You all loved my Australia post so much, I thought I’d do a little post on Brighton, England.
As some of you who know me personally will know I spent 2 years living there and it wasn’t always easy, but it was certainly the best two years of my life so far.
It has been 2.5 years since I’ve been home and honestly I don’t think I’ll ever stop missing living by the beach. Its a bustling seaside town, full of students and everyone has to ability to be totally embrace their true self free of judgement or weird looks.
Brighton is also known for being the hippiest, happiest and unofficial gay capital of the United Kingdom. It’s really a pretty great place. I obviously have a lot of favourite places from my two years there, but they are all worth the visit for one reason or another, so here it goes!
The Lanes – a few laneways of narrow pedestrian only streets full of shops and restaurants.
Marwood Coffee – super eclectic and quirky.. An old house converted into coffee shop. Good desserts as well as coffee.
Small Batch Coffee – Delicious coffee with their beans roasted locally in small batches. Cozy, but open atmosphere at their Brighton shop. They also take their coffee cart up to the train station for the morning commuters.
Pelicano – If you’ve never had Chocolate Guinness Cake, then this is the place to get it! I’m not even a chocolate cake fan, but this stuff is SO good! Also delicious coffee and they use paper straws.
Choccywoccydoodah – This is chocolate lovers paradise.. Their shop is on the main floor, and if you go up the stairs, you can take a seat in their little cafe for decadent hot chocolate and some delicious desserts.
To Be Worn Again – Second hand clothing that always has lots of life left in them. I got a plaid shirt from here and it is still going strong 3+ years on.
Infinity Foods – My favourite little health food grocery store. Lots of loose produce and specialty items.
Twisted Lemon – Little hole in the wall bar. Such good cocktails – their Lemon Meringue Pie is a delicious cocktail and even comes with Lemon Curd on the rim. Need I say more?!
Shuffle Bar – A bar where you can select the music while you’re there. Just log onto the wifi and pick what song you want to add to the queue next.
Hisbe – Another independent grocer. Offers Vegan options and lots of loose produce and items as well. Their names stands for ‘How It Should Be’.
Kensington Balcony Cafe – Great spot for people watching if you can manage to get a seat outside. Overlooks the busy shopping street below. They have delicious milkshakes
Bills – Just all around good place. Food, drinks, service, atmosphere – go check it out!
Iydea – Great little place for on the go vegetarian and vegan food. Eat in or take it to go – you won’t be disappointed.
MEATLiquor – Great place for food and a beer. They offer Root Beer floats, so definitely was great for a ‘taste of home’ drink for me.
I’ll add a few outdoor places worth checking out, because sometimes you’re not hungry.. but to be honest, I’m always down for coffee and cake.
Devils Dyke – On a clear day, you can see all the way to the seafront. Definitely a good view with the rolling fields and there are lots of friendly grazing cows. What more could you want?!
Seven Sisters – Huge chalk cliffs on the edge of the ocean. About an hour Bus ride from Brighton, but entirely worth it. You can choose to walk up to the cliffs or you can walk down by the ocean to the bottom of them.
The Seafront – The walk from the Brighton Pier over towards Hove is just a nice walk in general. There is also an old Penny Arcade down on the seafront along with some restaurants and little independent shops worth checking out.
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