Shopping in Brighton - Pictures of The Lanes and The North Laines

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    Narrow Passage Leading into The Lanes

    Narrow passage into The Lanes
    ••• Narrow passage into The Lanes follows the path of Brighton's original, medieval layout. "The Lanes" is only part of the original town still remaining after fire destroyed it in 1514. ©Ferne Arfin

    Shopping in Brighton is about picking up the indie vibe of small boutiques and shops in the town's two unique shopping districts, the Lanes and the North Laine.

    Department stores and basic necessities can be found at Churchill Square with its Debenhams, Bhs and about 90 other popular high street shops.

    But for visitors and locals alike, a fun day browsing the shops inevitably leads elsewhere.

    The Lanes

    All that remains of Medieval Brighton (burnt by the French in 1514) is The Lanes - a network of impossibly narrow lanes and even narrower "twittens". Original fishermen's cottages are now filled with jewelry, antiques and gift shops, cafes and small fashion boutiques.

    The North Laine

    The more bohemian North Laine has more independent retailers than anywhere else on the south coast. Market traders, circa 1970s head shops and cutting edge designers line the area between North Road and Trafalgar Street, north of the Royal Pavilion.

    These pictures give a flavor of what to expect.

    Bri...MOREghton's shopping area, The Lanes, is composed of tiny passages leading into small, shop filled squares.

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    Antiques in The Lanes

    A typically stylish antique shop in The Lanes
    ••• A typically stylish antique shop in The Lanes. © Ferne Arfin

    Don't expect many bargains. Antique shops in The Lanes in Brighton specialise in top quality collectibles.

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    Jewelry Shop in The Lanes

    Soma Jewellery
    ••• Soma Jewellery, an independent shop in the Lanes, stocks contemporary jewellery from suppliers and designers in UK Europe. © Ferne Arfin

    Jewelry shops are popular in The Lanes, ranging from antique jewelry dealers and specialists in precious gems to younger, designer-maker shops like Soma.

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    Angel Food in Brighton's Lanes

    cupcakes
    ••• Tempting, pastel frosted cupcakes are the specialty of Angel Food Bakery, 20 Meeting House Lane in Brighton. © Ferne Arfin

    The sweet vanilla aroma of baking cupcakes permeates Brighton's Meeting House Lane outside Angel Food Bakery.

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    Posh Totty in The North Laine

    Posh Totty
    ••• Dress and accessory shop in The North Laine. © Ferne Arfin

    Humour and irreverence are the marks of shops in the North Laine.

    Women's clothing and accessory shop in the North Laine takes a tongue in cheek approach to its target customer. Here's a definition if you're unfamiliar with British slang: Totty is a slang term for a sexy and attractive woman. Posh totty is the same but with class. So, if, say, Courtney Love is "totty", Gwyneth Paltrow is probably "posh totty".

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    Twittens

    ••• Twitten, or narrow passage, between 400-year-old cottages, is barely wide enough for two pedestrians.

    "Twittens" is a Sussex word for the narrow passages, between 400-year-old fishermen's cottages, leading into The Lanes in Brighton.

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    Pedestrian Passage in the North Laine, Brighton

    Shopping in The North Laine
    ••• Shopping in The North Laine is popular at any time of year. © Ferne Arfin

    Market stalls and independent shops line a pedestrian passage in The North Laine on a weekday afternoon in November.

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    Seductive Cafe?

    Cafe in The North Laine in Brighton
    ••• Cafe in The North Laine in Brighton. ©Ferne Arfin

    Clearly, this juice bar and cafe in the North Laine, Brighton, aims to seduce customers.

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    All Things Native American

    Two Feathers in Brighton
    ••• Two Feathers, a Native American shop on Kensington Gardens in Brighton's lively North Laine. © Ferne Arfin

    Two Feathers in Brighton's North Laine specializes in Native American crafts, clothing, jewelry and healing arts.

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    Street Style in Brighton's North Laine

    Shoes at a Brighton shop in The North Laine
    ••• Shoes at a Brighton shop in The North Laine. © Ferne Arfin

    Stalls selling punk, street style are side by side with classic English tweeds in The North Laine.

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    Typical Street in The North Laine in Brighton

    Shopping in The North Laine, Brighton
    ••• Shopping in The North Laine, Brighton. ©Ferne Arfin

    Clothing shops, galleries, cafes and bars line a typical street in The North Laine, Brighton.