About Hayley G
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Jul 2007
25-34 year old female
20-something adventure seeker travelling full time and making it my living. 50+ countries travelled, bags of good (and bad) times under my belt. Happy to help you have an amazing travel experience. Author of the Lovepuffin Travel Blog: http://lovepuffin.me
Gift & Speciality Shops
Gift & Speciality Shops
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods, Historic Sites
Mini Golf, Bowling Alleys, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gift & Speciality Shops, Marinas
One of my favourite places to shop in Brighton, the North Laine area epitomises the Brighton shopping experience. It's also right next to Brighton railway station, so if you're starting your shopping day by train, definitely begin here. Among the numerous treasures here, you'll find vintage clothes, intricately made costume jewellery, and one-of-a-kind bags and accessories in the independently owned boutique shops. North Laine is also home to artsy photography studios and some of the best coffee houses in town, so even if you're just window shopping, it's still a wonderful area to wander and explore.
The Brighton Bead Shop (also known as Beads Unlimited) stocks beads, charms, pendants and jewels which creatively-minded people can make into their very own designs. They also sell the tools you'll need to get a really professional finish, and staff are always on hand, and happy to give you pointers to help you create a really unique, envy-worthy piece.
A guide to shopping in Brighton wouldn't be complete without Churchill Square. Home to high street favourites such as Zara, Hollister, Debenhams and H&M, and with over 80 shops, cafes and restaurants under one roof, it's the perfect spot in town for rainy day shopping.
Continue walking down Western Road towards Hove and you'll come across the Chocoholly Chocolate Workshop. Doubling up as both a chocolate shop and a chocolate making workshop, you'll be in cocoa heaven as all choccies are organic and beyond delicious.
Quaint and full of character, the labyrinth of narrow streets which make up the Lanes are an absolute must-see for any shopping visit to Brighton. Bring your credit card and prepare to splash out on high-end diamond jewellery!
Situated on the seafront, Brighton's Artists' Quarter is a little-known gem for those interested in art, or looking for some inspiring window shopping. Browse the collection of brightly-painted local works, and then grab a coffee at one of the seafront bars (especially if the sun is shining).
One of my favourite locales in Brighton, Kemptown has enough going on to fill an entire day if you want it to. Known as the LGBT area of town, it's a bright, colourful neighbourhood, and home to plenty of bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes, many of them with sea view. There's no better place to break for a couple of hours to enjoy some fresh fish, craft beer and live music. The shopping is fantastic here too, with Brighton Flea Market leading the way with its array of accessories, postcards, prints and records. But a wander around the whole area (east of Brighton Pier for around half a mile) will deliver hundreds of tiny boutiques selling everything from clothes to souvenirs to organic foods.
Located a couple of miles east of the pier, Brighton Marina is known mainly for its working harbour filled with yachts and speed boats, as well as its long seafront stacked with bars, restaurants and cafes. But that doesn't mean that there aren't some great shopping options here too. Head to Bijoux for handbags, scarves and jewellery, or to Laughing Dog for gifts and souvenirs, before rounding off your day with dinner on the harbour front.