10 best coffee shops in Brighton

Runway East

6th February 2023

Whether you’re looking for the best takeaway latte to grab on your way to our new Brighton office or a cosy spot for an off-site meeting, Brighton has plenty of delicious coffee shops on offer. Here are 10 of Brighton’s best-loved cafes and coffee shops that are sure to satisfy your caffeine craving.

1. Cafe Coho

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?

2. 17 Grams

If you’re searching for a vibrant and welcoming Brighton coffee shop, 17 Grams is it. With tables seating up to six and a fabulous breakfast menu, it’s great for a casual brunch meeting. And the array of vegan and gluten-free options makes this little spot ideal for making sure everyone can enjoy a treat.

Centrally located on Meeting House Lane (with another site in Hove), it’s a great place to grab a lunchtime cuppa, too. Plus, they roast their own delicious coffee just up the road in North Laine! 

3. Coffee At 33

Espresso purist or latte lover, Coffee At 33 is the ideal Brighton stop for fans of impeccable specialty coffee. It’s small but perfectly formed, with sleek, minimalist decor and a tasty selection of cakes. Close to the train station, it’s ideal for picking up a takeaway en route or enjoying a moment to yourself to clear your inbox.

4. Black Mocha

Hot chocolate fans rejoice! 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. 

Pop in for single-origin espresso, tasty treats and friendly service. 

5. Tilt

Head to North Brighton, and you’ll find Tilt, a cosy coffee shop that’s popular with locals and relatively unknown to tourists. You can enjoy top-quality coffee alongside healthy home-cooked meals. It’s a great cafe for families and often hosts pop-up events for local artists and businesses.

6. Laughing Dog

If you want a bright, relaxed cafe with plenty of space, you can’t beat Laughing Dog at Brighton Marina. Whether you’re settling down with your laptop to get some work or you’re catching up with friends, this friendly venue offers a great atmosphere.

Laughing Dog’s menu is packed with yummy vegan options, and there’s a children’s menu, too. It’s dog-friendly (we approve!), making it ideal for the whole family. But what makes this Brighton coffee shop extra special is the fact it’s also a gift shop. From books to homeware, you’ll find products from local, independent makers.

7. Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

Looking for somewhere outside of Brighton city centre? Pharmacie is located in nearby Lewes. As a coffee roastery, it boasts irresistible beans and skilled baristas who know how to use them. But that’s not all. Pharmacie also offers a top-notch brunch menu and a coffee subscription service. It’s also dog-friendly, so your furry friends don’t have to miss out on the fun!

8. Moksha

Another great brunch spot, Moksha Caffe is a family-run venue that serves homely dishes and artisan coffee. Located in York Place, Moksha uses coffee beans roasted in Littlehampton and is available for private hire. 

9. Canvas Coffee Co.

Situated within the Phoenix Art Space, Canvas Coffee Co. has set up a stylish cafe with a fantastic creative atmosphere. The ideal space for catching up with friends or even having a quiet meeting, this Brighton coffee shop is sure to inspire. 

Alongside delectable Brazilian coffee, you’ll find a selection of pastries, light lunches, and plenty of vegan and gluten-free treats.

10. Pavilion Gardens Cafe

What better way to spend a summer lunch break than enjoying a coffee in a picturesque park? With the Pavilion Gardens Cafe, you can do just that. This Brighton coffee shop has a long history — since its days as a refreshment hut in the 1930s, it’s been serving hot drinks and snacks to thousands of visitors. 

Nowadays, you can sit in the sunshine with a coffee and light lunch, listening to the local Pavilion bands.

Find your new favourite Brighton coffee shop

Brighton is renowned for its incredible coffee scene — and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re looking for a welcoming cafe with space for a big group or want to enjoy a specialty coffee on the go, you’re sure to find somewhere delicious in Brighton!

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