At this time of the year I often get people who are organising hen do's or weekends away asking me for my Brighton tips so I thought that I would put together a little guide of where to eat and where to shop. Head over to Liv Purvis on where to stay as that isn't my speciality living here and everything ;)
WHERE TO EAT
Riddle & Finns. Go for: Oysters and champagne. Stay for: Romantic, candlelit conversations and chocolate brownies.
Silo. Go for: Zero waste composted and fermented food using local ingredients and lots of interesting/super healthy drinks. Stay for: Great coffee and lovely cake in minimally decorated surroundings.
The Flour Pot Bakery. Go for: Nordic themed interiors; all white and marble and copper piping not to mention beautifully on site baked bread, cakes and coffee. Stay for: A mean stew in the winter months, alfresco dining and people watching in the summer months.
Gelato Gusto. Go for: The best ice cream you have ever tasted, the strawberry cheesecake has almost an entire cheesecake in it. Stay for: Daring flavours such as bacon and maple syrup or balsamic and strawberry.
Plateau. Go for: A romantic sharing platter with fantastic wine. Stay for: Hours being thoroughly spoilt by the efficient and lovely service, oh and the sharing platter dessert is something very special.
Alfresco's. Go for: The sea view. Stay for: The hot chocolate in winter and a 'smiling calzone' on the terrace in the summer. It's bigger than your head.
42 Juice. Go for: Cold pressed smoothies and juices. Stay for: The incredible cashew or almond nut mylks.
Marmalade. Go for: Ottolenghi style salads and beautiful interiors. Stay for: Enormous chocolate and beetroot cake.
WHERE TO SHOP
Edited. Stocks: Ferm Living and Hay ~ never have I lusted over trays and notepads so passionately before. Surprises you with: Neon lights and dreamy interior must haves.
Snooper's Paradise. Stocks: Insane selection of anything you could think of from mid century furniture to bowler hats and vintage wedding dresses. Surprises you with: Photobooth fun; take in army officer hats and elaborate masks with you to make some printed memories.
Magazine Brighton. Stocks: Every super trendy arty magazine you can possibly imagine and many you have never imagined. Surprises you with: Lovely chats with the owner, whose dream it has been for 30 years to open such a shop.
Peggs & Sons: Stocks: A curated selection of apparel for the modern man such as A.P.C. and Nudie Jeans. Surprises you with: Salvaged American denim and new Japanese brands.
Our Daily Edit. Stocks: Super cool brands such as Swedish Sandqvist and Danish brand Won Hundred. Surprises you with: Must have lip balm Kiyoko.
Dowse. Stocks: Popular prints, gorgeous jewellery and Frankie magazine. Surprises you with: Danish ceramics and modular shelving, you can't resist.
Posh Totty: Stocks: Beautiful hand engraved jewellery at no extra costs. Think geometric gold plated necklace pendants and beautiful stacking rings. Surprises you with: A lovely curated collection of homewards; candle stick holders, cool monochrome tea towels and wire baskets.
Sandro/Maje. Stocks: Super cool French girl clothing; skinny jeans, striped dresses and tartan dream jackets. Surprises you with: The price! Sandro is the slightly edgier of the two but there is something for any occasion between the two shops if you have money to spend.