Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner:
Although I’m still yet to sample all of Brighton’s burger offerings (I’m getting there, I promise)- Lucky Beach may well already be one of my firm favourites. Although I opted for the vegetarian halloumi, roasted pepper, mushroom and aioli bad boy- it made for the perfectly filling (and satisfying) veggie burger- without a processed patty in sight. On top of that Joe rated their beef number pretty highly- and they also do an amazing fish and chips, a range of interesting salads and sandwiches too. Did I also mention it was literally on the seafront too?
Find them here: 183 Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN11NB
The Flour Pot Bakery
If you’re a fan of beautiful, clean, Scandi inspired interiors (exposed copper piping and all) as well as delicious homemade loaves, fresh cakes and all the teas in between- I can guarantee you’ll be a fan of The Flour Pot Bakery. Whether you’re catching up with friends, or whiling an afternoon away on your laptop- this spot is the perfect balance of good food and a good, relaxed atmosphere too. With a new location perched happily on Elm Grove too, you have a choice of two delicious city centre lunch spots- the real decision is just deciding which sandwich to have…
Find them here: 40 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP
The New Club
With high ceilings, awesome artwork and even better food- this Brooklyn inspired seafront haunt is a must-stop for some seriously delicious grub. With The New Club offering a new, modern twist on what American food really is- this place offers an amazing brunch menu (we’re talking everything from huevos rancheros, avocados and pancakes)- and an even more special dinner menu. Not just for burger lovers, this menu boasts exciting interpretations of classic surf and turf dishes, fresh catches and even catered to the vegan and non-gluten ladies eating at the time- big kudos!
Find them here: King’s Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2FH
Sitting pretty about a stones throw from the station, Mange Tout is possibly one of my favourite places to pick up breakfast in the city. With a menu exhibiting the perfect balance of traditional bacon and egg fuelled go-to’s, as well as fruit, granola and French toast- there’s indefinitely something for everyone- and to make things better, it all tastes amazing. Plus- their croissants and pastries are properly flaky and ‘properly’ French ; )
Find them here: 81 Trafalgar St, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4EB
If you’re a fan of healthy, nutritious and exciting dishes (as well as strong ethical values- Silo produces zero waste in it’s station-side space), then a trip to Silo is definitely for you. Not only do they pride themselves on their green-fingered outlook (which more restaurants should certainly get on board with), they also have the most gorgeous interior (perfect for laptop afternoons and bakery treats) and a menu that boasts some amazing raw dishes too.
Find them here: 39 Upper Gardner St, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AN
Although this isn’t any Brighton secret, it’d be difficult to not include Cafe Coho in a guide, wouldn’t it? Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur, love a fat stack of syrup and fruit drenched pancakes- or simply have a penchant for cool cafés- it’s hugely worth stopping by here, and the perfect place for brunch, lunch, elevensies or afternoon tea too.
Find them here: 83 Queens Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3XE (although they have several locations)
Get yo’ health on:
Ever since hearing that one of my favourite chefs, Stacie Stewart was heading to Brighton to set up shop (in the shape of a trendy clean-eating-raw-deli) I’ve been keen to pop by and check out the offerings. Although I’m certainly not the cleanest eater in town, Eat Naked’s homemade (and natural) take on bounty bars were extremely impressive, and I even picked up some delicious looking courgetti too- which would be perfect for a beach side picnic, if you wanted to do things the healthy way.
Find them here: 16 East Street Arcade, Brighton
When I visited in May, one place Suzie made sure to take me too was 42 Juice. Although I’m not a big juice fan myself, I had two juice connoisseurs on hand (in the shape of Joe and Ms. October) to try and test the rainbow selection on offer, and judging by the fact I’ve since been back- I think we have two very happy customers (plus their mini snack pots are so very cute).
Find them here: 19 Market St, Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove BN1 1HH
Resting your head:
Gerry’s Place – Air BnB
During our stay in Brighton last month, Joe and I were determined to find somewhere perfectly central, cosy and homely for our couple of days- all whilst being in budget and not breaking the bank. Cue Gerry’s place– a room situated in the very centre of Brighton, a stones throw away from the station and the sea- and the perfect hub for a few days of exploring. Although it’s easy to be out off by not having a whole place, the bedroom, garden and bathroom are all on one floor- and Gerry was the perfect host (and had the balance of leaving us to our own devices but being there if we needed anything absolutely spot on). We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect holiday spot- and I wholly recommend looking into his gorgeous home if you’re planning a stay too (use this link to get £16 off of your first visit, too)!
Without a shadow of a doubt, Posh Totty are one of my favourite indie boutiques out of a pretty extensive seaside selection. Reminiscent of Catbird over in NYC, Posh Totty sell everything from handcrafted jewellery, gorgeous interior additions (including candles, pastel mugs and perfect bunting) to unique wedding gifts- and that’s without even mentioning the gorgeous (and, ahem, totally ‘grammable) interior! Pop along to either their seafront arch or shop in the lanes, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Find them here: Bond St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1RP
There is nothing I enjoy more (and am happy to part pennies with) than a discovery of a new magazine- be it a food and music number (Mood), travel (Suitcase) or style (Zeum)- Magazine has such a vast selection it’s rare that Joe and I don’t both leave with something (him being a football magazine man through and through). The man working there also described the shop as displaying ‘the new bookshelf’ with rows of collectible, non disposable magazines that you can keep going back too, reading something new and discovering a new story every time.
Find them here: 22 Trafalgar Street
If you’re after a spot of shopping along one of Brighton’s most well famed streets, a trip to Dowse is essential. Boasting a whole heap of exciting and up and coming independent designers and artists- this shop may be little, but I can guarantee you’ll spend hours (and a fortune) inside! With everything from travel guides, beautiful prints and home wares- this place has rocketed to one of my favourites in the city.
Find them here: 133 Western Rd, Hove, East Sussex BN3 1DA
Bagelman (my favourite bagels, ever), Coal Shed (delicious steaks), Milk and Bread (amazing breakfast and sandwiches), In House Space (dreamy interiors and gift shop)