Welcome to Brighton! To celebrate World Tourism Day 2019, we’ve put together our top tips for exploring the city.

Since we are a diverse workforce, we understand the role that tourism has on everything from culture to creating jobs. So, for this post, we looked no further than our four Brighton walls to gather some tips for anyone that wishes to visit this colourful city beside the sea.

“[The purpose of World Tourism Day] is to foster awareness among the global community of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution the sector can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2019, in line with UNWTO’s overarching focus on skills, education and jobs throughout the year, World Tourism Day will be a celebration on the topic ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’

ACCOMMODATION

Beside the obvious hotel choices such as The (infamous) Grand there are amazing beautiful bespoke boutique hotels or for a more homely experience, the Air Bnb selection is amazing.

There are highly rated hostels too; Baggies is close to the seafront and with a friendly community of people who often gather in the kitchen to share some food/drinks with each other. There is also SeaDragon which is a well refurbished small, quiet hostel in Brighton with free, self-service breakfast every day.

FOOD AND DRINK

Brighton is a foodie heaven full of independently owned ambient cafe’s and restaurants catering for all diet choices. There’s a great selection and even the pubs serve up fantastic food. Read on to discover places to eat , lunch on the fly to a romantic dinner & the best coffee…

  • Weekend lazy lunch:  Lucky Beach – the burgers! oh the burgers – especially the ‘Impossible burger, all plant, no cow’ is a must try along with the chips (the aioli is delicious for the non-vegans)! Another plus is they’re located in the arches on the seafront, so you can eat your food or sip your coffee (or even a cheeky mimosa) whilst watching the waves. 
  • Working lunch: Polpo or Côte Brasserie – both reasonably priced and food that is always of a decent standard (options for the vegans and meat eaters alike) 
  • For a takeaway treat, grab a doner kebab from What the Pitta. Their doner kebabs are super tasty and 100% vegan. Bonus – the restaurant is by the seafront so you can take it to-go and enjoy it on the beach.

  • Relaxed dining: Bohemia Brighton – Located in the Lanes, serving all traditional pub foods along with some special dishes and cocktails. They have live music on Thursdays and DJ’s on Fridays and Saturdays. 
  • Romantic dinner: Petit Pois, really lovely food and staff – as well as being a smaller intimate venue. 
  • Something a little fancy: Food for Friends – Located in the Lanes, Brighton’s award-winning vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Due to popular demand, it’s worth booking in advance. 
  • For an excellent cup of coffee: Pelicano. They sell their own t-shirts too. So, if you want a souvenir slightly more hipster than the tradition stick of rock, this is your answer. Alternatively, try Bond St. Coffee – it’s a lovely little independent café with lovely coffee – if you manage to score a seat in the window it’s a great spot to people watch

TRANSPORT

Brighton accommodates cyclists and the BTN Bike Share is a great way to get around. The scheme has hubs right along the seafront between Hove and the Marina and further into the city down Lewes Road towards the University and at Preston Park. Download the SoBi app to create a free account and get cycling.

CULTURE

Brighton Museum sits opposite the Royal Pavilion (which is also worth a visit) and is often overlooked. It is free for residents and they have a great and varied selection of exhibitions. The Museum of Transology is the first of its kind in the UK and demonstrates how much power ordinary items can hold. The Queer on the Pier exhibition in November will replace it so best to check it out whilst it is still open.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

If you’re in Brighton, you’d be mad not to get a bike to explore the South Downs. The Undercliff Cycle Path takes you from Brighton along to Seaford at the beginning of the Seven Sisters. Or, you could head north of the city and follow the winding countryside lanes past Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke. Make sure to make a pit-stop at one of the cycling cafes hidden in and around the small villages for a great cup of coffee and cake.

Oh and watch out for seagulls! There are so many and they are NOT afraid to steal things from your plate or hand if you are walking down the street eating or sat outside. 
By |September 27th, 2019|