Top 5 things to do in Brighton
1. Brighton Pier
Certainly one of the most iconic ‘must see’ spots in Brighton, the famous pier offers a host of fun and games, arcade classics, funfair rides, and of course, it is the place Heston Blumenthal refers to as the “Spiritual Home” of fish and chips. Enjoy the seaside tradition with many hot spots to choose from.
Best Fish & Chips in Brighton?
- Brighton Pier Fish & Chip Takeaway & Restaurant: Sample delicious food and a dollop of nostalgia.
- Bardsley’s: An award winning, family run restaurant going since 1926.
- Regency Restaurant: One of the oldest seafront restaurants, serving since the 1930’s.
2. Royal Pavilion
Even if all you see is the outside and enjoy a stroll through the gardens; the Royal Pavilion is an impressive building boasting an exterior akin to the Taj Mahal, with a wonderful combination of royal grandeur and an Oriental inspired interior – a grand seaside palace fit for a King! King George IV in fact.
3. Shopping Galore!
Shop until you drop in Brighton; from markets and popular store fronts to the gorgeous little Lanes home to independently run boutiques, jazz bars, designers, barbers, jewellery makers, antiques, galleries, and chocolate shops. You will definitely find the perfect gift you were (or weren’t) looking for on a visit to Brighton.
Where to go?
- Can you guess what the Choccywoccydoodah Café is most famous for? (There’s not one excuse not to visit.)
- The perfect place to find a gift? Visit the charming little boutique, Present in the Laine.
- Flock welcomes you to enjoy its array of handmade and vintage items, from women’s dresses to hand-tailored gents’ blazers, kimonos, and cabinets of beautiful shiny treasures.
4. Eat, drink, and be merry (all year round)
Not only does Brighton boast more than your fair share of shops to explore, the city ensures that you certainly won’t shop ‘til you drop because it provides you with enough sustenance to keep you going all day (and night) due to its array of restaurants, fish ‘n’ chip shops, independent and chain cafes, irresistible bakeries, bustling markets, and many pubs and inns serving traditional British grub. No matter where you venture, you won’t be left hungry!
Where to go?
- Grab a cuppa at a Small Batch Coffee Roasters Café, they produce and serve tasty, ethical coffee, and yummy cakes and snacks for any taste.
- Enjoy a drink in the long-established Hand In Hand pub – they’ve been pouring pints in there for more than 150 years.
- Treat yourself to a delicious steak dinner in the quaint and extremely friendly restaurant Il Bistro (who also offers a cheeky discount with Tastecard).
5. Walks & Tours
If shopping doesn’t do it for you, instead perhaps you’d like to take a stroll and see more of the city itself. From the quirky ‘Chocolate Ecstasy Tour’, to cycle tours, food tours, and bar crawls and inner-city self-guided walks, and countryside endeavours like the famous National Trust spots ‘Devil’s Dyke’ – declared by painter John Constable as having “the grandest view in the world” – there’s something for every kind of walker in and around Brighton and Hove.