As students, treating ourselves to a brunch date is always a good shout and often much needed. Whether its a hungover brunch with your housemates, or a solo date to enjoy some alone time with a book. A stack of blueberry pancakes or a hearty full English breakfast are perfect for students on any occasion. With De Montfort University located only a few minutes away, Leicester’s city centre is packed with savoury and sweet options to choose from, from special occasion treats to student budget friendly brunches. So if you’re a student in Leicester looking for the best place to brunch, we’ve done the research for you so you can spend more time drowning in cappuccinos and maple syrup covered waffles!


Looking for a chilled and comfy brunch spot to destress from revision and fulfil your sugar cravings? KAI is your answer. Conveniently located in the courtyard of St Martins Square, Kai is perfect for De Montfort students wanting to pop out for brunch in between lectures. With ingredients sourced from nearby markets in Leicester, and a range of toppings to fulfil all your pancake needs, this is a popular choice for students in Leicester. And what student doesn’t enjoy a boozy bottomless brunch? Kai also offers two for twelve-pound cocktails! Raspberry bellini’s and espresso martinis are sure to be the highlight of your brunch. Looking for accommodation close to the best places to brunch in Leicester? Check out our Leicester Cribs here!

raspberry pancakes

Cosy Club

If you’re looking to brunch for a special occasion, the Cosy Club is a student favourite. Slightly on the more expensive side but well worth stretching your student budget for! Avocados, poached eggs and toasted sourdough make up a fraction of the Cosy Club’s brunch menu. With options for all taste buds, this is definitely the place to visit for students in Leicester. What makes the Cosy Club even better is its range of vegan brunch options. From their vegan shakshuka packed with baked tofu and crispy chickpeas to a Mexican brunch full of lime and tomato salsa. Your quest to find a brunch menu in Leicester that fulfils everyone’s needs can finally come to an end.

cosy club Leicester


A small independent café in the heart of Leicester with outdoor seating making it perfect for summer brunching. Also located in St Martins Square, Hollys offer student friendly prices and high-quality food made from local ingredients. So if you’re a Leicester student looking to try the best places to brunch, Hollys deserves to be near the top of your list.

Hollys Leicester

Knight and Garter

Are you looking for a brunch experience that goes beyond the food? Fancy a brunch with a side of soulful music and bottomless mimosas? Located on Leicester’s new Market Square is the beautifully designed Knight and Garter, another great place for Leicester students to celebrate special occasions. With a traditional brunch menu consisting of English breakfasts and buttermilk pancakes, you are sure to find a dish to suit you. The aesthetic sleek setting is the cherry on top, making it a great location for Leicester students looking for a romantic brunch date. And if you’re a student living at The Hosiery Factory or Shoe & Boot Factory, then you’re only a short 7 minute walk away!

Knight and Garter Leicester

Saints of Mokha

For the coffee lovers out there, Saints of Mokha is home to a host of unique blends including red velvet and aqua blue Luna. These are perfect companions to any brunch choice. With a menu created with a range of healthy dishes paired with unique twists, this is the place to take a trip if you and your friends are looking to experience something a bit different in Leicester. Saints of Mokha is also only a 4 minute walk from the best student accommodation in Leicester!

Saints of Mokha Leicester

Now that we’ve discussed the best places to brunch for Leicester students, all that’s left to do is get on over and try them out for yourselves. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Any of these Leicester restaurants and cafes will leave you feeling ready to tackle the week ahead.

Looking for the best bars or restaurants for students in Leicester? Check out our other Leicester City Guides here.

This blog was written by Kayleigh Bates, at Lancaster University.

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