A checklist of 10 BEST places for tea & cake in Brighton

If someone asked you "what are you FOR?" what would you reply? I usually shrug off viral hashtags and turn my nose up at meaningless press releases as they come in thick and fast to my inbox, but this one made me sit up, stop and think.

If someone asked you "what are you FOR?" what would you reply?

We want to challenge the status quo. High five optimism. Empower us all to do something different where we live, and strive to live a life with more 'wow' and inspiration.

To inject some 'everyday creativity' and discover #WhatAreYouFOR, bloggers across the UK have been asked to put together a wee guide to inspire their readers to do something different in their cities. This, I love.

In true Fifi style, no trip to Brighton is complete without filling your belly with tea & cake, so I've brought together a list of 10 of the yummiest places to go do just that. If you're on a fleeting visit, make it your mission to pop to one of these cafés. If you live here, make it your checklist in the coming weeks.

So in no specific order, here are my faves. Get out there and go work, meet or read a book somewhere different...


1) METRODECO

This 1930's little tea palace makes a charming stop off following a trip to the beach or Brighton wheel. It's a skip and a hop away from the centre of Brighton in Kemptown, offering some of the finest handcrafted loose tea blends in Brighton. Pay a visit, it's like stepping back into the 1930s for an hour or so.

2) KEMPTOWN TRADING POST

Sticking with the kemptown theme here, this little café is a hot spot with all the locals. It's a greasy spoon/ quaint coffee shop/ antiques store hybrid and the staff there are the friendliest people. They knock up a mighty brew and one moreish millionaire shortbread.



3) MOCK TURTLE

Tucked away in the windy backstreets near Pool Valley, the Mock Turtle café is another eccentric, vintage stop off away from the hoards of shoppers in Brighton. This place is a hidden gem, boasting some of the most delicious scones (and donuts... *drools*) to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

4) BLUEBIRD TEA CO.


With a self-confessed addiction to camomile tea, you can imagine how giddy I was a while back being handed the reigns to brew my own tea at Bluebird Tea Co. nestled in the heart of the North Laines. This place has the serious WOW factor if you're a tea connoisseur. If you find yourself wandering around the laines with the sun on your skin, pull up a deck chair outside their shop and grab yourself a matcha smoothie. You won't regret.


  
5) MARMALADE

Okay, okay it's another Kemptown gem, and this time a little more out of the way. But this place has the quirkiest interior and they sure make a God damn good sausage roll. If you're into your rustic decoration like I do, this place is worth popping into just for the home ideas. Plonk yourself down, paper in hand and grab yourself a cuppa. Best way to spend a Sunday.

6) SMALL BATCH

With a whole plethora of branches across Brighton (including one a few blocks from my house in Hove) this local coffee chain again have made some very inspiring interior choices. Is it just me who visits cafés for home ideas as well as a hearty brew? If you spot a small batch on your travels, hop in. All of their delicious brews are fairtrade and fantastic.

7) MARWOODS

A bit of a film buff are you? Marwoods is the place for you. The whole café upstairs and down is decked out along the theme of Withnail & I (hence the name). I've been to Marwoods often, sometimes with friends, sometimes on work meetings and it really is the perfect place for ANY affair, packed with charm and character... and blinding good victoria sponge, too. 


8) FARM

This place is one of the teeniest cafés in Brighton, but packed with rustic personality and lovely people. They do a cracking good bacon sarnie, THE place to make a beeline for on a hungover Sunday. Go as early as you can mind, a lovely place like this gets packed out by midday!

9) EMPORIUM

I've only visited this place twice. But already have wild plans in my head to pop down for lunch on my todd soon. Emporium lives and breathes good cake and a shabby chic atmosphere. It's right beside my work and sits there tempting me to go grab hot chocolate and chill out with my laptop everyday. *sighs* I love this place. It's not talked about nearly enough.

10) KENSINGTON'S

I know I said this was in no specific order, but I might just have saved the best until last. Kensington's has so many good memories for me. First dates, after school chats, saying goodbye to friends embarking on their travels... it's hands down my favourite café in Brighton. I love their wooden booths, their sunny balcony overlooking the North Laines bunting and festoon lighting, and their undefeated, delish fried eggs on toast. Bring me back!

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