Life can be rough in Brighton. In fact the whole town was torched by the French in 1514. If you need some armour (in case they come back), a sword or just a large dagger, then the Lanes Armoury is the place to shop. The on-line shop is divided into four departments:
• Antique Arms & Militaria
• WW1/WW2/20th Century
• Books (if you don’t want to get your hands bloody)
The shop is located right in the middle of ‘The Lanes’ and is worth a visit. You never know when marauders might return!
Me and the Small Person always pop in to Cissy Mo's if we're passing.
This funky little shop stocks everything from lights disguised as fake bunches of tulips to miniature desk cleaners. This place is a haven of kitsch gadgets and fun accessories.
They also do a fabulous range of unusual handbags and purses.
Really, you don't need anything in the shop, but in fact when you visit, you usually come away with something ; )
What to buy: Last item bought:
a fabulously tacky 'Flamenco Dancer Toilet Roll Cover' for a friend - 50p in the sale. The doll part, had ridiculously short arms, but hey, I knew my friend (The Flamenco Dancer) would love it!
Have also bought little plastic cats whcih sit on top of pencils for the Small Person, a funky ice bucket for KB and a purple spotted toothbrush holder.
A funky plastic bin was bought by Aunty Wife and another friend recently bought a very cool shower curtain.
You should get the idea ; )
What to pay: 50 pence and up
This place sells gorgeous shoes - and no animals were harmed in the making of those shoes! Now I can enjoy my shoes without a conscience!! Hooray!!!
Unfortunately (for me) it's not open on Sundays!!
What to buy: Anything from funky flip-flops to babelicious boots.
What to pay: under 20 quid for flip-flops and up to 60 quid for rouched boots with buckles :)
The North Laines in Brighton are full of funky independent little shops, boutiques, handmade jewellery, art, crafts, secondhand clothes, records, cool cafes and shoes to die for etc etc the list is endless... it's all very trendy and not very cheap but definitely well worth seeing if you are in the city.
What to pay: A little more than average
This is quite a small shopping centre quite near the beach front, only a short walk away from the beach, but it's nothing much to write home about really, the other shops in town are better to browse round. You have every kind of shop within the walls of Churchill Square and it is quite nice in there in parts too, but very, very overcrowded at all times.
Such a small shopping centre for such a large place?
Open Mon to Fri...... 9 am to 7 pm.
.......................Sun.... 11 am to 5 pm
What to buy:
Anything and everything, some really weird and wonderful things too.
Clothes shops, an HMV store and also a Lego shop, but the Lego is very expensive here, a very small pot of bits costs £6.00.
What to pay: Depends on what you are looking for I suppose?
There are plenty of shops to buy from on Western road such as Primark and Topshop...plenty of discount /1 pound stores and further down food shops towards hove. So no need to saty inside the shopping centre.
I never knew there is such a shop specifically for the giants where you can almost find anything from clothes to accessories specially made for the high & mighty (extraordinary big). Im not suprise if any of the professional basketball player from the NBA such Michael Jordan come to this shop.
Gunns flowers has the most freiendly atmosphere and you get what you pay for! They have bunches outside or will make you up a bouquet for whatever price. They also deliver, we ordered one bouquet for a birthday and spent £35 and it couldn't fit through the door! Perfect!
What to pay: Spend anything you like
This is quite a funky area...lots of clothes shops, vegetarian cafes, arts & crafts...a bit like Camden in London. Great to stroll around or grab a bite to eat...or sit outside one of the pubs. Probably my fave area.
This is one of the few shops in brighton where you can actually buy asian cusine which you cant find in a regular supermarket. I was surprised to see things like "maggi" and stirfry sauces and things which id known in malaysia.. :) a joy to have in brighton.
They also sell, miniture chillies, and lots of them as well... i think a pack of like 100 chillies is like £1 or something...
What to buy: asian bits and bobs!
What to pay: depends what u want to buy.
If you need to buy some of the rather more boring things in life for the home such as batteries, hoover bags, dishcloths and such, I recommend you head down to the open market off London Road and find them much cheaper.
Although quite small, you can also find some reasonably priced fruit and veg, an organic shop, fresh fish, cheeses tools, bicycles, plants and all manner of odd bits and bobs.
The market also now has it's own internet cafe which also specialises in computer repairs etc...
The market has been there for years and has so far, survived competition from the large corporate supermarkets.
What to buy: Boring but essential household objects.
Fruit & Veg
Flowers and Plants
There are toilet facilities and a cafe
What to pay: Cheap!
Old Village in Duke Street, sells 'the best in French and Italian designer fashion'...
I have often peered into there doorway, lured in by their colourful and unusual window displays, but have resisted temptation - Until today that is. (With an imminent trip to Aruba on the cards, I have the excuse)!
Some of their stuff is way too frilly for me, but they have an eye for the most wonderful textures and colours around and today I found a skirt that had 'my name on it' ; )
Looking at their website, it really does not do the shop justice at all. Full of beautifully cut, very feminine clothes of every hue, it is a place to find that something different for a special occasion. Staff are charmingly helpful (even bringing a full length mirror into to the lady in the next cubicle to me, who did not wish to emerge in her tried on outfit in public!)
As I am going to a Cuban restaurant in Aruba next week, I opted for a really long gipsy/western type silk skirt with echos of flamenco, in an array of colour. They had only one of each colour in stock, so have the added bonus of it being unlikely that you'd see the same outfit walking around your local town, on someone else. The shop assistant was very patient with me as I couldn't decide which colour to go for. I loved them all and if mr. bank manager would have allowed, may have indulged in all three! (Well, we can dream can't we?)
This shop isn't cheap mind you, but as I say, I have an excuse ; )
I will photograph my newly bought treat, as soon as...
Recommended for a browse even if you don't buy.
What to buy: Long flowery, floaty skirts and dresses for wafting around in warm climates. Would go well with a large brimmed hat, some Chanel perfume and a picnic hamper ; )
They are one of the only UK stockists of 'Square' watches.
What to pay: A bit more than usual, but you will find unique things.
Completely forgetting the dirty-mac attitude favoured in men’s naughty shops, Tickled sells sexy objects for ladies in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere without a shred of embarrassment. Handy for that quirkier Valentines gift or grab a fun prezzie for a girlfriend's birthday.
Such favourites as 'Wingless Vibaraing Eggs' (?!) and 'Pocket Rocket' (snigger ) - a visit to this little shop can be a good tonic in itself. ; )
What to buy: Ermm It's entirely a personal thing ; )
They also have a pretty collection of pretty make-up and travel bags.
What to pay: £3 and up.
Best area to shop in Brighton, the North Laine has everything.
It's North Laine, because it was originally a 'laine':
'The word Laine derives from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'loan' or 'lease' and was always the local word for these large open fields which covered the length and breadth of Britain until the Agrarian Revolution of the 18th and 19th Centuries.'
Ah, Love it - This shop has a wonderful collection of percussion instruments from around the world (my kind of heaven) - Including :
Djembes, bougarabou, congas, bongos, whistles, flutes, tablas, darbura, marimbas, koras, kalimba, didgeridoos, bowls, bells, shakers, samba.
They also do repairs, give advice, and do workshops, etc
What to buy: You can find both new and used instruments here - so don't be 'scared' to pop in ; )
(Although I often have to walk swiftly past, if I'm in a hurry, so I'm not tempted inside).
What to pay: £1.50 upwards.