What do you think of when you think of Brighton?
- Language schools and teenagers from all over Europe "learning English" (read: partying like there's no tomorrow...)?
- The spiritual home of anything over-the-top and unapologetically camp or "alternative"? After all, Brighton is the British version of San Francisco, in many ways (minus the Chinatown)...
- The endless supply of organic food markets, vegan restaurants, yoga schools, tarot card readers and Reiki healers?
Yes, Brighton is all of that, and much more. It's bohemian and a bit crazy, but in a good way. A bit like that eccentric aunt or uncle who makes every boring family gathering just a bit more interesting because you never know what they're up to...
Yes, Professor M and I used to live in Brighton, on several occasions, on and off, until a year ago. And I admit, there are things I miss about Brighton:
5 THINGS THAT I MISS ABOUT BRIGHTON:
1. BRIGHTON PIER AND THE SEAFRONTThe Brighton Pier rides, the seafront shops and restaurants... I don't sunbathe, so I don't care about the beach, really. Just so you know: it's not sand but pebble. And make sure you choose the beach on the right side of the Pier (the other side is a naturist beach...)
2. NORTH LAINEThe bustling North Laine area is full of quirky shops selling fashion, vintage furniture, jewellery and books. There are also restaurants, pubs, delis, bakeries and food shops. One of my all-time favourite bookshops, PS Brighton (34 Kensington Gardens) is also here. This little shop is a treasure trove of affordable books on illustration, fashion, photography, architecture, cooking...
|PS Brighton bookshop, North Laine|
3. RESTAURANTSYou could eat in a different restaurant every day of the month and there would still be plenty of places to try... And even though we lived in Brighton for over 15 years, on and off, there are plenty of (very good and highly recommended) restaurants I've never tried. But that's only because I'm very loyal to my old favourites...
Food For Friends: a vegetarian restaurant even meat-eaters will love.
Sabai Thai Gastrobar: the Som Tum (papaya salad) is a must: not too spicy but just perfect. There are also lots of vegetarian and vegan options available (well, that actually goes for most restaurants in Brighton...)
If you are new in town and looking for an area with lots of restaurants, go to Preston Street, it has something for everyone.
4. THE LANESBrighton Lanes is full of independent little shops, and it is a must-see destination for anyone interested in antique jewellery.
5. THE WEIRD, WACKY AND WONDERFUL
Well, that's just an average day in Brighton... How about these:
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The Zombie Walk:
Yes, I do miss Brighton...