Whitstable

Whitstable

A characterful town on the north Kent coast, Whitstable looks out towards Essex across the Thames Estuary and the Isle of Sheppey across The Swale. The big attraction is the unspoilt nature of the place – a traditional seaside resort with long pebble beaches and a working harbour that supports a lively fish market – but it’s also a town with sophisticated restaurants, excellent pubs and a thriving artistic community, whose recent gentrification has led to it being dubbed ‘Islington-on-Sea’.

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Eat and Drink

There are a lot of good places to eat in Whitstable, whether you want to pick at fish and chips on the beach or splurge on a fancy (but not too fancy – this is laid-back Whitstable, after all) seafood feast. The best places use local, seasonal ingredients – not only fish and seafood, but also the wonderful veg and soft fruit that Kent is famous for – and as competition is fierce, standards are consistently high. It's a foodie's dream.

Shop

Whitstable is a great place for shopping, as the DFLs (Down from Londoners) are fully aware. Vintage clothes and homeware, arts and crafts, books and seaside fripperies are all in abundance – head first for trendy Harbour Street and the High Street.

Things to Do

Most people spend their time on the beaches, of course, but Whitstable also has a buzzy little harbour and a number of low-key attractions that make strolling around the town a perfectly pleasant prospect on rainy days.