Brighton hot spots on Bay Trail to be made safer

Brighton hot spots on Bay Trail to be made safer

Four hot spots in the Brighton section of Bayside’s Bay Trail will be made safer as part of a project to prevent hazards along the shared path.

Bayside Council’s improvement plan aims to ensure one of Bayside’s most popular attractions continues to be safe and enjoyable.

The council will work with the community to ensure that proposed solutions resolve any problems and are in line with community expectations.

Works to the Brighton section of the trail have already started with an option for the path near Sandown Street Beach already available for public comment.

Mayor Cr Alex del Porto said following consideration of feedback work was expected to begin in May.

“The area around Sandown Street Beach, which is home to Brighton’s much loved dog beach, is very popular but is prone to congestion,” Cr del Porto said.

The next Brighton site to be addressed will be the area south of the dog beach, adjacent to Middle Brighton Baths, with works expected to take place in 2018.

The trail at Dendy Street, north of Gould Street, and Kinane Street will also undergo upgrades as part of the project.

Cr del Porto said the council had spent $1.2 million over six years to improve sections of the 17km shared foreshore trail but hazards at 13 locations across Bayside still needed to be addressed.

“Tackling these safety hazards will require more complex solutions to address issues related to path width and adjacent hazards,” he said.

The repairs are expected to make the trail more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians.

Brighton Library upgrade to cater to changing community needs

Brighton Library gets $1.2 million upgrade

Brighton Library will undergo a major upgrade to remodel the building’s interior.

The $1.2 million refurbishment project, to begin immediately, will include creating flexible study zones, quiet reading areas, an upgraded meeting room and an accessible program space.

Bayside mayor Alex del Porto said the refurbishment of the library would cater to the changing needs of the community.

“The way our community uses libraries has changed, particularly since the introduction of Wi-Fi. Bayside residents have high mobile device ownership with many home based workers or students bringing their own devices to the library. As a result, quiet study space is often at a premium,” he said.

Cr del Porto said community feedback ranked study and work spaces as the most popular library service, after books and the children’s program.

The upgrade will also improve accessibility for people with disabilities by replacing and lowering shelves to make it easier to access book collections.

Funding for the refurbishment will come from Bayside Council, and the State Government will make a contribution of $315,000 as part of their Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

From February 2016 to January 2017, Brighton Library has loaned more than 335,000 items, had 18,590 members and 302,597 visitors.

The upgrade works are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Guide to homewares and gift stores in Church Street, Brighton

Discover homewares and gift stores in Church Street, Brighton

Brighton is full of stylish design for the home and beautiful gifts for celebratory events.

If you’re looking for the perfect birthday gift for a loved one, or something thoughtful for a special occasion, you’re sure to find it in the bustling shopping precinct.

And when it comes to sprucing up and redecorating your home, Church Street has a fantastic selection of homewares – everything from Scandinavian design to rustic ornaments and modern furniture.

To help you plan your shopping trip, we’ve put together this guide to homewares and gift stores in Church Street.

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The Swedish brand that does stylish without sacrificing functionality has it all: notebooks and journals to stay organised, one-of-a-kind sticky notes to make those useful reminders, coffee mugs, letter writing sets, wedding and travel essentials, and more. It’s the perfect store to purchase a pretty gift for a friend, or chic stationery for your home office, or homewares with that minimal Scandinavian touch. If you can’t decide, opt for a kikki.K gift voucher.

kikki.K is at 52 Church Street, Brighton.

Wrapt Gift Co.

This gorgeous gift store is full of greeting cards, jewellery, books, bags, scarves, scented candles and more. Wrapt Gift Co has great gifts for those last-minute purchases that still have individuality and a personal touch.

Wrapt Gift Co. is at Shop 7, 26 Church Street, Brighton (inside Dendy Plaza Shopping Centre).

Domestix Homewares

Whether you’re cooking, dining or entertaining, Domestix Homewares has something to suit every occasion. You’ll find quirky pieces like fruit-shaped jars and drinking glasses, multi-coloured coffee mugs, as well as monochrome bowls and cutting boards to prepare your weekend feasts with.

Domestix Homewares is at 95 Church Street, Brighton.

Hamish & Grace

A champion for community support, Hamish & Grace often sell products made by local artists and designers. As such, they offer an impressive range of unique and handmade products including clothing, homewares, skincare, children’s clothing, accessories and shoes.

Hamish & Grace is at 29 Carpenter St, Brighton (just off Church Street).

Husk

Husk has a lovely collection of designer homewares and cookbooks. Hand-knitted children’s toys, vintage glassware, Ottolenghi’s cookbooks and 70s inspired mugs are also some of the things you’ll find in store.

Husk is at 15 Church Street, Brighton.

Minimax

This family-owned and operated business specialises in wares, tools and accessories for outdoor and indoor entertaining. They have a large selection of BBQ, picnic and outdoor products, as well as bakeware and cookware. You will also find collectables, food items and professional grade knives.

Minimax is at 10 Church Street, Brighton.

5 Ways to Enjoy Brighton This Summer

5 ways to enjoy summer in Brighton

If you’re looking for ways to make the most of this time of year – whether you’re cooling off, staying hydrated, or having some fun in the sun – it’s a great time to visit Brighton.

About 11 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, this beachside suburb is best explored at your own leisure, and an ideal destination for day-trippers.

Here are five ways you can enjoy summer in Brighton:

Brighton Beach - Beach Houses

1. Visit iconic Dendy Street beach

Watch the sunrise or sunset from this iconic local beach, renowned for its multi-coloured bathing boxes. The beach is ideal for families or friends who wish to catch up for a picnic, swim or kite surfing.

Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton

2. Catch a flick at Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton

Palace Cinemas is a Brighton institution, offering a mix of arthouse, foreign language and Hollywood blockbuster films. Enjoy watching a compelling movie in an intimate setting, with a handmade Choc Top in one hand, and a box of popcorn in the other.

Enjoy a juice or smoothie in Church Street, Brighton

3. Grab a smoothie or juice

Sometimes you need to beat the heat, and a seasonal smoothie or juice is the perfect antidote to the sweltering summer sun. There are plenty of options for ethically sourced and healthy drinks, including Church Street spots Pressed Juices and Down to Earth.

Guide to high street fashion stores in Church Street

High street brands like (L-R) Decjuba, Sportscraft and Maggie T can be found in Church Street, Brighton.

4. Shop summer fashion at boutique and big brand stores

There’s no better time to upgrade your wardrobe than summertime. Whether your taste slants towards boutique brands, or you’re more of a high street fashion devotee, Church Street has options to cater to a range of styles and fashion conscious persuasions.

Guide to restaurants in Brighton

5. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants

If you’re feeling hot and hungry at this time of year, Brighton has plenty of great restaurants to keep you cool, watered and well-fed. Church Street offers a range of cuisine from Japanese to pub-style burgers and chips, gourmet pizzas and refreshing rose kulfi. The possibilities are endless.

The Brighton Christmas gift guide 2016

The Brighton Christmas gift guide 2016

Season’s greetings from Brighton!

While this time of year usually springs cheery end-of-year work parties, advent calendars, carols and delicious festive feasts upon us, it can also sneak in a bit of gift-buying stress.

If you’re struggling for Christmas gift inspiration, we’ve got some great suggestions for you. If you’ve got family or friends who are notoriously tricky to buy for, consider our picks from retailers along Brighton’s iconic Church Street.

The Brighton Christmas gift guide 2016

For mum

If you’re looking to give mum something that sparkles into the new year, perhaps Autumn Gallery Jewellery can help with their selection of handcrafted jewels that she’s sure to love. For mums who love a Parisian aesthetic, Blue Illusion has plenty of gift options: a pair of fluffy in-sole ballet slippers for lazy Sundays, some scented hand cream, or a book on the hidden secrets of Paris. For mums who would be delighted by a selection of new blooms, Brighton Flower Shop offers a variety of both year-round and seasonal fresh flowers with complimentary gift wrapping services. If your mum needs a bit of pampering over the holidays, treat her to a mani-pedi at Foxy Nails.

The Brighton Christmas gift guide 2016

For dad

For dads who love local culture, perhaps a trip to the theatre is on the cards. Brighton Theatre Company has a brand new season premiering in 2017 which we think is worth checking out. If dad’s a bookworm, perhaps some award-winning literature from Top Titles may be a good idea. For the dads who are connoisseurs of fine wine, Vintage Cellars Brighton can help whether you’re looking for red, white or sparkling. You could also treat your dad to Toni & Guy’s barbershop styling services and complete the experience with take-home products to maintain the new look into the new year.

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For your (grown-up) siblings

Shopping for siblings as they get older can get complicated – as tastes change, we need to up our game. Crumpler on Church Street has plenty of suitable gifts. Perhaps a sturdy new laptop case, a backpack to carry the daily essentials or an aerodynamically-tested umbrella to brave Melbourne’s weather. Whether they’re enthusiasts or looking to pick up a new skill, Brighton Cycles offers a range of both retro and modern cycles with custom services available. For the sister who has the perfect outfit but is missing the key accessories, Mimco has a glamourous selection of bags, jewellery (including gift sets), shoes and wallets. If you’ve got a sister who loves Mecca Cosmetica, why not treat her to an in-store makeup lesson or a masterclass?

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For the kids

For the little ones this season, there’s great deals and gift ideas at Cotton On Kids (keep an eye out for their daily online 12 Days of Christmas offers). Rokabye in Brighton do clothing for kids, including newborns through to age 7. For young stationery lovers, Smiggle have new goodies arriving every week, including fold-up headphones, slapbands and snazzy backpacks. If your kids would love nothing more than watching their favourite films on the big screen, Dendy Centre Cinemas have plenty on this month, including Gremlins, The Princess Bride and The Wizard of Oz.

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For friends or co-workers

‘Tis the season for office Kris Kringles and finding the perfect presents for your closest friends. Perhaps an annual diary planner from Kikki.K could be a thoughtful gift for the friend or co-worker looking to kick some goals next year. If there’s a friend you’re long overdue to catch up with, why not treat them to a long lunch in the Brighton area? We recommend the Railway Cafe & Bar – a cosy spot hidden away from the usual business of the central shopping district.

These are just a few of the many great gift options on offer in Brighton’s Church Street shopping precinct. With a variety of independent boutiques, popular high street fashion brands and an array of dining options, Church Street is sure to have something suitable for your loved ones this Christmas.

Your guide to restaurants in Church Street, Brighton

Guide to restaurants in Brighton

There’s great pleasure in swapping a regular weekday meal at home for a memorable experience eating out. Perhaps you’re looking for a new spot to try out this weekend.

You can’t go past Church Street in Brighton for flavour and variety – choose from exotic international cuisine, fresh seasonal dishes, family favourites and sweet treats.

The bustling shopping precinct also offers plenty of styles of dining to cater to different needs, including options for relaxed solo dining, welcoming eateries to accommodate large grounds and environments ideal for catching up with friends and family over a meal.

Here are some of our favourite restaurants in Church Street, Brighton:

Pantry

Pantry has become a Church Street establishment. Popular among locals and visitors from outside the region, the restaurant is often busy and lively. The venue is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea (only on weekends) and dinner, catering to a range of appetites and tastes.

Pantry’s all-day menu offers a generous spread of options – expect everything from muffins to fruit, eggs cooked to your liking, porridge, pancakes, muesli, toasted sandwiches, soups and pastas. There’s also a selection of ice cream expertly made by their Belgian head pastry chef.

Imaginative dinner options are on offer, too. Choose from a set menu, dinner pizzas, or a curated dinner menu highlighted by South Australian oysters and entrees from their in-house food store and Japanese restaurant.

White Rabbit Restaurant

We’ve raved about this family owned and operated establishment before, known best for its wood fired pizzas and Mediterranean menu.

One of the few venues in Brighton where you can order an Irish breakfast or blueberry pancakes until 4pm, White Rabbit also offers an extensive pizza menu and share plates.

Falafel wraps, pastas and risottos are also available for those looking for a flavoursome lunchtime treat.

Sushi at Tokyo Kitchen Sakae in Brighton

Sushi from Tokyo Kitchen Sakae.

Toyko Kitchen Sakae

Owner Michael Mi, who trained as a sushi chef in Japan, has previously spoken to us about how he set up this Brighton-based traditional Izakaya-style restaurant.

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae is a great spot for anyone looking for classic Japanese food in the heart of Brighton.

The menu includes a selection of homemade gyoza, kushi (skewers), salads, freshly made sushi, sashimi as well as mains like Japanese curries, katsu don, udon soup, and sizzling plates of pan-fried protein or tofu.

Half Moon

A pub in the heart of Brighton with a history to it, Half Moon offers more than six drinking and dining spaces in one building.

The public bar menu offers a distinctive twist on the usual pub favourites: come in for Bloody Mary specials on Sunday, try their classic burger with smoky bacon or consider making Champizza (pizza with a side of Moet) a regular tradition.

If you’re looking for elegant lunch and dinner options in a more private setting, try their other main area: The Dining Room. If you’ve got a special occasion or function coming up, rooms at Half Moon are available to book on request.

Half Moon burger

The classic burger with heritage bacon from Half Moon.

The Groove Train

Founded by Rocky Veneziano in the late 90s, The Groove Train offers bold, flavourful dishes based around quality ingredients. The all-day menu of ‘pastabilities’ and risottos, classic and gourmet wood fired pizzas, woks and curries bursting with Asian flavours, infuse a groovy twist into pub food favourites . There’s also a selection of coffee and cakes available for dessert.

Botticelli of Brighton

The taste of Italy is right here, on Church Street. Headed by chef Salvatore Gargiulo, Botticelli offers a lunch and dinner menu of irresistible options including seasonal minestrone soups, a fish and chips special, as well as pastas and fresh fish of the day.

Botticelli’s recent partnership with St Kilda’s Woodfrog Bakery means that all the restaurant’s sandwiches, focaccias and baguettes will feature the signature handmade breads and flavours of the bakery. Their homemade dessert menu includes Italian disaster cake and a selection of liqueur coffees.

Indian Palace

Established in 2003, Indian Palace promises the vibrant flavours of Indian cuisine fuse with modern touches – think succulent lamb cutlets, fragrant multi-layered biryanis, Kashmiri tikkas infused with saffron and Seekh kebabs from Punjab.

As well as crispy doas (South Indian pancakes) and an admirable range of vegetarian mains, there’s also plenty to satisfy your sweet tooth at the end of the night. For a sweet treat, try the rose kulfi (homemade ice cream) with rose petals, and gulab jamun (sweet dumplings).

Guide To High Street Fashion Stores In Church Street, Brighton

Guide to high street fashion stores in Church Street

High street brands like (L-R) Decjuba, Sportscraft and Maggie T can be found in Church Street, Brighton.

If you’re looking for outfits and accessories that can keep up with runway trends but won’t break your bank account, Church Street in Brighton has a number of options.

Whether you’re after dreamy dresses or a wardrobe to suit tricky season changes, we’ve put together a handy list to help you find the best high street fashion stores in Church Street shopping precinct.

Guide to high street fashion stores in Church Street

Country Road in Church Street, Brighton.

Country Road, first known for its iconic cotton shirts, now offers seasonal looks for women, men and children. Expect quality fabrics with signature silhouettes and an elegant approach to everyday style.

Witchery’s clothing boasts exceptional design, premium quality and attention to detail. Strong believers in the philosophy, “It’s all in the way you wear it”, each of the brand’s ready-to-wear collections cater to comfortable basics  as well as coveted season trends. Witchery Man and Witchery Kids also make sure stylish solutions are available for the whole family.

Established in 2000, Seed offers collections for babies, kids, teens and women. Each item of clothing promises a unique design and is made from natural fibres and fabrics. From wardrobe staples to fun party outfits that add some sparkle, you and your child will find something that catches your eye.

Designed by women for women, Sussan believes in wearable and unfussy fashion that looks great on you and feels even better. With store staff who have unique body shape training, you can expect expert advice on the design, fit and quality of your ideal outfit.

An iconic Australian brand that keeps up-to-the-minute with global style, Sportsgirl offers looks by young local designers and trend-conscious pieces for your wardrobe across clothing, accessories, shoes and beauty. Stop by one of their Style Me Studios in-store for a styling session with a professional stylist if you’re looking to take the extra style mile.

Guide to high street fashion stores in Church Street

Trenery in Church Street, Brighton.

Founded in 1914 by Woolf Bardas, Sportscraft is best known for its signature piece, the reversible pleated skirt. The brand has since evolved to cater to lifestyle and sportswear clothing for women and men. Known for its quality and craftsmanship, the brand encourages a mix-and-match approach to building your wardrobe essentials.

Meredith & Moore specialises in high quality knitwear as well as a range of other indispensable fashion, from basic tops and tees to pants and dresses. The brand is ideal for those looking for timeless pieces and everyday necessities.

For women and men who appreciate a sophisticated touch to their clothing, Trenery offers pieces that use natural fibres such as wool, silk, cashmere, linen, cotton and leather.

Launched in 2008 by Tania Austin, Decjuba is for women who want to achieve edgy, effortless outfits on a daily basis. Expect soft, durable basics, jersey cardis, jumpsuits, maxi dresses, printed camisoles, front-tie dresses and tube skirts. Many of the brand’s options include lovely textures, subtle finishings and casual-cool cuts.

Defined by its femininity, confidence and Parisian sensability, Kookai believes in offering quality fashion at accessible prices. For women who delight at the opportunity to use their wardrobe as an extension of personal expression, a visit to the brand’s Church Street boutique won’t disappoint.

Since 1980, Maggie T has been catering to Australian women sizes 12-24. Whether it’s seasonal pieces, classics with everlasting appeal or infusing a runway trend into your wardrobe, this brand can cater to your style needs.

Dendy St Beach upgrade plan in progress

Brighton Beach Redevelopment, wide view with bath houses

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Dendy St Beach pavilion. Image: Bayside Council.

Plans to upgrade Brighton’s iconic Dendy St Beach are underway, with planning permit notifications now installed at the site.

Last year, Bayside Council revealed details for a grand vision to transform the popular beach spot which included building a visitor centre, a 60-seat cafe, public toilets, terraces and a plaza with city and beach views.

The $8 million proposed redevelopment will also include improved drainage and accessibility as well as a new life saving club facility.

“The development of the new facility comes following four rounds of community consultation to achieve a result that meets the needs of the Brighton Life Saving Club but also provides added benefits to the community,” a statement from the council reads.

RELATED: Grand Vision For Brighton’s Iconic Dendy St Beach Bathing Boxes

Feedback from community consultations found that people wanted a “natural and beachy” look for the building, which will be reflected in the timber panelling around its upper storey.

More than 40,000 visitors visit Brighton Beach each year to enjoy the sun and sand as well as see the iconic bathing boxes.

Bayside Councillor Felicity Frederico previously said that Dendy St Beach was regularly used to promote Victoria to local and international tourism markets.

“[The new facility] has been designed to complement the unique landscape of Dendy St Beach and the significance of the bathing boxes,” she said.

Notably, the council has taken sustainable design into consideration, citing that they will be able to achieve energy efficient design features, solar power generation and water reuse and capture.

Works at the site are expected to begin in 2017, and construction of the building is expected to take about 12 – 18 months to complete.

To learn more about the project and to stay up-to-date with its progress, visit Bayside Council’s website.

Accommodation guide: Places to stay in Brighton

Brighton guide to accommodation

Whether you’re in town for a weekend or want to holiday here for a few weeks, Brighton offers a postcard-worthy bayside living experience.

Enjoy scenic walking trails and beautiful gardens, historic architecture, iconic beaches, quaint op-shops, skyline views and palm tree-lined foreshores.

If you’re looking for a cosmopolitan hub to call home for your stay, Brighton’s Church Street offers fine dining, endless entertainment and boutique shopping options.

Here are our top tips for accommodation during your stay:

Caroline Serviced Apartments

Walking distance from Middle Brighton train station and everything that Church Street has to offer, these modern apartment-style rooms are perfect for travelling couples and families.

They also offer fully-equipped studio and one-bedroom apartments to suit solo sightseers. For those travelling by car, on-site parking is available.

More info here.

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Caroline Serviced Apartments in Brighton. Image: Caroline Serviced Apartments

The Brighton Savoy

Located across the road from Brighton Beach, home to the iconic Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes, this four-star hotel offers stylish boutique accommodation and only a forty-minute drive from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

The Brighton Savoy also houses an award-winning restaurant offering seasonal modern Australian, European and international cuisine.

For those wanting to explore the area’s historical architecture, Brighton’s Billilla mansion is a six-minute bike ride or twenty minute walk away.

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A standard queen room at The Brighton Savoy. Image: The Brighton Savoy

Quest Brighton on the Bay

As well as relaxed serviced apartments, Quest Brighton on the Bay also offers long-stay three bedroom townhouses.

Situated close to the Brighton Baths, the Royal Brighton Yacht Club and bustling Church Street, Quest gives guests the chance to experience the best of Brighton.

For those looking for a relaxing getaway, guests can book themselves a massage or beauty treatment at Endota Spa, conveniently located within the hotel complex, while movie buffs can wind down at the end of the day with a blockbuster film at the Palace Cinemas Dandy Brighton on Church Street.

Brighton Bay Luxury Serviced Apartments

With the option of spacious, fully-equipped apartments or furnished, deluxe apartments complete with balconies or courtyards, Brighton Bay Luxury Serviced Apartments are designed to be a ‘home away from home’.

Walk over to the beach, visit the Brighton Sea Baths, or go shopping at the famous Church Street. A supermarket and wine bar is located next door to the apartments and are open from 7am-9pm every day.

Brighton Bay Luxury Serviced Apartments

Brighton Bay Luxury Serviced Apartments. Image: Brighton Bay Luxury Serviced Apartments

Boutique Stays

Boutique Stays offer properties on residential streets in Brighton which ensures time away from busy city life for guests as well as an opportunity to feel part of the community. Some homes offer weekly servicing and are pet friendly.

Try The Residence, a stunning two-bedroom apartment with an open plan living space, The Brighton Rose which comes with a stylish kitchen and can accommodate up to five guests, or Brighton Seascape, a charming seaside townhouse with modern character close to the Esplanade and Church Street.

Equipment boost for Brighton Life Saving Club

Brighton Life Saving Club gets equipment boost

Brighton Life Saving Club has received a grant of $36,000 from the State Government to buy important life saving equipment.

A new all-terrain vehicle, inflatable rubber boat and motor to match, rescue boards and life jackets will be bought.

Brighton Life Saving Club’s president Dani Smith said the grant would help the club and the community by providing new and safe equipment.

“The club is completely volunteer run and we rely solely on grants and donations,” Mr Smith said.

The funds come as part of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, where the government commits $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to upgrade equipment.

Although this comes at a cost of $18,000 to the Brighton Life Saving Club, secretary John McDonough said the result would go right back into the Brighton community.

Brighton Life Saving Club is one of 30 life saving clubs in Victoria that will share in almost $735,000 in government grants.

Southern Metropolitan Region State Labour MP Philip Dalidakis said the grants would provide a welcome boost to life saving clubs in Southern Metropolitan, helping them to buy the equipment they need to keep Victorians safe.

“The Andrews Labour Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life-saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources,” Mr Dilidakis said.

Founded in 1921, Brighton Life Saving Club has a rich history and tradition of serving Brighton’s beach community.

The club patrols Dendy Beach, famous for its colourful bathing boxes, on weekends and holiday periods from November through April.

Five great ways to spend Father’s Day in Brighton

Five great ways to spend Father’s Day in Brighton

With Father’s Day coming up quickly (Sunday, September 4), it’s time to start thinking about ways you can show your dad how much you truly appreciate him.

There are plenty of wonderful ways to spoil dad in Brighton this year, and Church Street provides a vibrant and scenic setting to enjoy a springtime Sunday with dad.

With experiences at the top of our Father’s Day gift list this year, here are some ways to make it a memorable day for Dad.

1. Have a sit-down lunch

Enjoy a hearty meal with dad at White Rabbit Restaurant, where you’ll find diverse dishes like Irish breakfast, leek pancake with ocean trout, lamb shank risotto and a whopper burger packed with flavour. Sit inside and admire the vintage dining room or, if the weather is good, choose the outdoor tables.

2. Catch up with a coffee

For a catch-up over a coffee, treat dad to one of Brighton’s excellent cafes. Cafe Florentine offers a modern and stylish setting with a selection of Australian foodie favourites, Track Three Espresso is ideal for the laid-back types, and Brighton Schoolhouse is the perfect environment for families with children.

RELATED: Your Guide To Cafes In Church Street, Brighton

3. An exceptional cinematic experience

If you’re looking to treat dad to a movie experience that offers comfort, class and intimacy then look no further than Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton. The luxurious cinema has a great reputation for a cosy and friendly experience, with a fully-licenced wine bar and a range of food and drink options available to make a visit to the flicks that extra bit special.

4. Stroll along our celebrated shores

Spend some time at Brighton Beach and check out the iconic Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes. This historical attraction has been maintained for more than 100 years and provides a colourful backdrop for a walk and quality time with dad.

5. Grab an after-dinner drink

Shout dad a drink at the local watering hole. Half Moon is a hip pub on Church Street, with a timber bar and rustic-chic décor. After dark, café Pera transforms into a sultry wine bar fit for a sophisticated drink or two. Kick back, choose from an impressive menu of premium spirits, wines and cocktails and enjoy the intimate ambience of this venue.

RELATED: Top 5 Places To Grab A Drink In Brighton

Your guide to sports and active wear shops in Brighton

Your guide to sports and active wear shops in Brighton

Whether you like to go jogging every morning or you simply enjoy looking good in fashionable sports and active wear, there are several shops in Brighton where you can find all the latest gear.

Next time you’re venturing down bustling Church Street, be sure to pop into one of the sports and active wear shops to find comfortable, functional and fashionable gear. You’ll be able to find compression garments, running gear, yoga apparel and much more at these stores:

2XU

Church Street’s 2XU offers state-of-the-art exercise gear to optimise performance and ensure the post-workout recovery is as swift and pain-free as possible. The store stocks a variety of sporting gear for athletes, ranging from triathlon and gym clothing to compression garments that promote blood flow and reduce post-exercise recovery times.

Lululemon Athletica

This is the shop to go to if you are looking for state-of-the-art technical sports clothing designed to facilitate dancing, running, and yoga. The brand is committed to delivering quality products, with a focus on fabric, performance and craftsmanship. Lululemon Athletica’s Brighton store is also known for being very active within the local community and regularly hosts events such as social runs and workshops.

Lorna Jane

Started by Lorna Jane Clarkson, this brand of active wear has become incredibly popular in recent years. You can find a great selection of gym gear made from the latest high-performance sports fabrics in the Lorna Jane Church Street store. Catering exclusively to women, Lorna Jane produces bespoke sportswear collections on a monthly basis.

Sports Conscious

As one of the oldest independent sportswear retailers in Church Street, Sports Conscious also has deep roots in the local community. The store supports many Brighton charities and sells a range of active gear for skiers, hikers, runners, sailors, swimmers, and water sports enthusiasts. Sports Conscious focuses on providing every visitor to their store with first-class customer service and quality products at competitive prices.

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