I’ve always seen the cutest postcard-style photographs of Brighton. The little enclave of hipster coffee shops, retro record stores and pubs on the seafront make this city the perfect place to travel to for a little weekend getaway. After a few weeks of working hard, I thought it was about time I travelled somewhere new and, seeing as I only had a weekend, what better way to journey to the British seaside?
I took this trip with my younger brother who drove us all four and a half hours away to this buzzing, vibrant city. Traffic was hideous just outside of London, so this trip wasn’t particularly easy – but it was definitely worth it once we arrived. We emerged in the city sandwiched in between picturesque pastel houses, the seafront suddenly opening up to us. Once checked into our hotel (We stayed at the Old Ship Hotel, which was right on the seafront, so incredibly accessible) we took a walk along the seafront and soaked up the salty sea breeze.
Of course, one of the main reasons for travelling to this seaside town was the vegan food! I had heard that the vegan options here are impressive and I wasn’t disappointed. I managed to drag my brother along to four different all-vegan spots which I think he quietly enjoyed too. First stop was Happy Maki, a completely plant-based sushi café. Followed by dinner at Purezza, which had vegan pizzas complete with vegan cheese and so many options. We shared ‘Portobello road’ a pizza topped with Portobello mushrooms and sundried tomatoes as well as mac n cheese which tasted so ridiculously creamy and was definitely a highlight. We then shared a rich chocolate brownie with vanilla maca ice-cream – a match made in heaven! The next morning, we ventured to Vbites for a vegan English breakfast and then wolfed down a cinnamon and orange chocolate donut from Glazed. This city is 100% a vegan foodie haven!
We managed to squeeze in visiting a couple of attractions into our weekend too. On Saturday, we explored the Royal Pavilion which is nestled in the city centre. It’s an old palace built by George Prince of Wales and was inspired by Indian architectural styles. The inside was just as incredible as its exterior. Each room contained incredible chandeliers, Chinese-style furniture, dragon sculptures and impressively patterned walls and carpets. Something not to be missed. My brother and I also enjoyed a cup of tea sat on the Palace’s balcony, the sun shining in our eyes. We also mused around Brighton’s museum and art gallery which held an eclectic collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts, fashion pieces through the ages, paintings and interesting bits and bobs from around the world.
Brighton is such a lovely place to simply walk around, since around the corner there is always something new to discover. We stumbled upon many little alleyways with the coolest graphic graffiti, flea markets down cobble-stone streets and buskers on building corners. The city is alive. Literally.
The seafront is also a place not to miss (obviously). We walked down to Hove to check out their little brightly coloured beach huts and also checked out the pier in the evening, where the arcade guzzled up our 2p coins. Albeit spending our copper collection on these games, it was incredibly fun and gave me and my brother a major throwback to our childhood days spent in the arcades in Wales. The pier also gave us an incredible view of the evening sunset, which coloured the sky a candyfloss pink and made me feel incredibly happy indeed. We walked through the fairground rides and I held tightly onto my phone as we could see the sea below us through the wooden slats of the pier!
It was a wonderful getaway for the weekend and I will definitely be returning to this city. It’s a relaxing little place – so if you’re up for wandering through its lively streets and eating some great food, this is the place for you.
Until next time,