Our Guide To The Main Shopping Areas In Brighton
The antithesis to Hove; Kemptown is a bit shabby round the edges ( although it’s been cleaning itself up of late) but it does have a character all of its own and is the perfect place to pick up that second hand bargain or something a bit ‘arty’.
Kings Road Arches
Artist’s studios, home-made jewellery, henna tattoos, hair braiding, and that woman with the crumply face who for a couple of quid promises to tell you that someone tall, dark and interesting is just around the corner.
The North Laines
Not to be confused with The Lanes, anyone with retail therapy on their mind needs to head straight here. Do not pass go. Do not collect £200. Fantastic one-off designer clothes at prices that won’t break the bank. Independents selling everything from secondhand designer goods to stainless steel sex aids.
Tis all a bit posh over in Hove. If daddy hasn’t thoughtfully provided you with a gold card for your shopping expedition then best steer well clear. Full of quirky independents and designer clothing boutiques. Full of browsing socialites.
Size is not everything, and that’s what you’ll tell yourself as you wander through the tiny lanes. Jewelers, Gold and Silver Dealers, Fabulous fashion mostly privately owned and selling unique merchandise. Dukes Lane is not to be missed – it’s got everything, with hairdressers and cafes sitting comfortably alongside trendy jewellers and national names such as Oasis and Fat Face
Churchill Square All laid out on three levels, in spitting distance of the beach, stacked full of a diverse range of shops from Habitat and H&M through to Next and Miss Selfridge until eventually arriving at HMV, WHSmith and Virgin. And those nice people at Churchill even saved some space for a couple of coffee shops and a pizza place. Log onto www.brightonchurchillsquare.co.uk for a comprehensive list of shops and what's on.
Mon-Sat 9am-7pm (Thu late night till 8pm), Sun 11am-5pm