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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Pier
“Got to be ticked off stroll along the Pier, go on a scary ride then treat yourself to fish and chips at palms court on the Pier....and the doughnuts. Wristbands for the rides are good value. Avoid weekend afternoons. The rides are often closed if it's too windy”
  • 226 locals recommend
History Museum
“Stunning inside and out. Fantastic cafe too with great afternoon tea and lunches”
  • 230 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Great views - a really good attraction on a clear day - not for those with vertigo! Do book in advance to get your 'flight time'.”
  • 130 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Boutique shopper's paradise, scattered with wonderful cafes and pubs. What's not to like!”
  • 194 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Based in the heart of the North Laine, the Komedia has an exciting all- year programme of theatre, comedy, cabaret, kids and music plus great bars and food, Komedia offers a unique mix of dining & live entertainment.”
  • 154 locals recommend
Newsstand
“The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. 10% discount when booked online.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Brighton: Chilli Pickle is a fantastic Southern Indian treat. Gorgeous delights and even a kids menu. Lunchtime specials. Book a table as very busy at weekends.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Lovely arthouse one-screen cinema down the hill at Preston Circus. The oldest cinema in Britain in continuous use, in 2012 it was voted the best cinema in the UK. Treat yourself to cake, wine and a comfy spot on one of the balcony sofas.”
  • 128 locals recommend
Entertainment
“If you're into unique homeware bits and pieces, old and new, definitely pop in here for a meander. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Brighton Marina centres on the busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. It’s a chic shopping hub with fashion boutiques, galleries, and craft shops, plus huge choice of places to eat with terraces overlooking the water. Volk’s Electric Railway, opened in 1883, shuttles between the marina and Brighton Pier. Charter boats offer fishing and diving trips, and the Brighton Walk of Fame honours stars with local links. There is also a Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl. An added bonus is free parking there ;0)”
  • 115 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Not just the best vegetarian restaurant but THE best restaurant around. Seriously good food.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Top acts, comedy, music, dance etc Usually booked in advance but sometimes you can sneak into a show last minute - and you can always try for last minute 'returns' at the box office.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Probably the best shopping centre in the area - all your favourites. Catch the 12 bus from Eastbourne alighting at Churchill Square.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Gym
“Based opposite the iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and features 5,500 mesmerising creatures including inquisitive rays and intelligent octopus - few sharks too and a lovely arch to walk through with all the fish swimming above you. Various events such as fish feeding times to watch and a show. Worth seeing if any deals on at the time as quite expensive but kids love it!”
  • 57 locals recommend
Pub
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“Brighton: Good Sunday Lunch. Traditional pub. Great for a pint if you're heading into town.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
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“Brighton: Innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek industrial-style space with an open kitchen. Like Etch – eager to be one of the best restaurants in the region. Get a seat at the kitchen bar and see your food being created”
  • 83 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Indian Restaurant
“Brighton: Chilli Pickle is a fantastic Southern Indian treat. Gorgeous delights and even a kids menu. Lunchtime specials. Book a table as very busy at weekends.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Not just the best vegetarian restaurant but THE best restaurant around. Seriously good food.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
“Brighton: Innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek industrial-style space with an open kitchen. Like Etch – eager to be one of the best restaurants in the region. Get a seat at the kitchen bar and see your food being created”
  • 83 locals recommend
Bar
“A dapper looking lounge bar in The Lanes that boasts some of the most raucous shindigs in town, The Mesmerist is a bar in Brighton inspired by all things unconventional. Sourcing vintage decor and wares in abundance, it's doused in indulgent prohibition tones, bottled trinkets and antiquarian flair offering an extensive cocktail and wine menu. Enjoy live music and entertainment!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“The Coal Shed Brighton has positioned itself as one of the leading steak and seafood venues in the city and is situated in the heart of The Lanes. The concept is quite unique, take a real charcoal Josper oven, use the freshest and best quality ingredients you can find then cook the ingredients to perfection! The Coal Shed produces great quality signature dishes such as 500g of 35 day dry-aged roast beef available on Sunday’s 12-4pm. Also, at the Coal Shed Brighton they have rotating daily specials and they offer different cuts of meat to suit different tastes, plus they have vegetarian dishes and a children’s menu.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Brighton: Gorgeous lunch stop off in the lanes for a couple of fish dishes before braving more shopping”
  • 72 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“As an absolute foodie, this is one of my favorite Fish restaurants in Brighton. A good choice of fresh dishes on the menu coupled with some amazing cocktails from the bar means you can't really go wrong here. There is outside seating should you want to admire some of the many amazing sunsets with your Beau. I would highly recommend it.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Purezza Brighton (purity) was formed by Stefania Evangelisti and Tim Barclay in 2015, setting out with the aim of providing a range of exciting Italian plant based, vegan options to the UK. The restaurant has a wooden and rustic feel to it, with bar stools at the counter where you can take in all the drama of the large wood fired pizza oven. Their delicious pizzas are made with gluten free, hemp or sough-dough bases - so perfect for intolerances! They also offer a selection of raw food dishes and gluten free pasta dishes. It is not all about savoury dishes either with a full dessert menu featuring a chocolate calzone and Oreo pizza. ”
  • 28 locals recommend

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