The Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Brighton
“Brighton is a popular destination for beachgoers looking for fun in the sun. In addition to its famous attractions and stunning coastline with pristine beaches, the city is also home to a variety of shops and boutiques where you can find virtually anything from retro home goods and vintage clothes to collectable vinyl and bonsai trees. Take a look at this guide to shopping in Brighton and plan your holiday.
The Lanes is the top spot for creatives. You could spend hours exploring the wonders of The Lanes, which is filled with independent shops and boutiques in a historic quarter. You’ll find designers and boutiques with clothing, bags, hats and shoes, as well as high-end sunglass shops and salons. If you’re looking for jewellery, the area has a range of shops with bespoke pieces and antique and vintage gems.
For a unique shopping experience and a retro vibe, North Laine is a must-visit shopping area. Located in the cultural quarter of the city, North Laine is home to over 300 shops and boutiques from independent retailers selling exotic and funky goods. You can find everything from vintage fashion to Mesopotamian muslin and mid-century home goods. In addition to these quirky shops, North Laine also has stylish boutiques with locally produced sculptures, jewellery, ceramics, glass, paintings and metalworks, as well as a top-notch photography studio.
For high-street shopping and big names, there’s no better place than Churchill Square. The modern shopping area has big brands like Debenhams, Pull & Bear and Zara among its 80 shops, restaurants and cafes. The area is open 7 days a week, so you can shop whenever you have some downtime on your trip. In addition, the wide variety of stores and boutiques ensures that you’ll find something for your taste and budget. If you venture outside of the main shopping centre on Western Road, you can find independent traders and brands selling fashion, gifts and food.
Brighton Marina is one of Europe’s largest marinas and is a key shopping destination in the city. You’ll find something for everyone here, from fashion and beauty to arts and travel. Among its shops, you’ll find the UK’s largest fair-trade shop, Love That Stuff, which sells jewellery, clothing and gifts from producer groups in developing countries. Some other highlights include an electric bike shop, restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as an art gallery with works from local and national artists, Laughing Dog, that allows you to bring your dog along for the fun. The gallery has an accompanying cafe that’s also dog-friendly.
Located near the city centre, London Road is home to Brighton’s only covered market, Open Market, which boasts over 50 of the city’s best craftspeople and producers. You can shop for fresh foods and ethical goods, gourmet treats, world cuisine, handmade fashion and jewellery, local art and more. The market is found in the historic London Road area, which is home to galleries, live entertainment venues, theatres, studios and the country’s oldest active cinema.
Located west of the city centre, Hove is a vibrant destination with terracotta mansions and Regency townhouses, as well as a range of specialty shops and fashion boutiques nestled between ethnic restaurants and independent cafes. You’ll find French markets where you can get breads and cheeses, farmers markets with local produce, art studios with materials and workshops, and interior design shops with unique homewares. One of the most interesting shops in the area is Brighton Body Casting, which offers souvenir sculptures cast directly from your body, such as a couple’s hands or baby feet.
In addition to the permanent shops, Brighton is home to many markets where you can peruse stalls selling everything from furniture and paintings to antiques and books. Upper Gardner Street has a traffic-free market area on Saturdays for trinkets and retro finds, while the Brighton Flea Market in Kemp Town offers 60 market stalls that sell anything and everything 7 days a week. The Brighton Marina Boot Market is another popular market and boot sale with over 200 stalls in a car park. You can find anything at the Boot Market, including rare and quirky family heirlooms and funky fashion.
Whether you’re on the hunt for something special or just looking for some unique mementoes of your trip, there’s no shortage of excellent shopping opportunities in Brighton. When it comes time to plan, take a look at deals on Brighton hotels from Expedia and explore other things to do in Brighton to make the most of your trip!”
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