Last week I took the ferry from Dunkirk to Dover, joining my parents, my sister and her boyfriend for a week in Brighton (minus the occasional trip to London, Hastings and Arundel). What Melanie had ‘warned’ me for, happened. I fell in love a bit.
I could walk up and down Brighton Pier and the enchanting boulevard for hours. But a girl has to do some shopping too. And she has to eat.
I had to keep myself from running through the Lego Store like a kid. Star Wars and Avengers themed toys tend to have that effect on me… In Colin Page’s bookstore I pretended to be part of a Notting Hill like movie, roaming the shelves. At Urban Outfitters I did ‘some’ clothes-shopping. I needed to be dragged out by my mum. Next up was Topshop, for all things hip. And Angel Food Bakery for very tatsy (and very sugary) cupcakes (pro tip: pick the one with lemon flavored topping!).
You can’t eat fish&chips all the time. Especially when you’re a vegetarian. You should totally go to Plateau, a seriously awesome restaurant meets cocktail bar close to The Lanes. The pan-fried gnocchi (one of the specials that day) were delicious. My mum enjoyed (a huge dish of) mixed grilled fish things, my dad chose some kind of black pudding, chicken, spinach and potato combo and we shared pecorino covered fries and salad. The owners are superfriendly.
Up for a taste of authentic Italy? Casalingo is a cute Italian place, with great dishes and super friendly personnel. Loved the basic, veggie risotto and Tuscan soup. Great place to go with your family.
Brighon’s famous ‘The Lanes’ harbour some authentic shops like candy stores Fizziwiggs and Hardy’s and The Joke Shop, the place to get your fix of party trics and practical jokes. An absolute must-visit (especially when your sister is somewhat of a baking nut) is Choccywoccydoodah, home of chocolate. Yum.
Keep calm and go to Brighton.