Everyone is always keen to take advantage of the brilliant food scene here in Brighton, especially when it’s BrightonSEO time!
After the popularity of my Twitter thread and the fact that I’m a Brighton food blogger and big foodie, it made sense to create a blog post about the brilliant places here in the city, and what I recommend myself. So if you’re looking for something to eat and drink in Brighton – whether for BrightonSEO or just while you stay in Brighton, read on!
- Vegetarian & Vegan
- Drinks & Cocktails
- Italian & Pizza
- Breakfast & Brunch
- Mexican & Latin American Food
- Japanese & Sushi
- Fine Dining
- Spanish & Tapas
- Gluten Free
- Fish and Chips
- Fish and Seafood
- Sandwiches and Lunches
- Food Markets
- Other Honourable Mentions
- On My To Try List
Coffee is most certainly needed when visiting Brighton – having the energy to fit everything in! And our coffee is GOOD. Here’s some of the best places in Brighton and Hove to grab a coffee – whether inside or on the go:
If you’re serious about coffee, Pelicano Coffee Roasters are on it. They’ve been roasting their specialty coffee since 2014. Their distinct espresso bars can be found all over Brighton. Their spot on The Level even features a 1980s Probat roasting machine.
Flagship: 28 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP
The Level: The Level, St Peters Place, Brighton BN1 4SB
Trading Post Coffee Roasters
Trading Post Coffee is all about natural and sustainable, premium coffee. Their coffee is hand roasted Sussex, using artisan methods. You can find their cosy coffee shops all over Brighton.
Ship Street: 36 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AB
Kensington Gardens: 40 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL
Sydney Street: 13-14 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EN
With locations on Meeting House Lane in Brighton and Boundary Road in Portslade, 17 Grams serve good coffee, good vibes and have some great food, too.
Brighton: 12b Meeting House Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB
Portslade: 56 Boundary Road, Hove, BN3 5TD
Small Batch Coffee
Great coffee and food can be found at Small Batch Coffee. Find freshly roasted coffee and seasonal, locally sourced dishes for a delicious brunch (and soon, breakfast and dinner). Locations can be found all over Brighton.
Norfolk Square: 111 Western Rd, Hove, Brighton BN1 2AA
Seven Dials: 108A Dyke Rd, Hove, Brighton BN1 3TE
Goldstone Villas: 70 Goldstone Villas, Hove BN3 3RU
Wilbury: 67C Church Rd, Hove BN3 2BD
Wellington House Roastery: Wellington House, Camden St, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1DU
Bond Street Coffee
For a warm, inviting atmosphere, homemade cakes, and specialty coffee – head to Bond Street Coffee. The coffee served here is single origin, roasted by Horsham Coffee Roaster (based just up the road in North Brighton).
Bond Street Coffee, 15 Bond St, Brighton BN1 1RD
Looking for quality coffee and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere? Find it at Twin Pines. Discover speciality coffees, unique seasonal drinks, and delicious baked goods to enjoy.
Twin Pines, 11 St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1RE
Head into North Laine to find Black Mocha – home of single origin coffee, sandwiches, snacks, and gluten free treats. Be sure to try their namesake signature drink – 70% Madasgcan hot chocolate with espresso.
Black Mocha, 103 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AP
If you venture down to London Road you can’t miss Presuming Ed! Home to a great coffee bar, delicious food , an escape room and a radio station, Presuming Ed is an incredibly ‘Brighton’ place. They also have craft ales and beer on tap and run some brilliant events too!
Presuming Ed; 114-115 London Road, Brighton BN1 4JG
If you’re vegan (like me) or just love supporting plant based businesses, here’s some of my favourite solely vegan spots in Brighton and Hove
Beelzebab at The Hope and Ruin
This might have to be one of my absolute FAVOURITE places to eat in Brighton. Beelzebab is home to delicious vegan junk food, including kebabs, hot dogs, loaded fries, their famous ‘pengest poppers’ and much much more. You’ll find Beelzebab at The Hope and Ruin pub – where everything, including all the drinks, is vegan.
Beelzebab, The Hope & Ruin, 11-12 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3WA
Fast food, but 100% vegan – Vurger is here to satisfy those burger urges! Discover indulgent shakes, fries, and truffle-oil topped mac ‘n’ cheese. Check out their award winning sauces too!
Vurger, 13 Brighton Pl, Brighton BN1 1HJ
Specialising in artisanal, handmade houmous, Smorl’s is a family run business. Along with their signature dip, find a vegan menu full of falafel burgers, salad boxes, and pittas packed full of flavour.
Smorl’s, Open Market, Marshall’s Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Pizza, but make it plant based. Purezza is the UK’s first vegan pizzeria, founded in Brighton! Find unique takes on classic pies – think wholegrain sourdough bases, plant-based cheese, and gluten free options. Purezza now also serves breakfast and brunch, too.
Purezza Brighton: 12 St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1RE
Purezza Hove: 86-87 Western Rd, Hove BN3 1JB
In the mood for something a little fancy? Botanique use seasonal ingredients for bistro-inspired, vegan dishes. The restaurant also features the UK’s first indoor, hydroponic kitchen-garden. Find brunch, lunch, and evening menus, or stop over for a vegan Sunday roast.
Botanique, 31a Western Rd, Hove BN3 1AF
Go for breakfast, vegan-style. Green Kitchen is known for its meat alternatives – perfect for a Full English! This isn’t just for the morning though. Find burgers, ‘steak’ and chips, ice cream sundaes, and banana splits – all plant-based!
Green Kitchen, 8 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF
All vegan, all delicious. The Loving Hut offers plant-based burgers, as well as Chinese-inspired dishes. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert too! Salted caramel brownies anyone?
NOTE: Loving Hut is sadly closing on Sunday 10th April 2022 so make sure to pay it a visit before it goes!
Loving Hut, : 48 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN
What the Pitta
These kebabs are getting in on the vegan action. What the Pitta is home to the original vegan doner. You can also find plant-based gyros, wraps, burgers, and mezze boxes. Don’t forget the hummus!
What the Pitta, 14 East St, Brighton BN1 1HP
New to the Brighton scene, plant based Japanese restaurant Kusaki serves delicious food in absolutely stunning surroundings. The owners also run Botanique and Wolfox, so you know you’re in for the good stuff.
Kusaki, 5-6 Circus Parade, New England Rd, Brighton BN1 4GW
For a cosy cafe that specialises in vegan fare, hit up Neighbourhood. Think plant-based burgers, homemade soup, and delicious cakes. You can also find organic coffee, local beer, and kombucha in a cosy, friendly atmosphere.
Neighbourhood Brighton, 95 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AP
Really Happy Chicken
Fried chick’n, but with a plant-based twist. Really Happy Chicken is Brighton’s vegan ‘chicken’ shop. Satisfy those cravings with Kentucky popcorn, burgers, and buffalo-style ‘wings’. And for dessert? How about deep fried oreos or a PB&J brownie?
Really Happy Chicken, 46 West St, Brighton BN1 2RA
Vegan food never looked so pretty. Famous for their colourful burger buns, Flower Burger isn’t just about looks. Find delicious and unique options that literally taste like the rainbow. Find ingredients like tomato confit, onion tartar, oven baked courgettes, and truffle mayo. Complete your meal with a side of patatas buenas, or a slice of chocolate salami.
Flower Burger, 62 North St, Brighton BN1 1RH
Hankering for a seitan burger? Freeloada is here. Situated in the East Street Tap pub, find creative vegan fast food options. Unique items also include caribbean nuggets, Korean fries, and extremely gooey brownies. Yum!
Freeloada, East Street Tap, 74 East St, Brighton BN1 1HQ
This is not a drill – vegan Mr Whippy’s are here at V360!. This pop up cafe on the seafront also serves a full range of plant-based treats, sorbets, and ice creams. You can grab a vegan burger too! Perfect for enjoying when strolling along the beach.
V360, Kings Road Arches, 112, Brighton BN1 2LN
For guilt-free, plant-based fast food, hit up Vegan Noms. Relatively new on the Brighton food scene, discover endorphin-releasing options such as The Big Mock burger, Not Dogs, Chick’n Pap Pops, and kimchi loaded fries. For dessert, how about a slice of Oreo cake – smothered in chocolate sauce. Find in the World’s End Pub.
Vegan Noms: Worlds End Pub, 60-61 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JE
Tiger Eats Carrot
A family cafe, Tiger Eats Carrot specialises in fun, experimental vegan food that’ll put a smile on your face. Check out their toasted reuben sandwiches, potato pakora nests, and Tiger Eats Samurai burger. Don’t forget to try their specialty coffee, and have a browse of the handmade pottery they sell in-store.
Tiger Eats Carrot: 81 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JF
Vegan burger chain Halo Burger has a residency at The Fountainhead pub. Their burger is made with the Beyond Meat patty and their pink salt fries are delicious!
Halo Burger: Fountain Head Pub, 101-102 North Rd, Brighton BN1 1YE
Vegetarian & Vegan
For those of you who are looking for vegan and veggie options (but not solely vegan) these are for you!
Terre a Terre
Nestled in the Lanes, Terre a Terre is an award winning vegetarian restaurant, and has been going since the early 90s. Discover unique and creative dishes that play with flavour and texture. Go a la carte, a set menu, or – for high days and holidays – afternoon tea.
Terre a Terre: 71 East St, Brighton BN1 1HQ
This pay-as-you-feel cafe creates feel-good vegetarian options from surplus food. Part of the Junk Food Project Brighton, The Gardener rescues ingredients to create delicious dishes. Find soups, curries, and vegan cakes that nourish your soul and do good.
The Gardener: 50 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN
Food for Friends
A Brighton institution, Food for Friends has been open since 1981. This award-winning restaurant is renowned for its delicious veggie fare, all made from consciously-sourced ingredients. Find a frequently changing menu inspired by different global cuisines.
Food for Friends: 17-18 Prince Albert St, Brighton BN1 1HF
Bright, vibrant, and delicious – Planet India’s reputation precedes itself. A local favourite, this family-run restaurant specialises in vegetarian Indian food. Signature dishes include curries that pack in flavour (and heat!) and a variety of authentic regional dishes.
Planet India: 4 Richmond Parade, Brighton BN2 9PH
The Prince George
Because sometimes, only pub grub will do. The Prince George specialises in classic pub fare with a vegetarian take. Find lip-smacking dishes like bangers and mash, mac n cheese, and halloumi and chips. Looking for Sunday lunch? How about a good ol’ veggie roast dinner.
The Prince George: 5 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EQ
Wai Kika Moo Kau
For vegetarian casual dining, head over to Wai Kika Moo Kau. From all day breakfasts to satisfying lunches, there are some real winners here. Start the day off with a waffle stack, or tantalise your tastebuds with a mezze platter. Still got a little bit of room? Finish off your meal with a slice of vegan cake.
Wai Kika Moo Kau: 11A Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL
Iydea is the perfect lunch spot. Served canteen-style, discover a menu that changes daily. Everything is made from scratch using raw ingredients. Winning options include the goat’s cheese arancini, fresh salads, ragus, and curries. Find tucked away in North Laine.
Iydea: 17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL
Pub, anyone?! We have so many pubs here in Brighton. If you want a good pint and something delicious to eat, there’s a huge amount to choose from. Many can’t come to Brighton and Hove and not visit a pub. We have so many here with tons of non-alcoholic options as well.
NOTE: Due to ongoing worker action, I do not recommend the Saint James Tavern and support the workers in their actions to obtain better working conditions. The pub was one of my favourites for years and I hope that the team get the working conditions they deserve and desire. Find out more about Saint James Tavern industrial action.
Situated in North Laine, The Pond serves up beers from all over the world – including their own Pondwater Pale Ale. For eats, the Baby Bao crew are in charge. These Taiwanese-style steamed buns come with meat, vegetarian and vegan fillings. Don’t forget to give the loaded fries a go!
The Pond: 49 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AQ
The Hope and Ruin
With eclectic decor and a lively atmosphere, The Hope and Ruin is your stop for beer, food and live music. With a plant-based menu served up by Beezlebab, settle in for a music session, pub quiz, or an art class. This pub is also dog friendly! Oh and there’s a gig venue upstairs!
The Hope and Ruin: 11-12 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3WA
Brighton Beer Dispensary
This little pub is cosily tucked away in the heart of Brighton. Find good beer, seasonal menus, and a full events schedule at Brighton Beer Dispensary. Take your pick from pub quizzes, live DJ nights, sports matches, and fundraisers.
Brighton Beer Dispensary: 38 Dean St, Brighton BN1 3EG
Brighton Bierhaus is the destination for UK craft, Belgian and German beers. Located within sight of Brighton Pavillion, this award-winning pub has an expansive beer and real ale menu. Check out their events calendar for street food pop-ups, live music, and beer launches.
Brighton Bierhaus: 161 Edward St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 0JB
The Black Lion
The good times keep rolling at The Black Lion. This cosy pub is based in the Lanes, just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach. Find a friendly atmosphere, live music, and good drinks. On the menu are classic pub favourites, all made using locally-sourced ingredients. Think fish and homemade chips, flavourful burgers, and Sunday roasts.
The Black Lion: 14 Black Lion St, Brighton BN1 1ND
The Cricketers is the oldest pub in Brighton, dating all the way back to 1547. This historic spot features Victorian touches (think plush, red velvet) and a warm, friendly vibe. The menu features seasonal dishes made using local produce – think classics with a twist. Give the burgers a try – they’re a local favourite!
The Cricketers: Black Lion St, Brighton BN1 1ND
Step back in time at The Mesmerist. Discover eclectic, vintage decor and a kitschy 70s cocktail lounge. For food, find dishes made from scratch using local ingredients. Look out for Deep South-inspired options, pub classics, and Sunday roasts (with year-round pigs in blankets). In the mood to celebrate? Check out The Mesmerist’s bottomless brunch.
The Mesmerist: 1-3 Prince Albert St, Brighton BN1 1HE
Find cocktails, real ale, wine and a 100% plant-based menu at The Roundhill pub. Whether for lunch or dinner, get stuck into classic favourites, small plates, or a Sunday roast. The atmosphere is cosy, friendly and inclusive for everybody. Cheers!
The Roundhill: 100 Ditchling Rd, Brighton BN1 4SG
The Hop Poles
Known for its atmosphere, grab a drink at The Hop Poles. With quirky decor and a seasonal menu, this is a great spot for a spot of pub grub and a craft beer (or two).
The Hop Poles: 13 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL
The Mash Tun
Lively and buzzing, The Mash Tun is full of atmosphere. Grab a beer, sit outside, and enjoy people watching on Church Street. Feeling hungry? Try one of their signature burgers (vegan options available!)
The Mash Tun: 1 Church St, Brighton BN1 1UE
St Georges Inn
Hidden away in a little corner of Kemptown, the Saint George’s Inn is a local favourite. Relax in their beautiful beer garden, or order freshly prepared food inside.
St Georges Inn: 33 Upper Sudeley St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1HE
Grab a pint and listen to some live music at the Prince Albert. A stone’s throw from the railway station, this pub sits just on the very edge of North Laine. Inside is furnished with eclectic decor, and the outside is just as bright – spot the Banksy if you can! Food isn’t served here, but you’re very welcome to bring your own snacks.
The Prince Albert: 48 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4ED
Earth and Stars
Founded in 1881, the Earth and Stars is nestled in a little corner of North Laine. The menu here is focused on sustainability, with a seasonal, weekday menu. Out on a Sunday? Head on over here for one of their award-winning Sunday roasts.
Earth and Stars: 46 Windsor St, Brighton BN1 1RJ
North Laine Brewhouse
A local pub with an in-house brewery – welcome to the North Laine Brewhouse. Experts in their field, you’ll find nothing but the best in beer here. Hungry? Try their grill and smokehouse menu. If you’re over on the weekend, opt for a bottomless brunch, or a satisfying Sunday roast.
North Laine Brewhouse: 27 Gloucester Pl, Brighton BN1 4AA
Bison Beer is all about craft beer. Starting off as a bottleshop, Bison Beer has their own small batch brews and locations across Brighton. Find an extensive local and global beer menu too. Keep an eye on their events calendar too.
North Laine: 103 North Rd, Brighton BN1 1YW
Hove: 57 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2BD
A pint on a seafront – pretty sweet, eh? The Tempest Inn is located a couple of steps from Brighton’s pebble beach. Discover a lively pub with a unique Korean-inspired menu that includes vegan options.
The Tempest: 159-161 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB
The Hole in the Wall
Tucked away in a corner of the city centre is the award-winning The Hole in the Wall. Find an extensive selection of alcoholic drinks and a friendly, warm atmosphere at this classic pub.
The Hole in the Wall: Queensbury Mews, Brighton BN1 2FE
Craft beer, local gin, and organic wine – it’s all here at Oast. Discover excellent drinks and equally-excellent Sunday roasts. Enjoy your tipple with a board game, or stretch your general knowledge at one of their pub quizzes.
OAST: 45 Preston St, Brighton BN1 2HP
Ever heard of Mrs Fitzherbert’s? If you’ve been to Brighton before you may know the pub that’s wonderful and wacky in equal measures, serving great food (their Sunday roasts and Caribbean food are both great) and a venue to all kinds of live music shows – if you haven’t, go visit! They also have a heated outside area and the ‘Lost Gardens of Fitzherbert’ cocktail bar on the first floor.
Mrs Fitzherbert’s, 25-26 New Rd, Brighton BN1 1UG
Drinks & Cocktails
There is a great selection of cocktail bars in Brighton and Hove, I highly recommend the followng:
Find a sanctuary of red leather sofas and vintage artwork at Bar Valentino. Located just above a Tapas restaurant, this cocktail bar features an exciting drinks menu. Find unique libations, including Drs Orders, Pump-House Special, and Knock, Knock.
Bar Valentino: 7A New Rd, Brighton BN1 1UF
If you love cocktails and small plates, then Burnt Orange is for you. One of Brighton’s newest gems, the cocktails are banging, decor is lush, and there’s food for everyone!
Burnt Orange: 59 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL
The Golden Pineapple
This table service cocktail bar has an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. This award winning location serves its own in-house creations, as well as twists on classic tipples. A fan of Tequila or Mezcal? The Golden Pineapple has the largest selection of agave spirits in Brighton!
The Golden Pineapple: 14 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD
Merkaba at MyHotel
For inventive, modern cocktails that use local ingredients, head on over to Merkaba. Find a relaxed atmosphere and service with a personal touch.
Merkaba: My Brighton Hotel, 17 Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE
The Plotting Parlour
Wet your whistle with classic and unique drinks at this table-service cocktail bar. The Plotting Parlour’s concoctions are made with locally sourced ingredients and quality spirits. For rumbling tummies, sample their small plates and snacks menu.
The Plotting Parlour: 6 Steine St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1TE
Bohemia is the perfect spot for live jazz and cocktails. This European-style bar is split over three floors, and features a unique roof terrace. Discover an extensive drinks menu, alongside restaurant offerings.
Bohemia: 54-55, Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB
Italian & Pizza
There’s plenty of Italian and pizza places in Brighton and Hove, but which are worth a visit? Forget your pre-made bases and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine, including Neapolitan and Roman style pizza at these excellent establishments. It’s a bit of a fight between who’s best in town, especially with so many delicious options. Here’s who is in the running:
Fatto a Mano
Okay – in the battle of Brightonian pizzas, I’m personally on team Fatto a Mano! This pizzeria is famous for its soft and pillowy bases. Prepared in a classic Neapolitan style, and using a selection of Italian and local ingredients, this is true pizza heaven. Find locations in North Laine, London Road, and Hove.
Enjoy an Amalfi atmosphere at Naninella. Specialising in traditional Neapolitan pizza, this restaurant is all about the sourdough base. All pizza is made using a handcrafted pizza oven that was built in Napoli.
At VIP Pizza, pizza isn’t just pizza – it’s a way of life. This family run business specialises in Neapolitan pizza, with roots in the industry since 1880. Made with passion and love, VIP’s pizza pies can be found in multiple locations across Brighton.
Brighton’s first Neapolitan pizza restaurant, NuPosto combines classic Italian cooking with a modern twist. Get a taste of Napoli with a menu full of pizza, pasta, and other delectable treats.
Al Duomo is plating up an authentic taste of Italy. The home of Brighton’s first wood-fired pizza oven, find roman-style flatbreads and stonebaked sourdough pizzas, along with fresh pasta dishes.
Inspired by trips to Naples, Woodbox Pizzeria started as a mobile pizza van. In 2017, they opened up their own pizza shop in Kemptown. Discover a menu full of pizza, salads, desserts, and alcoholic beverages.
Find modern Italian cuisine at Cin Cin. This award-winning, friendly restaurant specialises in seasonal small plates, fresh pasta dishes, and the finest Italian wines – including vegan and gluten free options. Located in Hove (and also London).
As previously mentioned, Purezza serves delicious plant based pizza and more!
Other Italian Restaurants and Pizzerias in Brighton & Hove
- Morelli Zorelli
- Si Signore
Breakfast & Brunch
Looking for something to start the day with? Aside from the many coffee shops and chain establishments serving breakfasts, here are some of my favourite places to have breakfast and brunch in Brighton & Hove (many have vegan and gluten free options):
Start the morning with a serving of smooth coffee and carbs at Nowhere Man. This coffee shop offers decadent pancake stacks, bagels, along with gluten free options. There’s no reservations here, so it’s walk up only!
Fun fact: the owners of Nowhere Man include members of the band Demob Happy (and are also right next to Magnum Opus tattoo parlour).
Tuck into an award-winning brunch at Moksha. This independent cafe specialises in British brunch and lunch with a modern twist. Find fresh salads, homemade burgers, and fresh soups. Enjoy your meal with a cup of locally-roasted coffee.
The Breakfast Club
The first Breakfast Club location outside of London, this Brighton spot boasts a menu full of late morning favourites. Get stuck into pancakes, French toast, burgers, and breakfast burritos.
Recommended by The New York Times, Redroaster is an independent cafe and roastery. Relax in botanical-inspired decor, and treat yourself to a luxurious lunch or bottomless brunch. Maybe slip in a coffee-infused cocktail too!
Starfish and Coffee
Brunch like a boss at this award-winning cafe. Within walking distance of the Royal Pavilion, this is the ideal place to relax and take a breather. Discover elevated brunch dishes to delight your taste buds – and yes, it’s named after THE Prince song, Starfish and Coffee.
Get cosy in this Hove-based cafe. Oeuf offers candle-lit breakfast and brunch, along with a fine selection of local teas, coffees, and alcoholic drinks. Find friendly service and a warm atmosphere.
Baked AM: PM
Find simple yet scrummy menus at Baked AM: PM. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, they have you covered. Dishes use high-quality, seasonal ingredients that are local. Special occasion? Try their Prosecco brunch offering.
Jo and Co
Explore brunch dishes inspired by Australia and New Zealand at Jo & Co. Enjoy unique egg dishes, buttermilk pancakes, and vegan options. Want to make an occasion of it? Go for their bubbles brunch.
Start the day right with coffee and breakfast at Fika. Discover pastries, pancakes, and hot drinks, along with a delicious brunch menu. Cure your hangover with one of their brioche burgers or mega-stuffed sandwiches.
You better be hungry before you hit up Billies. Specialising in hash breakfasts, this cosy cafe’s menu will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Find locations in Brighton and Hove.
Find breakfast, brunch, and bistro menus at Joe’s Cafe. This award-winning spot will take you right through the day. Enjoy dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, along with gluten free and vegan options.
Who doesn’t like a burger? Whether beef, vegan, chicken or something else entirely, we’ve got plenty of places in Brighton serving decent burgers!
If you’re looking to enjoy a burger by the beach, then you’re in luck with Lucky Beach! They serve a great selection of food – and not just burgers! You’re also able to get a delicious breakfast or brunch at Lucky Beach, and there’s also a great selection of vegan dishes, kids food, fish and chips and Redroaster coffee.
The New Club
The New Club is home to American inspired cuisine – with a modern twist. It’s named after the Victorian New Club which was originally in the same spot, and the big windows allow you to have a great view while enjoying good food.
Patty & Bun
Home to a delicious selection of burgers, Patty and Bun have locations in London and Brighton. I really love their vegan options – including their Dr Speculaas milkshake (as shown above). They also have a good selection of gluten free options, which is great for a burgeria!
Did you know that Honest Burgers history goes way back to Brighton? They started in 2011 in a field just outside of the city. Now they have over 30 locations, including their Brighton branch, and continue to serve up gorgeous burgers with even more gorgeous rosemary chips (I’m obsessed). There’s great options for meat eaters, veggies and vegans alike, and they have a special ‘Brighton Hot’ exclusive burger where they’ve teamed up with Brighton Hot Sauce to create something simply delicious.
How could I miss out Burger Brothers?! They are a MUST TRY and many people in the city say that they offer the best burgers in Brighton! Their menu is pretty simple but they have meat, veggie and vegan options to enjoy.
General Burger Chains
- Burger King
- Five Guys
- TGI Fridays
Mexican & Latin American Food
There’s some great places to enjoy Mexican and Latin American food here in Brighton and Hove, here are some of the best:
If you’re looking for authentic taqueria food (that’s Mexican owned) then you can’t go wrong with Casazul! Based at The Open Market, Casazul’s tacos aren’t to be missed. They offer meat and vegan options, alongside lots of drinks and Mexican grocery items as well – it’s my go to place to stock up on Tajin, horchata, Valentina sauce, and their own in house range of salsas and jarred fresh taco kits to go.
Halisco offer tacos, margaritas, good vibes and plenty of small plates. Located on Preston Street, they are a short walk from the Brighton Centre and I also highly recommend their hibiscus margarita!
Tlaloc at The Old Pier
Offering tacos, small plates and cocktails, the focus of Tlaloc at The Old Pier is seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Note: please contact ahead of visit/time of booking if you have any dietary requirements as they can’t always support this.
La Choza is home to traditional Mexican street food – tacos, sharing plates and great cocktails. Note: expect to queue/long waiting times at peak hours.
Carlito Burrito is an award winning Mexican owned restaurant serving street food, alongside having their own food truck which you may see at events and festivals around the country.
If you’re looking for Argentine food, Cafe Malbec is the place to be. Enjoy empanadas, brunch, tapas and good wine.
Mexican & Latin American Chains
- Las Iguanas
Japanese & Sushi
If you’re looking for good Japanese food, you’re in luck! We’ve got some wonderful, quality Japanese restaurants, noodle bars and sushi places here in the city.
If delicious Japanese food cooked over coals sounds great to you, then Bincho Yakitori is somewhere you must visit. It’s a popular favourite for treat meals and inspired by Tokyo’s backstreet izakayas.
Moshimo is a great place to go for a quick sushi lunch, or for a decadent multi course meal. They have an amazing vegan selection, and they pride themselves on the sustainability of the restaurant – they’ve even won awards for it.
A fairly new entrant to the Brighton food scene, you’ll find Kusaki at Preston Circus. All of the dishes served are plant based & vegan, and this upscale venue is stunning! I dare you not to get a photo with the sakura tree!
Goemon serves authentic Japanese ramen at great prices.
Shogun Ramen is a super authentic ramen bar just a short walk from The Brighton Centre.
If you’re looking for cheap Japanese food then Pompoko is a good place for you! Enjoy donburi, ramen and lots of other Japanese dishes in a super informal setting.
Other Japanese restaurants in Brighton
- Cafe An An
- Tropical Sushi
- Sushi Garden
- Yo Sushi
Brighton just isn’t home to party culture, pubs and junk food – there’s also a thriving fine dining culture; including heavily awarded eateries, complete with Michelin awards.
Amarillo at Drakes
The Coal Shed
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The Little Fish Market
Bistro du Vin
The Restaurant at Drakes
The Ivy in the Lanes
There’s some great places to enjoy Chinese food in Brighton – from hot pot restaurants to noodle bars, to sit down banquet style meals.
Gars, 19 Prince Albert St, Brighton BN1 1HF
Good Friends, 24-25 Preston St, Brighton BN1 2HN
China Garden, 88 Preston St, Brighton BN1 2HG
China China, 74 Preston Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2HP
Danny’s, 179 Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5QJ
Noodles Soup, Bostel House, 37 West St, Brighton BN1 2RE
Hins, 121 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2AF
We have some amazing Greek restaurants here in Brighton and Hove, here are just some of my favourites:
Archipelagos, 121 Western Rd, Hove BN3 1DB
Yefsis, 57 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JE
Adelfia, 13-14 Preston St, Brighton BN1 2HN
Kouzina, 40, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Skara, 23 The Waterfront, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5WA
Estia, 3 Hampton Pl, Brighton BN1 3DA
You don’t have to venture over the channel to enjoy good French food – we’ve got what you need in Brighton. Whether it’s a lovely sit down meal with friends, or some patisserie from Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off: The Professionals contestant Julien Plumart.
Petit Pois, 70 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AE
Hotel du Vin
Hotel du Vin, 2 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD
Mange Tout, 81 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EB
L’Atelier du Vin
L’Atelier du Vin has 3 locations:
North Laine: 10 St George’s Pl, Brighton BN1 4GB
Seven Dials: 87 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 3JE
Q Square Hotel: Q Square hotel, 11 Queen Square, Brighton, BN1 3FD
Julien Plumart, 48 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XB
I’m a bit of an Indian food snob, but we do have some brilliant places to enjoy good Indian food here in Brighton and Hove. Here’s some of my recommendations:
Curry Leaf Cafe
Curry Leaf Cafe, 60 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AE
Indian Summer, 70 East St, Brighton BN1 1HQ
Planet India, 4 Richmond Parade, Brighton BN2 9PH
Eastern Eye, 58 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JE
The Chilli Pickle
The Chilli Pickle, 17 Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE
Thanks to the Korean Wave (Hallyu), Korean food is becoming more popular here in the UK, and in Brighton we’ve got a couple of great Korean restaurants.
Namul, 49 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN
Kogi, 30 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU
Spanish & Tapas
Looking for something Spanish? Some tapas? Why not give one of the below a visit?
Tapas Revolution, 165 North St, Brighton BN1 1EA
Ole Ole 141 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2AE
Casa Don Carlos
Casa Don Carlos, 5 Union St, Brighton BN1 1HA
La Bodega, 111 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD
Solera Tapas, 42 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP
I absolutely adore Thai food, so had to feature some of my favourite places to enjoy Thai food here in the city. We’ve also got some great pubs with Thai kitchens!
Lucky Khao, 1d St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1RE
LongrainThai, 111 St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1TH
Tookta’s, 30 Spring St, Brighton BN1 3EF
Sabai Thai, Princes House, 165-169 Princes Pl, Brighton BN1 1EA
Giggling Squid, 11 Market St, Brighton BN1 1HH
Sawadee, 87 St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1TP
Im Thai, 14 Blatchington Rd, Hove BN3 3YN
Unithai, 10 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2FL
Pubs with Thai Food
St James Tavern
Three Jolly Butchers
We don’t currently have any specifically gluten free eateries in Brighton and Hove, however, many places do serve gluten free food, including coeliac safe food – please make sure to check the restaurant’s menus or get in touch with their teams if you have questions.
Fish and Chips
We’re by the seaside, we’re by the sea… so of course we have some great fish and chip shops here in Brighton. Enjoy on the beach or after the pub!
The Little Fish and Chip Shop
Take a short trip out of the city centre/seafront area to the borders of Fiveways and Hollingdean and you’ll find my favourite fish and chip shop – The Little Fish and Chip Shop. Alongside your standard southern fish and chip shop offering you’ll also find lots of vegan options and some banging specials.
Bankers, 116A Western Rd, Hove, Brighton BN1 2AB
Bardsleys, 23A Baker St, Brighton BN1 4JN
Little Jack Fullers
Little Jack Fullers, 102 St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1TP
(vegan options available)
Athena B, 27 Station Rd, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1GB
The Regency Restaurant, 131 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2HH
Fish and Seafood
Looking for something a little fancier than fish and chips? We also have some brilliant fish and seafood restaurants – many with vegan and gluten free options.
The Salt Room
The Salt Room, 106 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU
The Little Fish Market
The Little Fish Market, 10 Upper Market St, Hove BN3 1AS
English’s, 29-31 East St, Brighton BN1 1HL
The Urchin, 15-17 Belfast St, Hove BN3 3YS
Riddle & Finns
Riddle & Finns has 2 locations:
Riddle & Finns The Lanes: 12b Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB
Riddle & Finns The Beach: 65 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NA
The Copper Clam
The Copper Clam, Kings Road Arches, 143-144, Brighton BN1 2FN
Also mentioned in the fish and chip section, The Regency is a Brighton institution!
Sandwiches and Lunches
If you’re looking for something especially for lunch – say sandwiches or salad bowls, here’s some of my favoruites.
Brighton now has our own sandwich and Banh Mi shop brought to you by the same people as Baby Bao (the lovely people behind the food at The Pond) – Earl’s. There’s meat, veggie and vegan options available, and now I’ve tried their vegan tofu banh mi I can’t stop thinking about it!
Earl’s, 9 Church St, Brighton BN1 1US
There are some great food markets here in Brighton – make sure to keep your eyes on social to see what’s going on. We also have more permanent markets too!
Shelter Hall, Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 1NB
Found on the seafront, just across the road to The Brighton Centre, Shelter Hall is a food market and bar. It features 7 unique kitchens led by Sussex based chefs, many of the kitchens are on a rotation so there’s always something new to try! On sunny days I recommend sitting outside and people watching – perfect!
The Open Market
The Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Other Honourable Mentions
There are so many other restaurants and eateries that might not fit into one of the above categories, but still deserve a mention! Here’s some I think need to be included here:
The Bok Shop
Chicken and vegan fried faux chicken
The Bok Shop, 3-4 East St, Brighton BN1 1HP
Enjoy afternoon tea, tea and cake and more at Metro Deco.
Metro Deco, 38 Upper St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1JN
Plateau is a relaxed wine bar serving modern European sharing plates, wine (including naturals), cocktails and more.
Plateau, 1 Bartholomews, Brighton BN1 1HG
The Flint House
The Flint House serves wine by the glass with small plates and delicious cocktails.
The Flint House, 13 Hanningtons Ln, Brighton BN1 1GS
You’ll find independent bistro Semolina in the London Road area of the city, close to The Open Market.
Semolina, 15 Baker St, Brighton BN1 4JN
Whether you’re into meat or prefer more veggie and vegan dishes, Meatliquor serves ‘dirty’ style foods with a huge list of drinks and cocktails as well.
Meatliquor, 22-23 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU
If you’re looking to enjoy delicious, locally sourced food on the seafront, then Due South is well worth a visit.
Due South, 139, Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 2FN
Artbox is the UK’s first dedicated character themed cafe and shopping boutique, and the outside of the building changes frequently to match a dedicated theme! Artbox Cafe serves food, drinks, ice cream and more, and the food often matches the current theme. Right now, it’s “LINE FRIENDS & BT21 Tasty Universe”.
Artbox, 5-6 East St, Brighton BN1 1HP
Cielo Cakery sells delicious cakes, cookies, cake jars and other amazing sweet treats. A must visit!
Cielo Cakery Brighton: 36 Church St, Brighton BN1 1RL
Cielo Cakery Hove: 151 Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5QJ
I’m a BIG fan of Boho Gelato where you can find Italian style ice cream – including vegan and gluten free options.
Boho Gelato Pool Valley: 6 Pool Valley, Brighton BN1 1NJ
Boho Gelato Ship Street: 31 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD
On My To Try List
Of course there’s always new places to try here in Brighton, and I do have my own ‘to try list’!
Brighton now has our own sandwich and Banh Mi shop brought to you by the same people as Baby Bao (the lovely people behind the food at The Pond) – Earl’s. There’s meat, veggie and vegan options available, and I can’t decide whether I want to try their vegan tofu banh mi or the vegan shrooben first!!
Earl’s, 9 Church St, Brighton BN1 1US
Alongside Mestiza, Bruha is flying the flag for the Philippines in Brighton. If you’re after delicious, heartening food, paired with great cocktails and delicious cakes, I’ve been told that Bruha is the place for you. And due to the location, on a sunny day you can people watch on Bruha’s outside terrace.
Bruha, 28 East St, Brighton BN1 1HL
I used to love to go to Marwood coffee and was sad when it closed, however, Post House is now in their former location and their food sounds great! They’re open for coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch, with cocktails and sharing plates in the evenings. Oh, and roasts on Sunday! Post House is a collaborative effort between SPACE + THYME (who run the Black Lion and Mesmerist kitchens) and Bigfoot Pub Co (The Pond, Easy Tiger & The Hampton).