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19 Must-Visit Independent Shops In Brighton & Hove

Shop 'till you drop by the sea.

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1. City Books

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Like its San Francisco namesake City Lights, this store is the hub of the local literary-loving community. It's got cool author events, book-obsessed staff and a constant stack of signed paperbacks from the likes of Will Self and Jeanette Winterson.

2. Vegetarian Shoes

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Looking to boot animal products from your wardrobe as well as your diet? Head here for funky and leather-free veggie / vegan-friendly shoes to sort your soles right out. It's been a left-field Brighton favourite for decades.

3. Magazine Brighton

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Still pining for Border's beautiful magazine section? This hidden gem is trying its darndest to bring the magic back with gorgeous independent mags from every corner of the globe – and not a Take a Break in sight.


5. Choccywokkydoodah

Choccywokkydoodah / Via Facebook: choccywoccy

A true Brighton original (and star of its own bizarre cable reality show), this place serves up epic chocolate creations that come on like one of Nigella Lawson’s more frenzied fever dreams.

7. Jump the Gun

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Ageing mods and new ace faces alike adore this living monument to the 60s modernist movement. Go in for a cheeky cravat or go the full Paul Weller and bag a sharp-cut suit before scooting off into the Lanes.


14. Wolf & Gypsy Vintage

Wolf & Gypsy Vintage / Via Facebook: Wolfandgypsyvintage

Because proper vintage is much more than just piles of stinky Hawiaan shirts and charity shop sunnies. Wolf and Gyspy Vintage goes for fiercely edited one-off lost and found fashion finds that you won’t get on eBay.

16. Snoopers' Paradise

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A rabbit hole of kitschy collectibles, curious oddments and enticing bric-a-brac (plus a fair smattering of utter crap) – on a rainy day it’s easy to lose the whole afternoon in here stocking up on retro delights for your flat.