WHEN IN... Brighton
If you're part of my Instafam, you'll know already that the weekend before last saw me take a trip to beautiful Brighton with three of my very best girlies.
Despite a drizzly Saturday that was surprisingly chilly, our stay there was short but oh so sweet.
Read on for my recommendations on where to stay, eat and go...
WHERE WE STAYED...
I've stayed in some seriously nice Airbnbs in the past, but Sophia's lovely Hove flat was easily my favourite. Stunningly decorated, we were greeted with a hamper of welcome treats and a friendly welcome note. Its location was fabulous (just a stone's throw from the sea) and the flat itself was situated in a gorgeously kept old building. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
WHERE TO GO
A walk along Brighton's waterfront is a must, even in the somewhat gloomy weather we were treated to on Saturday. The old, burnt-out pier is a spectacle in itself, and there's something so comfortingly British about walking along a crumbly pebble beach!
The Brighton lanes are legendary, and rightly so; in a tight warren of tiny streets you'll find a stunning array of indie shops, bars and eateries. One of my favourites is Snooper's Paradise, the biggest and most bonkers vintage shop I've ever visited... I've been almost every time I have been to Brighton and never left disappointed. Upstairs is a lovely retail space for local makers; I'm sad we didn't make it on this trip!
One spot we did find was Beyond Retro, another place I have to make a pilgrimage to whenever I am in its vicinity. It is a large and excellently stocked vintage shop, with clearly laid out sections that make secondhand shopping so much easier. I made a flying visit just as it was closing, picking up a pair of Mom jeans to replace my woeful quality Topshop pair, and was chuffed to find the staff as friendly as always. A must if you are into your thrifting!
WHERE TO EAT
The area surrounding our Airbnb was knee-deep in so many gorgeous eateries that it was impossible to frequent them all (Baked and Fourth and Church both caught my eye in particular) but as we were catering to an eclectic array of dietary needs (vegan, pescatarian & gluten free as well as lactose-free) we started with an old faithful in Pizza Express. The fact that they offer sorbets meant I was able to enjoy a vegan dessert, and their pizzas are seriously delicious.
We also ate at the Marina, which made a seriously pretty setting for our lunch at The Gourmet Burger Kitchen. I'd never been to one before so found it a little pricy; like many similar burger joints, the fries are not included which threw me at first! Although they did mess up my order to start off with, the taste was great and the view of the boats in the harbour was pretty hard to beat.
I've saved the best till last as our favourite restaurant was La Choza, a vibrant little Mexican in the lanes that was staffed by some of the most charismatic servers I've ever come across! They don't take bookings for small tables and, what with it being a Saturday night, we did have to wait a little before they could seat us... but they were great about recommending a bar in the vicinity where we could wait until they were ready. The food was delicious, catering for all our various needs with no trouble and their cocktails were lovely too. I highly recommend!
And we are done... If you have ever been to Brighton, please let me know of any spots you recommend as I am already itching to go back!