Whitstable Rock Shop Fish shop Whitstable It's no secret that I'm a fan of the great British seaside. Having family in Hastings means trips to the coast have always been partial to us Purvis'- but it's no secret that I'll hop on a train to Brighton at any free chance- and the thought of eventually seeing the infamous Blackpool tower is strangely sometimes more exciting than a certain Eiffel one. So, naturally on a recent rainy Bank Holiday, I kindly insisted (like a toddler clinging to it's mums leg on the first day of school) that we visit the seaside, Whitstable, to be exact.
Whitstable Graffiti
Although I've only ever visited previously once with my grandparents- Whitstable holds a wonderful little place in my heart- and is definitely a costal town that id describe as quintessentially British. With candy floss pastel licked houses, gawping gulls and bundles of independent shops poking out from every other door- it's exceptionally easy to fall in love with the place- so I couldn't help but pop together a small list of some of my favourite discoveries, incase any of you fancied heading by during these final days of summer...

Frank
Frank Whitstable
Although I've only visited Whitstable twice, this gorgeous graphic design and art shop is always top of my list of places to visit. Filled with independent designers and artists- Frank holds host to so many amazing things- from gifts, posters, original artworks and even some gorgeous cards and children's books. I think I even spotted a certain Tatty Devine on their shelves once! The perfect place to pick up a postcard, and certainly one you wouldn't have seen before.

Frank: 65 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AG

Wheeler's
Wheeler's Oysters Whitstable Wheeler's Oysters Whitstable
Although I'd be lying if I'd said I'd visited this lovely little place before, it's one spot in Whitstable that's incredibly hard to miss (especially when you have an eye for a good pastel wall like us bloggers), and is somewhere that certainly encapsulates everything lovely about the British seaside. As mentioned, although I've never eaten at Wheelers, I've heard some very good things for those oyster-and-fish-inclined, so will definitely be making tracks back here soon.

Wheelers: 8 High St, Whitstable CT5 1BQ

Harbour Books
Harbour Books Whitstable Harbour Books Whitstable
It seems that if there's one thing I find exceptionally hard to do when shopping, it's to walk past a bookshop without going inside. Harbour Books was obviously no exception, and as well as having all of the current Bestsellers, was filled with beautiful greetings cards, poster prints and other miscellaneous loveliness, which of course resulted in me doing a little shopping. Can't blame a girl, can you?

Harbour Books: 21 Harbour St, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AQ

Anchors Aweigh Vintage
Anchors Aweigh Vintage Whitstable
Although only little, this quaint vintage and antiques shop sits happily a couple of shops down from Frank, and is piled high with vintage fabrics, trinkets and home ware (if you're anything like me, you'll melt at the sight of all of the pretty tins) as well as one off clothing pieces, some of which are reworked and shortened, so everything is ready to wear, minus any sewing machine malarkey- a must visit!

Anchors Aweigh Vintage: 63 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AG

Flory & Black
Flory and Black Whitstable
I’m a sucker for a home ware shop, and Flory & Black oozed the perfect mix of ‘things you didn’t realize you needed until you saw them’ and gorgeous delicate jewellery pieces hidden amongst the shelves. With accessories from Alphabet Bags hiding amongst the stock too- it’s the perfect place to pop by for gifts (that’s for you, and other people- ahem).

Flory & Black: 54 Harbour St, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AQ

Waltshaw's
Waltshaw's Whitstable
If you’re fancying a beach picnic, or even somewhere to hide from the rain (which was definitely us)- Waltshaw's is the perfect place to pick up some supplies, which are all homemade and wonderfully fresh. On top of that, their sea salt brownies are absolutely delicious (so much so that we took away some for the road too).

Waltshaw’s: 19 Harbour St, Whitstable CT5 1AQ

Samphire
Samphire Whitstable Samphire Whitstable
Samphire was the first place we stumbled across when we visited on a recent wet bank holiday, and was the perfect hideaway for a mid-morning Sunday lunch. With a menu boasting some delicious fresh fish dishes, an incredible antipasti selection which was practically inhaled and some other eggy brunch classics, it’s the perfect place to watch the world go by (so much so that there’s even a window seat where you can guzzle down lunch whilst spying on passers by).

Samphire: 4 High St, Whitstable CT5 1BQ

The Cheese Box
The Cheese Box Whitstable The Cheese Box Whitstable
It feels silly to explain why a visit to a shop solely dedicated to cheese would ever make a ‘places to visit’ guide, so I won’t go in to too much detail- bar the fact that this shop is sells ALL of the cheeses and if you have as much of a soft spot for this diary based heaven as I do, you’ll know The Cheese Box is worth a little visit.

The Cheese Box: 59-61 Harbour St, Whitstable CT5 1AG

Beach Shop Whitstable Whitstable Rock Shop

Do you have any seaside must- visits? I’m always on the look out for hidden gems so let me know- sharing is caring!

x
Whitstable Rock Shop Fish shop Whitstable It's no secret that I'm a fan of the great British seaside. Having family in Hastings means trips to the coast have always been partial to us Purvis'- but it's no secret that I'll hop on a train to Brighton at any free chance- and the thought of eventually seeing the infamous Blackpool tower is strangely sometimes more exciting than a certain Eiffel one. So, naturally on a recent rainy Bank Holiday, I kindly insisted (like a toddler clinging to it's mums leg on the first day of school) that we visit the seaside, Whitstable, to be exact.
Whitstable Graffiti
Although I've only ever visited previously once with my grandparents- Whitstable holds a wonderful little place in my heart- and is definitely a costal town that id describe as quintessentially British. With candy floss pastel licked houses, gawping gulls and bundles of independent shops poking out from every other door- it's exceptionally easy to fall in love with the place- so I couldn't help but pop together a small list of some of my favourite discoveries, incase any of you fancied heading by during these final days of summer...

Frank
Frank Whitstable
Although I've only visited Whitstable twice, this gorgeous graphic design and art shop is always top of my list of places to visit. Filled with independent designers and artists- Frank holds host to so many amazing things- from gifts, posters, original artworks and even some gorgeous cards and children's books. I think I even spotted a certain Tatty Devine on their shelves once! The perfect place to pick up a postcard, and certainly one you wouldn't have seen before.

Frank: 65 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AG

Wheeler's
Wheeler's Oysters Whitstable Wheeler's Oysters Whitstable
Although I'd be lying if I'd said I'd visited this lovely little place before, it's one spot in Whitstable that's incredibly hard to miss (especially when you have an eye for a good pastel wall like us bloggers), and is somewhere that certainly encapsulates everything lovely about the British seaside. As mentioned, although I've never eaten at Wheelers, I've heard some very good things for those oyster-and-fish-inclined, so will definitely be making tracks back here soon.

Wheelers: 8 High St, Whitstable CT5 1BQ

Harbour Books
Harbour Books Whitstable Harbour Books Whitstable
It seems that if there's one thing I find exceptionally hard to do when shopping, it's to walk past a bookshop without going inside. Harbour Books was obviously no exception, and as well as having all of the current Bestsellers, was filled with beautiful greetings cards, poster prints and other miscellaneous loveliness, which of course resulted in me doing a little shopping. Can't blame a girl, can you?

Harbour Books: 21 Harbour St, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AQ

Anchors Aweigh Vintage
Anchors Aweigh Vintage Whitstable
Although only little, this quaint vintage and antiques shop sits happily a couple of shops down from Frank, and is piled high with vintage fabrics, trinkets and home ware (if you're anything like me, you'll melt at the sight of all of the pretty tins) as well as one off clothing pieces, some of which are reworked and shortened, so everything is ready to wear, minus any sewing machine malarkey- a must visit!

Anchors Aweigh Vintage: 63 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AG

Flory & Black
Flory and Black Whitstable
I’m a sucker for a home ware shop, and Flory & Black oozed the perfect mix of ‘things you didn’t realize you needed until you saw them’ and gorgeous delicate jewellery pieces hidden amongst the shelves. With accessories from Alphabet Bags hiding amongst the stock too- it’s the perfect place to pop by for gifts (that’s for you, and other people- ahem).

Flory & Black: 54 Harbour St, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AQ

Waltshaw's
Waltshaw's Whitstable
If you’re fancying a beach picnic, or even somewhere to hide from the rain (which was definitely us)- Waltshaw's is the perfect place to pick up some supplies, which are all homemade and wonderfully fresh. On top of that, their sea salt brownies are absolutely delicious (so much so that we took away some for the road too).

Waltshaw’s: 19 Harbour St, Whitstable CT5 1AQ

Samphire
Samphire Whitstable Samphire Whitstable
Samphire was the first place we stumbled across when we visited on a recent wet bank holiday, and was the perfect hideaway for a mid-morning Sunday lunch. With a menu boasting some delicious fresh fish dishes, an incredible antipasti selection which was practically inhaled and some other eggy brunch classics, it’s the perfect place to watch the world go by (so much so that there’s even a window seat where you can guzzle down lunch whilst spying on passers by).

Samphire: 4 High St, Whitstable CT5 1BQ

The Cheese Box
The Cheese Box Whitstable The Cheese Box Whitstable
It feels silly to explain why a visit to a shop solely dedicated to cheese would ever make a ‘places to visit’ guide, so I won’t go in to too much detail- bar the fact that this shop is sells ALL of the cheeses and if you have as much of a soft spot for this diary based heaven as I do, you’ll know The Cheese Box is worth a little visit.

The Cheese Box: 59-61 Harbour St, Whitstable CT5 1AG

Beach Shop Whitstable Whitstable Rock Shop

Do you have any seaside must- visits? I’m always on the look out for hidden gems so let me know- sharing is caring!

x

33 comments:

  1. Next time you visit I would definitely recommend Whitstable Castle - it's a couple of minutes down the road from the main streets and the harbour but it's set in some lovely grounds and there's a fab tearoom as well! During the summer they often have events on as well so just makes for a nice chilled Sunday afternoon :) x

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  2. Lovely post! It seems like such an adorable town - it really reminds me of Eastern Canada xx I live in Toronto and we have a darling little town called Stratford nearby. If you're ever in Canada, it's definitely worth a visit! It also hosts the Stratford Festival with plays by Shakespeare (hence the towns name after Stratford Upon Avon in the UK) and other playwrights. They also have THE best chocolate shop called the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and so many cutte vintage boutiques. xx

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  3. Every single one of these places and shops looks so pretty and I'd love to visit every of them at some point! The sea-salt brownies look sooo delicious, yum!

    x Giada | Miel Café

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  4. Whitstable looks lovely! I love homeware and vintage shops too. I live in Bournemouth and there's an amazing cafe/restaurant called Urban Reef that overlooks the pier and sea, such a beautiful area!

    Lottie x
    http://lottiesbeautyspot.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Beautiful photos! I would love to be there right now:-)
    XX
    Miri
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  6. Love this post! I'm also partial to a trip to the seaside, never been to Whitstable though, it looks lovely x

    Victoria | VIXWILL

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  7. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to visit. The shops look so cute and full of knick knacks. That cheese shop is going to be on the top of my list if i'm ever in the area.

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  8. Beautiful photos! I visited Whitstable not to long ago and really liked it - I remember popping in to some of the shops you've listed.. I shared my photos on my blog if you'd like to have a nosy :) ...http://hearting.co.uk/2014/08/photo-diary-whitstable/ xx

    Ioanna | www.hearting.co.uk


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  9. I've never actually been to Whitstable before but it looks so lovely - reading this post has really made me want to go!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  10. Wow, Whitstable looks amazing! Will definitely be paying a visit when I'm back in the UK to stock up on art prints, cards and seafood! Thanks for the recommendations! :D xxx

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  11. I really need to visit Whitstable. I live in Bexhill, and go to uni in Hastings so yeah, kind of love the coast. But I don't think I've ever been to Whitstable! That's bad, isn't it?

    Gorgeous pictures!!

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  12. That card with a penguine in a T-shirt is so cute! :)

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  13. It looks so pretty, all the little shops!! Amazing pictures, as usual.

    rosabelleblogspot.blogspot.com x

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  14. What a lovely (yummy) looking place. I've seen that oyster bar on several blogs now and am also enamored with the pink paint job. :)

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  15. This looks like such a dainty and pretty little place. I love all of the little shops with quirky bits by the seaside! x

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  16. I live very close to Whitstable and it is so cute! Your photos are great, they really do it justice

    Olivia x
    Bohoandbrownies.blogspot.Co.uk

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  17. Cute mix of photos. I want to go there
    xo
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  18. Great pictures!! :) xx

    queenmillie.blogspot.com

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  19. I'm from Brighton, but I don't really feel like it is that good an indicator of the 'traditional british seaside' anymore! Not that that's a bad thing necessarily, but I definitely think that Hastings is more 'quintessential'! My grandma grew up in Whitstable but I've never been. Perhaps I should go - I think she would be thrilled!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  20. I can only remember one time I've been to a seaside town and I loved it so much, especially the food! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  21. Cool place! =D
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    Jess

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  22. Amazing photos!

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  23. This look like such a cute little place! love the photographs! ❤

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    xox

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  24. Good quality pictures!! Lovely post xx

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  25. This place is looking super lovely ! These pictures are gorgeous! :)

    Love from France, Victoria
    http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr

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  26. This definitely looks like my kind of place. My seaside gems are probably are a little too far North for you, but I adore Whitby and Tynemouth and for totally untouched beaches you can't beat Northumberland, especially Bamburgh with its stunning castle as a backdrop.

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  27. Not been to the seaside since before I moved to Kent for uni, maybe a beachy trip might be on the cards before the weather gets truly awful!

    Lulu
    http://candyappledarling.blogspot.com

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  28. Such a lovely post; I've only ever heard about Whistable so to see pictures make it seem like a must visit town!
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. I went to Whitstable a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved Flory & Black! The homemade candles in jars they had in there smelt like an absolute dream! Definitely a must visit xx

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  30. Fantastic - I remember wandering along Harbour St in particular and loving all the shops. Heading back soon with my three-year-old and suspect there'll be more ice cream and beach but made a note of a few of these!

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