In the lead up to Christmas, it has become a yearly tradition for myself and Jack to spend a couple of days in Brighton. We love visiting Brighton around Christmas time because it’s not too far from home, it’s less busy than other UK cities at Christmas, and it’s a lovely little place to explore and unwind.
Below is a list of some of our favourite places to visit in the seaside town of Brighton.
Kicking off with an obvious choice, the iconic Brighton Pier is one of Brighton’s major seaside attractions. It brings back all the nostalgia of a seaside family holiday, complete with traditional fairground rides, arcade games, and stalls of sweets and ice-cream. The rides and attractions are best enjoyed on a summer’s day, but even in winter it’s nice to take a stroll along the pier and admire the seaside.
The Lanes are located in Brighton’s historic quarter, offering a number of small independent shops and boutiques. It’s almost like entering a different era as you wander through the maze of twisting, narrow alleyways. One of my favourite hidden gems located in The Lanes is Choccywoccydoodah, which is worth a special mention.
One of Brighton’s most popular foodie attractions and an absolute must-see for chocolate lovers. Choccywoccydoodah is a unique shop and cafe that designs and makes an incredible range of sweet treats using the primary ingredient of chocolate. The shop really does showcase the talent of the chocolatier team, with some outstanding cakes and chocolate masterpieces on display downstairs. From birds and flowers, to skulls and unicorns, it’s fascinating to see how these are all made purely from chocolate.
Upstairs in Choccywoccydoodah is the Bar Du Chocolat cafe, which offers a menu of chocolate goodies to enjoy. As this is a small cafe with limited seating, I would recommend coming at a quiet time to avoid queues. Nonetheless, the food was delicious. After carefully considering the cakes, brownies, sundaes and hot chocolates on offer, we opted to share a milk chocolate melting pot. The melting pot came with strawberries, marshmallows, honeycomb and brownie, which were all incredibly tasty.
This vibrant part of Brighton offers a unique retail experience, with a number of independent shops, cafes and entertainment venues. North Laine has a fantastic atmosphere and is often bustling with people from all walks of life. My favourite thing about North Laine is the huge variety of places to explore. Even after visiting here several times, we always seem to encounter something new and exciting. Below are some of our favourite spots to visit in North Laine.
I absolutely adore browsing in these homeware-type stores. Bert’s Homestore sells all sorts of kitchen and home bits and bobs, from cake tins and tea pots, to candles and other home decorations. Not only is it Pinterest perfect, it’s also a great little place to discover those last-minute Christmas gifts.
True to its name, Snoopers Paradise is the flea market of all flea markets. Inside is a maze of shelves and cabinets holding all sorts of vintage items, collectibles and odd trinkets. There’s something fantastically unique in every nook and cranny, such as retro clocks, vinyl records, vintage jewellery and WW2 memorabilia. There’s also a classic black and white photo booth inside, perfect for that seaside souvenir.
Located in the heart of North Laine, this award-winning venue is hard to miss. Wanting to experience Brighton’s entertainment scene, we decided to attend a comedy show at Komedia. The venue itself was great, with comfy seating and an excellent menu of drinks and snacks. The comedians, some of which we recognised from Live at the Apollo, were all hilariously entertaining. If you like a laugh and are looking for something a bit different, I would highly recommend a visit.
Have you visited Brighton before? Let me know which are your Brighton favourites!
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