Ever wondered what there was to do in Whitstable? Well, there is plenty.
We spent a sunny Saturday here and found it the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of London life. Whitstable is a cute seaside town splattered with coffee shops, yummy lunch spots and a quaint harbour. It is famous for its locally sourced oysters and colourful beach huts that line the shore.
If you catch this beautiful town on a sunny day then you’re in for a real treat. Plenty of city dwellers spend summer weekends here, as it’s only 32 miles South East of the capital.
Where to eat in Whitstable
Endless coffee shops, fish and chips on the beach, fresh juices and restaurants galore. You can easily have breakfast, lunch and dinner in Whitstable, which is why it makes for the perfect day trip.
A foodie must whilst you’re visiting is oysters – fresh, local and basically famous, they are a delicious treat. Check out Wheelers Oyster Bar, it’s the oldest restaurant in town and comes with a rather Instagrammable shop front. You can also buy oysters to take away here too, it’s the perfect pitstop for snacks before heading to the beach.
As well as oysters and the usual Pizza Express joints, you’ll find an abundance of gorgeous coffee shops and tea rooms. We enjoyed a fresh juice (in bio-degrable takeaway cups no less!) from Whitstable Produce Store, an independently run cafe and store serving up fresh produce locally sourced in Kent.
You could also enjoy a refreshing drink in The Old Neptune, a pub famous for its location: on the beach! This old watering hole is smack bang on the beach and is a great spot to enjoy some home cooked food whilst watching a Whitstable sunset.
Don’t miss the classic beach huts
Taking an early morning stroll along the beach is a must in Whitstable. Catch this charming town on a sunny day and you’ll love seeing the beach huts in all their colourful glory. There really are some beautifully kept huts here, which we were very envious of as we strolled past. What a spot to spend a hot summer’s day!
Shopping and accomodation in Whitstable
If you’re in the market for thrift shopping then you’re in luck as Whitstable has an abundance of charity shops. You’ll also find plenty of beautiful boutiques. So if you’re after a vintage find or that one-off outfit for a special occasion, Whitstable will most likely come up trumps.
We didn’t stay overnight this time, it was a fleeting day trip which was nonetheless still glorious. However, if you were looking to stay longer and enjoy the town for a few days, then there are lots of accommodation options.
First up, you should try Air bnb, if you’re new to the site then use this code for £25 off your first booking. Other than that you’ll find a lots of popular rentals and B&B, these were some of our favourites that came highly recommended…
With a train station walking distance from the beach, plenty of short stay or long stay car-parks and enough to keep you busy for a couple of days, you can see why this seaside town is a hit. If you’re travelling from London then it’s only 75 minutes via train. Enjoy what Whitstable has to offer and why not make a weekend of it!
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