The oldest and cutesiest district of Brighton boasts a handful of street names that harks back more than nine centuries. However, for most of its history, ‘The Lanes’ was merely a cluster of ramshackle fishing cottages.
Even by Victorian times, when Brighton first became a fashionable hub, it was considered an embarrassing old-fashioned eyesore. Only in the 1970s, with the rest of the UK blighted by concrete, was it given its proper due for being the adorable gem it is. Enter dozens of groovy independent businesses, bars and world-class eateries.
This lovable ancient heartland plays host to some of the best grub in town. Curry Leaf Cafe serve authentic Indian with deft nods to modernity via their huge craft beer selection and signature masala-battered fish and spicy chips.
Food for friends proves that vegan vegan food needn’t be drab or samey and 64 Degrees is one of only two Brighton restaurants to currently have been awarded a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin guide.
Marwoods’ is a lighthearted cafe staffed by a crack team of self-styled ‘coffee ninjas’ amid oodles of fun, creative bits and bobs all over the walls. Scoff delicious cakes and sup on a pitch-perfect latte in the coolest junk shop around. Heaven.
Next door to this Brighton treasure trove lies an altogether different kind of cafe vibe, Cafe Coho is ultra chic and minimalist with an emphasis on top quality hand roasted coffee and stellar brunches.
Beer and cobbled narrow lanes, a match made in boozy heaven. Kick off your evening at BYOC - a kickass concept drinking den where for a modest fee and a bring-your-own bottle of hooch pro mixologists will put on a show and get you hammered in a louche, speakeasy setting.
No Brighton night out is complete without a pit stop at The Twisted Lemon, these guys do atmosphere, pizza and fancy drinks better than anyone around. Keep it real with an espresso martini, or go a bit off the rails with the pyrotechnic Killer Zombie.
If a simple local ale is what you’re craving, head to The Cricketers, they’ve been pulling pints here since the 1500s, don’t you know.