While I love London in Spring and Summer, I sometimes feel the need to escape the city and go back to my basic -aka the sea! Last Saturday, I took an early train in Blackfriars and headed to Brighton for the day. It’s always so nice to leave the movement of the city to relax on the beach, especially when the weather is at nice as it was last week-end! I’m taking you there, to my favorite shops and restaurants and there will probably be some updates on the list when I go back there!
Brighton is not a huge town but still there are many nice things to see there. The Royal Pavilion and the park around it are really nice and with a lot of animation. I haven’t visited the museum yet but it’s on my list! If you feel like touching the sky, try the British Airways i360 on the beach. I’ve never done it as it’s quite a budget -which I’d rather spend on food obviously but maybe on day. After going to Brighton 4 times, it’s only the last time that I went to the Marina. I didn’t know what to expect but the walk from the center of the town to there is nice and the atmosphere at the marina has something you don’t find in the town. The Brighton Pier is obviously my favorite place to go when I visit the place. I love going there anytime during the day but it’s really amazing for sunset when the sky is on fire and the view on the town and on the sea is mind blowing. Lastly, make sure you enjoy all the small streets between Queen’s Road and Victoria Gardens from the sea front up to the train station. You will find nice color full houses as well as thrift shops and funny eclectic shops!
I could write a book on the restaurants you should try in Brighton and I definitely need to go there more often to try them all! Brighton is the UK vegetarian capital so needless to say there are plenty of places to have vegetarian/vegan breakfast, lunch and diner. From the fancy restaurant to the street food shop, you will find what you want. Let’s start with breakfast, the most important. I can’t even sort them as I love them all and recommend them 100%. Facing the beach, The New Club has an amazing breakfast menu with vegan options as well. The terrace is really nice and it’s the great spot to have breakfast facing the sea. Located on the busy Gardner Street, Kooks Restaurant has this special vibe and the food is really good. I went for the vegetarian breakfast and the plate was huge! If you want to go for all vegan menu, head to Green Kitchen Vegan Cafe and I’m sure you’ll find something amazing there!
Breakfast is my favorite but there are also so many good restaurants in Brighton that I had to write about that. If you want to have the pub vibe but also want good vegetarian food, go to The Prince George, they have a good variety of veggie dishes. For a street food/burger option, The Bok Shop is your place. It’s a chicken restaurant but they can make all their burgers vegetarian and even vegan and I have to say they are pretty good! Head to Purezza for a delicious vegan pizza, all the classic and even more, but plant-based! Last but not least, fancy vegetarian food heaven is at Food for Friends. I honestly think everything is amazing on their menu, all fresh and with dishes so tasty and various.
Whatever you are looking for, chances are you will find it in Brighton! From home ware to clothes, second-hand to design, food to shoes, literally anything! My favorite shop (probably of all times) is Snoopers Paradise. It’s a big store with several small boutiques inside, all selling various stuff, from vintage clothes and shoes to books, vinyls, dolls, board games, home ware… It is so colorful and shiny you may want to get lost and stuck in it! To Be Worn Again is a vintage clothes shop with two locations. Enter the shop and go straight to the 80’s. For health food and other stuff, Infinity Foods is heaven. It’s like your typical Whole Foods Market but in Brighton, brighter and they have also a kitchen where you can eat healthy meals all day. If you fancy crystal and more spiritual shopping, go to Mysteries. This little shop is really beautiful and the prices are lower than in many crystals shops in London.
Keep exploring ◊