Apparently it is the hottest September, here in England, since 1911?! And in the midst of this Autumn heatwave, my boyfriend and I hit the beach last weekend to celebrate his birthday in Bournemouth.
Bournemouth was our first holidays together (around 3 and a half years ago now!) so it was lovely to revisit our favourite places, discover new cafes and catch that last glimpse of summer sun. In this post I will be sharing my weekender's guide for this beautiful part of the South Coast!
R E S T A U R A N T S A N D B A R S
We drove down very early on Saturday morning and visited the Aruba Restaurant (images above) which has a beautiful view and overlooks the beach and pier. As soon as we arrived, we ordered a fry up and pancake stack. The bar is also a great place to visit in the evening where they often do 2 for 1 deals cocktails and the place gets pretty packed at around 10pm.
A R U B A - Resturant and bar, with beach views, cooked breakfasts and tropical cocktails.
01202 554 211, Pier Approach, BH2 5AA
After some shopping and walking through the gardens, we came across the cutest little cafe, South Coast Roast for some early afternoon caffeine. Yellow coffee cups, pretty latte art and fresh mint tea to take a moment to relax. It has a vintage, chilled beach vibe inside with a small range of healthy (and gluten free) food options. (Images below and continue in order as listed)
S O U T H C O A S T R O A S T- Hidden, hipster coffee shop with cute yellow cups.
24 Richmond Hill, BH2 6EJ
You can't go to the British seaside and not visit the Chippy. And in Bournemouth, that Chippy is Harry Ramsden. Also on the seafront, it has a diner feel inside with a wide selection of meats and fish. There was even a cute pianist and he was adorable!
H A R R Y R A M S D E N - British fish 'n' chips, diner style on the seafront.
01202 295 818, Undercliff Drive, BH1 2EZ
A bar I was recommended by my cousin who is at Bournemouth Uni, was 60 Million Postcards. Very cool, an East London vibe, retro postcards and posters filling the place. It has a great beer garden out the front with graffiti tables and pretty fairy lights and also had live music.
6 0 M I L L I O N P O S T C A R D S - Hipster bar, live music and beer garden. Oh and postcards.
01202 292 697, BH2 5AF
H O T E L
We stayed at the Royal Bath Hotel, via Hotels.com which I booked literally 2 days before we went. Cutting it quite close! It was a lovely hotel, great location right next to the pier, had a spa and pool as well as a car park. Fuss free and easy for a one night stay.
T H I N G S T O D O
Aside from beachin', swimming, shopping, drinking and restaurant hunting, we took a few trips to the arcade, played mini golf, walked along the pier and visited the dinky little Oceanarium that had turtles, sharks and penguins. Walking along the beach, we came across the most beautiful beach huts in every shade of every colour! It was such a lovely weekend trip away and I would definitely recommend if you are looking to do something similar.
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