Brighton in 24 Hours: Where To Eat, Shop, Drink & Bed

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Brighton is the best. Of course I massively biased due to the fact that I’m a Brighton gal born and bred and have lived here for the majority of my life. When people ask why we moved back I answer that it’s mainly my Mum’s insane homemade cake repertoire that lured us down, but it’s also because Brighton is a haven for independent shops, bars and restaurants. It’s basically a mini London, by the seaside, with a bit less smog and a bit more wind sea breeze.

In case you’re heading here soon for a slice of summer action, I thought I’d put together my ideal itinerary that can be squeezed into 24 hours. Fellow locals – feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments. Let the Brighton love-in commence…

MORNING: Once you arrive in Brighton, I’d recommend heading back west along Western Road into the Hove-side of town. It’s probably about a 25 minute walk from the main shopping centre, Churchill Square or a 5 minute bus journey, but it’s well worth it to have breakfast at I Gigi. If you can’t make it in time for breakfast then head there for lunch. Downstairs is an interiors store that’s basically an Instagram dream and upstairs is a small, but sweet cafe where the waitresses rustle up the food on the kitchenette beside you. If you’re still peckish afterwards I recommend dropping by 42 Juice at SIX and picking up a smoothie, before dropping down to the seafront and taking in the view of the beach huts and the sea and walking back into town.

NOON: After all that walking (it’s probably a good 30 minute walk back to the centre of things), I’d suggest a wander round the North Laines (Bond Street, Gardner Street, Kensington Gardens) before settling down at one of the umpteen cafes you’ll pass for some lunch. I love The Flour Pot Bakery on Sydney Street, but Hells Kitchen do great salads and you can’t go wrong with any of the branches of Cafe Coho.

AFTERNOON: Tourist time! If you’re feeling like braving the crowds, the Pier is always a laugh (just beware of the hangry seagulls) – plus I do love a good play on a 2p machine. However, the tour around the Royal Pavilion (the building that looks like a mini Taj Mahal) is one of the best things I’ve done in Brighton. It’s well worth the money and don’t forget to pick up the audio tour. I can highly recommend it. Of course it would be rude to come to Brighton and not have an ice cream and trust me when I say that Boho Gelato is your best pick. It’s always busy, but they specialise in unusual flavours and for a taste of the Jam Doughnut ice cream, you won’t mind hanging around for 10 minutes. Shopping-wise there are all the usual suspects, but I recommend popping your head into Abode, which is one of my favourite homeware shops and Our Daily Edit, which stocks some pretty cool clothing, accessories and beauty bits.

EVENING: For dinner suggestions there are too many things to list here, so instead I’ll direct you to this post, though I must say that Fatto a Mano is probably my favourite place. I would eat there everyday if I could. Though the North & South Laines are where you want to head if you’re after some drinks. I could pretend that I know all the cool places to go after hours but I’m a complete Grannie so you’ll have to head to Google/the comments for that one. In terms of sleeping arrangements I don’t have too many hotel recommendations off the top of my head given that I already have a bed nearby, although I do hear amazing things about the Artist Residence. It seems to be a bit of a blogger fave and has rave reviews on TripAdvisor.

THE MORNING AFTER: If you do stay at Artist Residence then The New Club is just a short walk down the road and does a fab brunch. If you’re in a rush however, then grab a Bagelman at Brighton station. It’s practically a Brighton tradition and for good reason. Just prepare yourself for some envious looks on the train. ENJOY!

Photos by Lauren Shipley


  • Wow, Brighton looks so chic! I have never been there, but everyone always has something good to say when they come back! xx

  • Lovely post! I’ve been to Brighton once and really want to go again!! x

  • Fun times, it seems!

  • I love Brighton so definitely going to save these recommendations! Last time I was there I visited Diplocks Yard and Snoopers Paradise which were amazing vintage shops, so cool to look around! Steph x

  • Ah your photography in this post is just A1!! Beautiful. I first visited Brighton back in January but fell so in love with it. I’m dying to return. The only place I tried out of the ones you’ve mentioned is bagel man. So dreamy!!

    Katie // Words By Katie

  • Emma.F

    The photography is just amazing! Please make more posts like this, chock full of beautiful pictures ? I would love to visit Brighton one day, it’s definitely on my bucket list!

    Emma Jayne x

  • I need to take a trip to Brighton – it looks like you had a lovely time Anna 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • sophie

    This is great, I have just booked a couple of nights away in Brighton for a little getaway, it’s my favourite city without a doubt, so chilled and so pretty! Rather jealous that I don’t live there haha x

  • This is great, so much food! I really want to go to Brighton this summer x

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  • Nadia Sabrina

    These shots are just simply captivating!

    Love rom Indonesia,

  • Lizzie

    I have wanted to visit Brighton for so long even just for a Bagelman! 🙂

  • Brighton is on my travel list so I have saved this post! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  • Brighton is one of the places I want to visit badly! It is perfect place to be in summer!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • emily couture

    I need to visit Brighton! This post is perfect 🙂

    emily xx

  • Loving your pictures recently Anna!

  • Nimra Imran

    This was such a helpful post Anna, thank you! Definitely putting these places on my list to visit when I come to Brighton! x

  • My sister and brother in law used to live in Brighton and still own their house – hoping they won’t sell it so I can go there 😉 Anyway I have been to 42 Juice (so good!) I also love the bric a brac store in the lanes, so many goodies there. Great photos 🙂

  • elis

    On Gardner St, opposite Hells Kitchen there are few cafes that look cute, I always plan to go there when I’m out in town for lunch but I have never really made it. For evening drinks, there is a placed called Plateau on Bartholomews St which offers wine and snacks. Every time I pass this place, it looks so lovely and welcoming!

  • LOVE Brighton! I really need to make a trip down there this summer before the weather gets cold again. I’m dying to try some of the brunch places there. Oh and apparently Britney Spears love Brighton too as she just regrammed a photo I took there last summer haha! x

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I seriously need to visit Brighton the next time I’m in London! So gutted that I didn’t have time to go there. Love your recommendations, you should do more posts like this, Anna! x

  • Great post Anna! Can’t wait to visit Brighton again soon!

  • I really want to visit Brighton ans this has given me loads of places I can check out when I do! I always think it’s great to get a locals insider to know where the best places are!

  • I absolutely LOVE Brighton sweetie, I love being on the sea front full stop. It’s one of my fave beaches/ places to visit. I too love the independent shops e.g jewellery, home decor and clothes. Visiting always makes me sooo happy! : ) xoxo

  • My sister visited here yesterday and followed some of your recommendations! Shes made me jealous so will need to get down soon x

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  • The Sunday Mode

    Ooo I love the concept of this post Anna! The last time I was in London I was going to head down to Brighton for a day but we ended up going to Bath instead (and we went to Bill’s on your recommendation which was so good by the way). Definitely want to hit up Brighton the next time I’m in the UK though.

  • Joana Lima

    I just need you to tell me where to park cheap. Not the 14£ for 2hours like last time 🙁

    • The Marina is free for about 3/4 hours and a bus back into town is about £5 for a whole day 🙂 x

  • SO happy with how the pics turned out, the ice-cream one will always be a goodun 😉

    Lauren x
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  • I was in Brighton for the blink of the eye at the end of May. I wish I’d had more time, it looks like a lovely place. The lanes were pretty cool. I’ve never seen so many jewellery shops in one place!

  • I’ve been to Brighton dozens of times, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to any of these places! I might have to pop back for Boho Gelato alone – jam doughnut ice cream?! Yes please. I’m saving this itinerary for the next time I visit!

  • Sally Colleen

    I can’t wait until I can go to England from the States! Brighton is def on the list!

  • Tom Edmonds

    As an actual real Brightonian – I can’t believe you actually just recommended the Pier when theres so many better places to spend time! Terrible tip, its an awful tourist trap! Yuk!

  • Su Wen Lee

    I know this is a random question, but which pair of Ray Bans do you have on in this post! Loving the shape and size of it on you

  • Pinned this to read through later, I’ve wanted to go back to Brighton for the longest time!