The first time I went to Brighton, it was really by mistake. My boyfriend and I had missed our flight to Barcelona by 15 minutes, and after crying my eyes out at the check in desk for some considerable time…we rebooked for the next morning and decided to hop the train to Brighton for the day, rather than feeling sorry for ourselves.
I’ve never missed a flight again, but I’ve always had a fondness for Brighton and have been back several times since. It is a place that makes me happy and I hope after reading this you’ll see why.
We went on a recent trip to celebrate a friend’s wedding and to make a long weekend out of the festivities too.
After checking into our Airbnb down one of the peaceful roads in Hove, we braced it against the pissing rain and headed into town. Luckily the first day was the wettest, and glorious sunshine soon followed for the rest of the trip.
We stumbled into a little sushi joint and the food was AMAZING! Simply named The Sushi Cafe, it didn’t look much from the outside and we only really went in because the rain was soaking us through to our pants, but it goes to show – expect the unexpected!
We shared a sushi platter for around £25 (the kitchen was about to close to hot food was finished), a bowl of salty edamame beans and it was all delicious. Totally fresh, clean tastes and the best wasabi I’ve ever tried.
Food in general is one of the many reasons to LOVE Brighton, the choice, diversity and combination of cuisines on offer is second to none.
Here are some of the other foodie delights we sampled over the weekend…
Fresh seaside cockles, prawns, crayfish, crab and more! I am cautious around shellfish and lobster (due to reasons previously stated), but I couldn’t resist asking to try a cockle. Do something new every day they say don’t they? It was a bit sandy to be honest, but I didn’t totally hate it.
Cookie Monster cookies…yes they look better than they taste, but who really cares? When you’re choosing between a red velvet (snore) and something that looks like this the choice is easy.
What I like about shopping in Brighton, is that is panders to the eccentric, it panders to the unusual the wacky and the wild – as well as the sophisticated. You can hop from Jo Malone to Vegetarian Shoes in a matter of minutes…where else is like that?
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a magnet for The Lanes though, not only does it look like a scene from Harry Potter, but it is FULL to the brim with Art Deco inspired diamond rings. Old and new, ma-HOO-sive and mini. Impossible to resist!
Even if you don’t have a bean to your name, in Brighton the window shopping and people watching is second to none.
Whether you like to surf, shop, eat or mooch about – Brighton has something for all. Unlike many other British seaside towns, Brighton still has some vintage magic about it whilst embracing the modern and multicultural. It’s hard to put my finger on why I love it so much, but looking back at snaps like these just makes me happy. I didn’t visit Brighton as a child, but it brings out a child-like excitement in me.
All I want to do when I get there is skim stones on the beach, suck in the fresh air, ride the merry-go-round and eat chips until I’m sick.
I’m increasingly finding that I don’t need a tropical beach to make me truly happy, I just need the people who matter most and a sunny spot to watch the world go by.
If you have a little seaside spot that makes you feel on top of the world I’d love to hear about it.