Canadian blogger Yasmine Hardcastle recently took a day trip to Brighton with her partner while visiting his family in East Sussex for the Christmas holidays. She took over our Instagram and we sent them on a day of dates around the city so she could share their experience of what Brighton has to offer for travelling (and local!) couples spending time here!

Photo of the West Pier

My partner was born in Brighton and raised in the East Sussex area, so when we decided to visit his family for the recent Christmas holidays, we knew we would spend a day in Brighton. I had never been, and my partner (who I call The Brit — not very original, I know...) was keen to get back to the Brighton Palace Pier for some chips! So The Brit could show me around, VisitBrighton invited us to go on dates in various parts of the city.

  • Did you know? Brighton is less than an hour’s train ride from London, which makes it an ideal day trip option. What better way to get away from the hustle and bustle than to relax in a vibrant town by the sea?

Photo of Brighton Christmas Lights

If you’re feeling ambitious, do them all like we did (phew!); they are listed strategically to make it as easy as possible. If budget or time are concerns, pick whichever strikes your fancy; all are a reasonable price. Ultimately, it’s about spending time with your love.

1. Choccywoccydoodah

Photo of a brownie and other goodies at Choccywoccydoodah

Located in the the historic Brighton Lanes, Choccywoccydoodah is a chocolate lover’s (that’s me!) heaven, selling chocolates, cakes, and serving up scrumptious hot chocolate. As the shop name would suggest, it’s a quirky and colourful place. When escorted to the VIP Decadent Cake Garden, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into Wonderland. Whether a special occasion, or just for fun, make sure you arrive with an empty stomach and ready to indulge, as they aren’t joking when they say Tea for Two is a feast!

  • Top Tip: If you’re looking to have a bit less food, but still enjoy the Choccywoccydoodah goodness, the Bar du Chocolat cafe is your best bet. Either way, you can still have a decadent date!

2. British Airways i360

Three photos of BA i360 including an exterior shot and two taken from within the pod

Rising to 450 feet in the sky and only a 15 minute walk away from The Lanes, the British Airways i360 is the most impressive way to view the gorgeous eight mile coastline and hills of the East Sussex interior. We were too busy marvelling at the stunning 360 degree view (oops), but I would suggest enjoying a glass of something lovely at the Nyetimber Sky Bar, where they feature local liquid offerings. The next time we visit, I am going to book us for an evening time so we can take to the skies again and see the pretty lights.

  • Top Tip: If you’re a Brighton resident or attend the local universities, you can visit the i360 at half-price!

3. Brighton Palace Pier

Three photos of Brighton Palace Pier

Breathe in that lovely sea air and take a walk along the Brighton Palace Pier. Of all the places we visited on our day in Brighton, this was where my love was most excited to take me. And not just because of the chips. With gorgeous coast views and a range of eating and activity options, the Pier is an excellent date spot. Impress your date at the arcade with your 2p game prowess and share some excellent fish and ubiquitous chips! And you can do some good while you’re there, as while the tickets you win from the arcade games equate to a prize, you can donate your tickets at the prize booth so that children in need can experience the Pier.

4. SEA LIFE Brighton

Photo of Sea Life Brighton

Fun fact: SEA LIFE Brighton is the oldest operating aquarium in the world. Built in 1872, the original Victorian architecture has been well preserved, and you will feel like you are studying marine biology at Hogwarts. Though some of the extra experiences (like the indoor glass-bottomed boat) are closed for restoration until Spring 2019, this is an attraction worth visiting because the marine life is fascinating and the venue has incredible ambiance.

  • Top Tip: Options 2-4 make for an excellent overall date excursion, as they are all within minutes of each other on foot.

5. Royal Pavilion

Photo of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton

My partner revealed that though he had passed by the distinctive building that is the Royal Pavilion many times he had never been inside. With its exotic architecture and opulent interior, the former seaside palace is a must-visit attraction while in Brighton. Walking through the incredibly grand dining room with its Asian decor influences is a treat and though interior photographs are prohibited throughout most of the building, take this as an opportunity to really enjoy the experience with your honey — phones and cameras away!

  • Top Tip: If you visit the Pavilion during the day, be sure to go back at night to see the building lit up. Très romantique!

6. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Photo of the Snowman exhibiiton at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Located in the Royal Pavilion gardens, the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is a showcase of all that is Brighton: vibrant culture and diverse history. Which means there’s something to strike everyone’s fancy. While we were there, the special exhibit was the 40th anniversary of local illustrator Raymond Briggs’ beloved The Snowman™ (a personal favourite of both mine and my love’s), and there are always a unique selection of exhibits.

  • Top Tip: If you’re in Brighton on a Tuesday, perhaps put your artistic berets on and have a date at Draw Tuesday, a free drop-in event for the public to come and draw items in the venue. Materials are provided.

7. Quiet Dinner

Phtoo of the exterior and interior of Pizza Express Jubilee Sq Brighton

While Brighton has excellent individual restaurants, sometimes familiarity is what is needed for date night. Whether a day-trip, staycation, or long time away, being on holiday can be expensive. Pizza Express is a reasonably-priced, but quality, chain option where we knew we would have a quiet table and opportunity to talk about our day about town. Along with pizzas, they have big and wonderful salads, so there are options for everyone.

8. Brighton Bierhaus

Photo of beers at Brighton Bierhaus

We love a craft beer tasting room, and Brighton Bierhaus didn’t disappoint. A short walk from the Royal Pavilion, this vibrant pub is offering the latest and mainstay draughts from Brighton Bier across 18 cask and keg lines. And because they are up with the times, there are several vegan beers on tap for those looking for plant-based options. Stone-fired pizza from local pizzeria, Pizzaface, is available to order at the bar, and there are cute cozy tables for two.

  • Top Tip: Sharing a beer flight is a great and economical way to try multiple flavours.

A big thank you to VisitBrighton for a wonderful day of dates!

Originally from Vancouver, Yasmine Hardcastle is a yogini and foodie living in Victoria, Canada. Passionate about keeping well and enjoying life without having to break the bank, she chronicles her adventures on her blog,, and also writes for Tourism Vancouver’s blog. Fuelled by daily meditation and Earl Grey tea, Yasmine is an executive assistant and yoga teacher by day, and loves playing tourist with her newly Canadian ex-pat boyfriend, The Brit. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.




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