THINGS TO DO
Everything great to do in Whitstable is outside, so you gota go when the weather is fine! Take long walks along the coast line, eat plenty of seafood and shop in the markets.
The thing about Whitstable is that it’s so small, you’re not going to miss a thing. And you could do it all in less than a day! The main thing is, just head to the water and walk along the coastline. If you’re looking out to sea and you head right (East) you’ll get all the food bars and eventually hit the Yacht Club and Harbour Market. The other way (towards West Beach) is where you’d go for less busi-ness and more pastel colour seafront huts! Just make sure you leave time to take a walk away from the water, down Harbour Street – it’s like travelling back in time!
If you have time, I’d highly recommend a day trip to Margate. Only about 30-mins away from Whitstable, and is it’s hipper, cooler, younger sister.
The Lobster Shack: a must go (and go early because it gets busy 30 minutes after it opens!) Order the lobster roll if you fancy it because that’s what they are famous for, but also check out the BBQ section on the menu – it is legit. I ordered the butterfly mackerel and is was insane!
Whitstable Oyster Company: another must go. It’s the most popular spot on the water for a reason. It opens at 11:30am and they don’t take reservations. But you can get there when it opens and pop your name down to eat later that day. Definitely worth the wait!
The Old Coach and Horses: Massive outdoor area about 20 mins away from Whitstable’s main high street. Strong drinks list and good grub
The Forge: a no frills waterside seafood bar. Popular with the locals at 9am on a Saturday! Grab n go vibes!
Hubbard’s Bakery: for a sweet puff pastry when you’re all seafood-ed out!
Windy Corner Stores: Turned out to be one of my favourite hidden gems in Whitstable. Perfect for a cup of tea, full-on English breakie or delicious sausage roll. You can sit outside the cafe or have it to go and eat by the water. Bliss.
Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…
The Sportsman: came highly recommended but didn’t have outdoor seating, so unfortunately couldn’t go
Wheeler’s Oyster Bar: Didn’t make it inside but the outside looks dreamy…the queue did not!
Grain & Hearth: for some sourdough action. The line for the bread in the mornings, particularly on a Sunday is insane! It’s also one of the only two places on the high street that’s open for coffee pre-10am on Sundays. Ridiculous, I know!
Sundae Sundae: Ice-cream parlour who’s exterior made me fall in love with it without even stepping inside!
The Old Neptune (or Neppie as the local’s call it): Order a pint and bag a chips and enjoy the seagulls by the sea
Garage Coffee: for your morning caffeine fix
Blueprint Coffee & Bookshop: for another cuppa joe