As I was spending a few days in London (London London Baby), Emily suggested that we do a day trip to Brighton as she thought that I would enjoy it. How can I say no to this? Early in the morning, we took a train and a bit more than an hour later, we arrived at the station in Brighton. I did not look up what the city looks like because I did not want to have any expectations and just let myself be surprised. All I knew is that it is the Gay Capital of the UK and has a looooot of vegan places. Sounds Perfect!
Once we arrived, I saw the first amazing graffiti on The Prince Albert Pub with its amazing mural with (Rock) Icons like Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Freddy Mercury, Aretha Franklin (find the complete list here). From there we walked down the little streets with one second-hand shop after the other (like To be worn again), vegan shoe stores and Photomatic, where we took some pictures later that day. Just having a shop with two photo booths, such a good idea yet so simple. On our, or more precisely Emilys list as she was my guide, were some places to visit and a lot of vegan places to go. They were so many, it was hard to decide between, pizza, sushi, pub food and so much more. More or less, we would have a meal every hour. We did not have food since leaving London, and it was already after 11 am so we went to Bagelman. Supposedly the best bagels even better than American ones. This was my first bagel ever, or at least I do not remember ever eating one, which must mean they were not good.
Maybe not the best idea to start with one of the best ones but it was sooo good. We ate it in the Garden of the Royal Pavilion, which is a lovely place the only problem seagulls. I do not like them around me, especially when I have food and Emily told me that one of the seagulls once stole her bagel, so I was even more stressed but thankfully everything went fine!
Emily is big on round things with a hole in it, also known as doughnuts and bagels. So after the bagel, it was time for some doughnuts for which we went to Glazed. From there we went back and walked through the Lanes, looked at the little jewellery shops and a massive Alice in Wonderland graffiti. Stopped at Dum Dum Donutterie where I had my first cronut (not vegan though) and got some takeaway sushi from Happy Maki. I was full, but they make vegan sushi and for every order, they plant a tree. How could I not buy anything there? (Find out more about my story of planting trees in this post, will follow soon).
“So we can have vegan pizza, vegan sushi, really nice vegan Thai food or vegan pub food, the best vegan bagels …”
Brighton Palace Pier. I think piers are very British or at least, different from the ones I have seen in other places. British piers usually have restaurants or in the case of Brighton different rides and attractions. We went on the Crazy Mouse just because, why not?! You can buy a daily ticket with which you have unlimited access to the rides. If I ever have the possibility to do this, I will!
Being the tourist I am, I wanted to buy some postcards and we ended up at We Castor & Pollux, they have some amazing pictures and art, and I bought myself a sort of Gay dictionary.
How to better end the day in Brighton than with more vegan food?! For that we went to The Hope & Ruin, which is a vegan pub, they have loaded fries, hot dogs, a vegan kebab and snacks. Emily had the pengest poppers and I had a vegan hot dog and they were so good! As we met in Rome where we already ate a loot (find out in “Do you only travel for food?” – Rome) and usually had Aperol Spritz as it is super Italian, and they had them at the pub as well, we had those with our meal.
Rushing to the station to catch our train back to London. Find out about the rest of my stay in my London London Baby post or about other trips in Europe like A few days on São Miguel, Azores, Portugal, in Asia like 4 days on a boat without a toilet nor electricity from Lombok to Flores in Indonesia and Country of smiles – Cambodia. If you are more into Latin America check out 3 weeks in Ecuador and “Finding my true love” – Brazil, Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro 2019, Feminist Bloco Mulheres Rodadas 2019 and First 8M march – Rio de Janeiro all in Rio!
If you are more of a foodie while travelling have a look at “Do you only travel for food?” – Rome and Oh Sicily, your food is heaven! , or The food isn’t that bad here – Cambodia and Lets talk food Ecuador.