For the longest time I have been banging on about visiting Brighton. I’m not entirely sure why the idea suddenly popped up and I couldn’t let go of it. Possibly because I haven’t visited for years and recently it’s been featured on many of my favourite blogs, either as a destination or as a hometown.
With it’s coastal location and independent business scene it’s a place that is right up my street. On the way down I was struggling to remember the last time I had visited (answer: so long ago that I can’t recall) but I was excited to revisit the seafront and explore the Lanes. In the end we only managed one night but man, it was lovely and the perfect way to spend your days off for the daily grind. Here are a few photos and recommendations, as well as places that I’ve heard are amazing but sadly didn’t get a chance to visit on this occasion. But all the more reason to pop back another time, hey!
Where to stay: Now we were incredibly last minute with our trip so ended up paying a fortune for a pretty standard hotel, so I’m not going to leave that as the recommended choice to make your trip extra special. But the place we really wanted to stay at is the Artists Residence hotel. I’ve heard great things from both friends who have stayed and from various blog posts. Next time I’ll be more organised and book a room in this small quirky hotel.
There is also The Grand and the Harbour Hotel which both look pretty amazing, and of course Airbnb will have some gems on offer.
What to do: We really lucked out with the weather this weekend so by the time we got to Brighton we had a little bit of lunch sat outside, and then headed down to the seafront. Brighton is a pebble beach and while that’s not ideal for sunbathing in the summer, it’s great for watching the waves and people go by on a sunny afternoon – and no sandy bums!
Of course the Pier is a must-do, and it’s fairground rides if that’s your thing. Don’t neglect the penny machines inside though! They’re my favourite part.
I highly recommend having a wander around the Lanes and popping into the cute independent shops. It’s also where you’ll find Snoopers Paradise and it’s infamous photo booth somewhere inside.
Take a stroll around the Pavilion Gardens and marvel at Brighton’s answer to the Taj Mahal before popping into the Brighton Art Gallery and Museum.
If you fancy getting out of town for a bit then I hear Lewes is a very nice small town with all the Sussex charm to be had. Or alternatively take a walk up Beachy Head for the best views around.
Where to eat: I did a small amount of research on where’s good to eat in Brighton, only to find that it’s overloaded with fantastic independent choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and cake. We stopped in on Bread & Milk for lunch which is a charmingly small cafe in the north of the Lanes.
Later we had a spot of tea and cake in Cafe Coho, also in the Lanes – they also have another location in Hove if you’re over that way. Small Batch Coffee is a little local chain worth checking out too.
There’s plenty of options for dinner too. We opted for Franco Manca, which is not necessarily independent to Brighton but their only other location is in Brixton. I have to say it was some of the cheapest and best pizza I’ve had. Any overpriced pizza is just going to be unforgivable now.
Other places I’ve heard are worth a visit are Fatto O Mano for more pizza, Plateau for all the meat, and Food for Friends for excellent vegetarian food.
So there we have it, 24 hours in Brighton. If you’re after a few more recommendations then I will gladly point you in the direction of Suzie from Hello October and Anna from The Anna Edit, both Brighton residents and have some very knowledgeable posts on the subject.
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