All summer long, Joe and I had Margate on the top of our list of places to visit. With Joe having family there (and us going down there every year), it wasn’t somewhere we were new to, but with a lot of changes having happened- we were set on seeing some of the newly opened treats (and of course, Dreamland). With Betty Magazine having raved about it- as well as a handful of my pals, it was last weekend when we finally made a proper trip down (before all of summer had completely disappeared) for a real delve into the quintessentially British seaside town...

The Greedy Cow

After arriving in Margate pretty peckish, Joe and I were after a delicious quick fix, and The Greedy Cow saved the day. Having just missed (what looked like) a delicious breakfast menu, we opted for some lunch time treats, with Joe opting for a pulled pork burger and me choosing the mozzarella, tomato and basil salad. Everything was delicious (and speedy) and it made for the perfect pit stop in the rain too. On top of that, the upstairs boasted some gorgeous wooden benches and seating, which would be pretty perfect if you wanted somewhere to work with a coffee too, top marks!

3 Market Place, Old Town, Margate, Kent CT9 1ER

Doggie Apparel

How could I walk by a shop as cute as Doggie Apparel and not step in to bring Maggie back some souvenirs?! Stocked with everything from leads, toys and canine-friendly greetings cards- this shop is the perfect place for all ‘crazy dog ladies’ (and that’s not influenced by the resident doggie there either). With brands such as Fetch and Follow gracing the shelves too- there’s plenty of healthy and natural treats to treat your four legged friends too- meaning they don’t go without after a seaside trip!

1-3 Broad Street, Margate, CT9 1EW

Fox and Spindle

Perched on the corner of King Street, Fox and Spindle is the perfect stop for all things indie. Whether you’re after the ultimate novelty greetings card by your new-favourite illustrator, a cute gift for your best friend- or even something little to say ‘To me, love me’- I can guarantee you’ll find something here. With designers such as Ladybird Likes and Catkin Boutique- there are so many talented creatives stocked in here you’ll be hard pushed to not want one of everything- don’t say I didn’t warn you...

16 King St, Deal CT14 6HX

Dreamland

When you think of Margate, this kitsch and traditionally British amusement park (along with fish and chips, pesky seagulls and arcade games) is probably one of the first places that springs to mind (or, springs to your parents mind)! With Dreamland having remained unused for the last 12 years- this year marked the launch of it’s new-and-improved look, and it’s pretty great indeed. Packed with everything from a retro Roller rink, theme park rides, arcade games a-plenty (Joe was obsessed with the Rolling Stones one), delicious treats and so, so much more- I’m just sad it didn’t open again sooner! Try and head on a sunny day for ultimate fun- but if not, I can promise the gift shop has plenty to keep you amused come rain or shine (plus the branding, pardon my French, is on ‘fleek’). Go go go!

Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1XJ

HFW Vintage

Although this place is little, it packs a punch. Perfect for both guys and gals- HFW Vintage have a select handful of rails with everything from rainbow slogan t shirts, more printed shirts then you could imagine, some sneaky vintage designer shirts (at seriously bargain prices) and cutesy vintage dresses. Oh! And did I mention their £5 rail? There's a pretty huge one of those too...Sssh!

12a King Street, Margate

Paraphernalia

It’s hard to not want to spend all day in Paraphernalia (and furnish the home you don’t yet have)- but will shelves piled high with vintage cameras, old black and white film photographs and more crockery and vintage tins than you could shake a polaroid at- it’s a tricky one to resist. With vintage and second hand furniture a-plenty (as well as plenty of intriguing antiques), this place is a great stop if you’re after some bargain one off home pieces.

8 King Street, Margate

Madam Popoff Vintage

Of all the vintage in Margate, this place was one I’d heard the most about. Having opened their first store in 2010, the wonderful Deborah Ellis (owner of Madam Popoff) has been collecting and curating her vintage collection for a pretty considerable amount of time- and boy does it show. With rails or coordinated clothing (showing off original '70s Ossie Clark), stacks of shoes and more brilliant basket bags than I’ve ever seen, with an eye like this it’s no wonder they’ve sold select pieces on to buyers like William Vintage- just keep your eyes peeled for the goodies (and don't forget the bargains downstairs too)!

4 King St, Margate, Kent CT9 1DA

Haeckel's

Beauty guru’s, if you think you’ve heard of Haeckel's before- you’re probably not wrong. With homes in London’s Selfridges and Shoreditch, this Margate skincare brand is one to watch. Built upon natural and locally sourced ingredients (and all created in their cliff top lab in Margate), Hacekels boast a selection of stunning natural scents, and everything ranging from seaweed face masks and exfoliants (plus many more incredible seaweed based products(, gentlemen’s beard oil and so much more in-between (read: stunning candles). Head here for some serious treat-yourself indulgence (none of which is tested on animals- amazing)!

18 Cliff Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1RU

etcetera

Let’s get straight to the facts- succulents are big news. Whether or not that’s the most pretentious thing you’ve heard (or Alan Titchmarsh inspired) is up to you, but when tiny green plants become the hottest home accessory- you know you’re onto a winner- hence why etcetera is so bloody great. Home of everything from tiny succulents in cool ceramics, simple home ware and of course beautiful floristry (all tied together with an Instagrammable leather chair)- this place is a hidden gem well worth discovering (especially if you fancy some fresh blooms too)!


The Turner Contemporary
One of my top ‘to visit’ spots, is undeniably (and unsurprisingly) the Turner Contemporary. Fortunately, we just managed to catch Grayson Perry’s Provincial Punk exhibition the day before closing (which was a complete treat)- we managed to take a small stroll around the beach-side gallery- sheltering from the rain and taking in everything from Perry’s stunning ceramics and mind boggling tapestries. Having studied Perry’s work during my A Levels, I was hugely excited to see everything in person- and I can certainly say exhibitions like this really capture how special this gallery is.

Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HG

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All summer long, Joe and I had Margate on the top of our list of places to visit. With Joe having family there (and us going down there every year), it wasn’t somewhere we were new to, but with a lot of changes having happened- we were set on seeing some of the newly opened treats (and of course, Dreamland). With Betty Magazine having raved about it- as well as a handful of my pals, it was last weekend when we finally made a proper trip down (before all of summer had completely disappeared) for a real delve into the quintessentially British seaside town...

The Greedy Cow

After arriving in Margate pretty peckish, Joe and I were after a delicious quick fix, and The Greedy Cow saved the day. Having just missed (what looked like) a delicious breakfast menu, we opted for some lunch time treats, with Joe opting for a pulled pork burger and me choosing the mozzarella, tomato and basil salad. Everything was delicious (and speedy) and it made for the perfect pit stop in the rain too. On top of that, the upstairs boasted some gorgeous wooden benches and seating, which would be pretty perfect if you wanted somewhere to work with a coffee too, top marks!

3 Market Place, Old Town, Margate, Kent CT9 1ER

Doggie Apparel

How could I walk by a shop as cute as Doggie Apparel and not step in to bring Maggie back some souvenirs?! Stocked with everything from leads, toys and canine-friendly greetings cards- this shop is the perfect place for all ‘crazy dog ladies’ (and that’s not influenced by the resident doggie there either). With brands such as Fetch and Follow gracing the shelves too- there’s plenty of healthy and natural treats to treat your four legged friends too- meaning they don’t go without after a seaside trip!

1-3 Broad Street, Margate, CT9 1EW

Fox and Spindle

Perched on the corner of King Street, Fox and Spindle is the perfect stop for all things indie. Whether you’re after the ultimate novelty greetings card by your new-favourite illustrator, a cute gift for your best friend- or even something little to say ‘To me, love me’- I can guarantee you’ll find something here. With designers such as Ladybird Likes and Catkin Boutique- there are so many talented creatives stocked in here you’ll be hard pushed to not want one of everything- don’t say I didn’t warn you...

16 King St, Deal CT14 6HX

Dreamland

When you think of Margate, this kitsch and traditionally British amusement park (along with fish and chips, pesky seagulls and arcade games) is probably one of the first places that springs to mind (or, springs to your parents mind)! With Dreamland having remained unused for the last 12 years- this year marked the launch of it’s new-and-improved look, and it’s pretty great indeed. Packed with everything from a retro Roller rink, theme park rides, arcade games a-plenty (Joe was obsessed with the Rolling Stones one), delicious treats and so, so much more- I’m just sad it didn’t open again sooner! Try and head on a sunny day for ultimate fun- but if not, I can promise the gift shop has plenty to keep you amused come rain or shine (plus the branding, pardon my French, is on ‘fleek’). Go go go!

Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1XJ

HFW Vintage

Although this place is little, it packs a punch. Perfect for both guys and gals- HFW Vintage have a select handful of rails with everything from rainbow slogan t shirts, more printed shirts then you could imagine, some sneaky vintage designer shirts (at seriously bargain prices) and cutesy vintage dresses. Oh! And did I mention their £5 rail? There's a pretty huge one of those too...Sssh!

12a King Street, Margate

Paraphernalia

It’s hard to not want to spend all day in Paraphernalia (and furnish the home you don’t yet have)- but will shelves piled high with vintage cameras, old black and white film photographs and more crockery and vintage tins than you could shake a polaroid at- it’s a tricky one to resist. With vintage and second hand furniture a-plenty (as well as plenty of intriguing antiques), this place is a great stop if you’re after some bargain one off home pieces.

8 King Street, Margate

Madam Popoff Vintage

Of all the vintage in Margate, this place was one I’d heard the most about. Having opened their first store in 2010, the wonderful Deborah Ellis (owner of Madam Popoff) has been collecting and curating her vintage collection for a pretty considerable amount of time- and boy does it show. With rails or coordinated clothing (showing off original '70s Ossie Clark), stacks of shoes and more brilliant basket bags than I’ve ever seen, with an eye like this it’s no wonder they’ve sold select pieces on to buyers like William Vintage- just keep your eyes peeled for the goodies (and don't forget the bargains downstairs too)!

4 King St, Margate, Kent CT9 1DA

Haeckel's

Beauty guru’s, if you think you’ve heard of Haeckel's before- you’re probably not wrong. With homes in London’s Selfridges and Shoreditch, this Margate skincare brand is one to watch. Built upon natural and locally sourced ingredients (and all created in their cliff top lab in Margate), Hacekels boast a selection of stunning natural scents, and everything ranging from seaweed face masks and exfoliants (plus many more incredible seaweed based products(, gentlemen’s beard oil and so much more in-between (read: stunning candles). Head here for some serious treat-yourself indulgence (none of which is tested on animals- amazing)!

18 Cliff Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1RU

etcetera

Let’s get straight to the facts- succulents are big news. Whether or not that’s the most pretentious thing you’ve heard (or Alan Titchmarsh inspired) is up to you, but when tiny green plants become the hottest home accessory- you know you’re onto a winner- hence why etcetera is so bloody great. Home of everything from tiny succulents in cool ceramics, simple home ware and of course beautiful floristry (all tied together with an Instagrammable leather chair)- this place is a hidden gem well worth discovering (especially if you fancy some fresh blooms too)!


The Turner Contemporary
One of my top ‘to visit’ spots, is undeniably (and unsurprisingly) the Turner Contemporary. Fortunately, we just managed to catch Grayson Perry’s Provincial Punk exhibition the day before closing (which was a complete treat)- we managed to take a small stroll around the beach-side gallery- sheltering from the rain and taking in everything from Perry’s stunning ceramics and mind boggling tapestries. Having studied Perry’s work during my A Levels, I was hugely excited to see everything in person- and I can certainly say exhibitions like this really capture how special this gallery is.

Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HG

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32 comments:

  1. All of these places look so gorgeous! I could definitely do some damage to my credit card in the Doggie Apparel store, I like spoiling my dogs almost as much as I enjoy spoiling myself!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  2. omg the old cameras and the cute little plants!! love it :D

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  3. Margate looks so pretty, beautiful photos!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

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  4. It looks like the most beautiful place! Your photos are gorgeous!

    Robyn xo
    www.phasesofrobyn.com

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  5. I really wanna visit all the places above!! They all sound so amazing:))

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  6. I LOVED Margate when i was down a year ago in the summer. think i'd been when i was younger too, but was bowled over by how many kooky shops and cafes there were! enjoyed the Turner too :) nice to see it all over again in your post xo

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  7. Never visited Margate but everything there looks so quirky! Such cute boutiques! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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  8. This all looks awesome!!

    www.tusksandtails.com

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  9. This is such a lovely post! I used to go to Margate quite a bit when I was little because I had family there but I'd love to go back - especially to the revamped Dreamland, I used to love it! We saw Bob Geldof and all his kids there once haha x

    Josie’s Journal

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  10. Such a lovely post and so nice to read too!! \your blog design and photos are amazing. I felt such a 'September vibe' when reading this hahah:)x
    AllysDays.blogspot.com

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  11. Margate looks so much fun, I've never been. I need to visit that doggy apparel shop for my boy!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

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  12. The food at the greedy cow looks delicious!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Aw seems like such a lovely place! These are great tips on what to do there, I'll be sure to keep this post in mind if I ever visit!

    xoxo
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  14. Paraphernalia and the Greedy Cow look amazing hotspots - will have to go and rediscover Margate!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  15. Great guide, and photos, I love your blog layout!

    besos,
    M
    The Flower Duet

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  16. I hope this isn't bad, but I go to your blog just to look at the photos. the quality of them makes me happy :)

    Ayre

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  17. You've found such cute little shops! Looks like a lovely trip x
    Eleanor Frances // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  18. You make Margate look absolutely beautiful, I need to go back there someday! Great Post~
    Minae ♥ MinaekeiLatest Blog Post!

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  19. All of these places look so cool
    xo
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  20. such an amazing place
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  21. It looks so picturesque, like out of a book :) I love this post! :)


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  22. Definitely need a trip down to the south east to visit this, I think!

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  23. Oh, this looks like such a sweet place to go! This is definitely on my list of places to visit now! Great photos as ever x

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  24. beautiful pictures, really made me want to explore margate sometime soon!!

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  25. We used to go to Margate when I was little! Beautiful snaps Liv, 100% going to try and make another trip down when I'm back in England for good ;) x

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  26. Wishing I could grab that "You are my sun..." print! Too cute.

    X Laura
    girlwhowrites.com

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  27. Nice article and so glad you liked Margate. Shame you never ventured far enough into Cliftonville to visit our bookshop! Tiverton Books.

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  28. My home town!!! I still can't believe I missed you, but I'm so glad you decided to write a blog post about Margate! I don't know how much Joe's family shared (if at all) how some of the local community has been so negative about the towns new lease of life, but for someone that has been following its development over the last 5 years, it is an absolute pleasure to see/hear an outsiders perspective (and such a positive one at that). Margate is a beautiful little town and so inexpensive. It's not huge, but if you fancy a weekend away Margate is entirely worth booking up. The beautiful town of Broadstairs is only 10 mins away by car and has such amazing historical things to see and do. I really hope you visit again soon x

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  30. Loved this post! Glad you liked Margate so much.

    James
    www.getyourbronon.com

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  31. Wow! The vintage shop looks SO COOL!

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