Brighton A Day Out
Brighton and Hove is a seaside city in East Sussex, in South East England. There is a thriving arts and Cafe Culture In Brighton, along side Independent shops, stores and Restaurants. The Beach is a magnet for Tourist that like walking, swimming, sunbathing, shopping, eating and people watching. This is a small tour of a small are in Brighton.
There is nothing better than an early start in Brighton and Hove. We tend to arrive about 09.30 (give the shops time to open) on a Saturday. It also gives us a chance to have breakfast. We park outside Kings House “Brighton and Hove Council offices” There are a few places to pay and display on Grand Avenue. You will be hard pushed to find any free parking area’s about. If you know of any then please post below.
You have a choice near your parking spot. To the North you have Loungers Modelo Lounge Which is good for a sit down full breakfast and a read of the free newspaper. (I love loungers) You also have (to the North) Small Batch Coffee who serve breakfast and the best coffee I have ever tasted. (I love their coffee)
The third choice is close bye on the seafront and also in the correct place for the start of a walk. Lawns Cafe, We have been going here for years, It’s always a bacon and egg bap, a toasted tea cake, a tea and a filter coffee. Its good, you just need a bit of sunshine as its all outdoor seating. This is where the Saturday fun runners start, and families and friends gather to chat. Forth choice is (I know, too many nice places in Brighton for Breakfast and the walk has only just begun) The forth choice is The Flour Pot Kitchen (Just after the i360 on your left)
From the car and also depending on which place you chose to eat, you need to head for the beach and then East towards the British Airways i360 on the Seafront. To the back and slightly before the i36o are some independent craft shops under the arches. These are worth a visit. Continue East and enjoy all the shops and art galleries on the Seafront. I like Castor and Pollux and Two Kats and a Cow.
After Two Kats and a Cow walk back down the front again and continue East, viewing and visiting the other Archway shops and Galleries. Take the next exit off the Seafront and head towards the Traffic lights. Cross over and head down East Street. You have a choice here ( we are heading for Bond Street eventually) You can carry Straight on East Street which bears right and then at the round about turn left on to North Street. Then Halfway up North Street on the Right you will see Bond Street. The Post and Telegraph Pub is on the corner.
The second choice is ,If you wanted to look around the Lanes bear left halfway down East Street , to Bartholomews and then Take the first Right. You will be in the Lanes , which are full of Antique shops, Jewellery shops, craft shops, pubs and cafes. Try and exit the Lanes to the North on North Street and find Bond Street.
The North Lanes
The North Lanes Brighton are pack full of independently trade shops and galleries. The Plan is to get to Trafalgar Street by winding your way through several Streets. It’s an easy plan as you just follow the crowds, It’s Saturday and now about 11.30 am People are coming out to Brunch , Lunch and people watch. Just go with the flow, It may well be busy, but its a relaxed walk with lots of Galleries and shops to visit as you wind you way through.
On a Saturday some of the Streets slightly North have a Saturday Outdoor Flea market (Upper Gardner Street) Selling second hand,Antique and Home made items. The North Lanes are good, it may take you many visits to see all the places you want around this area, as there are shops up and down the side streets. If its your first visit, just follow the crowds.
Food in The North Lanes
We Have The Flour Pot Bakery (again) Always good to have a strong coffee a shared toasted sandwich and a shared cake. You also have Bill’s, Not sure when we first visited, It was probably about 2005 -2006 we had visited the First Bill’s in Lewes, East Sussex before this one. Now in many cities around the country. One of my recent favourites in Brighton is Franco Manca. They make Sourdough Pizza that tastes great, Pizza Starts at £5.00 and they do a nice beer called No Logo Lager. I have been going to the London branches for a few years. Having one in Brighton is like a dream come true.
That’s just a few places you can eat on the North lanes, I am sure I have some more hidden away in my head. I will add to them as I remember.
When you get as far as Trafalgar Street, Turn back and head for the Market Lanes . You can go on further to explore a little more but I will leave that for another day. So, head back more or less the same way you came visiting the Flea market and the Antiques shops etc. When you reach North Street, Turn right and walk towards the city centre. You will find that the following streets are quite busy, the Brighton Churchill Square Shopping Centre on your left at the end of North Street. Stores such as Marks and Spencer ( Main Bus area for Brighton) and Primark are on your right. If you like charity shops then the walk back will take you past about 10 charity shops.
Last Chance for Cake
Last chance for cake and coffee, On your way back you will find some old favourites, The Flour Pot Bakery 41 First Avenue) and Last Batch Coffee (111 Western Road) have places where you can grab a coffee and a rest. The Flour Pot Bakery may have some Sourdough bread left for you to buy and take home for breakfast, or Cut and freeze for another day. Bankers Traditional Fish and Chip Restaurant is on your right, 116A Western Road, you can eat in or take away here. In summer you can sit in Norfolk Square (park) across the street.
You will pass lots more independent traders on the way back. I like the Food store Taj the Grocer (Western Road and Montpelier Road Junction) There is also a nice Chinese food store for you to top up your prawn crackers and noodles, The Unithai Oriental Market (Church Road after First Avenue) These are all on the way back so you can carry as much as you want.
Summary of the Head Back (to car) Roads, North Street become Western Road then Church Road, don’t forget to turn left on to Grand Avenue, then it’s back to your car.
For the Love of Food Brighton
Below you will find some maps of the Brighton area, including cafe stops, that will hopefully help you with your day out.