Brunch in Brighton, in our humble opinion, offers some of the best options anywhere in the UK. Sure, the concept of combining breakfast and lunch into one super meal isn’t perhaps quite as ground-breaking as it was a decade or so ago. However, that doesn’t mean that brunch is any less popular than it was when the concept was first conceived. Millennials and adults alike still love to flock to cafés and restaurants offering the late-morning meal whenever they have the opportunity. What’s more brunch is by no means just a case of avocado on toast with a poached egg anymore; brunch menus these days tend to cover a fair bit of ground. A variety of different styles and genres of restaurants now offer brunch and that’s certainly the case in Brighton.
Brighton has always been known as a city full of quirky backstreets, hipster cafés and great food, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that there are a lot of incredible brunch spots in the cultural capital of the South coast. Whether you’re in the market for a stack of syrup-drizzled pancakes, an acai bowl, or a huge full English, there will be somewhere here that’s guaranteed to tick all the boxes. Drag brunch in Brighton is also an area of growing popularity, with a number of venues offering drag and bottomless brunch as a weekend activity that scores high on both entertainment and good food for a win win scenario.
One of the other reasons we think that Brighton is such a great city for brunch is the fact that after you’ve stuffed your face, you can wander down the beach in minutes, inhale some sea air and go for a wander. Now what could be better than that?
With such a range of different brunch spots in and around Brighton, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling a bit overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve put together a guide below to the best brunch in Brighton to help you find the perfect place. So, whether you live here and are looking to discover somewhere new, or are visiting for a few days and want to try the best places, we’ve got you covered.
Best brunch in Brighton
Check out our pick of the city's best brunch spots, from low-key cafes serving great eggy breakfasts to sweet treats and pancake stacks galore. Looking for brunch on Brighton seafront? We've got that covered too, with everything from beach cafes to rooftop restaurants overlooking the English Channel.
West Beach Bar & Restaurant
What: If sightseeing is your vibe, where better to brunch in Brighton than right on the seafront at West Beach Bar and Restaurant? Big cooked brunches are the order of the day here but there’s also a solid selection of pastries and sweet treats too. The beachside restaurant is attached to nearby Brighton i360, and you can buy tickets that combine a big brunch with a trip up to the top of Brighton’s sky-high 360 degree viewing platform.
Where: Lower Kings Road, BN1 2LN
Book now: West Beach Bar & Restaurant
What: One of restaurateur Raz Helalat’s many successful Brighton spots, Burnt Orange combines a warm, buzzy restaurant with an exciting, eclectic menu that takes influence from all over Europe and the Middle East. At brunch-time, the wood-fired grill in the kitchen gives intense flavour to everything - the wood-fired flatbread with sesame brown butter is a must, as is the barbecue chicken with smoked bread sauce. There’s an excellent vegetarian set menu available too.
Where: 59 Middle Street, BN1 1AL
Book now: Burnt Orange
What: This youthful cafe has a real reputation as a barista-haven, having won awards in the past for quality coffee. You can grab a stack of pancakes alongside an artistic flat white, or tuck into a wide range of cooked brunches, eggy breakfasts and vegan plates. Cafe Coho is permanently packed thanks to its spot in the South Lanes, but on sunny days you can nab a table outside for some people watching.
Where: 53 Ship Street, BN1 1AF
Book now: Cafe Coho
The New Club
What: Inspired by the indie coffee houses of New York and LA, The New Club overlooks Brighton's seafront and since opening in 2013 has become renowned for its crowd-pleasing brunch menu. Covering all bases, The New Club's menu includes everything from hefty breakfast burgers to stacks of American-style pancakes. Wash your food down with one of the brunch cocktails on offer and you'll be sure to leave with a big smile on your face.
Where: 133-134 Kings Road, BN1 2HH
Book now: The New Club
Lost in the Lanes
What: This contemporary café tucked away in the quirky Brighton Lanes is all about serving simple brunch dishes made using high quality ingredients, in a casual, minimalist setting. It's a great spot to escape to while enjoying classics such as beans on toast, and toasted banana bread. However, Lost in the Lanes also offers a few more unusual brunch dishes too; think avocado toast with apricot and caraway chutney, and beetroot cured Chalkstream trout with wakame curd.
Where: 10 Nile Street, BN1 1HW
Book now: Lost in the Lanes
What: This hipster bistro run by local DJ Tim Healey is all about big plates, good tunes and cocktails a plenty, and who can complain about that? Based in the North Laine area of the city, you can expect hearty brunch dishes at Kooks such as a full English featuring sausages from a local butcher. It's up to you whether you choose to go for a coffee or a cocktail on the side. We know which one we'd go for...
Where: 56 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN
Book now: Kooks
Starfish & Coffee
What: Nestled away in the hilly Hanover neighbourhood of Brighton, Starfish & Coffee is an independent café which really has gone all out with its brunch offering. The generous portions here certainly won’t leave you needing much else to eat before dinner and that’s no bad thing when the food tastes so good. Favourites on the brunch menu are the full English and vegetarian equivalents, and the loaded seasonal soups.
Where: 32 Egremont Place, BN2 0GA
Book now: Starfish & Coffee
The Ivy in the Lanes
What: If it's a bit more of a special brunch that you're looking for, you can't go wrong with a table at The Ivy. Just like all branches at the classic restaurant group, The Ivy in the Lanes is both brightly and stylishly decorated to give the place a classy feel. The brunch menu, offered only at weekends, means business too and features starters as well as mains. A particular favourite of ours is the hot buttermilk pancakes with Greek yoghurt, fresh berries and strawberry sauce.
Where: 51A Ship Street, BN1 1AF
Book now: The Ivy in the Lanes
Lucky Beach Café
What: Located right on Brighton's gorgeous seafront, Lucky Beach Café is already a winner thanks to its amazing views and sun-drenched outdoor tables during the summer. Add to that the fact that it serves a mean brunch menu focused around sustainable produce and it becomes a must-visit spot. Treats on the menu include pulled pork eggs Benedict, sausage and egg Royale, and maple and bacon pancakes for those with a sweeter tooth.
Where: 183 Kings Road, BN1 1NB
Book now: Lucky Beach Café
What: You'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd stepped into a country pub when you first enter Village in Brighton's Hanover borough. However this unlikely-looking café-cum-bar actually serves a stonkingly good brunch with dishes on the menu including everything from dippy eggs and soldiers to a rarebit. Village's brunch menu is also incredibly reasonably priced featuring a full English with all the trimmings for just over a tenner.
Where: 129 Islingword Road, BN2 9SH
Book now: Village
What: Anyone who has been up and down Church Road will recognise Baked, with a smart navy frontage and south-facing terrace occupying a corner of the main road near Palmeria Square. Healthy brunches are the order of the day here, ranging from patisserie treats and pancakes to cooked breakfasts. The bottomless brunch is great value as well.
Where: 69 Church Road, BN3 2BB
Book now: Baked
What: This beautiful beachside spot in Hove - a short hop, skimp and a jump from Brighton - has a variety of spots to hang out in. The bar and restaurant is where you’ll find the main brunch offering, ranging from eggs on toast and pancakes to lobster waffles and Buddha bowls. You can get the same menu on the quaint roof terrace, and there’s often yoga classes in the mornings as well.
Where: Western Esplanade, BN3 4FA
Book now: Rockwater
What: Situated just a stone's throw from Brighton train station, this French-inspired bistro lives up to its name as you really will want to eat everything when you see the menu. Serving brunch every day of the week Mange Tout's regularly changing menu is written up on a chalk board and features Gallic classics such as croque monsieurs, croissants filled with gruyere, and pain perdu. Meanwhile, Mange Tout's mimosa is the perfect accompaniment to any brunch.
Where: 81 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4EB
Book now: Mange Tout
What: While there is the option to have a bagel with your coffee at Nowhere Man, the brunch menu is predominantly focused around one thing and that’s pancakes. Options start simple with a stack of three topped with maple butter costing under a fiver. However, if you’re feeling like something a little more substantial why not go for a stack topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, whipped cream and blueberry compote?
Where: 53 Upper North Street, BN1 3FH
Book now: Nowhere Man
What: Hidden away in the Lanes, the Brighton outpost of Sugardough functions both as a bakery and as a restaurant serving seasonal British dishes with the odd Levant twist. Depending on how hungry you are, you can either pick one of Sugardough’s wonderful pastries to have for brunch, or go for a dish from the brunch menu such as potato rosti with gin cured salmon and a poached egg. For £20 per person there’s also the option to add bottomless prosecco, bellini or mimosa to your brunch.
Where: 18 Market Street, BN1 1HH
Book now: Sugardough
What: Priding itself on serving only the freshest produce, Café Rust is a quaint and quirky café in the up and coming Brighton neighbourhood of London Road. Boasting a small garden out the back which always proves popular during the warmer months, it's a perfect place to come for a long, lazy brunch. Indulge in delicious dishes like eggs Benedict and Welsh rarebit, with a selection of daily specials also available.
Where: 50 Preston Road, BN1 4QF
Book now: Café Rust
What: Redroaster is a name you might hear quite a lot when it comes to brunch in Brighton as it provides ethically sourced, hand-roasted coffee to many of the city's top cafés and restaurants. However, Redroaster Café itself serves a brilliant brunch menu alongside its popular coffee. The all-day menu covers plenty of ground in terms of different cuisines, including dishes such as roast cod and egg yolk rosti, sausage and egg royale, and maple and pecan pancakes. Redroaster also offers a well-priced bottomless brunch option.
Where: 1D St James's Street, BN2 1RE
Book now: Redroaster
Best vegan brunch in Brighton
Brighton is a famously excellent city to be vegan in, so it's no surprise that the place is packed with great plant-based brunching options. Drop into one of these recommended restaurants for a spot of avocado toast, spiced tofu scramble or coconut pancakes.
What: One of Brighton’s beloved vegan set, Green Kitchen whips up delicious cooked vegan breakfasts, huge pancake stacks and even stretches as far as a seitan steak and chips if you want something more substantial. The vegan hollandaise is the best in the game.
Where: 8 Preston Road, BN1 4QF
Book now: Green Kitchen
What: Moksha Caffe has been a brunch favourite among Brighton locals for a while now thanks to its broad menu focused around top quality, sustainably sourced produce. The family run café caters brilliantly to vegetarian and vegan diets too with a particularly impressive selection of Buddha bowls available. If you've got space, we'd also recommend trying a slice of one of Moksha's freshly baked cakes.
Where: 4-5 York Place, BN1 4GU
Book now: Moksha Caffe
What: This plant-based neighbourhood spot is everything you want from a local restaurant - great, easy-going, healthy brunch food and a genuine focus on local suppliers like Horsham Coffee, Abyss Beer from nearby Lewes and Brighton’s own Old Tree Brewery Kombucha. It offers a good mixture of savoury and sweet treats (we love the vegan oat pancakes with berry sauce) and there’s lots of outdoor seating for al fresco brunching too.
Where: 95 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP
Book now: Neighbourhood
Find yourself in London looking for a brunch spot? We've got you covered with our guide to the must-visit places for brunch in the capital. Or if you're a south coast local, check out our complete restaurant listings for brunch in Brighton - you can narrow down your search by price, ambiance, review score and more.