Quaint narrow alleys and cobbled streets is this historic part of Brighton. The Lanes is a popular visit for locals and visitors alike. You can wander, window-shop and watch the buskers, enjoy a meal in one of the many bistros, cafes and restaurants, or have a drink in one of the excellent pubs in the area. It is also famous for its antiques and jewelry shops, as well as a number of fashionable clothes shops.
H&M Kids cater for the tiniest to teens, with sizes up to 14 years, much to the disappointment of many parents. They make hard-wearing and good value children's clothes, with children firmly in mind. The designs are fashionable and many feature cartoon characters. Apart from the mandatory T-shirts and cargo pants, there are accessories, nightwear, swimwear and novelty umbrellas. The fitting rooms are sturdy, in case of temper tantrums, and there is a cartoon area to avoid these happening in the first place.
Known as Brighton's Bohemian quarter, North Laine is home to some of the best shops, pubs and cafes in the area. Local cafe culture thrives during the summer, with tables spreading out into the middle of the road in Gardener Street and fashions and sub-cultures competing in a vibrant atmosphere. There is an eclectic mix of antique warehouses, second-hand shops, glitzy boutiques and buskers. Snooper's Paradise in Kensington Gardens is the city's largest indoor flea market. There is also a Saturday morning market in Upper Gardner Street.
Bristling with activity day and night, Kemptown epitomizes the spirit of Brighton: lively, colorful and slightly seedy. This area of town is full of good pubs, bric a brac and antiques shops, B&Bs and interesting churches. At the eastern end are Sussex Square and Lewes Crescent, stunning white Regency town houses which have been the home to, among others, Lewis Carroll and Ozzy Osbourne. Kemptown is also the spiritual home of the city's large gay and lesbian community.
Once the bastion of British shopping, Marks & Spencer has had to revive its appeal on the high street. Along with three floors of textiles, luggage, horticulture, make-up and food, this store also has a coffee bar offering morning coffee and afternoon tea. Although Marks & Spencer have been updating their clothes collections, luring famous designers in the process, they have never lost sight of what built their reputation in the first place - good quality at reasonable prices. Their lingerie remains a must-have. Rarely does a shopper not find at least one article to suit their style at M&S.
This small shop is divided into typical domains with horror and war titles running the length of the left-hand side and romantic novels, contemporary American novels and children's books shelved to the right. Children's books are especially good for early learners and can be bought for a very small amount. Superman, Star Trek and Manga cartoon strip comics are well kept in plastic covers. Toys include Star Wars models and Pokemon cards, which are sold separately. There are good cookery books and coffee table hardbacks and a table piled high of bargain buys.
Symposium Wine Emporium is a great place to enjoy some exceptional wine varieties with a few succulent cheese platters. They also serve good options for gins, tonics, and whiskies. In a lively ambiance, you can expect to relax with your friends while grubbing and drinking. The atmosphere of the place is warm and inviting, and the best part is that it is not crowded. The seating space is compact, and the interior brags a touch of simplicity and elegance.