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The 14 best coffee shops in Brighton

Craving that caffeine hit before a day out by the sea? Then head to one of the best coffee shops in the UK's coffee capital

Joe Minihane
Liv Kelly
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Joe Minihane
Liv Kelly

Brightonians are caffeine fanatics, pure and simple. The wired residents of this seaside town spend more per head on coffee than anywhere else in the UK, and it's thought that the city has a crazy high number of coffee shops per person.  

It's all for good reason, though. The coffee scene here is the best in the country, with a thriving band of independent businesses serving up delicious cups using beans bought from all over the globe and roasted locally. Whether you’re grabbing an oat flat white to go or want to linger over a dirty chai latte, the coffee capital of the UK has an abundance of options. Here is our roundup of Brighton’s best coffee shops.

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This article was recently updated by Liv Kelly, a writer from Brighton. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

Best coffee shops in Brighton

Stoney Point
Photograph: Stoney Point

1. Stoney Point

Why go? Laid-back charm away from the bustle of the city centre.

Serving Monmouth Coffee from a hatch on a pretty residential street where Brighton meets Hove, Stoney Point is the ultimate spot for true coffee lovers. Grab a seat on the pavement and watch the world go by. 

2. 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 and 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.

Presuming Ed's Coffee House
Photograph: Presuming Ed's Coffee

3. Presuming Ed's Coffee House

Why go? Excellent coffee in a kooky little setting. 

Presuming Ed's Coffee House is definitely the place to try if you're after a whacky hidden gem. Their coffee is supplied by Cast Iron Roasters, and the team will brew you a great cup, be it early in the morning or late into the evening. The place also functions as a bar, pub, live music venue — basically, whatever you want it to be. Make sure you don't miss this place a visit. 

Photograph: Tilt

4. Tilt

Why go? Well away from the touristy parts of town, Tilt is a local favourite.

With local art on the walls and a cool, stripped-back aesthetic, Tilt has carved out a reputation as one of the best places in Brighton to get a coffee. Not only are the drinks super, the food here is excellent as well. Stop by at lunch time and you won’t leave disappointed.

Photograph: Pelicano

5. Pelicano

Why go? Small local chain which mixes carefully crafted coffee with Brighton’s best cakes.

Pelicano has a number of locations across Brighton. Its Sydney Street outpost, in the heart of hip North Laine, is our favourite. Taking advantage of this part of the city being pedestrianised, its seats stretch out across the road from its small shopfront, making it a great place to people-watch while enjoying a cup.

Bond St Coffee
Photograph: Bond Street Coffee

6. Bond St Coffee

Why go? North Laine favourite where getting a caffeine fix is a way of life.

Bond St Coffee is run by Black Rain Coffee, which roasts its own, ethically grown beans on a low-emissions roaster and delivers them using a zero-emissions electric car. The care that goes into the coffee here is legendary, with single origin brews from all over the world available. The vegan cinnamon bun is a must with any purchase.

Ground Kemptown
Photograph: Rick Curtis / Ground

7. Ground Kemptown

Why go? Hip Kemptown spot in a new location close to the beach.

Ground moved along St George’s Road in 2020, opening in a new spot that feels more cosy than its former location in the heart of Kemptown village. The coffee comes from Pharmacie Roasters in nearby Lewes, with a few seats for sitting in and soaking up the vibe. Grab a takeaway, though, and you can be on the beach within five minutes.

8. Black Mocha

Why go? The perfect place to stop while shopping in the North Laine.

Black Mocha’s location close to Brighton’s best vintage clothes shops, record stores and antiques emporiums makes it the ideal place for refuelling while on a shopping spree. The coffee here is excellent, but the cakes will ensure you also get a much-needed sugar fix before scouring for a new outfit or the latest limited vinyl release.


9. Mojo Coffee

Why go? Great coffee from a family-based roastery. 

Mojo Coffee is little spot in what is fast-becoming Brighton's student area, but which remains a secret of the locals. Run in partnership with a family-based roastery who prioritise ethically sourced ingredients, you can practically taste the care that goes into their coffee. They've got crackin' sandwiches too. 

Redroaster St James Street
Photograph: Redroaster St James Street

10. Redroaster St James Street

Why go? A gorgeous café with great twists on coffees. 

Redroaster St James Street is one of the most glamourous spots in the city to enjoy a cuppa Joe. This place is Brighton's oldest roastery, and most celebrated café who can rustle up a great brunch to go alongside their drinks. As well as serving up great americanos, flat whites and lattes, they have a few quirky coffee creations, too. 


11. Dharma

Why go? A Hove newbie with a friendly vibe.

The Hove end of Western Road is home to some ace restaurants and in Dharma it now has one the best coffee shops in the area. The oat cappuccino here is particularly good, while there are tables with power points for those looking to get their head down and do some work. Personally we’re more into the outdoor tables – perfect for watching the world go by.

Brighton Fishing Musuem Coffee Shop
Photograph: Brighton Fishing Museum Coffee Shop

12. Brighton Fishing Musuem Coffee Shop

Why go? An underrated coffee spot tucked away in the King's Road Arches. 

Yes, you read that right. The Brighton Fishing Musuem Coffee Shop is one of the best coffee spots in town, which remains relatively undiscovered. Fancy a breezy wander along the front, but full up of fish and chips? This place has you covered, with great coffee, and excellent bakes and pastries to be enjoyed — perhaps even in the sun, if you're lucky. 


13. Trading Post Coffee Roasters

Why go? Brilliant brunch spots all over the city.

Since Trading Post Coffee Roasters was founded in 2017, the little string of cafés have become one of the city's success stories. The original location on Ship Street is a bustling go-to for tourists and locals, and is usually packed to the rafters with people sipping their delicious selection of blends, or enjoying their tasty brunch. They also have spots in the North Laine, Brighton Station and Lewes, so be sure to swing by one of them during your visit. 

Photograph: Xavier D. Buendia

14. FIKA

Why go? Swedish-inspired spot with an excellent brunch menu. 

FIKA, named after the Swedish concept of taking time for breaks during the day to enjoy a coffee, is a cool coffee spot opposite Hove Town Hall. Its coffee comes from Back Yard in Ditchling, which is a co-owner of the space, while its fried egg sandwiches, by Cracked, are the stuff of legend. Purge a hangover or fill up after a bracing walk along the coast.

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