Shopping is one of the main reasons to visit Brighton. But don't get stuck in the mainstream shopping area around Western Road. There are a huge array of shops catering for all tastes but the impressive assortment of independent shops and boutiques is something that differentiates Brighton from many other British cities.
The atmosphere in the North Laine and in The Lanes is one of the intangible aspects of the city that leaves many wanting to return time and time again. Brighton is especially good for Music, Books and independent clothes shops. North Laine contains heaps of shops and market stalls to tempt everyone’s quirky or vintage fancies. There is a flea market with numerous stalls in Kensington Gardens. Shops tend to get less mainstream, the further north into the North Laine area you go. The Lanes are famous for their independent shops, especially antique shops and jewellers. The Lanes Armoury is World famous for selling antique war memorabilia and weapons. Churchill Square Shopping Centre and the surrounding area offer more mainstream goods, but are invaluable if that's what you're looking for. London Road is an older "High Street" type shopping area but is worth a visit for the Open Market. Brighton Marina contains more up-market shops. Brighton is packed full of independent record shops, most of which sell vinyl. There's a whole load in the North Laines, but Resident is the best one. Neon Collective - Brighton is famous for its ethical fashion and vegetarian shoes. Neon Collective is an online vegan boutique based here.