Brighton is easily one of my favourite cities, with an eclectic mix of seaside kitsch and independent shops, bars and restaurants there is so much to do in this pretty Sussex city.
Having recently spent two weekends in Brighton I thought I’d put together a mini guide highlighting some of my favourite hang outs.
Fist up you have to start off with brunch at the lovely Café Coho, there are several locations but I recommend the cafe on Ship Street, a gorgeous grade II listed building just a 2 minute walk from the beach. With more eggs, avocado and granola than you could shake a stick at and some of the best rated coffee in town it’s the perfect venue to fuel up before an afternoon exploring the pretty lanes.
Once you’ve had your fill it’s time to head out and start exploring, Brighton’s lanes are split into two, The Lanes and the North Laines.
The Lanes are a stones throw from the beach front, an intricate rabbit warren full of nooks, crannies and the cutest shops. Head to Workshop for beautiful scandi inspired homewares, the shop itself is absolutely beautiful, you’ll be hard pressed to leave empty handed.
Just around the corner from Workshop is another fun homeware shop called England At Home full of really great unique pieces for your home.
You’ll also find the famous cake designers Choccywoccydoodah tucked away in The Lanes, which despite the hoards of people always surrounding the shop front oohing and ahhing at the impressive window displays, is always worth a look.
If you’re after a beauty haul then The Lanes won’t disappoint, with Space NK, MAC, Kiehl’s and Bobbi Brown all within a few minutes walk of each other you really are spoilt for choice!
After a few hours shopping you’ll probably be in need of a little pick me up. Head to 42 juice for a delicious organic cold-pressed juice to see you through the afternoon. There are so many gorgeous flavours on offer which each highlight their benefits, from waking up your immune system to giving your skin a beauty boost.
Come mid afternoon it’s time to head to the North Laines for some more shopping. There are plenty of well known faves here you won’t want to miss including Oliver Bonas and the Cambridge Satchel Company but the magic of the North Laines is all the wonderful independent shops on offer.
My absolute favourite has to be Spider Plant Shop, a little green haven tucked away at the back of a (pretty great) vintage shop called Flock. I ended up going here twice during my visits and bought three gorgeous house plants. The owner is a lovely lady full of super helpful tips and advice to help you choose your new green friend.
After some more wondering around the North Laines be sure to pop into Posh Totty Designs, perfect if you’re after some jewellery or gifts. The shop is so pretty with a host of fab designers to choose from and marble inspired trinkets.
Head to Utility (yep! another homeware shop) for no nonsense hardy homewares. Think scrubbing brushes, hand crafted chopping boards and the ever popular enamel dishes.
Come the evening there are so many great restaurants to choose from. Of course being a seaside city, seafood restaurants are in abundance but no one does it better than Riddle and Finns, a superb champaign and oyster bar. There are two locations, one on the sea front and the other tucked away in the Lanes. If you’re a seafood lover you won’t be dissapointed.
However, if seafood isn’t your thing then not to worry, with Brighton being such a diverse city there are a whole host of cuisines to choose from. If you’re a lover of spice then head to Curry Leaf Cafe for a feast of South Indian street food washed down with a delicious craft beer.
The next day get up bright and early and head down to the beach before the crowds. No trip to Brighton is complete without a stroll down the impressive pier, nothing quite says seaside like candy floss, seagulls and (ahem) the 2p machines at the arcade. Once you’ve had your fun on the pier start heading up towards the West Pier, also known as the burnt down pier, for some stunning views.
If you’re lucky enough to have a bright sunny morning then catching the light bouncing off the lashing waves really is something to behold.
From here I recommend heading to Hove, a smaller town about a mile from the pier. The walk itself is lovely, with gorgeous views of the beach to the left of you and stunning white terrace houses to the right of you what more could you ask for?
Once you get to Hove it’s probably time for a little sit down and a spot of lunch and there is only one place for it, The Flour Pot Bakery! There are actually two locations, one is nestled nicely in the North Laines and the other in Hove (the photos below are a mix of both cafes).
Whether you’re after a delicious cup of coffee, utterly scrumptious cake or all the bread you could ever want (plus decor so beautiful you’ll be ‘gramming it for weeks), The Flour Pot Bakery has it all. This place is seriously not to be missed.
Once you’ve had your fill (and left with a few goodies for later) go for a little wander around Hove. With some of the most beautiful (envy inducing) houses I’ve ever seen it’s the perfect way to whittle away an afternoon.
So there we have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little guide! Brighton is such a fantastic place it’s difficult to cram everything into just two days, so I’m sure there are plenty of gems I’ve missed! I’d love to know your favourites, leave any must visits in the comments!