The Best Brunch and Late Breakfast Spots in Bournemouth

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Bournemouth Pier in the sun | © Dami Akinbode
Marianna Hunt

Panoramic sea views, delicious local cuisine, fascinating wildlife, charming shops and a buzzing atmosphere are just part of what the British seaside town of Bournemouth can offer. Come and enjoy a taste of Bournemouth by having breakfast at one of the town’s fantastic eateries to experience the best of this Dorset gem. Fresh ingredients, quirky interiors and expert home-cooking are simply a glimpse of the delights in store for visitors to this enchanting European coastal resort.

Little Pickle Deli Café

This delightful deli-café aims to support local business by sourcing as many ingredients as possible from the surrounding region. Local love and care go into every plate. The breakfast, for example, is comprised of Dorset Bakehouse bread, free-range Dorset eggs, succulent sausages from a local butcher and other tasty regional treats. The classic full English breakfast is fantastic, but for those wishing for a lighter start to the day, Little Pickle also offers an excellent Beach Breakfast of avocado, fresh tomatoes, hummus and Dorset Bakehouse granary toast. This delicious taste of Bournemouth will only leave you wanting more.

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Hiker Café

For those exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Dorset coastline, Hiker Café is the ideal refuelling point. Stock up on energy for the day with Hiker Café’s hearty breakfast, or take a break here during your stroll to admire the fantastic views. Hengistbury Head boasts of beautiful beaches and stunning walks; the area has even been designated a site of outstanding natural beauty and one of scientific interest due to its varied wildlife. Picturesque outdoor dining offers visitors a truly wonderful encounter with nature. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere of this café is a perfect accompaniment to this leisurely late breakfast. The café’s menu contains all the traditional breakfast options, and their selection of home-made cakes provides an equally tempting option.


Flirt is the hot-spot for Bournemouth’s young and fashionable crowds with its retro decor and unique menu options. Seating in this funky café can range from former aeroplane chairs to recycled and mismatched chairs. Quirky flavors are this café’s main selling point and the range of hot chocolate is especially astounding. The café also has a fantastic range of smoothies and milkshakes, with the Len smoothie – strawberry, peach and papaya – a particular favourite. Don’t miss Flirt’s incredible breakfast waffles either. Live music and occasional photography exhibitions simply enhance the creative and fun atmosphere of this great café.

Café Boscanova

Serving up the best coffee in the whole of the town, this Bournemouth landmark is a local favourite. The lattes are deliciously creamy, the atmosphere lively and buzzing, and the staff welcoming. Boscanova’s outdoor seating offers a wonderful space for sitting and soaking up the Bournemouth atmosphere while watching the world go by over a generous plateful of tasty treats. As well as the traditional English breakfast, Boscanova’s menu also features personalised American pancakes, a dish for which the café is famous. Come to Boscanova to try the best pancakes in Bournemouth.

Frieda’s Tearoom

For a charming breakfast, look no further than the family-run, independent tea room that is Frieda’s. The personal touch really is evident in every part of this lovely tearoom, from the home-cooked food to the welcoming interior and the attentive service. The menu priorities locally sourced and healthy ingredients, and serves up some of the best poached eggs in town. The beautiful bunting, rustic wooden furniture and delightful tea sets lend this quaint café its enchanting atmosphere.

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