Sometimes as a student you need to treat yourself to a good brunch, whether that’s to catch up with uni friends over loaded pancakes or to cure that Sunday hangover with a full English. Exeter provides a range of friendly atmospheric cafes with mouth-watering brunch dishes at an affordable price for students. We’ve come up with a list of the best places for Exeter students to brunch without draining the bank account!

1. Boston Tea Party

This is a Funky café chain, originally a local family owned restaurant serving up flavoursome brunch dishes; the extensive brunch menu offers all your favs from different types of eggs to American pancakes and breakfast baps, with the option to add extras to your dish. The huge upstairs dining room makes the café one of the most popular hangouts for students in Exeter. They are on it with their  environmental ethos, using only sustainable ingredients and being the first café to completely ban single use cups. So if you’re getting a takeaway make sure to bring your own reusable cup or their ‘loan cup scheme’ allows you to loan a cup and drop it back at the café later. Not to mention a range vegan and gluten free options are also available, what more could you want? This lands Boston Tea Party at the top of the list for the best places to brunch in Exeter for students.

boston tea party Exeter

2. Pura Vida

Pura Vida is an Indie chilled café with colourful painted decor, creating a summery surfer vibe and friendly atmosphere with ambient music. The menu offers a variety of delicious brunch options from innovative crumpet style French Toast to a veggie full English, lots of coffees and fruity smoothies. You can find this vibrant coffee spot on Well Street, just round the corner from Sidwell street, making it accessible for Exeter students. Pura Vida is perfect for keeping to the student budget with the 10% student discount and free Wi-Fi, making it a perfect brunch hang-out spot for Exeter University students.

3. Brody’s

All you can eat brunch at an affordable price! What’s there not to love for a student in Exeter? Brody’s is a diner style buffet brunch, perfect for those Sunday hangovers. You can find this food haven in the heart of town on Queen Street. You will definitely leave the restaurant full-up with the options of full English and Waffles with ice-cream, sauces and an assortment of sprinkles. The staff are always friendly and the premises are always clean. This is why Brody’s makes it into the top 10 best restaurants to brunch for Exeter students.

Brody's Exeter

4. Eat On The Green

This is a popular choice among Exeter students, being situated by the scenic Exeter Cathedral. This is family friendly cosy brunch spot, offering delicious English breakfast among other yummy dishes. With two floors, the café has lots of space but is a popular choice so make sure you remember to book to avoid disappointment!

5. No.1 Polsloe

The perfect place to cure your Sunday hangover, No.1 Polsloe is a friendly local café in the student area of Polsloe and Monks Road, at easy walking distance for Exeter uni students. Offering a vast brunch menu from Nutella and fruit loaded pancakes to savoury avocado toast and delicious milkshakes, this is somewhere you will definitely find yourself returning to. The cosy atmosphere makes this one of the top brunch spots in Exeter for students.

No.1 Polsloe Exeter

6. Turtle Bay

Located in the hub of Exeter town, on Queen Street, this Boozy Bottomless Brunch is a must for Exeter University students. Turtle Bay is a Caribbean chain restaurant, offering a variety of Caribbean style dishes including the ‘The big Kingston grill down’ or the Vegan ‘Yard Bird’, as well as an endless supply of cocktails (as long as you can manage!). Bond with your flatmates over authentic Caribbean cocktails and traditional food. The friendly bar staff make sure you get your money’s worth of drinks and the lively atmosphere certainly makes for a fun day out for Exeter students.

Turtle Bay Exeter

7. Sacred Grounds

This hidden gem of Exeter is an aesthetic plant-based café with a friendly and warm atmosphere, located in McCoys Arcade on Fore Street. My personal favourite are the mouth-watering waffles, decorated with an assortment of toppings, or try the avocado and eggs for something more savoury. If you’re looking to try a new brunch place this is a must visit, the extensive menu, friendly staff and cosy vibe is why Sacred Grounds offers one of the best brunches for students in Exeter. 

Sacred Grounds Exeter

8. Pink Moon

One of the most Instagramable café’s in Exeter, Pink Moon should be at the top of every Brunch lover’s list. The pink floral décor creates a picturesque setting for catching up with the girls over delicious brunch. They also offer bottomless brunch with bubble’ for those special occasions.

9. Mango’s

You can find Mango’s café at the picturesque setting of Exeter Quay. Why not walk along the quay and stop for a coffee and brunch? The café has an extensive menu, which even features Nutella or Biscoff milkshakes.

Mango's Exeter

10. Bill’s

Who doesn’t love a Bills breakfast? Bill’s is an all-round beloved establishment and has to make the list of best places to brunch for Exeter students. That stack of pancakes cannot be resisted. You can find Bill’s hidden on Gandy street in the centre of Exeter town.

And there you have a list of the best restaurants to brunch for students in Exeter.

This blog was written by Florence Henderson, at the University of Exeter.

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