My guide to Brighton is something I’ve been talking about doing since early 2015 – but 24 years worth of recommendations doesn’t make for a quick post, and I have so many places I’d been wanting to talk about but FINALLY here we are. I wanted to make this informative whether you’re coming to Brighton for a few hours or you’ve moved here, so there are a few more miscellaneous recommendations at the end too!
It’s worth noting that I’ve left out any non-Brighton chains – whether it’s restaurants or retail – and I’ve also left off things I don’t recommend, no matter how much of a cult following it has!
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BRIGHTON
Ever since it’s opening, B&M has been one of my favourites for hot drinks, breakfast and lunches. It’s cute interior and outside seating make it a favourite of mine come rain or shine and I’m never disappointed by them. – Trafalgar Street.
This is the cutest little cafe/bakery combo in the North Laines. I often pick bread up from this place on the way home and it’s always amazing. They also do yummy little baked treats and hots drinks, and although it’s always full, it’s worth taking the time to get a seat. – Sydney Street
This place has been around since I was a kid and is forever expanding across Brighton. They’ll stick anything you’ve ever dreamed of in any kind of bagel you want and it’s just so delicious. – Ship Street, Dukes Street, Bond Street, Church Road & Brighton Station
I’e spent more hours hanging out here than I care to admit. In the off-peak hours it’s super quiet and it’s downstairs area gives you a quiet little space to have long crep-fueled catch ups in. – Ship Street
Not only do they do the best iced vanilla latte in Brighton, but their menu is also delicious, whether it’s breakfast or lunch. Their pancakes are super light and fluffy and always come with seasonal fruit, so you never get bored and don’t even get me started on their hot breakfasts *dribbles*. – Queens Road & Ship Street.
Another great one for hot breakfasts, Mange Tout are the kings when it comes to great poached eggs. They also do a delicious french toast – something I can never say no to if it’s on the menu. I’ve ordered eggs and french toast before without a single judgey look from the staff there – because they’re totally lovely – I just love that place. – Trafalgar Street
Kensington Roof Garden
If you’re not looking for anything too fancy but want somewhere traditionally Brighton-y, this is the one. You will have to queue and you will have to elbow your way to a seat on the balcony, but it’s always a nice way to spend a (non-rainy) morning. – Kensington Gardens
OKAY – this was my main motivation for this whole post (which really says something) and I’d been waiting to give the Trolls Pantry Menu a taste before I even began writing my guide. This place has a huge following in Brighton and it’s with VERY good reason. They without doubt make the best burgers in town and I actually have dreams about eating here. They also have a whole menu dedicated to chips (SAY WHAAA) and have vowed to expand their Vegan/Veggie menu to ensure it rivals their meat offerings. They also are super friendly on social media and I have a lot of love for these guys. – London Road
This place is my go to for special occasions. Amazing steaks, meat platters and great deserts as well as very good wine. It’s always candle lit, with lovely staff and I’m never disappointed. – Prince Albert Street
A newbie but it’s right up there in my Brighton foodie ranks. It’s owned by the same people as Bread and Milk, and those guys really can do no wrong. They have the whole “cook your pizza in front of you in an authentic looking stove” thing down – great pizzas, great salads, great desserts – OHHH THE DESERTS – and really lovely cocktails too! It’s not the biggest place and I would recommend booking a table if you don’t want to wait. But if you’re passing, my favourite pub is basically next door so pop in there whilst you wait. – London Road
I’m not a vegetarian, but I do love vegetarian and vegan dishes, and when it’s one of those days I head straight to Food For Friends. Their halloumi burger is absolutely delicious, their mocktails are super tasty and their desert menu is something I always make room for. – Prince Albert Street
I love mexican food, and have tried my fair share of it in Brighton. For me the top choice is La Choza, without a doubt. I’m not the biggest fan of their stand alone store in the North Laines, but they actually have a pop up inside Hare & Hounds (my favourite pub) which makes dining a much nicer experience and means I get my favourite soft drink by the pint glass at the same time! The burrito bowl is my absolute fave and when I’m feeling particularly lazy I order from them via deliveroo. NO SHAME HERE. – @ Hare & Hounds London Road
My second when it comes to burgers of greatness. The “Our Favourite” is my favourite. Mushrooms, peppers and goats cheese alongside a delicious patty. Their only downside is the lack of seating so it’s often a take away situation. Fine for me as I live close, but on a rainy day it’s not ideal. Summer days however are the BEST. Pavilion garden + take away burgers = DREAM. – North Road
My favourite place for tapas (AND WINE) in Brighton. I’ve spent so many great chilled out evenings in this place with friends. It’s small, and I’d recommend booking on evenings and weekends, but so worth it. – Sydney Street
This is my go to for hearty, healthy vegan/vegetarian food (and hot chocolates, weirdly) and I stop in when ever I pass to pick up a little lunch for myself. They also do breakfast but for me this makes the best lunch or dinner as everything is so tasty and filling and wholesome. They change their menu daily but the chilli-bean enchilada is a regular and is always my go-to. – Kensington Gardens & Hove
A little more on the pricy side when it comes to indian food, but it’s so worth it. It’s a great place to eat with friends and has a great atmosphere. They often have a little cart outside too where you can pick up a take away dish or two! – Jubilee Square
Worlds End Pub
The worlds end pub looks cool on the outside and slightly old school on the inside, but it’s worth battling a few bikers, families and groups for a table as the food in this place is great. Lots of BBQ flavours and dishes so big that I’ve never finished a whole meal there. – London Road
Chicken, Eggs and great salads are Hens speciality. Far more healthy and fresh than other fried chicken offerings, with great pink lemonade and the kale salad that made me fall in love with kale. – Trafalgar Street
Great burgers and drinks right on the beach! Places on the seafront can often get a little rammed, so book where you can, but this is one that I definitely need to make the effort to visit more!
A tiny little place on a strange little high street north of the North Laines, Sunbirds is filled with spices, turkish delights and fresh juices. But the one thing I visit for are there Mezze Platters and feta and spinach parcels. I can grab lunch or dinner from them for under £5 and always find their platters to be so delicious and a little more on the healthy side! – London Road
Coal Shed/The Salt Room
The Coal Shed is a Brighton favourite for steaks and Lobster and it’s sister restaurant, The Salt Room is fast becoming the go to for seafood and grill. I love both but lean towards The Salt Room more for its menu and interior, its right on the seafront and is much brighter than the Coal Shed. It also does the most amazing sharing desert called The Taste of the Pier. It’s truly amazing and a great treat on special occasions.
Whether it’s a milkshake, ice cream or cakes, this place is the bomb! I actually had them make a bespoke birthday cake for my birthday last year and it was incredible. It’s super cute and so worth taking the time to visit.
A cute little one for coffee and cake! Their sweet treats are always so yummy and it’s a nice little place to make a pit stop at after an afternoon of exploring. – Kensington Gardens
A growing Brighton born chain, small batch coffee is stocked in most cafes throughout Brighton, but a visit to one of their motherships is always recommended. Great hot drinks and tasty croissants too! – Jubilee Square, Seven Dials, Hove, Brighton Station, Western Road.
Another go-to for ice creams and milkshakes. The staff here are always so friendly and so accommodating whenever I’ve asked for a random something extra with my order! It’s also super cute on the inside and outside and is definitely worth the queue it often has! – Gardner Street
If you like ice cream with a bit of a twist – this is the one. I swear once I even saw bacon flavoured gelato! They do normal ice cream too of course and are so worth a visit if you’re a bit of an ice cream fiend. The quality of the gelato is incredible and they also do Ice Cream Cocktails in various bars once a month so it’s worth checking out their Facebook page! – Poole Valley
Remember the stereotypical milkshakes you see in diners? Some come in a long glass and some in a metal can? IMAGINE IF YOU GOT BOTH. At JB’s you actually do! They are so generous with their portion sizes when it comes to both food and sweat stuff. They’re my go-to for milkshakes and pancakes but also a goodie if you’re on a budget and want a lot of food! – Black Lion Street
I don’t have too much to spout on about with the pubs and bars – hopefully and brief overview will do!
A more recent love of mine, not only due to their food menu but their great mulled cider. They have outdoor seating which is always well heated and the staff are lovely. This one often gets super busy in the evenings but it’s part of the charm! – London Road
The Black Lion
One of my favourite little pubs to spend an evening in. It has a toasty outdoor seating area and an interior that’s often decked with fairy lights. – Black Lion Street
The Hare & Hounds
This is by far my favourite place to spend an evening, it’s often very loud and has a club upstairs, but the staff are great and so is the mexican! – London Road
There’s always something going on here. A very lively bar with a decent food menu and great cocktails! – Prince Albert Street
The Lion & Lobster
The food here is insane and it has plenty of character (and seating – yay!) – Silwood Street
Fortune of War
It’s right on the beach – perfect for drinks in the summer! – Kings Road
They have a shop in the south lanes but also a juice bar in Hove! – Market Street
A gin bar – they also do thai food – a weird combination but I go back every time for their Hoxton Gin. It’s the best! – Sydney Street
Whether you’re looking for organic, locally grown or ethically sourced, Hisby’s is a great one to pick up bits and bobs for you food shop without being too pricy. They also stock this amazing white chocolate chip brownie which I can’t get enough of! – London Road
Similar to Hisby’s – IF is Brighton’s answer to Whole Foods. It also stock beauty products like Antipodes which I’m a huge fan of! – Gardner Street
This is one of my favourite independent home stores to visit. it’s not cheap, so I mostly visit for inspiration more than actual purchases, but it also does cute cards and wrapping paper as well as really unique candles too! – Kensington Gardens
If you’ve ever wondered where the black and white photo booth is in Brighton, it’s in here… Somewhere. It’s full of vintage bric a brac and feels like a bit of a maze at times. Visit Caramella across the street and stock up on sweets before in case you get lost! – Kensington Gardens
One of my favourite little minimalist homes stores that my friend Liv introduced me to. Kitchen wear, cushions, candles, cards, you name it they have it. It’s an instagram paradise. – Prince Albert Street
Another one that can be a little bank breaking but great for home inspiration. It’s so quirky and cute I can’t help but stop in when I pass by. – Gardner Street
England at Home
The more affordable equivalent to Edited. They do similar things and have a little more variety in their stock but for a little bit less. This is one of my faves for quirky home pieces. – Ship Street
I never knew until recently that Bets was a Brighton only thing, I’ve been shopping here for various affordable home wear pieces for years – so if you’ve recently moved to Brighton this is a great one to check out! – Kensington Gardens
And finally we have the random favourites of mine that wouldn’t quite fit elsewhere! The Duke of York Cinema is my favourite cinema to visit when I’m not feeling the mission to the Odeon. The one above the Komedia is the best and has sofas and wine – what better way to watch a movie!? On that note – if you like watching live comedy, the Komedia is always brilliant. We visit fairly regularly and always have a good night.
Aside from things to do, I often get asked about where I get my piercings done and where I buy the bars for them ect. I go to Punktured and I can’t recommend them enough, the staff are always so lovely and they have a great selection of jewellery too (Guru in the lanes always used to be a top pick for this too but I haven’t been in a while). I’m also asked who does my hair and for the most part I go to Simon Webster Hair on Gardner Street. Simon is actually my friends dad so I love to know my money is going towards a family business and Havier is the best stylist there for layered cuts and balayage.