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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

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.
Flickr: 128851519@N08 / Via Matt Chittock

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

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.
Vegetarian Shoes / Via Facebook: Veg.Shoes

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

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.
Magazine Brighton / Via Twitter: @magbrighton

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.

4. Gresham Blake

Dandified decadence meets eccentric everyday chic at a homegrown tailor that would have been right at home kitting out local style icon George IV.
Gresham Blake / Via Facebook: GreshamBlakeLtd

Dandified decadence meets eccentric everyday chic at a homegrown tailor that would have been right at home kitting out local style icon George IV.

5. Choccywokkydoodah

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.
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.

6. She Said Boutique

Whip smart erotic rudery that’s a cut above the High Street sauce of Anne Summers. She Said offers a female-friendly space to shop couture lingerie and 50 shades-style fetish wear.
She said / Via Facebook: shesaidboutique

Whip smart erotic rudery that’s a cut above the High Street sauce of Anne Summers. She Said offers a female-friendly space to shop couture lingerie and 50 shades-style fetish wear.

7. Jump the Gun

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.
Jump the Gun / Via Facebook: Jump-the-Gun

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.

8. Infinity Foods

Fuelled by hippie dreams and chia-spiked hemp smoothies this cherished co-op sticks it to the man daily with organic food, weird ‘n wonderful supplements and a healthy dose of heady idealism.
Infinity Foods / Via Facebook: Infinity-Foods-Co-operative-Ltd

Fuelled by hippie dreams and chia-spiked hemp smoothies this cherished co-op sticks it to the man daily with organic food, weird ‘n wonderful supplements and a healthy dose of heady idealism.

9. Bison Beer Crafthouse

Much more than your average offie this craft beer-centric store features the best cult brews from all over he world – and mahoosive US-style "growlers" to take them home (or to the nearby beach) in.
Bison Beer

Much more than your average offie this craft beer-centric store features the best cult brews from all over he world – and mahoosive US-style "growlers" to take them home (or to the nearby beach) in.

10. Hisbe

Promising "happiness before profits" hisbe (or "how it should be") is a one-stop supermarket for healthy food and drink that’s fair for shoppers and the people that make the stuff they sell too.
Hisbe / Via Facebook: hiSbeFood

Promising "happiness before profits" hisbe (or "how it should be") is a one-stop supermarket for healthy food and drink that’s fair for shoppers and the people that make the stuff they sell too.

11. Dave's Comics

From arty graphic novels to full-on superhero epics, this store captures the whole comic world in a single frame in the Lanes.
Dave's Comics / Via Facebook: Daves-Comics

From arty graphic novels to full-on superhero epics, this store captures the whole comic world in a single frame in the Lanes.

12. Boy Parker

Your one-stop shop for ironic and stylish independent tees that are low on cheese but high on all the right cult references.
Boy Parker / Via Facebook: Boy-Parker

Your one-stop shop for ironic and stylish independent tees that are low on cheese but high on all the right cult references.

13. Pussy Home Boutique

An alternative IKEA for those who like their homeware mashed with a bit of trash, Pussy is also probably the UK’s biggest purveyor of Moomin (and Miffy) related merchandise.
Pussy Home Boutique / Via Facebook: pussyhomeboutique

An alternative IKEA for those who like their homeware mashed with a bit of trash, Pussy is also probably the UK’s biggest purveyor of Moomin (and Miffy) related merchandise.

14. Wolf & Gypsy Vintage

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.
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.

15. Brighton Open Market

Traditional market traders and the artsy crowd happily co-exist in this covered street market that doubles as a venue for Lindy-Hop lessons and giant Scaletrix sessions.
Brighton Open Market / Via Facebook: brightonopenmarket

Traditional market traders and the artsy crowd happily co-exist in this covered street market that doubles as a venue for Lindy-Hop lessons and giant Scaletrix sessions.

16. Snoopers' Paradise

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.
Snoopers' Paradise / Via Facebook: Snoopers-Paradise

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.

17. Toby Tiger

Super-cute colourful organic clothes for Brighton babies and toddlers is the order of the day here, with vivid designs that look good even covered in kiddie sick.
Toby Tiger / Via Facebook: tobytigerbrighton

Super-cute colourful organic clothes for Brighton babies and toddlers is the order of the day here, with vivid designs that look good even covered in kiddie sick.

18. Lavender Room

Lavender Rooms offers a chic ‘n unique edit of covetable clothes and cute homeware.
Lavender Room / Via Facebook: LavenderRoom

Lavender Rooms offers a chic ‘n unique edit of covetable clothes and cute homeware.

19. Pen to Paper

A stationary nerd’s Mecca, Pen to Paper proves that scribbling in a gorgeous notebook with a smart pen beats tapping into an iPad every time.
Pen to Paper / Via Facebook: Pen-to-Paper

A stationary nerd’s Mecca, Pen to Paper proves that scribbling in a gorgeous notebook with a smart pen beats tapping into an iPad every time.