11am: Get in the mood
Grab a coffee. Brighton seems to have an infinite amount of coffee houses; it’d be hard to move more than 100 feet without spotting one. Play up to the city’s hipster vibe and pop into Café Coho just outside the train station, or Pelicano at the top of North Laine. It’ll be tough to refuse the cakes, but just remember there are lots of foodie opportunities to come, but then again, you are on holiday.
Sit at a table out in the sun to watch the locals go by, and to get into that Brighton state of mind.
11:30am: Let’s go shopping
Time to explore North Laine, a bohemian quarter that’s home to vibrant street art. The antidote to all your jewellery, vintage, baby clothes, arty prints, antiques and homewares needs. Honestly, no matter how much you save up for your 24 hours in Brighton – you could spend it all here in a few hours.
Snooper’s Paradise is one of the main shopping highlights here. It’s an independent covered market with floors of old vintage items from magazines, to cameras to kids’ toys. Try on the clothes, imagine the antiques in your home, reminisce at the overflowing nostalgia, and then move on. So little time, so much to see!
Next door you’ll find Roly’s Fudge Shop. It’s an institution in Brighton. Have a little peep inside and you can watch them making fudge right there. Might as well buy a bag to show your support, right?
Further down North Laine you’ll find the infamous Photomatic shop, where you can get a strip of photos for £4, like teenagers used to do before selfies were even a thing. Nowadays you can take the photo, and then capture the photo to upload to your Instagram. Same, but different.
1pm: Hungry yet?
Afternoon tea is a big deal in Brighton, with lots of options. Mock Turtle is one of the most popular tea rooms – all chintzy English with traditional cakes. Or you could try That Little Tea Shop in the Lanes – known for its cream tea.
Or, try Metrodeco for a 1930s art deco setting in Kemptown, about a ten-minute walk from the end of North Laine. The friendly staff will welcome you in to relax on the huge sofas while you make your choice. The cakes are huge here, afternoon tea is available and they also have a lunch menu if you’d just like a straight up delicious sandwich. They also do an interesting gin tasting flight, if you fancy.