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Fabulous Folkestone: inside the town heralded in The Times ‘Best Places To Live’

Effortlessly cool and quirky; the town of Folkestone is bursting with creative culture, eclectic hotspots and natural charm. A spot us Kentish explorers won’t be surprised to hear has been named ‘Best Place To Live In South East England’ in the recent Times round-up. Describing it as “the very model of modern regeneration for shipshape and stylish living”, the newspaper certainly joins us in celebrating the growth of this seaside haven. With that in mind, here are our very top must-visits for your next day out in Folkestone…

Image: Visit Kent

It wouldn’t be a trip to Folkestone without stopping off at the Harbour Arm. Beautifully restored and boasting the best views of the coast, The Harbour is well known for its collection of unique eateries, regular marketplace and exciting events calendar. Recently adding to its impressive roster, look forward to the brand new eats and tipples making the harbour their home. Including the likes of Sooshi Sushi, Floc. Brewery, Little Baoboba and RAD Burger, expect more delectable tastes of international cuisine, from sushi and bao buns to burgers and craft beers – all opening from the Easter weekend in perfect timing as the sunshine begins to make a regular appearance. 


Image: Folkestone Harbour Arm & Floc. Brewery

Marleys aesthetically pleasing style and drool worthy plates have entranced visiting foodies since its opening in 2018. Known for their weekend brunches and fresh bites, this cute café’s welcoming atmosphere, passionate team and trendy interior fits impeccably into the makings of the thriving town. From picture-perfect pancake towers to innovative toast creations, it is no wonder Marleys is a community favourite. 

Image: Creative Quarter

The Creative Quarter or Folkestone’s ‘Cultural Heart’ is made up of artists, makers, up and coming entrepreneurs and a striving community sharing their love of Folkestone. Standing as its hub is The Quarterhouse – a performing arts venue showcasing the very best in drama, music, dance and everything in between. The regular programme of events welcoming familiar faces as well as exciting new talent to its stage. 

Lining the cobbled streets of The Old High Street, creatives bring their passionate endeavours to offer independent shops, foodie hotspots, galleries and more. So, for shopping with a difference, browse the likes of The Great British Shop for unique home decor, fashionable accessories and beautiful gifting. Or for the little ones, funky children’s boutique Moo Like A Monkey is not one to miss, think cute wooden toys and gorgeous illustrated stories. A few doors down stumble upon Not For Humans Pet Boutique – built upon a pure love of pooches and eye for pet style, you are sure to discover something for your furry friend here. 

Image: Steep Street Coffee House

Tapas lovers are also in luck as much loved restaurant, El Cortador brings to the heart of Folkestone authentic Spanish flavours. Pairing fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, choose a selection of tempting small plates fit for any adventurous palette. For cosy coffee catch-ups and indulgent sweet treats however, Steep Street Coffee House has got you covered. This quaint book café and bakery recognises the importance of freshly roasted coffee and has taken the time to perfect their speciality varieties. Inspired by the book cafés of Paris, find walls lined with literature throughout the ages available for your perusal during your visit. 

Image: Rocksalt

Perched in prime position to the striking seaview stands Rocksalt. An exquisite dining experience prided on their seasonal menus, locally sourced produce and expertly curated dishes. Seafood tastes its very finest here and in the warmer months, the terraces provide  picturesque sun-trap spots to enjoy meals al-fresco. New for Spring 2024, look forward to the restaurant’s brand new Wine Bar, once again displaying a commitment to not only great food but quality drink pairings to create unforgettable tasting adventures. 

Image: Rocksalt Wine Bar

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