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101 Reasons to Visit Britain's Most Artistic Destination - Margate

Alex M Jun 09, 2022 Scroll to read in 9 minutes

Margate is not just "on the up". It's well and truly up and running. Margate today is somewhere that London's bright young things want to come and live. During lockdown, an unprecedented number of creatives left their beloved Hackney and Peckham for Margate's beautiful sunsets. The crew at A+C adore Margate, and we want to give you the lowdown, so you get the most out of your visit.

Our number one is essential.

1. Visit A+C. Studio Come and drool at our spacious and well-equipped studio, meet the makers and feel the magic of stop - motion - better still, make a weekend of it and give the 100 other highlights a whirl.

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    WHERE TO STAY IN MARGATE

    2. Fort Hill
    Spread over three floors it comprises two bedrooms each with en suite, and sea views.

    3. The Albion Rooms
    A glorious explosion of ideas from The Libertines in a former waterfront B&B

    4. The Well
    Sea views from a dreamy roll-top bathtub.

    5. Margate Rooms
    Margate Rooms offers seven boutique bedrooms, which range from Standard to Deluxe with Sea Views, plus a Family Suite, which can sleep four.

    6. DogHouse
    A minimalist and luxury dog-friendly B&B located in a quiet residential street just 500 meters from the sea. 

    7. Cliftonville Townhouse
    Relaxing interiors, comfortable beds, immaculate bathrooms, and fluffy towels in a convenient location.

    8. Walpole Bay Hotel
    WBH is a place to stay and somewhere to visit. If artworks made entirely on linen napkins are your thing their  Living Museum is full of vintage artefacts, a 1920s ballroom and a 'Napery'

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    PLACES TO VISIT IN MARGATE

    9. The Crab Museum
    Europe's only museum dedicated to the world of the decapod.

    10. Walpole Bay Tidal Pool
    A beautiful large saltwater pool that is open year-round and merges with the sea at high tide. - Wonderful spot

    11. The Oval Bandstand
    Cute outdoor community events venue - check website for events.

    12. Haeckels House
    Sustainable beauty brand Haeckels went into business with hand-harvested, organic products made from Margate seaweed, opened Haeckels House this spring, it now has a spa worthy of its cult following.

    13. Shell Grotto
    A Margate oddity where 4.5 million shells make up its mosaic walls. Who created it and why - no one knows.

    14. Margate Caves
    This former chalk mine has been an air raid shelter, smugglers' cave and a wine cellar.

    15.Tom Thumb
    One of the world's smallest theatres. Head here for intimate gigs, comedy, burlesque and indie films. Plus, there is a cool bar.

    16. The Tudor House
    The Tudor House was built in 1525 and is thought to be one of the oldest houses in Kent. The house has been frozen in time and serves as a small museum.

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    WHERE TO DRINK IN MARGATE

    17. Faith In Strangers Cocktails with a view

    18. Little Swift serves the most delicious cocktails and enjoys sea views.

    19. Bar Nothing on Cliff Terrace is hipster AF.

    20.
     Mariarchi is a lovely tequila & mezcal bar in the town centre where you can book a private agave room for tastings.

    21. Stingray on Northdown Parade is supercool bottle shop bar serving craft beer, natural wine and cocktails

    22. The Taproom Cliftonville. Tables outside for Northdown Road watching and a decent booze selection.

    23. WILDES in Margate's Old Town is a beautiful bistro which is great for brunch during the day and cocktails at night.

    24. The Little Prince is the UK's smallest pub.

    25. Rose in June is a beautiful pub and serves some banging food.

    26. The Fez on the High Street is a quirky hangout - Good on Tuesday Ukelele Nights

    27. Rey is The Rose In Junes, little sister - beautiful views and superb drinks.

    28. Daisy - In my opinion, the best cocktails in Margate - if not Kent.

    29. The George and Heart - Nice boozer which offers accommodation.

    30. The London Tavern has a welcoming atmosphere, fires when it's chilly, and BBQs when it's roasting. Top Sunday roasts too.

    31. The Two Halves - Seafront micropub serving cask ales

    32. xylobrewing - Microbrewery and taproom with uninterrupted views of the seascape.

    33. CAMP - Queer bar and community space with a karaoke booth in the back

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    PLACES TO EAT IN MARGATE

    34. Dive
    Top-notch Mexican food on the Harbour Arms

    35. Casa Pizzeria
    Napoli-style pizza, antipasti and desserts

    36. Po'boy
    Creole fish hut at The Sun Deck

    37. The Bus Cafe
    Margate's best street food cafe. Set in a vintage double-decker bus

    38. Scissortail Coffee
    Just a damn fine cup of coffee

    39. Cinque Ports with IWA
    Vibrant, fresh, Mexican Fusion Street Food.

    40. Love Cafe
    Instagrammers dream - serving food and cocktails.

    41. Rendezvous
    Family-run Bistro inside an ugly building serving delicious food and drink

    42. Edessa
    The best Turkish in Margate

    43. Milk & Cookie
    Cookies, craft milk, barista coffees, cookie dough and ice cream.

    44. Barletta
    A great selection of tasty and perfectly presented small plates.

    45. Dalby Cafe
    Legendary cafe with the best hangover breakfast known to man.

    46. Cliffs
    Award-winning cafe, record shop and hair salon

    47. Ouma's
    Bold South African flavours on Margate's freshest street.

    48. Batchelor's Patisserie
    Cute cafe serving the best cup of tea in Margate.

    49. Skinnydip Coffee
    Lovely gaff serving incredible botega's and sando's.

    50. Sargasso
    From the team behind East London's Brawn Restaurant. A place by the sea to enjoy coastal cooking, real wine, music & guest broadcasting

    51. Beach Buoys/ Buoy & Oyster
    The best fish and chips in Margate

    52. GB Pizza
    Gourmet pizza with an iconic view.

    53. Dory's
    Delicious seafood.

    54. Angela's
    The OG foodie hang-out and the first Michelin Star for Margate.

    55. Waverley House
    The best views of Margate Main Sands serving a seasonal menu where the quality of products and simplistic cooking are key.

    56. Slab
    Steak, lobster and burger by the sea.

    57. Peter's Fish Factory
    The second-best fish and chips in Margate.

    58. Mannings Seafood
    A little seaside stall that sells a variety of seafood

    59. The Greek Kitchen
    An authentic taste of the Mediterranean.

    60. Mamma Mia Pizzeria
    Authentic Italian hand-stretched pizzas, Puccia & pasta

    61. Gina's Bakery
    Handmade bread lovingly prepared by the sea.

    62. The Greedy Cow
    A family-run cafe offering simple, well-cooked meals in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

    63. Mullins Brasserie
    Modern European cuisine with a hint of the Caribbean

    64.  Bottega Caruso
    Incredible authentic Italian cuisine.

    65. Palms Pizzaria
    Pizza by the slice served NY style, local beers, and a plethora of shots.

    66. 
    Forts
    Great food, great coffee and exceptional cocktails

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    NIGHTLIFE AND LIVE MUSIC IN MARGATE

    67. Elsewhere
    Hip independent record shop and music venue.

    68. Margate Arts Club
    Inclusive and progressive club with eclectic nights

    69. The Wasteland
    The Libertines bar underneath The Albion Rooms

    70. Crybaby
    A modern twist on the jazz clubs of old, this art deco styled bar lies in the heart of the Centre in Margate.

    71. The Sundeck
    Food, drinks, dancing and the best sunsets.

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    ART IN MARGATE

    72. Hotel Michele
    A shared exhibition space has been set up to facilitate an alternating programme of exhibitions by Roland Ross & Kavel Rafferty.

    73. Turner Contemporary
    Turner Contemporary put Margate back on the map. Clinging to the edge of the land, The Turner catches Margate's seascapes in vast monumental panes of glass. The exhibitions are pretty good too.

    74. Carl Freedman Gallery
    Relocated from London and one of the most exciting developments in Margate's creative-led regeneration.

    75. Quench Gallery
    Bringing the chaos and light to Cliftonville is Quench. A non-profit gallery geared totally towards financially supporting the artists they exhibit.

    76. The Margate School
    Independent liberal art school offering exhibitions.

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    CREATIVE SPACES IN MARGATE

    77. Fire Eye Land
    Photography studio and creative space

    78. LIMBO
    Artist studio complex and project space.

    79. Northdown Studio
    Artist studio and project space.

    80. Bon Volks
    A member-run co-working space that utilises the advantages of collaborative organisation for mutual gain.

    81. Studio Sam Causer
    A design-led, RIBA chartered architecture practice specialising in adapting complex and sensitive situations.

    82. Resort
    Resort encompasses individual studios, shared facilities, workshop areas and exhibition space. They offer a high-quality programme of events and aim to foster a vibrant and dynamic community of like-minded people.

    83. Marine Studio
    Margate's first co-working space boasts gorgeous sea views and a professional working environment.

    84. Joseph Wales Studios
    Studios and exhibition space.

    85. CRATE
    Three floors of studios, and two project spaces. The project spaces are available for short-term use by practitioners, alongside a programme initiated by CRATE.

    86. Printworks
    A creative hub housing individual studios for a community of creative practitioners, a café, a yoga/pilates studio and an exhibition/event space.

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    COOL SHOPS IN MARGATE

    87. Little Bit
    A wonderful indy shop that sells brightly coloured gifts of wonderment.

    88. L'absurde
    Curated homeware, lifestyle concept store and Immersive Interiors

    89. Werkhaus Margate
    A collection of trans-seasonal modern utilitarian womenswear and curated vintage.

    90. The Margate Bookshop
    Indy independent bookshop situated in the heart of the Old Town offers a selection of new and second-hand books.

    91. Albion Stores
    A brilliant clothing store with super helpful staff that have an impressive eye for style.

    92. Les Animaux
    Beautiful shop where you can get the boilersuit of dreams.

    93. RG Scotts Furniture Mart
    This is the DFL home reno heaven - you can still get an MCM bargain here. Bonus - Downstairs you'll find Junk Deluxe a trove of Modernist peices.

    94. The Grain Grocer
    Organic food store and café.

    95. Lost Property 1&2
    Vintage furniture & decorative items

    96. Ghost Papa
    Coastal haunt for book lovers and music fiends.

    97. Skate Pharm
    Full range of skateboards and brilliant t-shirts.

    98. Artisans & Adventurers
    Lovely shop filled with West African and South American handcrafted items.

    99. Boondock

    A curated collection of individual pieces - mostly vintage & some modern. On Margate Harbour Arm

    100. Mahal Kita Flowers
    Hands down the best florist in Margate. Their exciting and unique flowers are works of art.

    101. Modern Provider
    Fresh bread and local deli produce + sandwiches as big as a toddler - get there before 1 pm otherwise 'NO BREAD'

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    NEW AND WONDERFUL THINGS IN MARGATE

    FOOD - Mori Mori
    Contemporary Japanese Restaurant serving hot and cold dishes, sushi, teppanyaki, donburi, noodles and curry.


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