Friday, 1 May 2015

My favourite things to do in Brighton

Brighton Pier.

Hello all!

I spent a lovely weekend in Brighton at the beginning of April and thought I'd share with you a few of my favourite spots if you're ever in the area.

Train tickets to Brighton.
Arriving in Brighton.

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EAT


We Love Falafel

Lunch from We Love Falafel, Brighton.

I stumbled across this no-frills gem the last time I was in Brighton and just had to go back on this trip! Located in the heart of North Laine, We Love Falafel serves up delicious, honest falafel with your choice of wrap or bed of salad.
They have a few unique variations of the actual falafel itself, as well as a unique special that changes daily (some I’ve heard about are Masala, basil & cashew and sage & apple – yum!).
I had the original recipe falafel salad as it was just so ridiculously good last time, while Agata went for the (slightly more adventurous) falafel & halloumi wrap.
Complete with a whole lot of outdoor seating for the warmer months, this rocking falafel joint is well worth a visit if you’re looking for an easy-on-the-wallet, delicious-on-the-tastebuds lunch!

Falafel salad from We Love Falafel, Brighton.
Halloumi wrap from We Love Falafel, Brighton.
We Love Falafel, Brighton.

Check ‘em out on Facebook here.

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Street Thai

Pad Thai at Street Thai, Brighton.

Thai is oh, only my favourite cuisine ever, so I am definitely picky when it comes to great Thai food!
It was a little research and a lot of *fate* that lead us to ending up here for dinner. We originally wanted to go to a different Thai restaurant but didn’t have a booking and were turned away, so we chose the first one on Google (I know, expert research Ellora), which happened to be a skip, hop and jump away!
A funky, street vibe gives this central restaurant an originality that I haven’t really come across in a Thai restaurant before. Large elephants and graffiti may seem like an odd match, but here it somehow seems to work.
As for the food, we had the classic Pad Thai with tofu and a dish I had never tried before called Kaeng Phed Ped Yang (no. 49 if you can’t remember that).
The Pad Thai was fairly good, although nothing all too special, but NUMBER FORTY NINE, hot damn. Roast duck in a red curry sauce with pineapple & tomatoes. As I've never tried this dish before, I have nothing to compare it to, but it was stupidly delish.

Kaeng Phed Ped Yang at Street Thai, Brighton.


You can find their website here.
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DRINK


Marwood Café

Marwood Cafe, Brighton.

Ahhh Marwood, where to begin?! This café is really something else.
Hosting an eclectic collection of interesting bits and pieces (half a mannequin here, some old Mac hard drive-turned-seats over there!), The Marwood Café has serious charm. Aside from pretty great coffee (beans come from The Roasting Party if you’re interested), they sell “life changing” cakes (yet to try one of these unfortunately, but they looked out of this world) and funky tunes to perk up anyone’s day.
I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone – you won’t be disappointed!

Marwood Cafe, Brighton.
Coffee at Marwoof Cafe, Brighton.
Marwood Cafe, Brighton.
Marwood Cafe, Brighton.
Marwood Cafe, Brighton.


Find them on their characteristic yet somewhat strangely designed website over here


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Choccy Woccy Doo Dah

Insane chocolate cake at Choccy Woccy Doo Dah, Brighton.

Calling all chocolate lovers!
Choccy Woccy Doo Dah is a haven of chocolate everything. With a normal wait time of around an hour for a table at their upstairs café (pro tip: get your name on the list and then wander around The Lanes), it is no wonder this bustling shop/café is a bit of a tourist trap. The entire downstairs is full of chocolate art and gifts, while the chocolate-filled café & events room is located just up the stairs. We were in a particularly ambitious mood so we ordered one of their infamous hot chocolates each as well as a giant slab of chocolate cake to share. I’ll be honest; the cake wasn’t anything to make noise about – pretty bland and covered in sickly sweet sauces. The hot chocolate on the other hand was pretty spectacular. With a choice of white, milk or dark chocolate, the drink comes will all of the lace and frills you can possibly imagine.
A definite must if you’re in a sweet-tooth mood – even the bill came covered in chocolate drops!
(I don’t think I’ve ever said the word “chocolate” so many times in a blog post.)

Hot chocolate at Choccy Woccy Doo Dah, Brighton.
Menu at Choccy Woccy Doo Dah, Brighton.
Chocolate-covered bill at Choccy Woccy Doo Dah, Brighton.


Find them here to go to chocolate heaven!


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Small Batch Coffee Company

A stellar shout out must be made to Small Batch Coffee Company on Jubilee Street for also having top-notch coffee and food. I have no idea how I didn’t manage to take photos of this place as we went twice but anyway, a great place to fulfill your coffee craving! Find the info to go and say hi here.
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DO


Wander

I think the best thing to do in Brighton is just to wander around and explore all the city has to offer – provided the weather holds out. Brighton can be pretty windy & cold sometimes so always best to take an extra layer! A great place to start is checking out out the Royal Pavilion...

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

One of my favourite places to wander around in Brighton is The Lanes. Known for their narrow streets with tiny shops dotted around the place, it is easy to spend a few hours finding treasures (or just a cool photo-op). A mention must also go to North Laine, a bohemian style shopping district, which is a must-visit in Brighton. There are tons of cool & quirky shops to waste time in and it is also the home to We Love Falafel – it’s meant to be!

Graffiti on North Laine, Brighton.
Colourful streets in Brighton.
Colourful streets in Brighton.
Flower shop on North Laine, Brighton.
Shops on North Laine, Brighton.

A trip to Brighton wouldn’t be complete without going to the Brighton Pier. I never really ‘got’ the whole pier thing as we don’t have them in NZ, but it’s super cool to just go and see, even if you don’t spend an arm & a leg on those addictive arcade games. We managed to bag some sweet deck chairs and laze in the sun for a few hours, which was a looooovely way to spend our Sunday morning.

Brighton Pier.
Brighton Pier.
Brighton Pier..
Brighton Pier.
Relaxing on the Brighton Pier.
Deck chairs on the Brighton Pier.

And while you're there, spend a little time soaking up rays on the beach (or play cards like we did)!

Brighton beach.
Cards on the beach in Brighton.

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STAY


Smart Brighton Beach


We opted for the same hostel as Hanna & I stayed in last time as it is fantastically located and generally just a nice place. The staff are very friendly & helpful and the hostel is equipped with free wifi, a kitchen & a TV room. Our 14-bed dorm (luxurious, I know) was not actually as bad as you might expect, as all bathrooms are cleaned every day. I wouldn’t want to spend weeks in such a huge dorm, but I have found it is perfect for just one/a few nights!

Find them on Hostel World here.

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I wrote a post last October when I visited Brighton for the first time, which you can find here if you’re interested.

Adios amigos! Have a lovely weekend,

2 comments:

  1. Hi Ellora,

    Thank you so much for including us in your blog, and for the great photos! We'd like to share them on our social channels with a link to your blog we hope you don't mind!

    Please come back again soon!

    Street Thai team

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    1. Hiya!

      No problem at all! I'm glad you liked your wee mention.
      And of course, share away to your heart's content! I will 100% be back to visit next time I'm in Brighton :)

      Thanks for the lovely food!
      Ellora x

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