Beautiful shop, amazing clothes and the most helpful staff I have ever come across. Can't wait to get down to Brighton again for a cheeky weekend away just so i can spend some money in here again.
32 Ship Street
Start off at Bill's Produce Store on North Road, where you can enjoy colourful platefuls of homemade pizza, quiche and salad in a huge room lined with delicious-looking preserves, pickles and other goodies. You'll be near North Laine now, so go for a post-lunch potter amongst the shops selling anything from vegetarian shoes to kooky sex toys.
If you have any space left after Bill's, a visit to the Bar du Chocolat on Middle Street is a must. Run by the iconic Brighton confectioners Choccywoccydoodah (Duke Street), the hot chocolate is top rate. For one last gastronomic treat, make sure you book a table at Terre a Terre, one of the top vegetarian restaurants in the country, and one of the few to serve up 'haute cuisine' vegetarian food. After all that indulgence, Sunday morning can be a bracing walk along the seafront towards Hove, past the dejected looking West Pier and towards the ice-cream coloured beach huts.
Try Bill's Produce Store for a spot of lunch. It’s ‘the in place’ at the moment but it still feels very genuine. Good prices, friendly service. The North Laines area is also worth a visit particularly for last-minute funky presents. The new library building should also be seen (Carluccio’s café and shop is just around the corner too).
My boyfriend and i recently discovered this contemporary jewellers opposite the dome in brighton. As a designer myself it is truely inspiring and the new cherub and heart pendants are at the top of my birthday list. Apparently they've very recently oppened the first floor and like the rest of the shop it is worth checking out for the interior alone!
114 Church street (opposite dome and corn exchange)
Brighton 01273 604010
A gem of a shop. Gorgeous vintage pieces in a treasure trove of a shop with lovely staff. I cannot walk past without going in (and always leave with something truly special).
31 Sydney Street, Brighton;
tel: 01273 675 222
In a town with more clothes shops than I can cope with this place stands out for a couple of reasons. The selection of labels includes hard to find bits from Silas, PAM and more affordable brands. But what really makes this store stand apart for me is the inviting relaxed atmosphere, a rare thing amongst streetwear orientated stores.
27 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP;
01273 571 145;
Upmarket greengrocers and, more importantly, cafe/restaurant. Some simple and some not-so-simple fare, prepared with the freshest ingredients; and the puddings! They look like they've been designed by an architect and are a meal in themselves. Shared tables and friendly staff mean that this is a place to meet people, eat well and go away with a little treat for later (they do takeaways too).
The Depot, 100 North Road.
tel: 01273 692 894;
Small wooden hut selling genuinely fresh fish at good (but not great) prices. Not just a salesman, his knifework was exemplary. The two fillets extracted from an enormous seabass were absolutely delicious later that evening.
Far better to give your custom here than at the Tesco megabore on Church Road. And there is no chance of getting fish that fresh from the supermarkets.
Literally on the beachside directly behind the Bowls club at Hove. About 100 yards west of the King Alfred Sports Centre. A small wooden sign points the way down the footpath from Kingsway, between 2 of the bowling greens
The Lanes are another fantastic free attraction with their curiosity and antique shops. The North Laine, spelled differently for some reason, is another quite extraordinary place - it's a kind of hippy Ground Zero for Britain. You could spend a day wondering around here and the prices are extremely low.
A funky collection of frames and sunglasses. Same day service and they will post. Lots to choose from and great service.
Eyes on St James's: 88 St James's St Kemptown;
Specs Opticians: 22 Kensington Gardens, North Laine
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