If anything encapulates the ethos behind Actual Cool Kent, its Folkestones Creative Quarter. Rammed with independant shops, cafes, art galleries and artisan traders thriving in a beautiful cobbled street which drops down to Folkestones once run down harbour, which now bustles with activity and the amazing Rocksalt restaurant ( review coming soon).
Our favourite part of the Creative Quarter is the open area at the top of the quarter, which includes the famous Googies art cafe, where fresh dishes including vegitarian and vegan food is served in a cool and unique environment.
Around the corner you will also find one of the UKs oldest cinemas The Silver Screen, an experience like travelling back to our youth when going to see a movie was even more exciting than it is now. Right down to the authentic decor and punch ticket entrance.
Over looking the Sea is the Bayle, a quiet square which is untouched by development, with the warm and friendly British Lion pub.
The tight cobbled street down to the harbour contains some amazing little galleries, a tapas bar, work shops, fashion shops, tattoo parlours, piercing studios and pretty much everything in between. When you eventually find yourself in the harbour area there are several cafes, ice cream parlours and when we last visited a large Bamboo art installation. Infact the whole area is rich with installation art, street art and of course the numerous galleries.
We love our independant business’s and you should too. Instead of heading for the shopping center and its generic highstreet clone town drudgery, spend ten minutes ambling down the Creative Quarter, and you will wonder why you had never shopped there before. Locations like this are becoming more rare than a White Rhino, so please support them before they’ve gone forever