Let me conjure up a scene - you've woken up at leisure, no rushing, no alarm clocks, no work and you can take your time. All you have to do is grab a few friends or an enjoyable read and head to somewhere where the food is healthy, hearty and scrumptious. 

Brighton is made for Brunch and there are tempting options all over Brighton and Hove, so here are just a few favourites and why we love them.

If a boozy brunch is what you're after, check out our Bottomless Brunch Guide or for the plant-based we have a top pick of Vegan Brekkies

The Coffee Counter

On the corner of Church Street and Portland Street sits The Coffee Counter, a hotspot for coffee lovers and toastie fanatics. First establishing themselves as real coffee artistes, owners Hayden and Steve expanded their offerings to the tempting veggie and vegan-friendly menu you’ll find there today. Inside this cosy joint you’ll find hand written chalk boards and local artists work adorning the walls, making it a great spot to go and relax with a cuppa and a snack. Their uber friendly team serve an amazing range of tasty brekkies, catering for carnivores or herbivores alike.

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Starfish & Coffee

Fancy yourself as a bit of a brunch connoisseur do you? Well, you're gonna lose your proverbial marbles when you step inside Starfish & Coffee then. An independent neighbourhood cafe a mere stone's throw from the Royal Pavilion, Starfish & Coffee burn a serious flame for mouthwatering brunch dishes, championing the breakfast-lunch hybrid with their motto, 'brunch like a boss'. So, how do Starfish & Coffee make their brunch offerings so bloody good? They start by using only local, seasonal produce, with ham and free range eggs sourced from Holmansbridge Farm near Lewes, sausages and bacon from Ockham Farm in Ewhurst Green, milk from Ringmer cows, and smoked salmon from Edburton. Their coffee comes from Brighton-based roastery Coffee at 33, and fresh bread, pastries and sweet treats arrive daily from artisan bakeries such as Coburn & Bakery, Becky's Brownies and Cookie Cartel.

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FilFil Cafe

When it comes to fast food, vegetarians and vegans tend to get a bit of a raw deal. Fortunately, FilFil brings delicious, easy cuisine from the Middle East to our doorstep, sitting right in the heart of the North Laine. Owner Amal grew up in Palestine and uses a traditional Israeli recipe handed down through generations for the falafel that dominates the menu - celebrating the best quick meals the Levant has to offer. If you're looking for a mouthwatering Middle Eastern-inspired breakfast-meets-brunch option that's as satisfying and delicious as it is healthy and nutritional. Delicious and nutritious – what could be better?

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The Plant Room - Deli (London Road)

Introducing The Plant Room Deli, the brand new sister venue to Boundary Road & The Square’s Espresso Bar. Head over to London Road’s trendy new eatery for a tasty lunchtime bite and dig into a hearty vegan salad, or must-try plant-based dessert. Serving up the same Plant Room signature top notch coffees and loose leaf teas as well as a delicious selection of salads, tartlets and other moreish snacks. The Plant Room Deli has launched their brand new Brunch Menu on weekends, so treat your mate to some of Brighton's best Vegan & Vegetarian food!

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Café Rust

Situated on Preston Road, Cafe Rust is the perfect hideaway for those looking for beautiful breakfasts & light lunches. This is the brainchild of the mind behind Lala’s Cafe over in Hove - another spot well worth checking out for that right-on cafe experience. Rust is full of shabby chic charm - which you can soak up over a cup of locally sourced, RedRoaster coffee, or one of their freshly-made quiches, salads and delicious sandwiches. If it’s sunny out, try and nab a seat in their beautiful patio area and escape the hustle and bustle for a few minutes. Also hosting grea​t pop-up dinners in the impressive cellar, Cafe Rust - whether night or day - is a must visit.

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Lost In The Lanes

A contemporary café nestled in the charming Lanes, offering a heavenly selection of Has Bean coffees, speciality teas, a whole host of nutritiously, delicious dishes and daily changing salads. While away an afternoon in this stylish backdrop whilst digging into moreish delights such as roast peach, proscuitto, rocket and whipped ricotta salad or head down on a Saturday morning for a Wriggle favourite – The Lost Breakfast with free rangepork sausage and eggs, smoked streaky bacon, homemade hash browns,heritage tomatoes and field mushrooms on sourdough. Acai Bowls are a big house favourite a definite must try, small breakfast bowls jam-packed with goodies such as fresh fruit, pistachios, hemp seeds, bee pollen and granola. For afternoon treats chose from a freshly-baked cake or pastry and a house made soda or smoothie. Go get lost (in the best way!).

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Down to Earth Coffee

Tucked away in Hove inside a beautiful old building overlooking the stunning Palmeira Square is Down to Earth Coffee. Look through the enormous floor to ceiling windows that flood this caffeine lovers' paradise with light, and you'll see the beaming, contented faces of happy customers, relishing a properly good cup of coffee. With incredible regular beans from Round Hill Coffee, as well as a dreamy selection of rotating guest espressos and filter choices, Down to Earth are bringing their A-game to the booming Brighton & Hove coffee scene. Come for the idyllic views and a cracking cup of Joe, and stay for the freshly baked treats adorning the counter – or go all out with one of the inviting brunch dishes.

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Cafe Plenty

Inside tiers of freshly baked cakes dress the window. On the counter savoury dishes such as macaroni and lamb moussaka jostle for attention, whilst against the wall a refrigerator holds large glass jugs full of freshly made juice. There's a sense of abundance, and of er, plenty in fact and it's very popular with all ages. Coffee is supplied by Coffee@33 and is a special blend of Brazilian and Sumatran beans. For tea lovers, there are 22 teas to choose from, supplied by the Brighton tea and honey company Chi, while breads baked on site range from sourdough, rye and wholegrain to farmhouse.

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Lucky Beach

Bringing you award-winning, sustainable food & drink from their weatherproof seafront venue, Lucky Beach were recently ranked #3 best burger restaurant in the UK, as well as best food by the sea. However, it's the brunches that have us lusting for more. Ham hock on toast, breakfast burgers and their delectable crab and avocado benedict pair beautifully with their house roasted specialty coffee. Great food and views, you can't go wrong.

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Mange Tout

There's a stunning brunch menu at Mange Tout, be sure not to miss the heavenly 'full mange tout' cooked breakfast complete with free range Sussex bacon, Toulouse sausage, roasted mushrooms, spinach, tomato compote, organic eggs and organic tartine. What we're totally enamoured with, though, is the beautiful lunch menu. A chalk board details the small but perfectly formed list of daily changing starters, mains, sides, cheeses and desserts. Go with a group of loved ones and order one of everything - Mange Tout is french for 'eat everything', after all! There's also a fabulous selection of drinks – locally roasted coffee and sustainably sourced teas sit comfortably beside a pretty special list of natural wines.

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Cafe Marmalade

Rivalling Cafe Plenty in the best possible way, Marmalade is also maxed out on freshly made food on display. Interesting loaf cakes such as lemon, banana and pumpkin line the top of a glass shelf, while underneath thick wedge sandwiches packed with traditional fillings are piled high. The bread comes from the hugely popular and local Real Patisserie bakery. Turn to face the main counter and tiers of quiches and other savoury dishes like salmon, leek and spinach lasagne await. To the right a further section is dedicated to salads with large bowls full of colourful salad combinations. Located out of the centre in Kemptown, Marmalade sits on the edge of Sussex Square, the prestigious square built for Georgian aristos and home to the man who created Alice in Wonderland.

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Infinity Foods Kitchen

The infamous, Infinity Foods have a kitchen on Gardner Street serving freshly cooked, organic vegan options galore! Breakfast is served until 11.30am everyday so make sure that you're heading there early for a perfect start to the day. If you like a classic crepe, this Kitchen is the place to head. Using local, organic ingredients to craft their exceptional vegan pancakes, this is a stack that most definitely has your back. No bells and whistles needed for this plate of fluffy goodness, these pancakes speak for themselves.

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The New Club

You can't miss The New Club on the seafront and inside you'll find great views of the old pier and the sea twinkling back at you through its large windows. Open since 2013 this American style diner not only offers breakfast burgers, but also a selection of hangover cures and hard brunch beverages. All angles, literally covered. Their coffee is direct trade organic coffee from Union and they use 35 day aged Herefordshire beef from a local Sussex farm. They also recycle as much as they can and nothing goes to landfill.

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Silo

Brighton has been firing ahead on its mission for greener, more sustainable living for quite some time now, so it was really only a matter of time before it married it with its greatest passion - food. Enter Silo Brighton: the first zero-waste restaurant/café in the UK. (Bio)fuelled by a love for great food made from ethical, local produce in peak season, Silo delivers equally on flavour and nutrition, with the menu completely dependent on whatever flora may be growing in Sussex’s farms and fields. Head chef Doug McMaster coined Silo’s mission statement, which sees them make everything from scratch, in Melbourne in 2012. According to him, forgoing the middle man also forgoes the stripping of vital flavour. In short, it’s food as it should be. McMaster by name; McMaster by nature.

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Moksha

This funky indecent coffee shop has come a long way since it first opened its doors back in 2007. From the humble coffee shop to a food-led place for breakfast and lunch. They love to challenge themselves on keeping on top of food trends and providing top quality produce from local and ethically sourced food. Run by Oliver de Trafford who has got a long background in hospitality where he originally trained and worked as a chef. With a dream of running his own restaurant, he eventually left his job as a manager for a high street coffee chain to set up Moksha with the help of his mum Kate and stepdad Karl. Did you know that Moksha means release and liberation? A fitting name for a café, hoping to provide you with just that and good food.

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Black Mocha

For all manner of single origin decadence, Black Mocha - on the North Laine’s eastern fringe - might just be King Bean. An elegant symphony of sweet and savoury resonates right through this diminutive little café, starting with street level decor and concluding with a fine selection of premium eats and liquid treats. The Espresso, from Monmouth of London, is genuinely outstanding (thick, fruity and complex) and the cake curation is equally gilt-edged – those hoping to be seduced by divine vegan and gluten free fancies will not be disappointed (think salted peanut choccy slices; whets your whistle, doesn’t it).

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Baked

Baked in Hove is for brunch lovers. For a slice of the way things are done here, order a coconut coffee and start the day with a tropical kick. The wide variety of breakfast options will serve you well, whether you’re looking for a healthy treat or something calorific to cure that hangover. For the ultimate breakfast experience, pick the mouth-wateringly good poached eggs, served on toasted sourdough with a luxurious combination of basil, feta and avocado. Sides can be added, and it's a hard choice between salmon and bacon. If you've more of a sweet tooth, the pancake stack slathered in house syrup and raisin butter really gets your taste buds going.

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Cafe Coho

The award winning café has much to offer. With reclaimed furniture and exposed brickwork, this is a stylish place to sit back and watch the world go by with a cup of your favourite brew. The deceptively large building is set over two levels, so don’t be put off if it looks a little busy from the outside. With an extensive range of cakes, pastries and savoury items alongside a full breakfast and lunch menu - with boozy options too - this truly is an all-day venue. Their house blend espresso, Revelation (Guatemala), comes from London’s Union hand-roasters: a dark roast espresso giving complex floral aromatics, ripe red fruit notes of cherry and a dark caramel treacle-like body.

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The Longhouse Cafe

Opposite St Peters you’ll find a real cool little joint called The Longhouse Cafe. It’s 100% plant-based and has oodles of tasty menu options and a whole heap of charm. Sparse white walls paired with colourful artwork, a ceiling canopy of beautiful foliage from local indoor plant shop, Spiderplant and vibrant miss-matched furniture make it an Instagrammer's dream. Pop yourself down and meander the heavenly menu. The breakfasts are mightily moreish but there are plenty of decent lunch items too such as soups, curries, stews, and warming chilli. Many of the dishes are gluten free as well as vegan, so you can rest easy knowing your tum and conscience are happy.

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Three Stack @ The Villas

Serving a match made in heaven - American Style pancakes and great coffee, these two lads have nailed their MO. Inspired by the cafes in Amsterdam (not those ones) who serve the same, they ditched their career paths and now dedicate themselves to serving the Brighton public with thick, fluffy pancakes. Topped with anything from classic flavours, such as blueberry and maple syrup, or something new, such as their banoffee pie special you would be mad to not flock to their hatch and get your fill of fresh made pancakes.

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Published -14th September 2018