Brighton in the UK is a odd place. Find a good street and it seems like a cute little town by the ocean…find a touristy street and you suddenly want to be back on the train to London. Nevertheless, it is a city I’m glad I visited and would recommend to visit if you find yourself in England for a lengthy stay.
Firstly, as an Australian who has grown up on white sandy beaches, with beautiful water, Brighton Beach does exactly seem to be a beach as it seems to resemble more of a rocky lake. In saying that though, it provides a great escape out of London with the train only taking 1.5hrs each way. So seeing a body of water of any kind is always somewhat relaxing.
Anyway, back to the point…I spent 1 day in Brighton and managed to find some great places to eat at and things to see. So here’s my rundown of the seaside town.
After getting off the train walk into town to Cafe Coho to get a coffee and ham & cheese croissant for breakfast. Trust me on this one, it was probably the best ham and cheese croissant of my life. After your stomach is full, walk throughout the lanes. Head to the north lanes by going up Bond Street, onto Gardener Street and lastly up to Kensington Street. Hopefully by then you will be hungry again and can therefore get a delicious bagel from Bagelman. These are all over Brighton, so may seem like too much of a chain, however, they do a killer bagel which will cost you less than 5 pounds (winning). Make your way back down the lanes onto the sea front. On your way if you are needing a coffee to perk you up, head to Small Batch Coffee Company on Jubilee Stree. Also, if you are keen for some shopping head to Churchill Square Shopping Centre. It has a brilliant Zara and Urban Outfitters if that’s what you’re after.
After shopping and seeing the town, head onto the water front and walk towards Hove. You’ll get sore feet but the ending lands you at a pretty great (and popular) Italian gelato shop called Marrocco’s Kitchen. Oh and while walking there you’ll pass the famous Brighton beach huts and Hove lawn- perfect picture opportunities.
Once you’ve treated yourself to some gelato, walk back into Brighton but turn left onto Western Street, just before the bandstand. Walk up until you reach Bankers Restaurant for some pretty fabulous fish and chips for dinner. Just get take-out and go across the road to the little park to eat it, but warning…the mega seagulls like to grab a little taste.
By now you’ll be exhausted with extremely sore feet and it will be perfect timing to get a drink before getting back on the train to London. Head to The Brighton Tavern, it’s a cracker.