All summer long, Joe and I had Margate on the top of our list of places to visit. With Joe having family there (and us going down there every year), it wasn’t somewhere we were new to, but with a lot of changes having happened- we were set on seeing some of the newly opened treats (and of course, Dreamland). With Betty Magazine having raved about it- as well as a handful of my pals, it was last weekend when we finally made a proper trip down (before all of summer had completely disappeared) for a real delve into the quintessentially British seaside town…
After arriving in Margate pretty peckish, Joe and I were after a delicious quick fix, and The Greedy Cow saved the day. Having just missed (what looked like) a delicious breakfast menu, we opted for some lunch time treats, with Joe opting for a pulled pork burger and me choosing the mozzarella, tomato and basil salad. Everything was delicious (and speedy) and it made for the perfect pit stop in the rain too. On top of that, the upstairs boasted some gorgeous wooden benches and seating, which would be pretty perfect if you wanted somewhere to work with a coffee too, top marks!
3 Market Place, Old Town, Margate, Kent CT9 1ER
How could I walk by a shop as cute as Doggie Apparel and not step in to bring Maggie back some souvenirs?! Stocked with everything from leads, toys and canine-friendly greetings cards- this shop is the perfect place for all ‘crazy dog ladies’ (and that’s not influenced by the resident doggie there either). With brands such as Fetch and Follow gracing the shelves too- there’s plenty of healthy and natural treats to treat your four legged friends too- meaning they don’t go without after a seaside trip!
1-3 Broad Street, Margate, CT9 1EW
Perched on the corner of King Street, Fox and Spindle is the perfect stop for all things indie. Whether you’re after the ultimate novelty greetings card by your new-favourite illustrator, a cute gift for your best friend- or even something little to say ‘To me, love me’- I can guarantee you’ll find something here. With designers such as Ladybird Likes and Catkin Boutique- there are so many talented creatives stocked in here you’ll be hard pushed to not want one of everything- don’t say I didn’t warn you…
16 King St, Deal CT14 6HX
When you think of Margate, this kitsch and traditionally British amusement park (along with fish and chips, pesky seagulls and arcade games) is probably one of the first places that springs to mind (or, springs to your parents mind)! With Dreamland having remained unused for the last 12 years- this year marked the launch of it’s new-and-improved look, and it’s pretty great indeed. Packed with everything from a retro Roller rink, theme park rides, arcade games a-plenty (Joe was obsessed with the Rolling Stones one), delicious treats and so, so much more- I’m just sad it didn’t open again sooner! Try and head on a sunny day for ultimate fun- but if not, I can promise the gift shop has plenty to keep you amused come rain or shine (plus the branding, pardon my French, is on ‘fleek’). Go go go!
Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1XJ
Although this place is little, it packs a punch. Perfect for both guys and gals- HFW Vintage have a select handful of rails with everything from rainbow slogan t shirts, more printed shirts then you could imagine, some sneaky vintage designer shirts (at seriously bargain prices) and cutesy vintage dresses. Oh! And did I mention their £5 rail? There’s a pretty huge one of those too…Sssh!
12a King Street, Margate
It’s hard to not want to spend all day in Paraphernalia (and furnish the home you don’t yet have)- but will shelves piled high with vintage cameras, old black and white film photographs and more crockery and vintage tins than you could shake a polaroid at- it’s a tricky one to resist. With vintage and second hand furniture a-plenty (as well as plenty of intriguing antiques), this place is a great stop if you’re after some bargain one off home pieces.
8 King Street, Margate
Madam Popoff Vintage
Of all the vintage in Margate, this place was one I’d heard the most about. Having opened their first store in 2010, the wonderful Deborah Ellis (owner of Madam Popoff) has been collecting and curating her vintage collection for a pretty considerable amount of time- and boy does it show. With rails or coordinated clothing (showing off original ’70s Ossie Clark), stacks of shoes and more brilliant basket bags than I’ve ever seen, with an eye like this it’s no wonder they’ve sold select pieces on to buyers like William Vintage- just keep your eyes peeled for the goodies (and don’t forget the bargains downstairs too)!
4 King St, Margate, Kent CT9 1DA
Beauty guru’s, if you think you’ve heard of Haeckel’s before- you’re probably not wrong. With homes in London’s Selfridges and Shoreditch, this Margate skincare brand is one to watch. Built upon natural and locally sourced ingredients (and all created in their cliff top lab in Margate), Hacekels boast a selection of stunning natural scents, and everything ranging from seaweed face masks and exfoliants (plus many more incredible seaweed based products(, gentlemen’s beard oil and so much more in-between (read: stunning candles). Head here for some serious treat-yourself indulgence (none of which is tested on animals- amazing)!
18 Cliff Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1RU
Let’s get straight to the facts- succulents are big news. Whether or not that’s the most pretentious thing you’ve heard (or Alan Titchmarsh inspired) is up to you, but when tiny green plants become the hottest home accessory- you know you’re onto a winner- hence why etcetera is so bloody great. Home of everything from tiny succulents in cool ceramics, simple home ware and of course beautiful floristry (all tied together with an Instagrammable leather chair)- this place is a hidden gem well worth discovering (especially if you fancy some fresh blooms too)!
The Turner Contemporary
One of my top ‘to visit’ spots, is undeniably (and unsurprisingly) the Turner Contemporary. Fortunately, we just managed to catch Grayson Perry’s Provincial Punk exhibition the day before closing (which was a complete treat)- we managed to take a small stroll around the beach-side gallery- sheltering from the rain and taking in everything from Perry’s stunning ceramics and mind boggling tapestries. Having studied Perry’s work during my A Levels, I was hugely excited to see everything in person- and I can certainly say exhibitions like this really capture how special this gallery is.
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HG