From ice cream parlours to patisseries, there are many places in Brighton and Hove to treat a sweet tooth.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite places in the area to pick up something that will satisfy any sugar craving.
Gelato Gusto, Brighton
Premium ice cream parlour, Gelato Gusto in Brighton’s North Laine, sells indulgent delicious artisan ice cream made using fresh milk and cream from a local Sussex dairy.
Gelato is made from higher quantities of milk (rather than cream), and so has more intense flavours than traditional, fattier American-style ice creams.
With over 20 constantly changing flavours of gelato ranging from dark Ecuadorian chocolate, blueberry, banoffee pie to syrup sponge pudding and Jaffa cake, there’s enough choice at Gelato Gusto to satisfy any sweet tooth. New gelato guest flavours are introduced weekly and over 10 sorbettos are available too including fruits of the forest, Alphonso mango, cherry cola and Earl Grey tea. Guest sorbettos include lychee, Guinness, gin & tonic and Prosecco. My favourite is the sea salt caramel gelato – the toppings are pretty good too.
Art and design focused chocolaterie Choccywoccydoodah specialises in chocolate sculptures and cakes. The carefully created confections are documented in a TV series on the Good Food channel. Following the success of their Brighton store, Choccywoccydoodah has now opened a store in London, although Creative Director, Christine Taylor, claims they they will ‘never be a chain store’.
Newly, opened Belgian waffle establishment, Wafflemesieter serves incredibly light and airy waffles with a range of decadent toppings. The cream and cookies – topped with Oreos – is a personal favourite. You can view our article on Wafflemeister here.
Lost in Paris, Hove
Hove-based Parisian patisserie, Lost in Paris, makes baguettes, croissants and elaborate and sophisticated cakes and desserts. Their reasonably-priced impressive desserts are a real work of art and something to be admired as well as enjoyed.
See our full review of Lost in Paris here.
Audrey’s chocolate, Hove
Tucked away in Hove lies a fantastic chocolate shop, which opened in 1961. To this day, the chocolates are still made using the same recipes and the original moulds from back when the shop first opened.
Audrey’s chocolates are made in small batches using high-quality ingredients sourced from around the world. The shop sells chocolate boxes of confectionery with over 40 different centres, Easter eggs and hand-made chocolate bars. Their fondant creams are renowned and available in interesting flavours such as rose, violet, lime and coconut.
Their products make a lovely gift or a nice indulgent treat for yourself.
Another fantastic gelato purveyor is Jo-Jos, which is located on Brighton’s Western Road. Jo-Jos serves an eye-watering array of flavours of gelato in addition to desserts and milkshakes. The crepes are certainly worth a try!
It’s rare to see Ice-cream seller Marroccos on Kings Esplanade in Hove without a queue out of the door. It was founded by Renato Marrocco back in the 1960’s, when he married his sweetheart Maria, and they relocated from Italy to Brighton in search of a better life. With a passion for ice cream, Renato rose at 4am every morning to make his award-winning ice cream. Today Marroccos sells 24 flavours of ice cream at £3.50 for a two-scoop cone.
Afternoon tea at the Grand
Known for serving up some of the best afternoon tea in the country, the iconic Grand hotel in Brighton is certainly a good choice for scones and cakes that outshines the rest. After sandwiches, follow freshly-made scones with clotted cream and jam followed by a selection of fine desserts.
You can see our full review of afternoon tea at the Grand here.
Charlie’s Sweet Emporium and Roly’s Fudge Pantry
Charlie’s Sweet Emporium in the lanes is an old fashioned-style sweet shop that has a good range of American candy. You can find Wonka products, unusual M&M’s in flavours like mint and coconut, and sticks of rock in popcorn flavour.
Roly’s, a small fudge shop in the North Lanes, sells freshly made fudge in a variety of flavours. The best crumbly fudge you can find!
Boho Gelato is another Italian ice cream producer that provides gelato to many restaurants across Brighton. Their latest blend, totally unique to Giggling Squid is the Lemongrass and Basil guest sorbet. Zesty and deliciously tart, this is certainly an interesting one to try after spicy Thai cuisine.
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