Thursday 24 May 2012

Farewell Brighton

Hello there,

Well it is time to close this blog (at least for now) as I am leaving Brighton for good. Those 9 months were full of discoveries and surprises. I've been to wonderful little places and I'm sure I still have a lot to discover here.

The main thing I'll retain from this experience is the charm of Brighton, a unique city full of eccentric people, and where no one cares about what people think. There is definitely a good spirit here. Anyways, I will come back for sure and maybe I'll update this blog from time to time ;) So keep an eye on it... we never know!

Friday 18 May 2012

Cafe Coho

Cafe Coho is an independent cafe located in the heart of the Lanes and where you can enjoy a warm cup of tea with delicious pastries. They also serve breakfast pretty late and a wide variety of sandwiches all day long. 

But now, let me tell you why I kept coming back to Cafe Coho. First, it's because of their amazing Chai Latte (the best I ever tasted) but also because of their perfect carrot cake. Moreover, if you want to sit outside, you'll find covers on the chairs. Yes, someone finally understood that foreigners are not as cold resistant as British people! They also have large tables upstairs with a nice view on the Lanes, so you'll be generally able to find somewhere to sit. The prices are totally reasonable compared to the quality of the food and drinks, and more especially compared to Starbucks or Costa Coffee ;).

And by the way, I just saw that a second (and bigger) Cafe Coho will open near Brighton station!

Cafe Coho
53 Ship Street
Brighton, BN1 1AF
01273 747777 

Monday 7 May 2012

The racecourses

As some of you might know, lots of British people are passionate about horses. I met several people who own horses and ride regularly. Besides, there is also a very famous annual racecourse called “The Grand National” broadcast on TV all day long, where everyone can bet. I think this passion for horses is something typically British and that’s why having the chance to see live races was a unique opportunity that I wanted share.

I had the chance to go to the Ascot and Goodwood racecourses and I really enjoyed the unique atmosphere. It is particular because it is very posh and very animated at the same time. Women wear beautiful dresses with impressive hats, people drink champagne and smoke cigars but they also scream like “stuck pigs” once the race started. And I must confess, betting is quite addictive! I won £80 just by betting on a horse who had a french name ;). I also had the chance to be with horses' owners so I visited the training place which is quite amazing. If you've never been there, you should definitely go to enjoy a so british experience!

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Moksha Caffe

Another comparable place to Tic Toc Cafe would be Moksha Caffe. Located near St Peter's Church, this coffee shop do not look too special from the outside, but definitely worths a stop once you've seen the inside. I've discovered this place when I met my dissertation tutor there, and since then, I keep coming back especially for their amazing oat cookies.

This coffee is a very calm place where you can enjoy a range of freshly made sandwiches, quiches and original cakes. The food is quite good and besides, Moksha Caffe was ranked on the top 10 of the best caffe at Brighton Foodies Awards. Some sofas are also available to seat comfortably with your friends or alone with your computer (yes you can perfectly study there as it is generally very quiet). However, be careful during the weekend because lots of families come with their children to have coffee their. Indeed, they offer an ample space for buggies , kids hot chocolates, babyccino, organic baby food, and apparently very nice toasties...

Moksha Caffe
4-5 York Place
Brighton, BN1 4GU
01273 248890