Brighton is a haven for foodies with its abundance of deli’s, coffee shops, organic foodie stores, veggie cafes and restaurants.
It’s time to loosen your belt and wander around the coastal town for a perfect food-filled day of eating. Here’s how to eat your way through Brighton in a single day.
8 am – Oseta Cafe
Begin the day in the heart of the bohemian North Laine at the small independently owned Oseta Cafe. Whether you’re only after morning coffee or a more substantial breakfast with a twist, Oseta in Brighton has you covered.
Feast on halloumi scramble with egg, spiced tomato and spinach – A breakfast for champions!
Or how about smoky homemade beans with feta, herb dressing and chilli flakes. And traditionalists fear not, you can still devour a big fry up.
34 North Rd | Brighton |BN1 1YB
11 am – Choccywoccydoodah
When the mid morning munchies strike, step straight into the decadent and delicious world of fantastical handmade chocolate masterpieces, bespoke cakes, lollies and bars.
Choccywoccydoodah located in winding Brighton Lanes a visit will inject the sugar high needed to continue with you Brighton adventures. The ground floor shop is just the beginning, head up the stairs to the Bar du Chocolate Cafe and cake garden.
Indulge in hot chocolates, ice cream milkshakes and their famous humongous slices of cakes accompanied with ice cream or molten chocolate. Warning: You may leave in a chocolate coma.
3a Meeting House Lane | Brighton | BN1 1HB
1 pm – Chilli Pickle
Indian Lunch in Brighton
Not your typical curry house, the Indian kitsch begins even before you enter with a big pink fibreglass cow to greet your arrival. Walk through the door and into a brightly coloured canteen with distinct Bollywood vibes. The award winning menu will treat your taste buds to imaginative spins on Indian regional dishes from the likes of Pondicherry, Delhi, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad.
The small and big plates are perfect for lunch time eating or go big with a bit of everything as a thali. The poppadoms with their signature chutneys is a must! For starters the Gobi 65, is a take on a Chennai street food of crispy spicy coated cauliflower and the Indian street food classic of pani puri with the crunchy puri shells and explosion of potato, chickpea, spiced tamarind water and chilli. Make space for the humongous vindaloo wings. Rolled in a hot and sour vindaloo sauce, chicken lovers will be in heaven.
The fresh open tandoori naans are a great take on an Indian toastie, topped with either sigri chilli paneer, red chilli chicken tikka, mutton lal mas and served with either Punjabi fries or biryani rice. And who can resist a chips chaat – Not I, especially when doused in vindaloo chilli ketchup and curry leaf mayo. I can guarantee you’ll walkout in a food coma, you can’t stop ordering off the enticing menu.
17 Jubilee St | Brighton |BN1 1GE | Website
3 pm – Gelato Gusto
You can’t head to the seaside and not visit a ice-cream shop. When in need of the cold stuff on the coast make it a premium ice cream parlour stop. Gelato Gusto makes fresh gelato above the shop daily using milk and cream from a local Sussex dairy.
This is not somewhere you come for a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream. Their range stretches from sea salt caramel, lemon-meringue-pie, black truffle, honey and mojito gelato or sorbets of alphonso mango, earl grey tea, or even vegan-friendly coconut milk. From experience the afternoon tea ice cream with chunks of scones is a winner!
If you’re feeling rather fanciful how about tucking into their ice-cream burger invention – Ice cream in a hot brioche bun. Just going to leave you with that image.
2 Gardner Street | Brighton | BN1 1UP | Website
6 pm – Food For Friends (the best vegan and veggie friendly restaurant in Brighton)
Wine and dine
Moments from the seafront and in the heart of the Lanes, Food for Friends, has been a firm vegetarian favourite in Brighton since 1981. It prides itself on tasty and honest cooking using fresh and consciously sourced produce.The globally inspired menu comes with generous portions with many vegan and gluten free options available.
Starters of creamy smoked sweetcorn chowder helps warm the cockles, a beautifully presented fig and blue cheese salad with candied walnuts and plum sauce.
Along with perfectly steamed bao buns filled with organic raw slaw, house kimchi and hoisin glazed mushrooms is a glimpse of what they offer.
Mains range from tagines, burgers to strogonoff. I challenge any non-veggie not to be impressed by the flavours of the dishes. Even their wines are organic and vegan friendly. Seriously going meat free every day of the week has never been so easy.
17-18 Prince Albert Street | Brighton | BN1 1HF | Website
10 pm Artisan Residence
Night cap or where the night begins…
The original hotel from the boutique Artist Residence group opened its doors in 2008 in Brighton. The brainchild of Justin and Charlie Salisbury, the walls of the hotel have been decorated artists in return for accomodation – hence the name.
The pretty 19th-century facade, looks over the seafront, dilapidated West Pier and i360 attraction. It’s also home to The Fix, a moody cocktail bar with tipples inspired by the seasonal produce.
You can try cocktails with a twist, like the Smoky Beer-fashion made with bourbon, smoky beer syrup and bitters. Or indulge in a Afternoon Tea, mixed with gin, bergamot, earl grey, campari, egg white and citrus. The Kiss from a Rose is a personal favourite with vodka, rose, rhubarb and citrus.
The perfect place to kick back and relax with a refreshing beverage.
Artist Residence | 34 Regency Square | Brighton | BN1 2FJ | Website
Do you have any Brighton foodie favourites? Let me know in the comments box below.
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