Brighton, to most people, might just look like any seafront staycation city. Complete with Grade II listed pleasure pier, bustling promenade and the most delicious fish and chips, it ticks all of the boxes. But to us, Brighton offers more than your average seaside town.
Fall back from the beach just 500 yards and you’ll find a plethora of unique independent boutiques waiting to be explored. So, we teamed up with independent hotel group, Artist Residence and invited three of our favourite bloggers to join us on a day of independent shopping. Tote bags at the ready…
Where to shop
Fans of this small but perfectly formed boutique visit to immerse themselves in its simplicity. Products are presented in linear formations on minimalist ladder-style shelves and the palette throughout is a wash of soft greys and calming neutrals. If clean and contemporary is your thing, then you’re likely to fall head over heels for Workshop’s uncomplicated collection of everyday products.
Perfect for under-the-radar homeware brands and organic skincare.
Find them at 13a Prince Albert Street, Brighton, BN1 1HE
This bright, colourful studio and shop is on one of Brighton’s busiest streets so we urge you to take a step inside when you’re in the area. You’ll certainly thank shopkeeper, Susannah for the moment of tranquility. It’s likely that you’ll be followed by a host of shoppers eager to get their hands on one of DOWSE’s unique prints or cards. Be sure to check out their colourful ceramic selection too, you’d be hard pushed to find some of the small makers anywhere else in the lanes.
Best for unique prints and presents.
Find them at 27 Gloucester road Hove BN1 4AQ
Tidy Street General Store
This summer has certainly been the season of the basket bag and Tidy Street General Store are certainly rocket-fuelling that trend. Bags of all shapes and sizes are hung around the walls and windows of this corner shop. Fine jewellery and pendants are also one of their specialities, but be sure to take some time to look through their clothing rails too, there’s always a perfect piece waiting to be uncovered.
Ideal for those looking to treat themselves to something unique.
Find them at 102 Gloucester Road Brighton BN1 4AP (over the road from DOWSE!)
Where to eat
Locally sourced ingredients are key to The Set’s tasty British menu. The perfect spot for brunch, be sure to order the goat’s cheese and avocado on toast. We added an extra poached egg to top it off.
Check them out: @theset_restaurant
If you need a quick pit-stop during shopping, then The Flour Pot Bakery is ideal. This set of six quaint cafes offer the perfect slice of carrot cake to accompany your afternoon coffee.
Peek at their menu: @theflourpotbakerybrighton
Built up quite the appetite after a long day on the pier? Italian restaurant CinCin is famed for its homemade pasta and aperitifs. It’s a popular choice for locals, so you may need to ring ahead for a table.
Cocktail menu calling: @cincinuk
Where to stay
If you’ve escaped London’s hustle and bustle for a little R&R, then Artist Resident’s Brighton hotel is the perfect place to set up camp for a long weekend. The sea view rooms come complete with a luxurious roll top bath that’s designed to be overflowing with bubbles. Grab a glass of something sparkling from the mini Smeg fridge (only the best, of course) and unwind as you watch the sun set. You can always pop down to hotel bar afterwards for a late-night tipple.
Book now at artistresidence.com