An organic and healthy café in the heart of Bournemouth
Using only the best and freshest ingredients, Kino Lounge boasts of a delicious, yet nutritious, breakfast menu. Full of organic treats, local delights, and an excellent range of fruit and herbal teas: if the menu isn’t enough to have you salivating, the scent of freshly baked bread that wafts through the café’s interior, is sure to do the job. We recommend the Baker’s basket selection of Kino Lounge’s special freshly baked breads and local jams, or the sharing brunch platter and its feast of gourmet delights including eggs, sausages, bacon, fresh fruit Brie, Cheddar cheese, pancakes, yogurt with maple syrup and granola, to name but a few! The café also aims to support local artists. Be inspired by Kino Lounge’s eclectic walls displaying local art and acting as a canvas for the region’s best talent and innovation. The cinema in the basement even means diners can sit and watch art house films – come to Kino Lounge to enjoy your breakfast while soaking up the wonderful Bournemouth culture.
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12-10 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm-12 am, Sunday closed
Watch out for: the Baker’s basket selection, the local art decor & the art house cinema
Address & telephone number: Kino Lounge, 39 Bourne Close, Bournemouth, England, +44 1202 552588
Little Pickle Café
Both the deli and adjoining café showcase the best of local flavour
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, caramelized to perfection, from a nearby 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.
Opening hours: 9 am-4.30 pm
Watch out for: the traditional English breakfast or the ‘Beach Breakfast’
Address & telephone number: Little Pickle, 737 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, England, +44 1202 900899
Come to experience the best sea views in the town
This restaurant’s idyllic beach front setting means that diners here can enjoy a breathtaking vista over Boscombe Promenade and across Bournemouth Bay during their meal. Feel at one with the natural landscape as you tuck into one of Urban Reef‘s delicious breakfasts. The sundeck is located right on the promenade so diners truly feel a part of the natural landscape. The extensive menu here caters to all, with options ranging from traditional English, to porridge with apple compote, to eggs Florentine, to pancakes with maple syrup and berry compote.
Opening hours: 8 am-11 pm
Watch out for: the smoked kippers with sourdough toast and caramelized lemon and parsley butter
Address & telephone number: Urban Reef, The Overstrand, Undercliff Drive, Boscombe, England, +44 1202 443960
The Living Room
Quality coffee and wonderful pastries on offer at this B & B
The boutique style of this B & B and its quirky vintage décor have earned The Living Room a dedicated fan base in Bournemouth’s breakfast scene. Considered one of the best-kept local secrets, visitors can join the regulars here to enjoy the tasty breakfasts and quality coffee on offer. The organic, fair-trade blend of coffee has won awards and the breakfast menu features a range of options. For those feeling more continental, why not try The Living Room’s delicious buttery and delicately flaky croissants, served sweet with butter, jam, marmalade, and honey, or savory with smoked salmon and cream cheese, or cheese and ham?
Watch out for: the delicious croissants & vintage décor
Address & telephone number: The Living Room, 2 Drury Road, Bournemouth, England, +44 1202 761135
A popular stop-off for walkers enjoying their morning strolls
For those exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Dorset coastline, Hiker Café is the ideal refueling 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, and tranquil start to the day. The café’s menu contains all the traditional breakfast options, and their selection of home-made cakes provides an equally tempting option.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-5.30 pm
Watch out for: the home-made cakes & stunning views
Address & telephone number: Hiker Cafe, Hengistbury Head, Broadway, Bournemouth, England, +44 1202 428552
Kooky and delightfully kitsch interiors
Flirt is the hot-spot for Bournemouth’s young and fashionable crowds with its retro décor 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 including Ferrero Rocher, Creme Egg, and Terry’s Chocolate Orange to name but a few! Offering a fantastic range of smoothies and milkshakes, fresh and fruits flavors simply burst out the menu. We recommend the ‘Len’ smoothie of strawberry, peach, and papaya. 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.
Opening hours: 9 am-11 pm
Watch out for: the Creme Egg hot chocolate & the ‘Len’ smoothie
American style breakfasts and fantastic coffee
Serving up the best coffee in the whole of the town, this Bournemouth landmark is a favorite of the locals. 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 personalized American pancakes, a dish for which the café is famous. Come to Boscanova’s to try the best pancakes in Bournemouth.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm, Saturday 8 am-5 pm, Sunday 8 am-4 pm
Watch out for: the personalized American pancakes
Address & telephone number: Cafe Boscanova, 650 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, England, +44 1202 242831
A quaint and quintessentially English experience
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 prioritizes 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.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Watch out for: the poached eggs & quaint atmosphere
Address & telephone number: Frieda’s Tearoom, 7 Stafford Road, Bournemouth, England, +44 1202 291981
By Marianna Hunt
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