If you've just booked a hotel in Eastbourne with us, then now's the perfect time to check out all the resort’s top attractions like Eastbourne Pier and popular family activities like those on offer at Treasure Island. Start your UK holiday by soaking up some of Eastbourne’s culture and history at landmarks like Beachy Head. You’ll have plenty of entertainment to enjoy in Eastbourne, too, before finding some popular places to eat and refuelling for the rest of your stay. Bargain-hunters will love shopping in Eastbourne and in the evenings, there’s some great nightlife to enjoy. You won't want to miss out on all the best things to do in Eastbourne, so check out our guides and start planning your coastal getaway. Our friendly teams and super comfy bed look forward to welcoming you soon.
Places to eat in Eastbourne
Head to our dedicated Eastbourne restaurants page to find out the best Indian, burger and Greek joints in town.
Down next to the Redoubt Fortress and Pavilion, The Beach Kitchen is the place to come for a weekend brunch spanning blueberry pancakes, a full fry up and plenty of organic and vegan options. Open for breakfast and lunch, coffees, juices and cakes, the café is reliably busy so bag a table when you can or get a takeaway and stroll down to the beach for a picnic.
A short distance away near the Royal Hippodrome Theatre and our Town Centre hotel is Amy’s Café, a lively café known for its breakfasts including pancakes and eggy bread. With generous portions and competitive prices, it’s rightly become a local’s favourite.
Further away from the beach and past the Arndale Centre, Nelson Coffee Co is a trendy coffee shop that serves up a wide range of food, including breakfast, lunch, cakes and snacks. The home-baked almond croissant comes highly recommended, and they serve up some of the finest coffee in town.
Just over the street from each other on Cornfield Road, one of the main roads connecting Eastbourne with the beach, Coffee & Carrot and Jasper Wood are the perfect places to refuel while you’re out and about. Jasper Wood is a quirky, old-fashioned coffee shop full of bric-a-brac, vintage furniture and heaps of vinyl and CDs – grab a coffee and cake and chat to the fascinating owner if you have time. Coffee & Carrot meanwhile is a more modern juice and coffee bar with dozens of juices, shakes and smoothies and – of course – their eponymous carrot cake, which is perfectly moist.
Part luxury deli, part coffee shop and part baker, Deliciously Gorgeous is the place to come if you have a sweet tooth. They do the best hot chocolate in town – probably the south coast, to be honest – while their café serves up everything from sharing platter boards, decadent salads to cakes, waffles and ice cream.
Whatever you do, make sure you save some room for a stop at Fusciardi Ice Cream Parlour, a short walk from the beach and Eastbourne Pier. Choose from 16 different flavours of ice cream, from the classic rum and raisin to the more adventurous raspberry bubblegum, as well as 14 varieties of sundaes, sandwiches, fresh salads, pastries, cream cakes and hot drinks. Plus, they have outdoor seating, so it’s the perfect spot for al-fresco dining when the sun is out.
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Nelson Coffee Co
A popular monthly market selling a range of local produce including bread, cheese, cakes and pies, as well as a variety of arts and crafts, the Old Town Food & Craft Market takes place on the last Saturday of the month from 10am to 12.30pm. The market takes place near the Old Town and is a great place to pick up some regional bargains or breakfast or lunch on the go from one of the food stands.
Located at Station Parade, the Enterprise Fine Food Market is a held on the first Sunday of each month celebrating the best local wine, spices, fruit and veg, infused oils, spices and preserves.
Finally, the Pevensey Bay Country Market runs every Friday from 10.15–11.30am at St. Wilfred’s Church on Eastbourne Road, where you can pick up a wide range of local goods and arts and crafts.