The Independent Coffee Shops you have to Visit | Brighton & Hove


1. Laughing Dog


How could I not kick this off with my all-time favourite – Laughing Dog in the Brighton Marina. I owe this place a lot, considering it was where I wrote the majority of my dissertation and continued to study here as a postgrad on when I came back to Brighton on Friday afternoons.

Aside from the fact it’s dog-friendly (and there’s ALWAYS dogs in there, not like some of those hit and miss places, you’ll always find a puppy or two…), they have delicious cakes, decent sized coffee and even better… a coffee & cake for £5 deal. Coming from someone who spends a lotttt of unnecessary money on coffee and cake, I cannot tell you how happy it makes me when they have a deal!

Located at: The Octagon, 31 Mariner’s Quay, Brighton BN2 5WA.

2. Flour Pot Bakery


Dotted around Brighton, you’ll be sure to find yourself in a Flour Pot Bakery. Whether you’re picking up a fresh loaf of sourdough bread or lusting over the cakes, it’s definitely worth a visit. Brighton and Hove is home to seven Flour Pot Bakery locations, including a Flour Pot Kitchen right on the beach next to the i360. Alongside their breakfast pastries, fresh sandwiches, and signature coffee, they serve an all-day dining menu of brunch dishes, seasonal specials, and handmade sourdough pizzas. Plus it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset in the summer.

Find your closest Flour Pot Bakery here:

3. Pelicano Coffee Co


Pelicano has a cool rustic vibe with outside seating either at the back or right in the heart of the North Laine’s if you don’t mind sitting at the front. Another place where I will rave about their cake until everyone I know has paid a visit. The coffee is roasted on-site and when they bring it out – it’s good enough to put on the old gram. It’s small but cosy building means it can sometimes be difficult to get a seat here but it’s worth popping your head in to see if you can grab a spot when walking past.

4. Cafe Coho

Cafe Coho Ship Street is the perfect place to stop if you are browsing The Lanes, with seating inside and out there’s always space and plenty of cakes and hot drinks to chose from. If you’re travelling to/from Brighton on the train then you’ll walk straight past their Queens Street store. It’s ideally located for commuters so if you need a little caffeine pick me up before catching your train home – you know where to go!

The Lanes: 53 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF.

Brighton Train Station: 83A Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE.

5. Presuming Ed Coffee House

A little further out from the ‘touristy’ parts of Brighton you’ll find Presuming Ed’s Coffeehouse… Well, you won’t miss it, seeing as its the tall building covered in bright coloured paint. As well as a huge selection of hot drinks, alternative milks, Presuming Ed is also a licensed bar specialising in craft beers. It’s also dog-friendly!

You won’t miss it but here’s the details: 114-115, London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JG.

6. Silo


Silo prides themselves on locally sourcing their food and coffee and being a zero waste restaurant. The interiors are warm and cosy with one half dedicated to being a cosy coffee bar with the other half a trendy restaurant with an industrial vibe. We only stayed for a coffee but the menu changes regularly with what’s in season! So definitely worth a visit if you’re in Brighton.

Tucked away in the North Laine: 39 Upper Gardner St, Brighton BN1 4AN.

7. Trading Post Coffee Roasters

Trading Post on Ship Street is the perfect coffee shop work date location. It’s huge upstairs means there’s plenty of seats to occupy for a few hours at a time without feeling bad for taking up a table. Downstairs you can sit inside and outside with the outside seating being on a bustling Brighton street, which is often taken up by buskers/events/performances. It’s an ideal place to spend a summery afternoon.

You’ll find Trading Post here: 36 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AB.

If you’re looking to shop small/support a local business then Brighton is the place to do it! Have you visited any of these coffee shops? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading

-Amelia x




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