Coffee Shops in Brighton

6 of the Best Independent Coffee Shops in Brighton

Published On July 29, 2015 | By Zazie Clarke | Best of Brighton, Food & Drink Features

Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or just bored of chain coffee culture, Brighton is full of great independent coffee shops to satisfy all your caffeine cravings. Here are 6 of our favourite independent coffee shops in Brighton with amazing food, unbeatable coffee, and chic interiors – you could easily spend a whole afternoon sipping in style!


Coffee Shops in BrightonMarwood

Do you love strong coffee, pop culture, and all things kitsch? Then this is the coffee shop of your dreams! Promising “kick arse coffee, and life changing cake“, the interior is like stepping inside the mind of an eccentric collector: mannequins, taxidermy and assorted curiosities are nestled in every corner.  Hunt out their secret garden for al fresco summer coffees, European-style. If you’re feeling peckish, try a sandwich or home-made cake. Their staff are ‘highly trained caffeine ninjas‘, so satisfaction is guaranteed!

Address: 52 Ship St Ct, Brighton, BN1 1AF


 Coffee Shops in BrightonSmall Batch

If you are looking for a conversation-starter with fellow Brighton residents, mention Small Batch. It is the king of local coffee, with an independent empire which is now serving up their specialty coffee in 8 locations including Seven Dials, Brighton and Hove Stations and Jubilee Square. With an emphasis on sustainability and ethical business, you can rest assured that your money is supporting fair trade with coffee producers. Grab a sweet treat or a sandwich and experiment with one of their signature blends.

Address: Small Batch is all across Brighton and Hove, CLICK HERE for a map of locations!


Cafe CohoCoffee Shops in Brighton

Just outside the hustle and bustle of Brighton Station is Cafe Coho, a firm local favourite, and the perfect place if you’re looking for a bite to eat and a high-quality coffee. Their house espresso blend promises complex floral aromatics, ripe red fruit notes of cherry and a dark caramel treacle-like body ‘to leave you with a sweet enduring finish’. They also have a guest coffee available from a local roastery which changes weekly, if you’re feeling experimental. Don’t miss their amazing brunch menu: their eggs do not disappoint!

Address: Cafe Coho is at two locations in Brighton, more info HERE


Coffee Shops in BrightonRed Roaster

Named after the red coffee roaster which was originally installed in the coffee house in 2001, Red Roaster have been hand-roasting and retailing their own coffee beans for over a decade. Peruse their extensive coffee menu which offers all the classics, iced alternatives and a wide range of teas. The coffee house is airy and spacious with high vaulted skylights in the ceiling and contemporary artwork adorning the walls. There are plenty of delightful options for those who want something sweet, try their ‘liquid chocolate‘, or one of their amazing home-made cakes (vegan options available).

Address: 1D St James’s St, Brighton, BN2 1RE


GroundCoffee Shops in Brighton

Ground serves up deliciously prepared food and drink with warm and attentive service. Expect coffee from the best coffee roasters in the UK along with finest loose-leaf tea from Canton Tea Company. Hungry? Then try their tempting food which is made from scratch from their homemade kitchen, mainly using locally sourced, organic and/or seasonal produce and as an added bonus their milk is organic too! It’s not just about great food and drink at Ground, the staff are also incredibly friendly and do a wonderful job of creating a relaxed atmosphere for you enjoy as you while away the hours people watching.

Address: Kemptown – 34-36 St George’s Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1ED/ Hove –  84 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2EB


Coffee Shops in BrightonPelicano

If you’re looking for the perfect people watching spot then it’s got to be Pelicano in the North Laine! Sit outside and watch the world go by whilst sipping on one of their delicious coffees made using ethically sourced single origin beans roasted on site in their micro roastery. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, check out their smorgasbord of tasty treats lovingly displayed on the counter and take your pick from freshly hand baked cakes baked by a range of Brighton based bakers whipping out all kinds of cakes, cookies, muffins, slices and much more! They also have a large rotating rosta of Artisan loose leaf teas available which they source directly  from small, family-run farms.

Address: 28 Sydney Street, Brighton, BN1 4EP

How about a cream tea? Check out our guide to  the best Afternoon Teas in Brighton

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About The Writer

I recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Anthropology. Since moving back I have been happily reacquainted with Brighton’s idiosyncratic streets and colourful characters. I like writing and riding my bike around the city hunting for hidden treasures.