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From Study Dates to Brunch: A Guide to Brighton Cafes 

Beth Brown

ByBeth Brown

Oct 28, 2022

1. Jolliffes Coffee Shop 

In the heart of the North Laine district, you might miss Jolliffes Coffee Shop amongst the eccentric shops and stalls. Despite where it’s located, Jolliffes is a very relaxed space: perfect for a study date! 

The independent coffee bar offers a range of cakes and lunchtime bites. I especially like the cannolis they often display in the window: I have never visited without buying one! 

With friendly staff and a calm atmosphere, Jolliffes is a great break from the busy city centre. The cafe is also dog friendly, so you might be lucky and make a new furry friend! 

2. Kenny’s Rock and Soul Cafe 

In the same area, you will find a brightly coloured cafe nestled amongst the jewellery stalls in Kensington Gardens. 

Kenny’s Rock and Soul Cafe is unique firstly in its lively design. The walls are adorned with neon lights, photographs of musicians and elaborate artworks. So you’ll have plenty to look at whilst waiting for your food! The cafe also sports a balcony overlooking the bustling street. 

In terms of food, Kenny’s covers all bases. The extensive menu includes breakfasts, burgers, jacket potatoes and bagels (a personal favourite of mine); with almost all items having a veggie and/or vegan option. Their coffee selection also includes a variety of milk types and syrups, so almost everything is customisable. 

With friendly staff and great music, the lively cafe is likely not one for a study date. But, to experience a cafe with great vibes in the heart of Brighton, I could not recommend Kenny’s enough! 

3. Trading Post Coffee Roasters 

When walking around the city centre, it is likely you have walked past a Trading Post; as there are four branches in Brighton. 

Offering a range of artisan coffee, which you can buy in-store or online, they have a speciality range of drinks to keep everyone happy. Their Nutella Lattes are a must-try! 

However, for me, the real star at the Trading Post is their brunch menu. The full breakfasts are a perfect post-night out remedy (with both veggie and vegan options). For something lighter, their variety of toppings on sourdough toast are great and completely Instagram-worthy.

4. Wolføx Chapters 

My final recommendation on this list is another ideal brunch spot. With modern decor and a welcoming atmosphere, Wolføx is perfect for a catchup over coffee or study date. 

The cafe offers a wide range of lattes such as matcha, turmeric, Nutella and Biscoff. They also offer a range of smoothies perfect for summer! 

Their food has a variety of gluten-free, organic, vegan and vegetarian options. Including both brunch items and a variety of lighter bites, such as Açaí bowls, Wolføx has food for any time of day. Interestingly, they also offer a dinner menu, with a range of wines and cocktails, if you fancied an evening meal. Their food also looks amazing, perfect for a quick picture. 

These are just a few of the unique cafes you can find in Brighton. Whether you’re looking for student-friendly prices or an Instagram-worthy coffee, there is something for everyone.

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