If you’re visiting the UK, or even live in the UK, and are looking for somewhere to stay for a small ‘getaway’ weekend – Brighton could well be the place to go. I’ve been based in Brighton for 2 years now, so thought I would do a mini guide to Brighton or at least provide you with some things to do in Brighton.
Brighton is, what we call in the UK, a seaside town. Therefore, over the Summer it has a tendency to get rather busy. Which is why I would advise perhaps reservations if you’re going out for dinner, as well as being prepared to amble around a few cafes as opposed to having your heart set on one.
Here we go!
- Trading Post Coffee Roasters
They have 2 locations, one in the centre and one in the North Laines. Really great food, great coffee (which you’d hope considering the name I guess) & not too expensive which is a bonus. The one based more towards the centre of town is great for our fellow digital nomads, I’ve really enjoyed ‘laptop life-ing’ in there.
If you do plan to set up shop and work there, I would advise getting there earlier to make sure you can find a table and set up – because this one does get very busy, very quickly.
- Cafe Coho
Another great little cafe, more for eating than working I would say. But again really good food, and it’s based pretty centrally.
- The Flour Pot Bakery
A lovely little spot in the North Laines, again good coffee and a nice selection of baked goods. Including the most amazing looking loaves of bread you ever did see.
This also gets very busy, very quickly – so just one to be aware of. It’s a bit further out of town, in Kempton area, but it does mean you get the chance to wander around Kempton for a bit. The food always looks amazing.
- Redroaster Cafe
A very instagrammable cafe, that also turns into a great place for drinks & food in the evening. The food is just as good as the aesthetic, so I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s just up from the beach, therefore good if you wanted to start the morning there before spending the day at the beach.
- Wai Kika Moo Kau
Fully vegetarian/vegan cafe, although I have taken a number of meat-eaters who all loved it – Dad & Sam included. Super great value, and just really good food – like just the type of food you want to eat. Based just out of the centre in the North Laines.
Lucky Beach Cafe, on the beach would you believe it, is another lovely spot.
Africa House is nomadic haven, essentially an Internet cafe – but a really great place to work and lovely staff!
There are so many in cafes in Brighton, you honestly would not believe. These are just a handful of my personal favourites, but trust me when I say there are loads.
You will not be strapped for choice.
I would honestly just recommend ambling around and seeing what takes your fancy.
Along with the many cafes, Pubs are also scattered everywhere.
- Earth & Stars
If you know you’re going to be in Brighton on a Sunday, and you want a Sunday Roast, then I could not recommend anywhere any better than Earth & Stars. You will absolutely need to book in ahead of time, probably the beginning of the week. Also, don’t email to make a reservation just call – you will have a much larger chance of success.
I could gush about this place endlessly, so it’s best you just go and witness it yourself.
- King & Queen
Good if you want to watch any sport. It is a Liverpool pub, so if you’re not a fan of Liverpool or you’re a die hard Everton fan, maybe find another pub if Liverpool are playing etc. But anyway, they also do Karaoke nights, Salsa nights and also pub quizzes every now and then. Just a good all rounder.
- The Tempest Inn
A personal favourite of mine. Probably because it’s at the beach. Nonetheless, I would recommend going just so you can see the inside. All the indoor seating is effectively in caves, sounds weird but it’s pretty cool. They also have a decent sized outdoor area full of seating – perfect for the Summer. Overall great ‘vibes’.
- Fortune of War
Literally next door to Tempest. Doesn’t look like much from the outside, similar outdoor set up to the Tempest, but the bar and interior is pretty cool. They’ll often have DJ sets going throughout the Summer too.
- Seven Stars
More on the pricey side, drinks wise at least. But a funky building with good drinks & cocktails as well as some good food. But the drinks do get expensive so, one to be aware of.
A couple of other good ones are; The Mesmerist, The Mash Tun, The Grand Central, East Street Tap.
Similarly to cafes, you could probably get away with just wandering around town and going into anywhere that takes your fancy.
There’s a lot of chains in Brighton, as well as independents, so there’s the likes of Zizzi’s, Pizza Express, Nando’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, etc. But I figured there’s no point in listing chains, not because I don’t enjoy them, but just because you probably already know about them.
- The Bok Shop
Great if you have vegans & meat eaters, and want the best of both worlds. They do a burgers and other really great food. The menu looks meat eater friendly only, but actually anything that’s on the menu can be made vegan. So a really good option, based fairly centrally & close to the beach.
This one is for any vegans – but also anyone could eat there and I doubt they’d complain. An amazing vegan pizzeria on St James’s Street. Truly magnificent pizzas.
- The Salt Room
Not so much for vegans, but a pretty cool place. Great location overlooking the beach and some pretty good food too.
- The Chilli Pickle
AMAZING Indian food. Like, really amazing. Slightly on the pricier side, but if you want a treat this could well be it.
- Food for Friends
A really nice vegan/vegetarian restaurant if you’re looking for something slightly fancier. Again, I’ve also taken meat eater friends here and they have loved it.
Quite a small menu, but still good & all locally sourced produce. And the restaurant itself is fully zero waste, which is pretty epic.
Some other good places are MEATliquor (for burgers), Fatto a Mano, La Choza (amazing Mexican), Polpo & SIX.
Arguably the best place to wander around in Brighton. Full of hidden gems – be it shops, cafes, restaurants, etc. It quite literally has everything.
If you’re looking for plants, go to Gunn’s and if you love a good stationery shop, Papersmith’s is next door.
If you want good vintage shops, North Laines is the place – Jackalope is an absolute treasure.
I couldn’t do a Brighton Guide, or Things to Do in Brighton, without mentioning the beach. In the Summer, as you’d expect, it does get busy – but if you head to the left side of the pier it should be quieter. Similarly, if you wander down to the beach, closer to the Hove end, you should find some more space.
One of my favourite things on the beach and seafront is that the arches are filled with cafes, pubs, bars and all sorts of shops. So it is another great place for a gander and a wander.
Of course, there’s the i360 and the pier which can keep you entertained. There’s a great restaurant/cafe just next to the i360 that does some really great food, and has lovely views of the beach too!
If you want to get out of town a bit and spend some time in greenery, Stanmer Park is a great spot. It’s right at the top of Brighton, pretty much as soon as you come off the dual carriageway. There’s a Manor House located in the middle which you can go to for food & coffee etc. But it’s a great park to relax in, play in & wander around.
There’s also a micro village around the corner, but still in the grounds, that has a lovely tea room.
It only happens once a year, for roughly a month. Usually around May/June. But it is definitely worth while going to. The festival sets up stalls and events across town & there’s 2 pop-up festival areas. If you have a further research I’m sure you’ll be able to find all sorts of other information.
There’s so many different things going on, pub quizzes, a circus, silent discos, comedy shows, anything you could think of – it’s probably going on.
So if you’re unsure of when to visit Brighton, May/June time could be a great one!
If you have any further questions about Brighton, or have any recommendations for me then please do get in touch – I’d love to know!
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