I've lived in Brighton for nearly eight years now despite a brief stint in London and Suffolk thrown in the mix. In all the time I've lived here I've totally taken for granted all my favourite places and old haunts. I decided it was high time I shared with you my dream weekend in this fair town. Warning, it's quite heavily food based!
It's an old tradition of mine and my friend Jen's to call into Kensingtons on a Saturday morning for a good ol' fry up. If you are lucky you can get a seat outside on the balcony and watch the hustle of the North Laine go by. It's ace for people watching and even acer for a veggie breakfast. So. Many. Baked. Beans.
Once your full on carbs it's time to walk around the corner to the Saturday Upper Gardner Street Market which is just about kicking off by now. I love to rifle through all the market stalls and pick up a vintage homeware or too. The North Laine Antique Flea Market is also on the same street and it's jam packed full of retro trinkets, furniture and bric-a-brac.
I love love LOVE Iydea. It's an amazing Vegetarian/Vegan cafe and I would quite happily eat all my meals in here if I could. I am literally praying for the day they start to do a delivery service. After you've worn yourself out hunting for vintage bargains, head around the corner again to the Iydea on Kensington Gardens. My favourite is either the large salad plate or the vegan lasagne....mmmm. Their lemon twist juice is also a winner. They add ginger to give it a little kick!
If you fancy making a little DIY picnic to take to the pavilion gardens or beach instead head to Infinity Foods - it's like Brighton's version of Whole Foods!
Having got my fix of homewares in the morning I like to spend my afternoon browsing the vintage clothing shops. There's something about buying a takeaway herbal tea (peppermint normally) from the Flour Pot Bakery and rummaging through hand me downs that makes me super happy. My favourites are Hope and Harlequin, Wolf & Gypsy and Beyond Retro.
Plateau is my favourite restaurant in Brighton. It's industrial vibe and organic wines meant it was an instant hit for me. I've been quite a few times now and I've never left hungry or disappointed. My top tip is to arrive a bit earlier than your reservation and grab a seat at the bar. The staff make excellent cocktails and are always happy to make whatever you ask for.
If you fancy a bit of dancing after dinner, hop foot it over to Kemp Town and go to Proud Cabaret and treat yourself to a night of burlesque and dancing in the beautiful ballroom. Make sure you check the listings to see if advance tickets are needed. Speakeasy and masquerade nights are popular events on the bill.
Nothing says Hangover Sunday like a big stack of pancakes and a steaming cup of coffee. Head over to the newly opened Breakfast Club to indulge your hangover.
It's not a Sunday without a long walk. If the weathers nice head to the seafront and head west towards Hove. It's such a fun walk full of puppies, people busking and live music. If you fancy a hair of the dog call into the one of many seafront bars. You know you've hit Hove once you reach the peace statue. If the weather isn't on your side haul yourself up in the Mock Turtle Tea Rooms instead with a huge bucket of tea, a donut the side of your head and enough chintzy china to fill your Instagram feed ten times over.
My favourite place to get a Sunday roast in Brighton is the Earth & Stars pub. There's something about this relaxed, friendly pub that screams Sunday afternoons. Their roasts sell out quickly though and they don't take bookings so get their early to avoid disappointment. Afterwards head to Gelato Gusto just down the road from here to get some yummy gelato dessert. My friend Gabriella is one of the chefs and she makes the best flavour combos.
Take your gelato and head to the Pavilion Gardens. It's such a good people watching spot and it's the ideal sunshine spot to soak up some rays too. If it's raining head into the Pavilion itself and soak up some culture instead.
Brighton is lucky to have not one, but two picture house cinemas. Dukes at Komedia and The Duke of Yorks. I like to splash out and get a sofa, buy a glass of wine and snuggle up to watch the latest indie film.
If after all this indulging you still have space in your belly for another meal, head to Grubbs. I blooming love a Grubbs burger. They do veggie burgers too and my favourite is the tropical - burger, peanut butter, pineapple and banana. Sounds weird but it's SO good.
If you like cool art and homewares head to Edited and Unlimited - both stock amazing designers and local artists. If you like industrial homewares hop foot it to Utility - you won't be disappointed.
What are your favourite places to visit in Brighton? Feel free to share yours below!