What to do to get into the spirit
Get your bearings: The main shopping areas are George Street and High Street in the Old Town, a cluster around Trinity Triangle in the New Town and the Norman Street/London Road crossroads in St Leonards.
Something traditional, some browsing?: Why not stroll up to the Rock-a-Nore road, which is the far side of Hastings Old Town (a cul-de-sac ending at cliffs and sea). You’ll meander past the fishermen’s huts, past pints of prawns and wet-fish shops Johnny Swann and Dave’s, to the Fishermen’s Museum to understand what the twee, higgledy-piggledy Old Town was once all about. This is a fascinating and refreshingly old-fashioned exhibition. Admission free, open daily. As for shopping, you will be more than pleasantly surprised by the Old Town, there’s a great number of interesting eclectic shops and no chain stores. A visit to remember.
Eating and drinking
Hastings Old Town has a lively music scene. Both Porters (Jazz bar) and the Jenny Lind, in the High Street, are cosy and popular with locals. The former has a good wine list and acoustic/folk music (Weds and Thurs), the latter is more beer and Coldplay (Weds and Fri). For food, you are totally spoilt for choice! The Crown Pub is ace, Webbe’s Rock-a-Nore (exceptional food and service), or more traditional.. Maggie Fish Bar. If you love a curry, then check out the Cinnamon Spice. For a great choice, take look through the Trip Advisor comments here.