True to its name, That Little Tea Shop In The Lanes is located in The Lanes and is the perfect stop on the way to do some sightseeing in Brighton. Blink and miss it, the shop is tiny but full of character. It has a vintage feel to it with its china saucers, classic tablecloths, and the servers even dress in old maid costumes. They serve great tea and coffee options and encourage visitors to sit and enjoy. Don’t forget to try their cakes and pastries that are freshly baked and affordably priced to boot.
It’s seemingly always busy here, but that’s because it is that good. The Blackbird Tea Room has a very pre-war aesthetic, with vintage photographs and simple and elegant table decor. They serve all-day breakfasts and lunches. There are some amazing choices, from eggs Benedict to cinnamon French toast to toasted bacon sandwiches. Don’t worry, they also sell plenty of goodies from scones to cakes to apple and berry crumbles to go with that brew. While the food is especially good, so is the tea selection; Blackbird prides itself on using only quality blends of leaves.
When craving a great cup of coffee, Ground Coffee is the way to go. This locally owned coffee shop is a favourite among locals and has a loyal clientele. The folk here pride themselves on serving the best coffee in town and make sure the staff are exceptional at making every type of brew, from lattes to cappuccinos to Americano, and even Chai tea. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting and they even let dogs in, so bring the pooch along for the ride.
This stylish spot, once started as food truck, has grown into one of the best cafes in Brighton. Cafe Marmalade has a set breakfast menu, though their lunch choices are truly where they shine. They serve freshly made quiches, tarts and salads everyday, while the types of salads and quiches change all the time.
Cakes the Difference is thought to be the best bakery in Brighton and has garnered a reputation mainly via word of mouth. Cakes is located a little bit away from the central downtown area but well worth the diversion. It is perfect for birthdays, anniversary parties and holiday get-togethers and there are plenty of delicious cakes to choose from. The breakfast and lunch menu are also top-notch, with an assortment of dishes. Oh, and the portions are big so bring your appetite.
This coffee shop is one of the only chain-style joints on this list, with four in Brighton and eight in the country overall. Don’t go worrying that Small Batch Coffee is a soulless corporate enterprise though; it holds the same values of bean-loving and brew-loving in each of its small shops. They use freshly ground fair trade coffee beans everyday to ensure the best tasting coffees. They don’t just sell the typical latte, cappuccino and Americano, but also serve speciality drinks.
One of the best-kept-secrets in Brighton, Marwood Coffee is close to being the most quirky coffee shops the town has to offer. Name the weirdest thing you can think of and Marwood probably has it hung somewhere within the coffee shop. They have action figures, mannequins, stuffed animals (real and fake), mismatched everything, and a purposely eclectic collection of photos, without any theme or meaning throughout. Their motto is, “kick-arse coffee and life-changing cakes” and they don’t disappoint. Those who hate the mundane, rebel against the norm, or simply want something a little different will fit right in at Marwood Coffee.
Wheat & Beans is a family-run establishment and every visitor can’t help but feel the love put into this place. Located on busy St. James Street, Wheat & Beans is a favourite with the lunch crowd and locals love their afternoon teas. They sell organic beans that are shipped in fresh each week from places like Brazil, El Salvador, and India. Each brew of coffee is expertly roasted to perfection by the employees and served with a little hint of love. And for the non-coffee drinkers, they also serve a vast range of fragrant herbal teas and delicious hot chocolates. The food is something really special: the owner makes everything on the premise and uses only the freshest ingredients.
Don’t be confused by the name, Choccywoccydoodah is the definition of quirky. This place is a heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. On the first floor, they sell hundreds of chocolate sculptures, gourmet cakes in every flavour and oodles more. They really are chocolate artists and their cakes are renowned all over England for their intricate design and ambitious appearance. Upstairs, there is a quaint cafe that sells coffee, chocolate, and plenty of other treats. The hot chocolate and the milkshakes are particularly irresistible.
Right off the main pier, this adorable tea room is one of the best in Brighton. Located in Kemptown, Leman Tea Room is a great little find. It is a family establishment and the owners are invariably there for a friendly chat and chin-wag South England style. They serve tea in adorable china that adds to the charming atmosphere. As well as delectable sandwiches and salads, there are plenty of choices for lunch too.