Ah, Brighton. This seaside gem, only a pebble’s throw away from London, is not only an incredibly popular destination during the summer for busy city folk looking for an escape to the beach – it's also the cultural hub of the south.
Unofficially named the UK’s ‘hippest’ city, it has always been a destination for the free-spirited, and it has even been named the happiest place to live in the UK several times. It’s also the only area in the UK with a Green Party MP, a left-leaning party focusing largely on environmental issues.
Its large LGBTQ+ population has also given Brighton its nickname as the unofficial gay capital of the UK, and the city is renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas and its popular music, arts and cultural scene.
All of this, alongside its increased tourist focus, has helped attract millions of visitors over the years, ranging from day-trippers and holiday-makers, to hen-do parties and clubbers. Recently, a similar influx has been detected on Brighton’s restaurant scene, which consequently is as vibrant and enticing as the city itself.
As a place that champions independent establishments, Brighton showcases a large number of indie restaurants, and its seaside location means fresh fish and seafood is a forte. But there’s room for all types of cuisines here, so browse our list below of the best restaurants in Brighton, from Indian curry houses and British BBQ joints to sublime Japanese seafood eateries.