We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL, England
+44 1273 667992
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“salad” (92 reviews)
“enchiladas” (24 reviews)
“lasagne” (20 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Cafe, British, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL, England
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (651)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 631 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I finally made it here after hearing about it from my friends, there is a large counter with so many options on food choices, hot and cold foods/salads and sides and delicious soup options. There is an option on sizes depending on how hungry you...More

Thank Bridgette M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have eaten here a few times and the food has always been really good, tasty and fresh. The smoothies are worth a try too! Definately recommend for vegetarians.

Thank amyamysamy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a 100% only vegetarian cafe, with all the dishes prepared and available to order on demand. There was a wide range of dishes, all looked and tasted great. Good pricing too. Excellent service.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lydea is a breakfast, lunch and coffee restaurant in the North Laines of Brighton. We visited for lunch - and you have a choice of a number of tasty lunch dishes plus hot and cold sides and toppings all for a very reasonable amount. Very...More

Thank EileenWembley
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Went yesterday, were bit early for lunch, sat at table. Very friendly lady who cleaned table and talked to us. Best vegetarian restaurant/cafe we’ve been to, pity there isn’t anything remotely close to it in London where we live. We’ll visit again. Well done! Keep...More

1  Thank Ducksoff
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Popped in with a friend. An amazing choice of veggie/vegan food to eat in or takeaway. We found a table, others shared tables and lots of people popped in for a takeout. The food was fresh, hot and very tasty. I had the aracini rice...More

1  Thank J B
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

Absolutely LOVE this place! The range of dishes is spectacular. Everything is super healthy and fresh. Is quickly becoming my go-to lunch spot. If they have the taco bake definitely get it! Best lunch I have ever had!

1  Thank Susie R
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Decent vegetarian food. Not being a vegetarian it’s unusual to get a place in which you don’t notice the absence of meat. This place manages it though.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Not only a fantastically well priced veggie meal (beetroot:ginger smoothie too!) but the lovely server found me (with some effort!) some elastic bands to fix my handbag! Now, THAT is service! Always fab, ❤️ Lydea!

1  Thank Kimbrini
Reviewed 12 November 2017

I have walked past this restaurant many times and not really noticed it. I will not be walking past in future. We had an excellent meal with great choices. Everything was superbly prepared and served. The quality of Terre et Terre at a fraction of...More

2  Thank jon b
Nearby HotelsSee all 43 hotels in Brighton
Ibis Brighton City Centre Station
1,538 reviews
.24 km away
My Brighton
2,305 reviews
.25 km away
Premier Inn Brighton City Centre Hotel
2,690 reviews
.41 km away
Jurys Inn Brighton
2,414 reviews
.54 km away
Nearby Restaurants
The Flour Pot Bakery
156 reviews
.07 km away
Wai Kika Moo Kau
383 reviews
.02 km away
We Love Falafel
129 reviews
.10 km away
Nearby Attractions
North Laine
2,521 reviews
.17 km away
Snoopers Paradise
26 reviews
.05 km away
Dynamite Gallery
5 reviews
.17 km away
Bluebird Tea Co.
76 reviews
.18 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
7 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from VeggieLesley | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - same answer, you need to ask the restaurant directly. Again I have never seen any 'reserved' tables when I was there.
21 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from skewif | Property representative |
Hi, iydea is small and can get rather busy / quite noisy from midday. You are welcome to to try, may I recommend you get a seat at the back as they are quieter. Seb
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 5:30 AM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 667992
  • E-mail
Iydea is a small and very busy express vegetarian canteen right in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area. All the food is freshly made and is on display so you can choose only what you want to go on your plate or to take away. There is an extensive breakfast menu from 9:30 every morning which changes to the lunch menu at 11:30 (12:00 Sundays). Iydea does get very busy and cramped so best to avoid peak times if you want a little more space and comfort.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing