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17 Coffee Shops In Brighton And Hove You Must Visit

Coffee by the seaside.

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1. Small Batch Coffee

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A true Brighton success story, this lot started out with a single mobile outlet before blossoming into an independent empire. With no wi-fi the focus is all on the coffee – but when it’s this good who wants to check emails anyway?

2. Redwood Coffee House

Populated by students, social media entrepreneurs and sofa revolutionaries, pitch up and earwig on conversations that range from micro-blogging to Karl Marx. The clientele are serious about their coffee – so don't try the staff's patience by asking for toffee syrup on your Americano.

4. Presuming Ed Coffeehouse / Via

With its giant mural of 90s alternative icon Bob Dobbs and ‘Withnail And I’-referencing moniker this student and freelancer favourite is bringing London Road back to life one espresso at a time.


5. Redroaster

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A proper community hub, on the average morning Redroaster thrums with juicy gossip and clattering coffee cups wielded by locals and tourists alike. The sad-looking chain place opposite knows when it’s been beaten…

7. Marwood

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This café’s ‘kick-arse coffee, life-changing cake’ tag-line is only half the story. Inside, the décor features an ever-changing collection of weird and wonderful bric-a-brac (from angry-looking plastic dinosaurs to local paper headlines warning of zombie attacks) designed to mess with your caffeine-addled head.

8. Pelican on Portland Road

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Parents need good coffee too – and this family-friendly cafe does much more than just an excellent skinny latte. There’s a spacious toy-filled back room that’s cat-nip for sugared-up kids to play in while their parents claim the comfy sofas.


14. Emporium

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Housed in an ex-church this café–stroke–exhibition space–stroke–theatre really does feel like a sanctuary from the outside world. The general bohemian feel is bolstered by regular arty happenings including the odd life drawing class.

15. Pelicano

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Locals may mourn the late lamented Dumb Waiter (RIP) but this new(ish) coffee spot on its hallowed site is a breath of fresh air with eager-to-please staff who are happy to leave you alone with your latte while you tap on your laptop.