I speak to so many people who say they just love Brighton, a British seaside town with a great mix of people, places and things to do. So for the uninitiated, or those who love to reminisce, here’s my favourite (basically free) things to do from my visit just over a week ago…
No trip is complete without a wander through The Lanes, packed with tiny shops and alleyways. It is almost obligatory to stop for cake and a cuppa in one of the cafes – I really like Angel Food Bakery, they use top ingredients and sell Vegan cupcakes too.
But now there is a rival for my number one spot; Choccywoccydoodah have opened a cafe so I will be trying it out on my next visit! If you haven’t been to this fabulous art and design focused chocolate store, check it out – you will be enchanted by what the great people at Choccywoccydoodah have created. They had the Halloween theme going on, and with plenty of amazing large scale chocolate artworks, beautifully packaged chocolate lollies, chocolate covered popcorn, chocolate skulls and so much more you will want to buy the whole store. And it’s now relocated to The Lanes so there is no excuse to miss it!
I like Brighton just for strolling around and pottering about. Whilst out wandering it is well worth taking a walk in the gardens of the Royal Pavilion because the oriental-inspired architecture of the building is just stunning! From mid-November there is outdoor ice skating in the grounds, with the illuminated Pavilion as a beautiful backdrop – how’s that for a bit of Christmas magic?
There is also a pretty Clock Tower, Churchill Square Shopping Centre and high street stores, plus the North Laine area for arty, quirky and eclectic independent stores. And all manner of places to eat and drink from large chains to independents like the Vegetarian restaurant just off the seafront – you can literally find any type of cuisine here!
And of course going to see the sea! Trailing the shoreline across the beach and a windswept walk along the Pier is something that never gets old. I just love those 2p arcade machines and the smell of sweet fresh doughnuts in the air!
After nightfall and being a student town, there is plenty going on for those who aren’t ready to call it a day. I quite like the look of Dirty Blonde on East Street myself!