We don't have the resources to provide an in-depth guide to the wonderfulness that is Whitstable and its environs. But here's a short taster of what you'll have to play with on your visit...
The Cheese Box
Specialist British artisan cheese shop.
01227 273 711
60 Harbour Street
Crab & Winkle
Guess what they serve? Actually, not just crabs and winkles.
David Brown Delicatessen
A friendly deli with Spanish-ish leanings
28a Harbour St
Comparatively new oyster bar and chippy on the shore behind the boats. Very friendly owners. Serves excellent local Whitstable IPA along with oysters. Yum.
Tapas in Tankerton recommended by... just about everyone really.
2 Herne Bay Road, Tankerton
Delicious home-made sandwiches and bites, great for lunch b'twixt shops and beach.
66 High Street
Royal Native Oyster Stores
Fish restaurant situated by the beach
Guess - go on - guess what they sell. Yay! Ice cream!
62 Harbour Street
The Sportsman, Seasalter
Whitstable's first Michelin starred restaurant
Faversham Road, Seasalter
The famous and tiny (not tinny) fish restaurant.
8 High Street, CT5 1BQ Telephone
Williams and Brown Tapas Bar
Traditional and modern Spanish yum-yums.
48 Harbour Street
Windy Corner Stores Café
A good place for Sunday brunch.
110 Nelson Road
01227 262 409
Arsenic and Old Lace
Great for kids both large and small
17 Harbour Street
Lots of Noa Noa clothing for women and children at good prices
39 Harbour Street
01227 275 900
British alternative applied arts and contemporary craft; both handmade and the home-made
65 Harbour Street
Flowers and foliage for the home and garden
27 Harbour Street
Taking the Plunge
All things vintage and retro
26 High Street
Made in Whitstable: a quirky local community, featuring artists, writers and various ner'-do-wells, celebrating all that is Whitstable.
Flickr Whitstable: 208 members taking pictures in and around Whitstable
Avocets and Oysters: Retirement has given Hywel Davies and Barbara Drinkwater the time to indulge their respective interests in photography (especially the digital manipulation thereof) and arts and crafts (acrylic painting, jewellery, and felt products especially).
Minna Sisko: Great blog of stuff by the founder of Made in Whitstable.
Horsebridge: Local community centre providing a social, cultural and learning resource for the denizens... and you.
Turner Contemporary (Margate): Excellent gallery a short drive away - plus great pubs and dinky little shops in the wriggly back streets.
Canterbury: ... is just a short drive away. Go and see the cathedral, if nothing else.
Bijoux little fishing harbour, almost completely surrounded by fish mongers, oysterers, bars and just a step (literally) from the town centre.
Whitstable Castle and Gardens
Beautifully renovated castle, plus the grounds have been re-landscaped in recent years. Wonderful little children's playground too.
Tankerton Slopes and Beach
Wonderful for a stroll along the top and an amble back along the bottom past the pretty beach huts.