I often feel so privileged that I was born and bred in Brighton. It’s such a wonderful place to grow up and explore, especially now I’m over 18! I try not to take for granted that I’m 10 minutes from the sea, 10 minutes from the countryside, 1 hour from London and have access to trains to the whole of the UK. The food, drinks, shopping, theatre and people are all fabulous and I think everyone should visit in their lifetimes. If you’re visiting soon or just want to try some new places, I’ve rounded up my faves. Even after 21 years though, I still haven’t tried everywhere. For more recommendations check out Jess and Josh Cooks, Foodie Eshe and The Graphic Foodie!
M O R N I N G C O F F E E
As with most things, we are totally spoilt for choice when it comes to coffee options. My personal favourite place to get a coffee whilst in the centre of town is the Flour Pot Bakery (such lovely staff in the Hove branch!) or Cafe Coho. Both are Brighton exclusive brands and I love to support local companies. To enjoy coffee inside, try The Plant Room or Redroaster for dreamy interiors and a great atmosphere. If you’re more in Hove, I LOVE Hixon Green (absolutely banging croissants) and Gails.
B R E A K F A S T
If you’re a full English kind of person, you can’t beat Joe’s Cafe or I’ve heard Billies is excellent (my Dad keeps banging on about their hashes). I personally like a more pretentious breakfast including salmon. SIX is lovely for a more organic, healthy approach to breakfast and I still can’t stop recommending Hixon Green. If you drive, take the 20 minutes and go to The Perch on Lancing Beach, their menu and the views are incredible! I had an amazing shakshuka at Trading Post Coffe roasters once which I need to return back to! For pancakes, we have loads of options but I like the ones at Nowhere Man.
T H I N G S T O S E E
Besides the obvious seaside and pier, Brighton is full of places to explore. I love wandering around the lanes, with no destination in mind, taking in all the little shops and restaurants. I love both sets of Lanes equally but I love the areas around East Street the most. For nature lovers, there’s a wonderful walk to the downs in Hangelton, just take the little entrance by the vets and walk over the A27! You’ll get the best views from Southwick to Brighton. I love going to Malmaison at the Marina to have a cocktail overlooking the boats, it’s perfect for Summer. Personally, I HATE the i130 as it’s literally destroyed the view of the coastline and it’s the ugliest thing ever but if you want a great view then that’s probably the best way.
L U N C H
I’m not going to lie. I don’t usually go out for lunch- I’m happy with a meal deal or a late brunch. There are loads of pubs and restaurants in Brighton that I’ve been to that I know serve lunch though! I always go to the Connaught for their yummy burgers and pub classics. They also have great sandwiches and specials. For small plates, try Casa Don Carlos or Libation! For a grab and go lunch, try Eatalio or Tortilla. Bankers and Wolfies are great for fish and chips.
S H O P P I N G
I’m in honest you don’t really need a guide to shopping in Brighton as everything is just there. We have all the usual chains (our primark is a bit shit) and most smaller chains as well (check out Space NK and Jo Malone for great customer service). There are lots of little individual shops like Workshop Living, Igigi and Snoopers Paradise. Just have a wonder and see where you end up!
D I N N E R
Okay, here is where you are REALLY spoilt. I’m going to break it down into categories and list my personal favourite but as always, there are tones of option so just go for whatever is the best price and location for you.
PIZZA: Franco Mana, ITALIAN: I know it’s boring but I love Jamies Italian or try Toscas in Shoreham. TAPAS: Casa Don Carlos FRENCH: Paris Wine Bar. SEAFOOD: Regency. AMERICAN: Meat Liquor or JBS. CHINESE: Dannys. JAPANESE: Pompokos. THAI: Giggling Squid. SMALL PLATES: 1909. VEGGIE: Food for Friends. PUB GRUB: The Connaught. STEAK: Coal Shed.
D R I N K S
My fave category? I love trying out all the hundreds of pubs and bars in Brighton. There’s something for every budget (including 5 Wetherspoons). For cosy pubs, I like the Connaught, William the Fourth, Seven Stars and The Bath Arms. For cocktails, you can’t beat Revs, Hixon Green, My Hotel, Malmaison and The Gin Tub. I love wine and I find that Paris Wine Bar and Harbour Hotel offer great options. If you’re looking for somewhere that really embaraces the Brighton vibes ( if you know, you know) then The Mesmerist and The Black Lion are both great!
So that’s all folks! I tend to stick to the same places and go through phases with my favourites but I’m always up for some reccomendations. Have you been to Brighton? What are you favourite places to eat,drink and shop? Let me know. Thanks so much for reading!