Nonstop snacking, intense podcast listening and seven hours of driving later, we made it to sunny Brighton.
I'm not sure what we were thinking when booking this trip from Cornwall. but in hindsight, one night stay was a poor choice! It didn't matter though, Jack and I both enjoy a road trip and we've been wanting to explore more cities in the UK together. Brighton seemed like the perfect choice; we both adore exploring cities but not only this, the sea is our absolute favourite. The combination of the two? Dreamy.
The whole way up we listened to S-Town which is insanely gripping and was great for this long-ass journey.
"John despises his Alabama Town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life." - S Town Podcast
Totally worth the listen but be prepared to feel a little heartbroken by the end of it.
Anyway, onto the trip!
The dreamy Airbnb
WE ARRIVED. In the most gorgeous beach studio Airbnb - the best we have ever stayed in. The hosts were so friendly and attentive, and the flat couldn't have been in a better location, just down the road from the promenade.
We freshened up and stepped out into the warm sun, along to the sea front. Yay, we made it and wow was it worth the wait, just look at that view...
I'm not sure what I imagined Brighton Pier to be like, in fact I didn't give it much thought but it was definitely a lot more touristy than I thought it would be. But there's nothing wrong with that - it had tons of character and we really enjoyed strolling through, taking photos and chilling back in deck chairs watching the world go by. We also popped back later that evening to grab some doughnuts!
This place was stunning, everyone was just kicking back on the grass and soaking up the sun, we joined them while listening to the faint sounds of a guitarist playing in the distance.
After a while, we strolled around, admiring the architecture and the wonderful gardens that surrounded us.
This cafe was so cute, we managed to perch ourselves on the window seat where I had the most amazing chai latte. The next day we even headed back for brunch, the photo says it all really!
We also had dinner at Bill's that evening. We don't have a Bill's at home, so it's always a treat when we find one. I always seem to reach for the mac and cheese, but we also had some yummy cocktails and shared some halloumi bites. This Bill's is situated in a building which was once a bus station, so it's super cool inside and to top it off, the service was awesome.
Sprinkles Gelato Ice Cream
I would really recommend this place for insane ice cream and dessert, all at a price that won't break the bank. There were SO many flavours to choose from, I went for the milkyway and DAYUM it was basically gone before I could take a photo.
You can't beat Cornwall's beaches but Brighton beach certainly came close. It's pebbly - completely different than the sandy beaches back at home. I fell in love with it, and loved how others would just find themselves lying on the warm rocks with each other after a long day of strolling the city. The views were amazing and it was such a perfect way to wind down after being busy exploring.
The streets of North Laine were filled with quirky, independent shops where you could be browsing for hours. We were recommended to head to Snooper's Paradise by so many people and it was definitely worth the hype - even if just for the photo booth! I LOVE the photo of us, and will cherish it forever.
I have to admit, the i360 was a little underwhelming. We spent half an hour waiting in line despite buying tickets beforehand and once on board, the doors wouldn't close. It was definitely a great view, but I wouldn't go again due to being squashed by others and wasting time just waiting around.
Dum Dum Donuterie
Thanks to Martha for this amazing recommendation! On the first day, 'sold out' hung from the window and it was very sad indeed. The next day we were determined not to miss out, and oh my. Strawberry cheesecake and blueberry were the chosen ones.
Food For Friends
The trip soon came to a quick end and we needed to fuel up. I heard great things about Food For Friends and after wondering where to eat, we realised we were right outside! It's a great vegetarian restaurant, and we were sat in a bay window which was fab. We both ordered the ginger beer battered halloumi with triple cooked chips and woweeeeee.
7 hours later, we were back in Cornwall - what a sweet 24 hours that was.
Watch the snippets vlog below!
Have you ever been to Brighton? If so, where are your favourite spots?