1. Brighton Beach. Summer or winter you’re unlikely to get Brighton beach to yourself. But that’s part of its charm: a place where tightrope walkers, musicians, bathers, barbequers, hen dos and hipsters meet. Head west towards Hove from the Pier where it’s a bit more peaceful.
2. Bankers Fish & Chips. The competition’s not up to much (compared to northern fish & chips anyway) but Bankers, on Western Road, sits head and shoulders above the rest. Offering a choice of fresh fish and the option to sit in, with a beer, or takeaway.
4. Chilli Pickle. Without a doubt Brighton’s best restaurant where excellent thalis are served by capable staff in contemporary surroundings. Put simply, Indian food done well.
5. Pavillion and Brighton & Hove Museum. Even if you’re not keen to explore the treasures that lie inside (I recommend them) you can’t come to Brighton without seeing these distinctive buildings. Live music and great people watching make the gardens a super place for a picnic.
6. Terre a Terre. Recently reopened after a fire vegetarian restaurant Terre a Terre is a treat for veggies and meat eaters alike. Sample what vegetarian food should be like with their tapas plate (think fresh veg and bold flavours) or opt for a legendary rostie.
7. Devil’s Dyke. Hop on the open top 77 bus for the short (and often windy) hurl out of the city to Devils Dyke. Legend has it the devil created the steep valley when his mission to thwart the religious folk of Sussex was foiled by an old dear with a candle. A short stroll right down the hill will take you to the ver-popular Royal Oak in Poynings.
8. Small Batch Coffee. With personal service (two visits and they’ll know your name and order), smiley staff and fantastic coffee you’ll struggle to find a better coffee anywhere else in the south. A big claim. But try it. There are four shops and two coffee carts to choose from.
9. The North Laines. Bursting at the seams with independent shops selling everything from art and baby clothes to records and vegetarian shoes you can while away a happy afternoon wandering the streets here. Bills Produce Store, Infinity Foods and Ink_d are especially worth a look for.
10. Duke of York Cinema. Two giant stocking clad legs signal you’ve reached your destination at Brighton’s favourite cinema. Showing everything from blockbuster films to independent art house flicks this is cinema how it should be. Choose from the original venue at Preston Circus or the new kid on the block in The Laines.