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Chichester Hometown Guide

Welcome to one of the most beautiful cities in Sussex. Here’s how to spend a perfect weekend in Chichester.​ 

12/04/24

Chichester is full of hidden gems and secret spots. Ancient history lines the streets, contrasted by contemporary coffee spots and curated lifestyle shops. Cobbled lanes and Roman gateways soon become coastal paths in this charmingly varied harbour town. Explore the best of Chichester with our insiders’ guide. 

For food

Find a haven in the city among the lush plants and string lights of Purchases Restaurant’s courtyard. This lively and much-loved eatery serves modern British cooking in its inviting indoor and outdoor spaces; if you’re catching a show at the Festival or the Minerva, the pre-theatre menu is a must. 

For browsing 

For artisan crafts and eye-catching vintage, we can never resist a peek into Winter’s Moon, again on North Street. From textile homewares to handmade beauty gifts, their range is hand-curated by Julia, who has a great eye for beautiful things.

For coffee

Those in the know follow the scent of roasting beans to Trading Post Coffee Roasters in South Street, close to the Seasalt shop. Their coffee selection is nuanced and varied, and the team is always happy to discuss their favourite beans and blends. Come for the brew but stay for the brunch: their Baked Shakshuka is a real favourite. 

For exploring

As soon as you step beneath the vaulted ceiling of Chichester Cathedral, you’re immersed in its cool and calm atmosphere. Wander through nine centuries of history or try to catch a concert in this breathtaking space. 

If you loved the sense of serenity in the church, take a short stroll eastward to Pallant House Gallery. It hosts a constantly changing programme of exhibitions, while its permanent collection celebrates Modern British art.  

For walking

Stride out from the city and breathe in that sea breeze. The circular route through West Wittering, Chichester Harbour and East Head leads you along coastal paths and country lanes, passing plenty of independent cafés on its way.  

Do you have any favourite places in Chichester? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram, and share where you’re #WearingSeasalt 

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