Discover Thaicoon in Church Street, Brighton

Thaicoon in Brighton

Discover authentic Thai dishes at Thaicoon in Brighton. Image: Facebook.

Rita Amornmakia has just the antidote to the winter blues – a deliciously spicy green curry.

Rita has been running Thaicoon, the restaurant she opened in Brighton’s Church Street, for three years and knows that people tend to bunker down in the colder months.

“Church Street is a good area and there are a lot of people around enjoying the strip, plenty of foot traffic, although that can slow a little in winter,” she said.

“But we can spice up winter with great food – a Thai green curry or a Pad Thai maybe.”

The intimate eatery caters to small groups and couples, and if you fancy something tasty to grab for dinner on the way home from an afternoon of indulgent Church Street retail therapy, Thaicoon does take out, too.

Thaicoon in Brighton

Try on of the entrees at Thaicoon in Brighton. Picture: Facebook.

Thaicoon is just a short walk from Middle Brighton Station and, after a trawl of the delights of Church Street, the aromas wafting from indoors are likely to entice you as you make your way to the restaurant.

If you succumb, there is much on the extensive menu to capture your attention. But just to give you a tiny taster, Rita recommends the massaman curry.

“Our massaman curry is outstanding and probably what we are known for. “And the red duck curry is incredible,” she said.

“Even our entrees and are delicious enough to come in for.”

Other popular items on Thaicoon’s menu are the curry puffs, spring rolls, fish cakes and satay chicken skewers.

With authentic Thai dishes and a casual dining atmosphere, there’s no excuse not to get along to Thaicoon.

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Thaicoon

119 Church Street, Brighton

Phone: 9592 3788

Guide to public toilets around Church Street, Brighton

Guide to public toilets around Church Street, Brighton

You’re out shopping, discovering new stores and having a jolly good time. Then it suddenly hits you – the urge to pee.

You look around but can’t see a sign for nearby toilets anywhere, and start to enter a mild panic. We’ve all been there.

That’s why we’ve got you covered for the next time you’re in a pickle. When you’re next in the area be sure to refer to our handy map that lists all the local amenities including bathrooms.

Here’s where you can find public toilets around the Church Street shopping precinct in Brighton.

Well Street carpark toilets

If you’re at the south end of Church Street, take the laneway that connects Church Street and Wells Street to get to this loo (hint: it’s between retailers Kookai and Autumn Gallery Jewellery).

The laneway is decorated with a vibrant mural that features icons of Brighton including the famous Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes – it makes for a rather pleasant scenic route to the lavatory.

If you’ve parked in the Wells Street carpark, near Woolworths, then simply head towards Church Street to access the amenities. There are male and female toilets and they’re surprisingly clean and well maintained.

Dendy Plaza toilets

Towards the north end of bustling Church Street, you’ll find a men’s room and a lady’s room within the Dendy Plaza.

They’re located towards the rear of the building, underneath the stairs that lead to Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton.

Middle Brighton Station toilets

If you’re travelling to or from Brighton by train and need to attend to your business between travels, make use of the toilets at Middle Brighton Station.

Public Transport Victoria has advised that Middle Brighton Station has accessible toilets. If they are locked, simply ask station staff for access.

St Andrew’s Church toilets

At the corner of Church Street and St Andrews St, you’ll find toilets located next to St Andrew’s Church (also accessible behind Brighton Schoolhouse).

Billilla Mansion toilets

If you happen to be at Brighton’s historic property Billilla Mansion and nature calls, fear not.

The grounds, located a short distance from the southern end of Church Street, offer public toilets for males and females, and are well maintained.


Do you know of any other toilets around the Church Street shopping precinct? If we’ve missed any, please let us know on our Facebook page.

3 ways to enjoy Easter 2017 in Brighton

3 ways to enjoy Easter in Brighton

Long weekends are a great opportunity to get out with family and friends and enjoy what the local area has to offer.

If you’re looking for something to do in Brighton over the Easter break we’ve got few ideas for you.

Easter egg hunt

Join the Royal Brighton Yacht Club for their Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15. Enjoy a family breakfast at the club’s Olympic Bar and Restaurant before the Easter egg hunt kicks off at 11.30am. The hunt will take place in the restaurant and forecourt and is suitable for children and families to participate. To book in for the Easter egg hunt, contact the club by phoning (03) 9592 3092. The club is located at 253 Esplanade, Brighton.

Church services

Brighton Baptist Church will host several events including a 9am service on Good Friday followed by a Walk of Witness with the Brighton Covenant Churches, and a 7am sunrise service on Easter Sunday. Full details available here.

St Leonard’s Church in Brighton will host a series of services to mark Easter, including a ‘Stripping the Church’ service at 9.30am on Good Friday. There will be two observances on Easter Sunday – choose from a 6.30am dawn service at Brighton Beach (at the end of South Rd) or a 10am Easter celebration at the church in Wolseley Grove, Brighton. Full details here.

St Andrews Brighton is offering a 9am morning prayer, a 2pm solemn liturgy and veneration of the cross, and a 7pm Tenebrae on Good Friday. For Easter Eve (Saturday, April 15) the church will host an 8pm Easter vigil with lighting of the paschal candle, renewal of baptismal vows and choral Eucharist. For Easter Sunday, there will be two choral Eucharist sessions – one at 8am, the other at 10am. More info here.

Eating and drinking

Easter is a great time of year to get family and friends together to share a meal. There are plenty of eateries and restaurants in Church Street open over Easter.

Hop into Cafe Florentine for a delicious breakfast or a coffee fix. They’ll be open all Easter weekend, and from 12pm on Easter Sunday.

Try a new selection of meals on the winter menu at Brighton Schoolhouse – open on Easter Saturday and Monday.

For a casual catch up over drinks, head to The Groove Train. The extensive drinks menu includes a range of local and imported beers along with a cocktail list full of old favourites. The Groove Train will be open from 8am – 10pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday; from 8am – 10.30pm on Easter Sunday; and from 9am – 3pm on Easter Monday.

If you’re after an activity that involves the whole family, why not pack a picnic and head to one of Brighton’s lovely parks, playgrounds or reserves? Alternatively, make a trip to iconic Brighton Beach – a day out in the fresh air is sure to please everyone.

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.

Local Government Victoria’s director of governance and programs Colin Morrison said the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program was designed to improve the state’s library facilities and make them more accessible to the public.

“Public libraries are at the heart of the community. They provide inclusive and safe spaces that help to develop strong and connected communities, and support a reading culture and lifelong learning,” he said.

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.

kikki.K

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.

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