Margate old town
Chic eateries, galleries, vintage shops and chilled out cafes
Bohemian and beautiful, in Margate Old Town historic cobbles meet cutting-edge cultural trends. This artistic enclave isn't just an uber-cool place to shop, eat and drink. It also signals Margate's reinvention as the engine driving the new, creative Kent.
And all that regeneration equals delights just waiting to be enjoyed. From the acclaimed Turner Contemporary gallery, and the glorious sweep of Margate Main Sands, Margate Old Town is just a short stroll along King, Duke or Market streets.
Its cobbled lanes are full of bijou galleries, crammed with creativity - sometimes showcasing pieces artists have perfected in workshops right alongside. All around, multi-coloured shop fronts form a celebration of independent traders. Here you can browse for almost anything: vintage fashion threads; cult clothing; deli delights; one-off artworks; artisan jewellery; comic books; cupcakes; fishing tackle and retro furnishings.
Explore Margate Old Town's kooky cafe culture. Shabby-chic eateries meet boho hangouts, plus restaurants offering high-class culinary creations - the award-winning Ambrette is Michelin-rated for transforming the pick of Kent produce into modern Indian cuisine.
It's an area energised by regeneration. Everywhere, once-empty buildings are being brought back into use; start-up businesses, creative companies and media firms are moving in to former warehouses, shops and pubs.
There's always something happening in Margate Old Town. Events include the annual Margate Jazz Festival, which brings world-class performers and a feast of free music to the quarter each June. Look out too for the rolling programme of shows and open-studios staged by the Old Town's resident artists. And on summer Sundays Margate Bazaar brings a vibrant, open-air market to the pavements of Market Place. Yet this funky, modern vibe is always sensitively framed by Margate's rich past, explore that at Margate Museum; a gem of a heritage space where eclectic exhibitions ranged from Turner in Margate and Georgian Christmases, to mods and rockers and beachcombing finds
Discover Margate Old Town - it's just waiting to be explored.