I’ve written before about how proud I am to live in Brighton after so many years of living in London. Truth be told, I was incredibly sad when I left The Big Smoke for the seaside town. But surprisingly, I never looked back. There is so much in Brighton to fall in love with – the seaside on your doorstep, brilliant cafes, restaurants and bars. But there’s no doubt that it’s the independent businesses I love in this city.
I never really thought about shopping independent before I moved to Brighton and I’m not sure why. I suppose because where I lived in London didn’t give me the chance to. In Brighton, shopping independent is 100% possible. I hugely admire these independent companies doing it all themselves and creating such beautiful products and services. They are putting their all in their businesses, researching what works – using services like email validation to engage with their customers and give them what they want.
Years ago I would have just shopped anywhere but these days I like to shop at some of these places. I think of them as the hidden gems of the city.
HisBe Supermarket – short for ‘how it should be’, this supermarket is simply brilliant. Everything in the supermarket is ethically and responsibly sourced. Based on London Road, it’s a great find for an independent supermarket.
Infinity Foods – I love shopping at Infinity Foods and really believe they stock almost anything. Perfect for ‘free from’ foods, it’s great to shop for alternative brands that you might not have heard of before.
Brighton Open Market – I love shopping at the market to find food bargains. So I was pleasantly surprised to find the Open Market. Fantastic prices and everything you need under one roof – a fantastic find.
Pharmacie Coffee Roasters – Finding a cafe with kick-ass coffee is such a must for a sleep-deprived mama and I love this one. It is next door to where Emma does Tumble Tots early on a Monday morning, so we are regulars!
Tilt Coffee Shop – Another brilliant cafe with beautiful artwork and specialist coffee. The food is also brilliant here with lots of healthy options as well as sweet treats.
Foodilic – I fell in love with this cafe as soon as I went in. Fresh food, all organically produced with amazing coffee and juices too. A must-visit if you are shopping in Brighton.
Buddy & Beehive – I am a huge fan of second-hand clothes for Emma. It all started when she was young and would outgrow her clothes in the space of a few days. Nowadays, I like having a look in this brilliant shop, which has beautiful clothes all year round.
Happyology – While we’re talking of clothes, this place is my heaven for Emma’s wardrobe. In fact, it’s probably best that I’m kept away as I could spend all our money in there. Gorgeous, simple designs for newborn til 7 years old – I couldn’t love shopping here more.
Lavender Room – Now this place is truly Brighton’s hidden gem. When it comes to birthdays or Christmas or if I deserve something pretty, I send the boys here to buy me something! They have a huge range of products from clothes to accessories but the hand-painted mugs and plates are just stunning.
Snoopers’ Paradise – This place has got to be a Brighton must-visit. Snooper’s Paradise is a huge shop with lots of vintage bits and bobs. We bought a beautiful 1950’s lamp in here once, which is still my favourite. On another day we bought a video recorder for all the VHS’ we have that we can’t play since the world went hi-tech.
Pen to Paper – I have to confess I’m not crafty at all. But being a mother to a daughter, I’m noticing that Emma is! She is drawing and colouring non-stop so it won’t be long until the crafts are the next stop. I love this independent shop with all your crafting needs.
So there you have it – my top 11 independent businesses in Brighton. I love that the city has so much to offer in the way of independent shops and cafes, it makes me really proud to live here. It also makes me a little bit determined to support these smaller businesses where I can and I hope you will too, if you visit Brighton soon.
This is a collaborative post but all views and opinions are my own.