All too often in life we snooze our alarm till the last minute, then hop out of bed, scramble to get dressed and stumble out the door, without even stopping to consider our stomachs. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how often do we actually respond to that knowledge with the respect it deserves? This Wriggle guide is going to help you sort that out. 

Don't forget to check out our favourite brunch spots in the city and bottomless brunches you have to try. 

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'. The Vegan Full English comes with 'sausage', avocado, scrambled tofu, mushrooms, beans, tomato and toast. Or opt for the Vegan Hash with Shallow Fried Potatoes, Mushrooms & Scrambled Tofu.

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A relative newcomer to The Lanes is The Plant Room - a delicious veggie eatery hidden amongst a beautiful tropical paradise. Brunch options on offer are Cornbread Waffles with celeriac, apple, pomegranate, smokey tempeh, basil and cashew sour cream, Pea Fritters with roasted carrot hummus, pickled beetroot and house slaw or a House Fry-Up with sourdough toast, veg sausage, hash brown, rosemary & garlic roasted mushroom, roasted vine tomato, hummus & house beans and scrambled chickpea tofu.

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Take a wander down to Lewes Road and discover the hidden gem that is Brewed. Known for their own house roasted single origin coffee which you may have seen dotted around some other notable Brighton eateries. Brunch lovers need to add this place to their bucket list immediately. Grab a pew on their decked sun terrace and tuck into a mighty fine brunch whilst sipping on a freshly roasted coffee for the ultimate mid-morning indulgence. The Vegan Fry Up comes with avocado, scrambled tofu, two handmade tater tots, tomato, mushrooms, spinach, toasted seeded dukkah, sourdough toast.

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In the much loved neighbourhood of Kemptown, you’ll find a real local’s cafe with a penchant for top-notch grub. In the summer months grab a seat in their south facing tropical garden and tuck into an exceptional brunch from their all-day menu. The herbivore option comes with grilled tomato, garlic & herb mushroom, smashed avocado, burnt lemon, crispy bubble & squeak, homemade baked beans, sautéed spinach & sourdough toast.

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The Coffee Counter is a big hit amongst the vegan community with a range of popular brunch options that have been veganised. The star of the show has to be the Vegan Breakfast Bagel. Expect a vegan sausage, a deluxe vegan breakfast mix, smooth and creamy hummus, and onion chutney, all packed into a tasty bun. There's also a delicious vegan pancake option for those of you with a sweet tooth.

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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. Their mega vegan brunch is a Middle-Eastern inspired dish of spicy harissa houmous baked with tomatoes, chilli, pepper, coriander and served with sourdough. There's also a regular vegan fry up if that's what you're after.

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Situated on Preston Road, Cafe Rust is the perfect hideaway for those looking for beautiful breakfasts. The Vegan option comes with pan-fried sweet potato, roasted mushroom & tomato, sautéed spinach and smashed avocado on sourdough. 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.

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Having recently taken over this lovely cafe in Hove, the wonderful team behind Treacle & Ginger are excited to serve the lovely people of Brighton. It's a great place to meet friends and to discover great local art and crafts, with regularly changing wares on display in keeping with the seasons. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and one of their super tasty breakfasts. The vegan option comes with garlic and chilli roasted mushroom, roasted cherry vine tomatoes, avocado, dressed spinach leaves, houmous, toast, with chilli jam.

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If you're looking for a warm, welcoming, relaxed cafe that serves wholesome food, Green Kitchen is a sure bet. Boasting a 100% vegan menu, they're serving up delicious breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, burgers and a variety of regularly changing specials. Sit in the window and watch the people of Preston Road go by, or grab a bite to go. They're dog-friendly too, so feel free to bring your canine companions along for the ride.

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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. Pop in for avocado toast on sourdough bread, 'Notella' pancakes and a wide range of vegan-friendly hot drinks.

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Renowned for their phenomenal breakfast and brunch offerings, the vegan option is no exception. The plant-based dish comes with a natural treat of Portobello mushroom, hash brown, sautéed purple potato, vine cherry tomatoes, avocado, beetroot, hummus, falafels and toasted sourdough bread. Complimentary organic baked beans can be made on request.

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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 Loving Hut are on a mission to make the world a greener place, and they’re doing that with their totally plant based menu. It’s a cheerful little vegan cafe in the North Laine that you’ll find every type of Brightonian has a fondness for. Their vegan brekkie comes with scrambled tofu, sausage, mushrooms, hash browns, tomatoes, baked beans and toast. We urge you to add this place to your foodie bucket list immediately.

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Reviews of Iydea are littered with flabbergasted I’ve-never-been-to-a-veggie-joint types, slack-jawed​ at the quality, affordability and flair of the vegetarian grub at Iydea. Boasting environmental packaging and health-conscious raw grub, Iydea is a casual spot serving up delicious homemade veggie food in a canteen style setting. The Vegan Big Breakfast comes with homemade hash browns, homemade sausages, balsamic tomatoes, gorgeous tofu scramble, homemade baked beans and their stunning mushroom, avocado and tomato stir fry.

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V & H specialise in creating award-winning best breakfasts, brunches and lunches by sourcing the highest quality, local and ethically sustainable produce from within Sussex, using the local producers and seasons as inspiration for their dishes. Their beverages are also sourced as ethically and locally as possible but packed with with flavour. They cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements including gluten and dairy intolerance as well as dietary choices such as vegan and vegetarian.

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In-house coffee roastery, specialising in natural, sustainable, fair-trade and organic coffee. The Vegan breakfast comes with beetroot houmous, avocado, roasted vine tomatoes, flat garlic mushroom, falafel, topped with sautéed spinach, pumpkin & chia seeds.

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The Almond Tree serves ethically sourced tea and coffee, homemade cakes, sandwiches, salads, mains, pasta, risotto, fresh homemade gnocchi and much more. Everything is vegetarian and vegan, with lots of gluten-free options! They only use free range & organic eggs, have a wide choice of breakfasts which are served all day 7 days a week.

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Nestling amongst the residential streets of Prestonville sits Joe's Café, which dishes up must-try hashes and hearty breakfasts. Tuck in to see why they achieved Best Cafe and Best Breakfast in the 2015 Brighton Food Awards. They have a mega portion of vegan full english, healthy brunch, smoothies or breakfast hashes to chose from.

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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. Their vegan tofu Benedict comes with grilled marinated tofu, superfood salad topped with avocado hollandaise.They even do some American-style Vegan & Gluten-free banana, apple & blueberry pancakes. Yum.

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The Balcony Café at Kensington Gardens is our first go-to after a somewhat heavy night, their breakfast is HUGE and completely vegan, their vegan sausage is so good that we always leave thinking we must ask them how they do it and they include salad and hummus on the side which makes a lovely addition to the meal.

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Published -17th April 2019