Brighton Tales, special edition – This Must be the place

Brighton is full of lovely places. If you’re in town, go and visit them. And if you’re lucky you’ll spot me, maybe!

favourite places (c) VD

1. The Royal Pavilion, Prince’s Street  Brighton, BN1 1ED

Gorgeous. It’s a great place to get lost when it’s sunny. The Pavilion, George V’s former home,  also runs some exhibitions and you can visit it anytime. Or you can chill in the park, surrounded by seagulls and squirrels.

2. Kensingtons, 1 Kensington Gardens, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AL

Ha, I love the Laines. Kensingtons is simply the best place for breakfasts. Don’t go anywhere but here. Friendly staff, great choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, cheap, and the atmosphere is lovely. I recommend the small veggie breakfast and the mushrooms and cheese on toast. Yum!

3.  Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton,  BN1 1EE

A great place for modern art and unusual exhibitions (like the one dedicated to cult shop and fashion guru BIBA). They also run a friendly café and organise loads of activities. Must see!

4. JB’s American Diner, 31 King’s Road  Brighton,  BN1 1NR

Back To The Future! When you enter JB’s diner, you find yourself back in the 50s : Elvis and Marylin are on the walls (along with movies and comics posters) and on the jukebox,there are booths, and waitresses welcome you with their typical diner outfit. The food is pretty awesome (their pecan pie is Heaven) and they play Tom & Jerry on TV. Love.

5. Dave’s Comics, 5 Sydney Street Brighton,   BN1 4EN

I spend half my wage at Dave’s and I never regret it. Great shop, the staff is always willing to help and to give advice, prices aren’t too weird,and they also display mangas and indie graphic novels. A great place for comics junkies like us.

6. Grubbs Burgers, 89 St James’s Street Brighton BN2 1TP

After eating a burger from Grubbs, you won’t go to Mc King again, trust me. Great alternative to big fast food chains, Grubbs is a small place offering no less than 10 different toppings for meat and veggie burgers (the Blue cheese one and the pineapple one are personal favourites), hot dogs, jacket potatoes, fries, onion rings and milkshakes. They stay open late, everything is fresh and handmade, and the best thing is eating your burger on the beach. Living the dream!

7. Las Iguanas, 8 Jubilee Street  Brighton,  BN1 1GE

Latino restaurant that won my heart with their patatas bravas (a souvenir from Barcelona) and their awesome 2 -4-1 cocktails. The menu changes every season, and the staff is really helpful and fun. The place is often busy, so get there early!

8. Vintage Magazine, 37 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4

If it’s your birthday and I offer you something, you can be sure it’s from here. Movies & music memorabilia with a hint of vintage comics and TV shows, it’s a  fun place. You should go.

9. The Pier, Seafront

I love fun fairs and air hockey and candies and lights.  Too touristy? I don’t care. “The Sea is a good place to think about the future”, they say.



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