Brighton is one of my favourite places to visit because it has everything I want in a city: the sea, amazing homeware shops and a ton of vegan cafes. It’s one of those cities that feels alive: it has a distinct character and charm to it that energises you.
Over the years I’ve travelled to Brighton many times, and every time I find some place new and exciting. Some of these on the list are old favourites and some are new finds.
1. The beach
There’s nothing quite like sitting on a dry pebbled beach staring out to sea and watching the waves comes in and out. I love the sound of the water going over the pebbles, it makes me drop my shoulders almost immediately. It’s best to visit the beach in the early evening on a weekday when it’s a bit quieter and you get to see the sunset.
2. The North Laines
These streets are filled with some of the best independent homeware shops in the country. With shops like Abode and Bert’s, you be sure to find something that suits your home.
3. The Lanes
This is where you’ll find all the antique jewellery shops along with the infamous Choccywoccydoodah.
4. Our Cornish Pasty
I stumbled across this place as it was the only cafe doing takeaway open in the North Laines I could find on a Friday night, and to my surprise the only thing they had left were vegan pasties and sausage rolls! I can confirm they are absolutely delicious.
5. Unlimited print shop
I first saw this shop on Zoella’s Instagram. I had had a crap day when down for work and I had some time to kill before my train so I decided to investigate what Unlimited had to offer. Not only do they have a gorgeous selection of affordable prints but the owner is so friendly and humble, it’s so refreshing.
6. Bluebird Tea Co.
If you’re a herb tea enthusiast like me this is the place for you. They have what feels like a limitless selection of all types of loose leaf herbal teas, including flavours such as elderflower.
7. The Pier
I have only been on the bumper cars at the fair at the end of the pier but it’s worth walking down the pier just to see the views at the end. It’s also a great place to get some traditional British seaside pictures.
8. Cloud 9 cake shop
Another one for any vegan readers out there – Cloud 9 offers some fantastic vegan cupcakes to eat in or take away.