1. Take a snoop in Snoopers Paradise.
Snoopers Paradise is exactly what it says on the tin - a wondrous treasure trove of vintage tat and antiques. In the heart of the North Laine, it is a unique Brighton collective featuring over 20 designers, makers and hoarders selling goods. You’re bound to leave with something.
4. Or feast on some chocolate instead at Choccywoccydoodah.
Chocolate and art you say? Choccywoccydoodah is home to a dedicated team of artists, designers and chocolatiers who specialise in creating decadent, bespoke wedding cakes, chocolate birthday cakes and unique chocolate gifts. They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
5. Wander through Brighton Flea Market.
If you’ve not found what you’re looking for, there are plenty more places to come across a unique find in the city. So if you want antiques, furniture or interesting old items pop along to the flea market at the weekends or on bank holidays.
6. Or there’s always Upper Gardner Street Market.
Never knew Brighton was so good for shopping? Well, it is. Especially for something unique. On Saturday’s Upper Gardner Street is home to a market of all sorts of odds and sods and is full of buzzing character. Head there for old records, artisan jewellery and cool vintage finds.
8. Enjoy some fresh fish and chips at The Regency.
You’re by the seaside, so of course you want to sample some nice fresh fish. Head down to The Regency, which is still one of the oldest and most popular seafront restaurants. You can pick from traditional fish and chips, or try their mussels.
9. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a coffee at Marwoods.
It’s the perfect place for a “kick arse” caffeine fix in the South Laine. And if you have room, try out their “life changing” cakes as well.
12. Cycle to Rottingdean.
If you fancy staying dry then bike hire is the next best thing. Either enjoy a cycle along the promenade, or make it a slightly bigger excursion and cycle along to Rottingdean. Perfect on a lovely day.
13. Enjoy a paddle around the pier.
Take off your shoes and take a paddle around the pier. It’s great for reflection while soaking up the atmosphere of the beach.
18. For vegetarian food you can’t beat Terre à Terre.
For the finest vegetarian cuisine, head to Terre à Terre, where vegetarianism is “more about indulgence than abstinence”. Situated in the historic lanes, the restaurant is just a stone’s throw from Brighton Beach. And not only does it taste delicious, but the presentation is a huge highlight as well.
20. Lap up the live music scene.
Brighton is one of the main stop offs for music acts touring the country, so you’re bound to see someone you like there. But aside from big names, there are many local groups entertaining the locals and visitors alike throughout the many venues in the city. For a definitive list click here.
21. Get inked at Nine Tattoo Studio.
If you fancy a reminder of your trip that’s a little more lasting then there’s nowhere better to get inked than the Nine Tattoo Studio. The bespoke tattooists is home to several talented skin artists. You can find them between The Coal Shed Restaurant and the Fiddlers Elbow Public House on Boyces Street.
22. Head to the Pier.
Brighton Pier may seem like a tourist trap, but you can’t not take a visit there at least once. Buy yourself a pint, wander into the arcade, have a stroll and reflect on one of the coolest cities around. Walk to the end and it gives you a great view looking back on the bohemian beauty.
24. Have a dance at the Green Door Store under the train station.
If you’ve got your dancing shoes on then avoid the tourist spots and head to the Green Door Store under the station. There are plenty of club nights on offer and live music is sometimes available, covering everything from reggae to jazz and soul.
25. Nurse your hangover during a breakfast at Bill’s.
It’s a Brighton absolute must. Bill’s is the place to go for a perfect breakfast the morning after the night before. Formerly a bus depot, there’s plenty to look at inside while you while away your morning with friends and chow down on your breakfast.
29. Or the Beach Of The Dead Zombie March.
It’s become one of the staple events in the Brighton diary. The Beach Of The Dead zombie march can be quite terrifying for visitors not expecting to see drunk zombies crawling around town. But a lot of fun for those involved. In fact, Halloween is a great time of year to visit Brighton as it’s celebrated in a huge way there.
31. Make the most of a free festival: Kemp Town Carnival / St Ann’s Well Gardens Spring Festival.
32. And certainly don’t miss the Brighton Festival or Brighton Fringe.
Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events - taking place across the whole of Brighton & Hove for three whole weeks every May. Be in awe and enjoy the varied events on offer. And make sure you also check out Brighton Fringe, one of the largest fringe festivals in the world held throughout May.
33. Visit for the Burning of the Clocks/Winter Solstice.
The people of Brighton & Hove gather together to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year. Every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, the Burning the Clocks takes place. The event combines a family lantern procession with a spectacular fire and fireworks show, bringing the whole city together to celebrate.
36. Lie in front of Brighton’s Big Screen.
Yes, you can watch a movie on the beach! And what makes it even better is that it’s completely free. From mid June til mid July members of the public can sit and enjoy an outside communal film.
38. Have a Mexican fiesta at Carlito Burrito.
If it’s Mexican that you fancy head straight to Carlito Burrito. With promises of a burrito bar, mexican street food, seafood tapas, mexican beers, Organic Mezcals, Tequilas, cocktails, great tunes and festival vibes all year long, you will not be disappointed.
40. Visit the Royal Pavilion.
Come on, you have to! It’s a Brighton landmark you can’t miss from the outside. But head inside and you’ll be able to lap up the history. Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out.
42. Or try out mackerel fishing.
There are boats that take you out to sea for a spot of mackerel fishing. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous for a day with a difference you can even try to trade in your haul with a top restaurant for a three course lunch with wine! Although it’s certainly not the norm.
43. Marvel at the sunset at the burnt down west pier.
You get some beautiful sunsets stretching out in front of you across Brighton beach. And sitting in front of the burnt down west pier is one of the best places to be. Just beautiful.
45. Let your hair down for one night of clubbing.
Will you regret it? Probably or maybe even most definitely. But it’s something that has to be ticked off the list at least once.
47. Take in a car boot sale at the Marina.
While the shops and markets dotted throughout The Lanes may have been enough shopping for you, there’s still more delights to be found at the giant car boot sales at the Marina. You can make it a fun day out with street performers and food stalls in the vicinity.
49. Get involved at the Dolphin Derby at the pier.
Up to 15 players battle it out rolling balls into coloured holes which moves your dolphin through the waves, racing the other dolphins to the finish line - a prize is won every time. And yes, it is mighty good fun.
50. Wander past the skatepark on The Level.
Marvel at the skateboarders’ talents or take in the new paddling pool, also on The Level.
51. Reflect in one of the many yoga studios.
There are many yoga studios to choose from in the city. Or even enjoy some stretching as the sun goes down on the beach.