Guidebook for Brighton

James

Guidebook for Brighton

Food Scene
Brighton is full of fabulous restaurants and cafes - to suit all budgets. Here’s just a few of our favourites:
It's a Brighton institution.
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Browns Brighton
3-4 Duke Street
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It's a Brighton institution.
The best Vegetarian restaurant in Brighton.
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Terre A Terre
71 East St
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The best Vegetarian restaurant in Brighton.
Epic burgers.
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The Coal Shed Restaurant Brighton
8 Boyce's St
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Epic burgers.
Brighton's newest and most popular seafood restaurant.
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The Salt Room
106 Kings Rd
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Brighton's newest and most popular seafood restaurant.
Excellent seafood right on the beach.
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Riddle & Finns
139 Kings Rd
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Excellent seafood right on the beach.
Best coffee in Brighton
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Cafe Coho
53 Ship St
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Best coffee in Brighton
WE LOVE EVERYTHING THEY DO! Their chewy brown loaf is famous. They also have a stall outside Brighton Station most days.
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Real Patisserie Trafalgar Street
43 Trafalgar Street
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WE LOVE EVERYTHING THEY DO! Their chewy brown loaf is famous. They also have a stall outside Brighton Station most days.
Good, honest Italian food which they never seem to get wrong.
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Donatello
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Good, honest Italian food which they never seem to get wrong.
Our favourite place to eat in Brighton.
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Côte Brasserie - Brighton
115-116 Church Street
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Our favourite place to eat in Brighton.
Bill's is perfect in every way. We love going there for brunch.
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Bill's Brighton Restaurant
100 North Rd
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Bill's is perfect in every way. We love going there for brunch.
On the beach and amazing for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Highly recommended.
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Lucky Beach Cafe
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On the beach and amazing for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Highly recommended.
The Ivy in London’s West End is famous the world over - and rightly so. Now 100 years after the original restaurant first opened it’s doors, The Ivy has come to Brighton and it’s just up the road from us on Ship Street serving modern British cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I literally can’t fault this place - everything is done to perfection by staff who know what the meaning of good service is - you won’t be disappointed. Personal recommendations include the Shepherd’s Pie (which is sublime) and also their Chicken Milanese which is as good as it gets. Enjoy!
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The Ivy In The Lanes
51 Ship St
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The Ivy in London’s West End is famous the world over - and rightly so. Now 100 years after the original restaurant first opened it’s doors, The Ivy has come to Brighton and it’s just up the road from us on Ship Street serving modern British cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I literally can’t fault this place - everything is done to perfection by staff who know what the meaning of good service is - you won’t be disappointed. Personal recommendations include the Shepherd’s Pie (which is sublime) and also their Chicken Milanese which is as good as it gets. Enjoy!
Bistro du Vin - the heart and soul of Hotel du Vin Brighton. For elegant and informal dining whether you're a guest or a local. Perfect for meetings, celebrations or an everyday occasion, join us at the classic, French-styled Bistro du Vin. The restaurant is inspired by French home-style cooking with earthy dishes, and slow-cooked foods, some served up hearty style and some designed on the plate so beautifully, this Bistro du Vin's menu is full of flavour.
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Hotel du Vin Brighton
2 Ship Street
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Bistro du Vin - the heart and soul of Hotel du Vin Brighton. For elegant and informal dining whether you're a guest or a local. Perfect for meetings, celebrations or an everyday occasion, join us at the classic, French-styled Bistro du Vin. The restaurant is inspired by French home-style cooking with earthy dishes, and slow-cooked foods, some served up hearty style and some designed on the plate so beautifully, this Bistro du Vin's menu is full of flavour.
The Flint House is a modern restaurant and bar from the famous Gingerman Group and has recently opened on Brighton’s brand new shopping lane Hannington Lane. The Flint House offers counter-level dining, a glamorous first-floor cocktail bar and even a rooftop terrace. Perfect for any time of day.
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The Flint House
13 Hannington Lane
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The Flint House is a modern restaurant and bar from the famous Gingerman Group and has recently opened on Brighton’s brand new shopping lane Hannington Lane. The Flint House offers counter-level dining, a glamorous first-floor cocktail bar and even a rooftop terrace. Perfect for any time of day.
Drinks & Nightlife
Quirky cocktail bar tucked away down a lane off Middle Street.
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Twisted Lemon
41 Middle St
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Quirky cocktail bar tucked away down a lane off Middle Street.
It's the local pub and it's very good.
The Victory
6 Duke St
It's the local pub and it's very good.
It's the trendiest bar in town.
merkaba
17 Jubilee St
It's the trendiest bar in town.
Formally Havana (once the best restaurant in town) - now it's a burger joint and late night bar. People seem to love it though.
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Formally Havana (once the best restaurant in town) - now it's a burger joint and late night bar. People seem to love it though.
Grosvenor Casino Brighton Seafront – so much more than just a casino! We are the hottest entertainments and gaming venue in town and the ultimate night out! With over 40 years’ experience, why go elsewhere?
Pier Nine
9 Grand Jct Rd
Grosvenor Casino Brighton Seafront – so much more than just a casino! We are the hottest entertainments and gaming venue in town and the ultimate night out! With over 40 years’ experience, why go elsewhere?
Based in the heart of the North Laine, the Komedia has an exciting all-year programme of theatre, comedy, cabaret, kids and music plus great bars and food, Komedia offers a unique mix of dining & live entertainment.
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Komedia Brighton
44-47 Gardner St
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Based in the heart of the North Laine, the Komedia has an exciting all-year programme of theatre, comedy, cabaret, kids and music plus great bars and food, Komedia offers a unique mix of dining & live entertainment.
Live performances before, during & after dinner bookings and a host of diverse club nights, Proud Brighton Ballrooms promises you an experience like no other. Put on your finest regalia, step back in time & enjoy the glamour of yesteryear.
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Proud Cabaret Brighton
83 St George's Rd
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Live performances before, during & after dinner bookings and a host of diverse club nights, Proud Brighton Ballrooms promises you an experience like no other. Put on your finest regalia, step back in time & enjoy the glamour of yesteryear.
A stone’s throw from us on Ship Street you’ll find The Walrus pub which has just opened after a huge refurbishment with its labyrinth of eclectically-decorated rooms and endless winding passageways. You’ll also discover a wonderful hidden two-storey roof garden. The ground floor with its open fire, snug and booths, is cosy and intimate. It’s the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a pint, glass of wine or a coffee and a chat. Wander upstairs and bask with their mascot, Gregory the Walrus, in the bright, high ceilinged, airy restaurant offering some of the best seasonal, classic and contemporary dishes in Brighton.
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The Walrus
10 Ship St
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A stone’s throw from us on Ship Street you’ll find The Walrus pub which has just opened after a huge refurbishment with its labyrinth of eclectically-decorated rooms and endless winding passageways. You’ll also discover a wonderful hidden two-storey roof garden. The ground floor with its open fire, snug and booths, is cosy and intimate. It’s the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a pint, glass of wine or a coffee and a chat. Wander upstairs and bask with their mascot, Gregory the Walrus, in the bright, high ceilinged, airy restaurant offering some of the best seasonal, classic and contemporary dishes in Brighton.
Opened in 1807, Theatre Royal is our oldest theatre presenting a range of West End and touring musicals and plays, along with performances of opera and ballet.
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Theatre Royal Brighton
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Opened in 1807, Theatre Royal is our oldest theatre presenting a range of West End and touring musicals and plays, along with performances of opera and ballet.
Sightseeing
It's the famous Brighton Palace Pier!
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Brighton Palace Pier
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It's the famous Brighton Palace Pier!
Just opened and the tallest structure in Sussex. You can see for miles from the top of this incredible vertical cable car.
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British Airways i360
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Just opened and the tallest structure in Sussex. You can see for miles from the top of this incredible vertical cable car.
Probably our favourite places in Sussex - YOU HAVE TO GO! Catch the 77 bus from Brighton Railway Station (which runs every weekend and all week in summer) and 30 mins later you will arrive at to the very top of Devil's Dyke and be over 200 meters above sea level. You'll know you are nearly there when you look to the right and see a breathtaking & deep cavern cut out of the South Downs falling away below you (that's actually the Devil's Dyke) - and a 100 meters later the road stops so you'll have to get off anyway. As you look around you will no doubt be blown away by the incredible 360 degree views that surround you. To the south you can see the whole city of Brighton & Hove which is 7 miles away and then along the south coast to Worthing, Bognor Regis and beyond towards the Isle of Wight on the Solent over in Hampshire. Turn around - and if it's a clear day - you can see for over 40 miles to the North downs. These hills are another ridge of chalk hills that run across southern England from Guildford in the west through Dorking, Reigate and through Kent ending as the famous white cliffs of Dover. London and the Thames Valley are just the over the other side (but these hills are just as high about sea level as the South Downs so there's no chance of spotting the London skyline from here - you'd to need to drive 40 miles north to Epsom Downs for that treat). You can spent hours walking around up there if you felt like it and there's even a half decent pub right there in the middle of it all called the Devil's Dyke pub for a well earned drink or a spot of lunch before catching the bus back down to Brighton and sea level. "History Corner" by James: Devil's Dyke got its name from a legend that stated the Devil was furious at the rapid conversion to Christianity by the people of the Sussex Weald (today the counties of West & East Sussex) so he decided to dig a dyke - or deep cut - right through the chalk of the South Downs so the sea could flow in and drown them all in their lowland villages. To ensure his plan wasn't discovered, he decided he had to dig it in a single night. However during his toils he managed to wake up an old crone of a woman who lived nearby. When she awoke, she lit a candle to see what the noise was all about, but in doing so she woke up her cockerel, who then began to crow. On seeing the lit candle and hearing the cockerel's crow, the Devil was apparently fooled into thinking it was already dawn, so he stopped digging and scurried away into the shadows and Sussex was saved for ever. Hurrah! (Although quite why he didn't just come back a couple of days later & finish the job isn't clear. Probably something more pressing came up - like the Holy Wars or something). There are a couple of interesting footnotes to this story: The first is that it's also said the Devil threw the very last shovel of chalk over his shoulder with such fury and force that it fell into the sea some 70 miles away and that lump of chalk is now called The Isle of Wight. And the second is that during his digging, the Devil stubbed his toe on a large rock which he kicked away in anger over the hills and towards the sea with the rock landing in an area now called Goldstone Valley in Hove (where - coincidentally - your hosts James & Graeme also now live). The enormous and mysterious rock (called Goldstone because it contained traces of gold) soon became an object of Druid worship but today it lies at southern end of Hove Park ignored by most people except by local dogs who like to pee on it. .
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The Devils Dyke
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Probably our favourite places in Sussex - YOU HAVE TO GO! Catch the 77 bus from Brighton Railway Station (which runs every weekend and all week in summer) and 30 mins later you will arrive at to the very top of Devil's Dyke and be over 200 meters above sea level. You'll know you are nearly there when you look to the right and see a breathtaking & deep cavern cut out of the South Downs falling away below you (that's actually the Devil's Dyke) - and a 100 meters later the road stops so you'll have to get off anyway. As you look around you will no doubt be blown away by the incredible 360 degree views that surround you. To the south you can see the whole city of Brighton & Hove which is 7 miles away and then along the south coast to Worthing, Bognor Regis and beyond towards the Isle of Wight on the Solent over in Hampshire. Turn around - and if it's a clear day - you can see for over 40 miles to the North downs. These hills are another ridge of chalk hills that run across southern England from Guildford in the west through Dorking, Reigate and through Kent ending as the famous white cliffs of Dover. London and the Thames Valley are just the over the other side (but these hills are just as high about sea level as the South Downs so there's no chance of spotting the London skyline from here - you'd to need to drive 40 miles north to Epsom Downs for that treat). You can spent hours walking around up there if you felt like it and there's even a half decent pub right there in the middle of it all called the Devil's Dyke pub for a well earned drink or a spot of lunch before catching the bus back down to Brighton and sea level. "History Corner" by James: Devil's Dyke got its name from a legend that stated the Devil was furious at the rapid conversion to Christianity by the people of the Sussex Weald (today the counties of West & East Sussex) so he decided to dig a dyke - or deep cut - right through the chalk of the South Downs so the sea could flow in and drown them all in their lowland villages. To ensure his plan wasn't discovered, he decided he had to dig it in a single night. However during his toils he managed to wake up an old crone of a woman who lived nearby. When she awoke, she lit a candle to see what the noise was all about, but in doing so she woke up her cockerel, who then began to crow. On seeing the lit candle and hearing the cockerel's crow, the Devil was apparently fooled into thinking it was already dawn, so he stopped digging and scurried away into the shadows and Sussex was saved for ever. Hurrah! (Although quite why he didn't just come back a couple of days later & finish the job isn't clear. Probably something more pressing came up - like the Holy Wars or something). There are a couple of interesting footnotes to this story: The first is that it's also said the Devil threw the very last shovel of chalk over his shoulder with such fury and force that it fell into the sea some 70 miles away and that lump of chalk is now called The Isle of Wight. And the second is that during his digging, the Devil stubbed his toe on a large rock which he kicked away in anger over the hills and towards the sea with the rock landing in an area now called Goldstone Valley in Hove (where - coincidentally - your hosts James & Graeme also now live). The enormous and mysterious rock (called Goldstone because it contained traces of gold) soon became an object of Druid worship but today it lies at southern end of Hove Park ignored by most people except by local dogs who like to pee on it. .
The Brighton Zip is a thrill ride running along the Brighton Seafront just next to Brighton Palace Pier! We dare to take the challenge and be able to say… I CONQUERED THE BRIGHTON ZIP!
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The Brighton Zip
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The Brighton Zip is a thrill ride running along the Brighton Seafront just next to Brighton Palace Pier! We dare to take the challenge and be able to say… I CONQUERED THE BRIGHTON ZIP!
The spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles. The Royal Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt. The Royal Pavilion Tearoom, with its fabulous balcony, overlooks the Pavilion gardens, which have also been returned to their original Regency splendour.
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Kraljevski paviljon u Brightonu
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The spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles. The Royal Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt. The Royal Pavilion Tearoom, with its fabulous balcony, overlooks the Pavilion gardens, which have also been returned to their original Regency splendour.
Brighton Marina is the largest marina in the UK and has plenty to do for all ages, within its picturesque waterfront surroundings. With an 8 screen cinema, 26- lane recently refurbished bowling alley, glow in the dark golf and casino, there’s never a dull moment. If you love to shop, you’ll enjoy exploring a selection of specialist stores, fashion, home furnishings, gifts, accessories and even designer kitchens. For outdoor enthusiasts, go on a boat trip, learn how to sail or jet ski. For those who prefer dry land why not hire an electric bike or enjoy a walk along the east break water to watch the fishermen? When it is time to relax, there’s nothing better than sitting in one of the many cafés or restaurants and watching the yachts sail by. You could even make a night with of it with cocktails & dinner at Malmaison hotel boasting harbour views. With free outdoor ping pong and New York style chess tables, you’ll struggle to run out of things to do.
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Brighton Marina
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Brighton Marina is the largest marina in the UK and has plenty to do for all ages, within its picturesque waterfront surroundings. With an 8 screen cinema, 26- lane recently refurbished bowling alley, glow in the dark golf and casino, there’s never a dull moment. If you love to shop, you’ll enjoy exploring a selection of specialist stores, fashion, home furnishings, gifts, accessories and even designer kitchens. For outdoor enthusiasts, go on a boat trip, learn how to sail or jet ski. For those who prefer dry land why not hire an electric bike or enjoy a walk along the east break water to watch the fishermen? When it is time to relax, there’s nothing better than sitting in one of the many cafés or restaurants and watching the yachts sail by. You could even make a night with of it with cocktails & dinner at Malmaison hotel boasting harbour views. With free outdoor ping pong and New York style chess tables, you’ll struggle to run out of things to do.
Scenic Flying provides sightseeing tours across the beautiful Sussex countryside enabling passengers to see famous sites and landmarks like never before. Call now to enquire or book on +44(0)7918902721
Brighton Scenic
Scenic Flying provides sightseeing tours across the beautiful Sussex countryside enabling passengers to see famous sites and landmarks like never before. Call now to enquire or book on +44(0)7918902721
Brighton Museum has dynamic and innovative galleries - including fashion and style, 20th century art and design, and world art. There is a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions. Also a café, museum shop and education facilities.
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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
12A Pavilion Parade
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Brighton Museum has dynamic and innovative galleries - including fashion and style, 20th century art and design, and world art. There is a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions. Also a café, museum shop and education facilities.
Nestled at the foot of the picturesque South Downs in Ditchling, just a 20-minute drive from Brighton, Ridgeview are a second-generation family company dedicated to the production of the highest quality English sparkling wine.
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Ridgeview Wine Estate
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Nestled at the foot of the picturesque South Downs in Ditchling, just a 20-minute drive from Brighton, Ridgeview are a second-generation family company dedicated to the production of the highest quality English sparkling wine.
Albourne are a boutique producer of exciting and distinctive English white and sparkling wines, located on the edge of the South Downs near Brighton. Already highly regarded, their debut range of white wines has won multiple awards.
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Albourne Estate
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Albourne are a boutique producer of exciting and distinctive English white and sparkling wines, located on the edge of the South Downs near Brighton. Already highly regarded, their debut range of white wines has won multiple awards.
Special Events
There’s always something going throughout the year. Hightlights include The Brighton Festival & Fringe every May, Brighton's Gay Pride Festival the first week in August and countless Food and live music festivals. Check out www.visitbrighton.com for full details and more.
Our local tourist information office with a great website too.
VisitBrighton
Our local tourist information office with a great website too.
Shopping
If you are looking to put a creative edge into your shopping, The Lanes Brighton offers a shopper’s paradise of independent shops and boutiques. Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, The Lanes Brighton is the city’s historic quarter with a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways. There are twittens and catcreeps offering an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops nestling alongside specialist contemporary and designer boutique fashion. The Lanes Brighton - from quirky shops to live jazz... Crammed with quaint and wondrous shops and funky restaurants and cafes, The Lanes are best wandered lazily and explored as you find them. You'll often find buskers livening up the streets, making The Lanes a great place for the battle worn shopper to grab a coffee and soak up the atmosphere to the sounds of some live jazz.
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The Lanes
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If you are looking to put a creative edge into your shopping, The Lanes Brighton offers a shopper’s paradise of independent shops and boutiques. Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, The Lanes Brighton is the city’s historic quarter with a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways. There are twittens and catcreeps offering an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops nestling alongside specialist contemporary and designer boutique fashion. The Lanes Brighton - from quirky shops to live jazz... Crammed with quaint and wondrous shops and funky restaurants and cafes, The Lanes are best wandered lazily and explored as you find them. You'll often find buskers livening up the streets, making The Lanes a great place for the battle worn shopper to grab a coffee and soak up the atmosphere to the sounds of some live jazz.
Brighton's North Laine is a shopping district that is quite different from The Lanes to it’s south (note the different spelling!). Oozing retro chic, North Laine is a bohemian bustle of criss-cross streets in the heart of the cultural quarter of the city. Home to over 300 unique shops in less than half a square mile the North Laine area boasts the largest selection of independent retailers on the South Coast offering everything from ethical, to exotic to funky. Brighton North Laine is also home to stylish studios selling locally made jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metalwork and paintings, as well as a cutting edge photography studio at the North Laine Gallery. Or if it's fashion you're after, the North Laine in Brighton offers the serious style hound an impressive array of up and coming designers, vintage chic and vegetarian friendly shoes. For more about the shops in the North Laine visit northlaine.co.uk.
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North Laine
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Brighton's North Laine is a shopping district that is quite different from The Lanes to it’s south (note the different spelling!). Oozing retro chic, North Laine is a bohemian bustle of criss-cross streets in the heart of the cultural quarter of the city. Home to over 300 unique shops in less than half a square mile the North Laine area boasts the largest selection of independent retailers on the South Coast offering everything from ethical, to exotic to funky. Brighton North Laine is also home to stylish studios selling locally made jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metalwork and paintings, as well as a cutting edge photography studio at the North Laine Gallery. Or if it's fashion you're after, the North Laine in Brighton offers the serious style hound an impressive array of up and coming designers, vintage chic and vegetarian friendly shoes. For more about the shops in the North Laine visit northlaine.co.uk.
Churchill Square is our huge, covered, super-modern shopping mall offering the very best in high street shopping. Look out for Zara, Berksha and Pull & Bear as well as top department stores Next and Debenhams, Churchill Square Brighton has everything you need for a successful bit of retail therapy.
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Churchill Square Shopping Centre
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Churchill Square is our huge, covered, super-modern shopping mall offering the very best in high street shopping. Look out for Zara, Berksha and Pull & Bear as well as top department stores Next and Debenhams, Churchill Square Brighton has everything you need for a successful bit of retail therapy.
The Open Market on London Road is a permanent undercover market with over 50 local producers and creators with a strong emphasis on ethical products. Vintage fanatics are in for a treat as the city is home to two fabulous, permanent retro markets. Above Snooper's Paradise in the North Laine is Snooper's Attic, a treasure trove of classic pieces. But if your hunger for vintage still hasn't been craved then pop over to Kemptown to hunt out a classic item from Kemptown Trading Post - clothing emporium
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Brighton Open Market
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The Open Market on London Road is a permanent undercover market with over 50 local producers and creators with a strong emphasis on ethical products. Vintage fanatics are in for a treat as the city is home to two fabulous, permanent retro markets. Above Snooper's Paradise in the North Laine is Snooper's Attic, a treasure trove of classic pieces. But if your hunger for vintage still hasn't been craved then pop over to Kemptown to hunt out a classic item from Kemptown Trading Post - clothing emporium
East of the city centre and stretching as far as Brighton Marina, Kemptown, Brighton is a flamboyant mix of grand seafront crescents, elegant squares, and a bustling High Street shopping area with a lively village feel. Kemptown has been the main shopping area in this part of Brighton since the late 18th century which is reflected in the many independent businesses still thriving along the bustling thoroughfare. From long established names to recent gems you’ll find an amazing array of fabulous foods, independent wine shops, second hand stores and chic design shops. You'll also find a number of quirky antique shops lining the streets. Kemptown is also home to the city’s thriving ‘gay quarter’ so expect to find LGBT orientated shops dotted inbetween the coffee houses, deli bars and specialist shops. A bohemian, lively air mixed in with an eclectic range of shops makes Brighton Kemptown well worth adding to your shopping map.
Saint James's Street
East of the city centre and stretching as far as Brighton Marina, Kemptown, Brighton is a flamboyant mix of grand seafront crescents, elegant squares, and a bustling High Street shopping area with a lively village feel. Kemptown has been the main shopping area in this part of Brighton since the late 18th century which is reflected in the many independent businesses still thriving along the bustling thoroughfare. From long established names to recent gems you’ll find an amazing array of fabulous foods, independent wine shops, second hand stores and chic design shops. You'll also find a number of quirky antique shops lining the streets. Kemptown is also home to the city’s thriving ‘gay quarter’ so expect to find LGBT orientated shops dotted inbetween the coffee houses, deli bars and specialist shops. A bohemian, lively air mixed in with an eclectic range of shops makes Brighton Kemptown well worth adding to your shopping map.