It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of B-town. It was the first ever ‘holiday’ Joe and I went on when we were 16 (n’awwh), and every summer (scrap that, winter too) I try to make an effort to visit at least once a month, digging out new hidden gems, admiring the bustling lanes and being totally okay that the salty fresh sea air will no doubt ruin my hair as per- but it’s ok, because I love it (and who needs good hair when you have crepes and vinegar laden chips)? So, after compiling a list of a handful of my favourite places, I thought I’d start working on a guide to some of my favourite spots. Trust me, there are a lot more where this came from- and a few go-to hotels for out of town visitors- so let me know if you’d like to see those too!
Food for Friends
Despite having admired Food for Friends from afar for as long as I can remember, it was only this summer that I finally made it to paying a visit. My first trip was with my cousin in the late summer, and the second with Joe- and both times I left wanting to go back again. Let me tell you a secret- I’m not a vegetarian, but I love vegetarian food. I’m constantly looking for healthy, filling and exciting dishes- and this place ticks every box and more (heck, even meat-loving Joe loved his Sunday roast)! The mezze menu was the perfect lunch time sandwich alternative, and the inspiring variety certainly had me wanting to go for more than the recommended 3 dishes! Plus, you can guarantee if there’s a salted caramel chocolate pudding on the menu- it’s a must visit… just sayin’.
Find them: 17-18 Prince Albert St, Brighton, BN1 1HF
If there’s one place I can’t not visit when I visit Brighton, it’s Workshop. Not only is it Pinterest perfect, inspiring beyond all of my wannabe-interior-designer dreams- but it’s filled with so much gorgeous home ware, candles and enamel- you’d be pushed to not want to start renting just to fill your home with all of the minimalist Scandi-inspired treasures this little place holds. On top of that, the staff are super lovely, and also share my love of salted caramel (which seems to be a recurring theme today)- so I seriously recommend popping by.
Find them: 13A Prince Albert Street, Brighton, BN1 1HEt
This place is no secret to any Brighton go-er or resident. It’s pink sugary exterior is hard to miss, and it’s treasure lined caves and hidden crevices hold host to some of the most beautiful vintage, slightly odd trinkets and accessories you’ll ever see. Whether you’re after some seventies crockery, an American Hustle style jacket or some memorabilia from tours gone by- it’s likely you’ll be able to find it in Snoopers. On top of that, they hold host to a pretty popular black and white photobooth- which is always perfect for a cheeky seaside memento!
Find them: 7 Kensington Gardens, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AL
Again, Beyond Retro isn’t really a secret place to any vintage lovers, but the Brighton branch has to be by far my favourite place to scour out vintage. It’s big, airy, well organised and has spacey changing rooms which are perfect for cutting a shape to their perfect soundtrack (sometimes with a bit of ’90s r’n’b) and trying on. On top of that, their prices are super reasonable, and you’ll be sure to find it very hard to leave empty handed (the front of the store vintage is organised in ‘trend’ sections, making it exceptionally easy too)!
Find them: 42 Vine Street, Brighton BN1 4AG
If you like pancakes (or you know, crepes), creamy gelato and all things in-between, then The Creperie is the perfect place to while away the hours- with lots of seating both upstairs and down. Right next to the seafront, you can also pick up a Nutella crepe (always a good idea) and stroll along to the pebbled sea front to celebrate being at the seaside- not bad, huh?
Find them: Ship St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AD
The Painting Pottery Cafe
This certainly isn’t your standard way to spend a day at the coast, but let’s face it- living in the UK- it rains. I came to this little hideout this summer on one of the hottest days of the year, and it was the perfect way to get a little bit creative (it’s been a while since I picked up a paintbrush) and spend time grabbing a bite with some fellow bloggers. The Painting Pottery Cafe is also an amazing place to come along too if you have little ones- as who doesn’t like seeing the fruits of their labour over a slice of cake!
Find them: 31 N Rd, Hove, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YB
Although I haven’t been here since late summer, this little farmers and vintage market tucked just off of the North Road in Brighton is a gorgeous place to escape on a Sunday, whether you’re picking up some fresh vegetables for some wintry soup, or perusing a never-ending pile of dusty vinyl records. There’s also a gorgeous florist inside as well as a couple of places to pick up some light bites, and is the perfect pit stop if your’e exploring the North Laines en route from the station.
Find them: North Road, Brighton
If you’re a bit of a keen baker, lover of all things home and have a penchant for a bloody lovely table cloth (which is probably more of us than you think)- then Bert’s is a complete must visit. I find it exceptionally hard to walk past anywhere that stocks baking bits and pieces without popping in, and the amount of gorgeous bits in this little den- from tins, pots, pans, knitting bits and bobs to all of the sprinkles- is pretty special. They also do gardening equipment too, if you’re more green fingered!
Find them: 155 Western Rd, Hove, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2DA
Vine Street Vintage
A coffee shop, florist and home to some gorgeous French and industrial interior pieces (which will seriously having you swooning)- this little haven, also known as Vine Street Vintage for all things vintage and homeware is the perfect place to pick up a cuppa en route, or after a browse at Beyond Retro. I’ve frequently fallen in love with many an inanimate object in here (think sixties bubble chairs, and beautiful coffee tables)- so this place is especially cool to stop in to if you’re decking out a new place too.
Find them: 155 Western Rd, Hove, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2DA
A little like Workshop, Utility is filled with nostalgic classic kitchen and home pieces, from traditional blue and white enamel wear, all size glass jars perfect for loading with homemade lemonade and everything from primary paint box crockery and novelty tea towels- it’s a festive one stop shop for any lovers of perfect classic accessories, and the odd kitchen bit you might be in search of. Not bad huh.
Find them: 28A N Rd, Brighton
I didn’t snap here- but I also love…
– Angel Food Bakery (their Oreo cupcake is my favourite), Bills, Pussy Boutique (they stock both Rob Ryan and Orla Kiely), Brighton Pier (obligatory), JB’s Diner (and their veggie burger), Cafe Coho, Blackbird Bakery, Wolf and Gypsy (their vintage is amazingly curated), Bluebird Tea Co (amazing selection of flavours)-