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Exploring Hastings Old Town

A few weeks ago, I went to Hastings for the weekend with Stuart. Hastings is where Stuart grew up and his family live, so we went to stay with them for the weekend. I had a tour of Hastings Old Town and it was full of so many adorable little shops and cafés. The Old Town is a blogger’s dream with it’s painted buildings, so I thought I’d write a blog post about it.

There’s something special about being beside the seaside, so it doesn’t surprise me that the Old Town is so popular. The one-off stores and cafés in the Old Town have such a nostalgic feel, making you think back to a time where high streets weren’t dominated by chain stores and eateries. Living in Canterbury has made me really appreciate small businesses, so I was pleased to see that Hastings still has so many independent places too.

Old sweet shops are absolutely adorable and the Old Town has a few of them. I know retailers have tried to recreate this classic shopping experience with Hardy’s and Mr Simms chain stores, but it’s just not the same as walking into a little unique sweet shop.

The Old Town has antique shops full of such a variety of goods. The antiques are bound to make you stop walking and question what they are. Butler & George was the first walk-in antique store that I’ve seen in years!

I like visiting places that wherever you look or wander, there’s always something new to see. Hastings Old Town is exactly that kind of place! I really enjoyed exploring this area and having some time to take photos of the lovely buildings.

Have you ever been to Hastings?
Thanks for reading my blog today.


  1. D says:

    Beautiful photos! I love the look of the sweet shop. I live in an old market town and think that towns like this should all have to have signage like that to keep in with the arcittcure etc. It looks so much nicer than a huge, tacky Home Bargains sign etc haha

    Danielle xo

  2. Kel McK says:

    Some of the sweet shops and tea rooms look just lovely! You can't beat a nice old market town 😀

  3. Kat Last says:

    I totally agree!


  4. Kat Last says:

    Thanks Danielle, so glad you like them! 🙂
    I totally agree with you, modern advertising and signage definitely doesn't look right in cute, old market towns!


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