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Doughnuts that Stef bought from the Too Good to Go app

Brighton food: A (hungry) student’s guide

Brighton is an incredible place to live in as student, and it is also the ultimate go-to destination for foodies with its wide variety of cuisines, suiting all preferences and budgets. Here is a mini guide to the best food Brighton has to offer for students, from a student (and massive foodie).

Student-friendly Brighton restaurants

In the heart of Brighton, we have the famous little picturesque passageways of the Lanes and the North Laine, both pedestrianised shopping areas. They are home to a range of independent coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants.

  • Fatto a Mano – the best pizza in Brighton in my humble foodie opinion. Located in the bustling North Laine, here you can find authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven at student-friendly prices (£9-10 per pizza).
  • Pompoko – near the Pavilion, the king of cheap eats serves delicious Japanese food for £5-6 per main at filling portions and you can bring your own drink. Perfect for a student budget – don’t forget to bring cash!
  • Stefs meal at Pompoko
  • Boho Gelato – in the North Laine, this is hands-down the best ice-cream in Brighton. Funky flavours? Check. Vegan options? Check. Cheap? Check. Need I say more?
  • Shelter Hall – Brighton’s seafront food market is where you can find different restaurants (and a bar) under one roof. Head to Tart by Sugardough for the most epic croissants. Also keep an eye out for special events hosted at the market, such as Oktoberfest in October and heated igloos on the seafront in November!

Student-friendly Kemptown restaurants

Moving east of the city centre, starting from Old Steine and St James’ Street, you’ll come across Kemptown, a small village-like vibrant area with quirky shops, cafés and restaurants.

  • Purezza – the first vegan pizzeria in the UK. This restaurant serves delicious pizza with pioneering plant-based ingredients, including meat-free alternatives and their own recipe vegan cheese!
  • Redroaster – located opposite Old Steine station, this café is a must for bottomless boozy brunch. Although not the most student-friendly price (£31.95 per person), you can enjoy organic food and unlimited mimosas – perfect for special occasions. Don’t forget to take Instagram pictures in the (very aesthetic) bathroom!

Ultimate Brighton student food tip

  • Too Good To Go appif you like food but don’t like spending your £££, then this is the app for you. Too Good To Go lets you buy the food that hasn’t sold in time at cafés and restaurants at a very cheap price, so it doesn’t go to waste. Not convinced? Check out this dozen freshly-made donuts I picked up for £3.99 from Dum Dum Donutterie!

Doughnuts that Stef bought from the Too Good to Go app

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Stef • 5th October 2021

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