As warmer weather approaches, we’re sure you’ll be wanting to spend time in the sun whenever it’s out, so we’ve lined up some of the best park cafes in Brighton & Hove. Perfect for a family friendly day out, or a solo coffee and some people watching, each of these cafes has something different to offer.
Pelicano Coffee Co. at The Level
Pelicano Coffee Co. at The Level is just one of 3 locations in Brighton, but being situated where it is makes it a great place to enjoy a coffee in the outdoors. The Level is one of the main parks towards the centre of Brighton and is a popular spot for people of all ages. If you become a big fan, you can even take home some of their house coffee blends. Grab a coffee and go for a walk, whether it’s alone, or taking the family to the playground.
Chalet Café at Preston Park
One of two cafes located in Brighton favourite, Preston Park, the Chalet Café offers small batch coffee and a variety of homemade sweet treats, not to mention some classic café sandwiches and breakfast options. A slight walk up from the main entrance to Preston Park, the Chalet has given up its warm winter menu to start serving up some more summer appropriate eats, like their vast selection of ice creams which are perfect to keep you cool on a long park day.
Dyke Road Park Café
Having been recently renovated, Dyke Road Park Café has full breakfast and lunch menus, including a handful of vegan and vegetarian options, of course. Whether it’s a full meal or a snack you’re after, you’ll be able to find it all here. Serving up coffee and cocktails amidst the greenery of Dyke Road Park, there’s no shortage of options to keep you company while you explore the grounds.
Stanmer Tea Rooms
Stanmer Tea Rooms sits at the foot of the South Downs National Park, meaning visitors can easily pop in for a post walk tea or coffee. It boasts a slightly more luxurious atmosphere with the option to book an afternoon tea- in their Wonderland Tea Room, no less. If you’re looking for a prim and proper experience, that’s the way to go, but not to worry, as they also have a fantastic bakery full of cakes, pies and other goodies. If it’s a hot drink you want, look no further than their hot chocolate, which is fully decked out with all the toppings. For a beautiful view and some fresh, local food, Stanmer Tea Rooms is the perfect spot.
Laz’ in the Park at Saunders Park Café
A rather unique concept for a park café, Laz’ in the Park runs out of Saunders Park Café, and its uniqueness lies in its menu. Riddled with pasta dishes, including a ‘lasagna of the day’, and even a menu of Italian flatbreads, this café is definitely not one to miss. Right next to the Saunders Park basketball courts, playground and community garden, Laz’ in the Park has quickly become a favourite of locals in the area and is especially perfect for families to spend some time in the summer months.
Hove Park Community Café
Following recent renovations, Hove Park Community Café has taken on a more high-end dining style, while still maintaining the community spirit by serving their well-loved coffee and traybakes. With a Mediterranean inspired menu, the café takes pride in both their chefs and baristas, providing the area with dishes made using locally supplied ingredients. Hove Park is a stretch of greenery with activities for everyone, so it’s perfect for a long walk or some time in the playground, followed by a bite at the café.
Pavilion Gardens Café
Offering up the classic teas, coffees and cakes, the Pavilion Gardens Café is a tiny spot which during the summer, becomes a hive for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a jacket potato or a homemade baked good while you watch one of the many events held just in front of it, in the charming pavilion gardens. Ideal for a few moments away from the buzz of the city, this is a long-time staple that makes for a quaint sanctuary in the heart of Brighton.
The Garden Café Hove
The Garden Café is positioned by St Ann’s Well Gardens, which is home to many native trees, which give the park its natural, wild feel. Amongst all the wildlife is a scented garden as well as a pond, both of which make for a picturesque walking route. Take a seat and enjoy the surroundings with a drink from the café, choose from the extensive breakfast and lunch menu, or browse their homemade cakes. You can even downsize a regular meal for the kids, making it a terrific spot for families.
East Brighton Café
With a menu that hits a little out of the ballpark, if you will, the food at East Brighton Café takes on a South African and Indian influence, which consists of daily curry specials as well as traditional Indian and African snacks. They also offer some classic café favourites, so don’t worry if a full English or a bacon bap is what you’re on the hunt for. Try out one of their curry supper clubs or pop in for their cocktail hour in the beauty of East Brighton Park.
Blakers Park Café
Previously a tennis clubhouse, Blakers Park Café is a community treasure, loved by the locals for its hot drinks in the winter, ice cream in the summer, and homemade treats all year round. Blakers Park is a small space, yet houses the café, tennis courts and a playground. It’s open almost every single day of the year and is the ideal outing if you want a quick burst of sunshine. If you’re in the area, treat yourself to a bite to eat while you absorb the atmosphere.