A Guide To Brighton 

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I’m sat here shovelling away starburst on the coach back from Brighton, I think I could possibly be comfort eating because I was so sad to leave such a beautiful city!

In this post I’ll talk all about Brighton and since I didn’t get to see all of it in it’s entirety, everything that I saw, enjoy the read lovelies.

This trip was for myself and my boyfriends 1 year anniversary, we didn’t want to buy presents so we decided to go on an adventure instead.

We stayed in a really beautiful and cosy apartment hosted by a lovely couple through air bnb, this apartment was perfect because it was 5 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes from the North Laines and main attractions of Brighton.


Friday the 24th Feb

I had set ourselves an action plan (yes I am THAT girlfriend) I wanted to be up early to condense as much of Brighton into our day as possible, and to my surprise my boyfriend was awake before 10am and ready to take on the day (you know what I’m talking about ladies, our men like to sleep in!) 

Our first stop was Brighton Pier, a classic tourist attraction. Although a sunny day, it was very windy and it being 10:30 am the pier was quite empty, I heart eyed immediately when we entered the arcade, a classic place for fun and they even had the old fashioned tickets that you cashed for prizes! 

Such a fun place, we could have spent so much time (and money) competeing on whack-a-mole for the rest of the day.

I have to say, the North Laines is a gem for you Brightoners! I had been excited to come here after seeing many of my favourite online personalities such as Zoella, Marzia and Felix visit and shop here on a weekly basis. I was intrigued by its popularity and I wasn’t disappointed, the north Laines is a thriving area with small independent bussinesses from shops to cafes and tiny resteraunts. I got paid on this day which was pretty deadly, I’m all for saving but the plonk of money dropped into my bank account on my dedicated shopping day was a bad omen.

I have to admit I spent most of my money on presents for my family as I simply could not leave with out gifts. JuJu botique and Berts were probably my favourites, I loved that JuJu sold vintage 501 denim but sadly they weren’t the right fit, but that aside I saw so many amazing shops in the Laines that I just could not get over.

If you ever visit Brighton this has to be on the top of your list to visit!

Exiting the laines we wandered over to another shopping area of Brighton (if you live in Brighton you certainly have no shortage of shopping opportunities!) 

I found myself also very in love with this area, it had more of the big brand chain shops such as All saints and Space NK. I found a lot of lovely gifts in this area and something that had been on my list to visit was BoHo Gelato after Zoe Suggs raving reviews, we were most definitely not disappointed, this ice cream was delicious and the fact that it is all hand made is even more impressive, I had the salted caramel gelato and I salivated for a good 10 minutes after I finished.

The final shopping stop of the day was the indoor shopping centre, I picked up a few bits from Pull and a Bear and we took some photos in the urban outfitters photo booth, although massive and contained a few shops we don’t have back home, it had nothing on the shopping district in Cardiff.

Our final stop of the day was the beach, where we caught the most beautiful sunset and I was ever so grateful to have seen it. I had ranted and raved about the old pier structure to my boyfriend and he was just as fascinated buy it as I. Over in the distance you could see the lit up pier as the cool breeze settled in, our first day was perfect and the weather matched.


The Royal Pavillion and Choccywoccydooda

Our second and last day, also our anniversary day! Once again my battle plan was set into action and we set off to the royal pavillion, I had wanted to visit this building for a long time because it’s architecture was so beautiful, the building was dominating over the park and you could see it from quite a way back. We wanted to take the tour but instead sat in the gardens admiring and snapping the building where a seagull so kindly shat on my new back pack, I took it as a blessing that I chose the right bag.

Can I just say, that Choccywoccydooda is heaven on bloody earth. When you enter the shop you’re surrounded by jaw dropping chocolate sculptures that were so amazing and carefully crafted that no one would dare to not call them artists, the shop was extremely busy filled to the brim with tourists and we had to book to sit in the cafe. That aside, the hour wait for the chocolate cafe was amazing, now I’m lactose intolerant as well as gluten intolerant, but the lactose intolerance did not stop me from dousing strawberries in molten chocolate, even at the outcome of having a few hurty spots and a bad stomach, but I drew the line at the brownie and tiffin on the platter as consuming gluten is really painful to me. I swear the cafe is worth the wait, and if you’re not intolerant there are so many amazing options for you to try!

We ended the evening with a beautiful meal in Jamie Oliver’s on black lion street, the food was fulfilling and the perfect way to end our trip and anniversary. If you ever get the chance, please visit Brighton, it is such a beautiful city and has so much to offer, we will definitely be visiting again, I even have living there one day in the back of my mind. I hope you enjoyed reading, I know it was a bit long, but I hope it was a smooth read either way!

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Have a good day everyone!