Storeroom by Curve Roasters

Curve’s flagship coffee shop and general store is a 10-minute stroll (mostly on the seafront) from the railway station – ideal for a quick hit of Margate before a stronger-hitting caffeine fix guaranteed to remedy any grogginess from early-morning trains. The Storeroom is located in a tucked-away Victorian printworks building once home to the Thanet Gazette and now a creative hub. A single-origin espresso goes down well with a slice of banana bread. 



Plant yourself on a bench and quaff a glass of red as you gawp at Fez’s mismatched furniture and retro knick-knacks. The welcome here is always warm and the music often played live. If you’re more of a real-ale type, the Harbour Arms will likely be your jam – this micropub is set within a former fisherman’s hut facing south across (you guessed it) the harbour. A side order of sea with your IPA goes down well, as do the pub’s pickled eggs. 



This beachside microbrewery and taproom bar is at its best when the evening draws in. After a day stomping Margate’s streets, order one of Xylo’s 11 changing taps and let your eyes drift from its open brewery to the sun dipping below the North Sea. Growlers and squealers are available for takeaway, but what we love most about this place is the “bring your own food” policy – we suggest nearby Dory’s or GB Pizza Co. 


Mar Mar

Mar Mar is a blissful hybrid of botanical boutique and wood-roasted coffee purveyor. Graphic furniture, trailing succulents and unfurling palms stand out against its whitewashed walls, as does the small yet perfectly formed selection of stationery and homewares (terrazzo serving board, we’re looking at you). Order a coffee and cake and pitch up in the window; Northdown Road is great for people-watching. 


Urchin Wines Margate

Come to family-run Urchin for its fine wine, stay for its monthly-rotating art gallery, deli and bijou kitchen serving local produce such as Moons Green Charcuterie and cheese from nearby Canterbury. You’ll enjoy organic, unfiltered bottles sourced from around the world as well as small-batch plonk from UK vineyards. A range of vegan wines is also available. 


The Lifeboat

It’s hard to miss this beloved pub on summer evenings, when live music drifts out onto the street and locals fill the benches outside sipping craft beer. This place is a bit of an institution, with many of its original features still intact – brick walls, beer barrels and wood finishes. Yet its specialty brews, young staff and location in the heart of the old town draw in a wonderfully diverse mix of people. 


  • +44 7837 024 259
  • 1 Market St
    CT9 1EU

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