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Our guide to the best coffee shops in Brighton

This southern English coastal city is home to a multitude of cafes and coffee shops, meaning you’ll never be far from getting your hands on a morning caffeine fix or an afternoon baked treat.

We’ve put together a guide to some of the best coffee shops in Brighton so all you have to do is turn up and enjoy a relaxing time out with your favourite beverage. 

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With four locations around the city, Pelicano is a must-visit for those looking for speciality coffee in Brighton. Serving an extensive range of coffees originating from countries such as Rwanda, Columbia, Guatemala and El Salvador, you’ll want to try them all! All roasted on site, this Brighton coffee shop won’t disappoint. They also offer a selection of cakes, pastries, and other sweet treats to complement your chosen brew . 

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Black Mocha 

If you’re searching for one of the best coffee shops in Brighton and Hove, this independent gem should be top of your list. Situated in the North Laine area, Black Mocha serves only the best single-origin coffee, and it’s all hand-roasted. Their namesake drink, the 70% dark chocolate black mocha, is a must-try. As well as some of the best coffee in Brighton, you can expect an array of snacks, sandwiches and cakes, including gluten free and vegan options . 

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Bond St. Coffee 

Featuring great locally roasted and ethically produced coffee from nearby Horsham, Bond St. Coffee take immense pride in their roasting process to create the perfect beverage. Whole milk is sourced from a local farm in East Sussex and oat milk is also available. Grab a seat outside in the sunshine and enjoy some of the best speciality coffee in Brighton with a slice of cake . 

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Café Arcadia 

A small, independent Brighton coffee shop, showcasing some of the city’s history, Café Arcadia serves a delicious breakfast and lunch menu as well as a large selection of coffees and hot drinks. Situated in the Imperial Arcade, it’s centrally located and easy to find. For something a little different, try their finely ground Turkish coffee and enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere as well as their excellent light bites.  

Head to Brighton in style

Take a trip to this famous seaside location and visit some of the best coffee shops in Brighton and Hove. For the ultimate experience, travel by train and enjoy a stress-free journey before relishing all that Brighton has to offer. 

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