tucked away within the hustle and bustle of Brighton’s North Laine area. 

4 Pelicano

Why go? Discover the Lewes road in Brighton when you pop in for a coffee

Pelicano is a popular Brighton cafe with a rustic atmosphere and great coffee. They roast their own beans, and if it’s not perfect they don’t serve it. They have a cosy nook in the corner that’s perfect for relaxing with a coffee or cake.

They have a few shops now open in Brighton, including one on the Lewes road which is perfect for working in with your laptop. And they are dog friendly too.

5 Presuming Ed’s Coffee House

Why go? The quirky decor!

If you’re looking for a unique coffee shop experience in Brighton, look no further than Presuming Ed. Here, you’ll find lovingly roasted and ground coffee as well as some cracking locally brewed beers, all of which are perfect for satisfying your hunger. If you’re looking to soak up the local atmosphere, then this is the place for you!

On the London Road, this coffee shop also has an escape room! Opens until midnight for a late night fix.

6 The Flour Pot Bakery

Why go? It’s a Brighton institution

The Flour Pot Bakery is a modern British bakery with branches all over Brighton and loved for its artisanal breads, croques, sandwiches and coffee. It also has an outlet on the beach and a popular brunch menu.

There are lots of them all over Brighton (feels like a new one opens up every week!) but I love the one on Elm Grove because it is my local one and I based my kitchen design around their interior! They sell fresh Donuts once a week too.

7 CAfe Marmalade

Why go? Coffee shop that only locals know about

This coffee shop offers a variety of breakfast options, from healthy salads to sweet pastries. It’s located close to the sea front and is usually very busy, making it a great place to relax and catch up with friends.

Tucked in the far end of Kemp Town, Cafe Marmalade is one of the best for lunch IMO

8 Cafe Rust Kemptown

Why go? You can shop while you eat

Cafe Rust is an up-and-coming Brighton cafe with a focus on fresh, local produce. It’s a quirky little spot with a garden out back which is always popular in the warmer months, perfect for a lazy brunch. They have a few dotted around Brighton which all have their own personality. I love the one on the London Road which hosts pop up evenings with local chefs.

The menu features delicious dishes like eggs Benedict and Welsh rarebit, with a selection of daily specials also available. They also sell antiques so you can pick up something for your home while you sip your morning brew.

9 Wild Cherry Brighton

Why go? Small organic local hot spot

This organic food store is a great place to get fresh, healthy food. Wild Cherry have a wide variety of products, and the staff are friendly and knowledgable. I love their outside deck which is perfect spot to have your morning coffee before heading to Queen’s Park for a dog walk.

10 Bread & Milk

Why go? Great spot to get fuelled up with coffee before you hit the shops

Bread & Milk is a cozy cafe with delicious food and amazing drinks. It has a relaxed, chilled vibe and the staff are friendly and welcoming. The prices are a bit on the high side, but it’s definitely worth it for the excellent quality of food and drinks.

Just under the train station, make this your first port of call when visiting Brighton

10 Of The Best Brighton Coffee Shops: New For 2024

There are 100s of amazing coffee shops that I haven’t even covered! So if you want another post like this, please let me know in the comments box below. And if you are looking for brUnch spots in Brighton, check out this post of my TOP 10 BRIGHTON BRUNCH SPOTS