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Narrow Passage Leading into The Lanes
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.
But for visitors and locals alike, a fun day browsing the shops inevitably leads elsewhere.
The LanesAll 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 LaineThe 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.
Brighton's shopping area, The Lanes, is composed of tiny passages leading into small, shop filled squares.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Antiques in The Lanes
Don't expect many bargains. Antique shops in The Lanes in Brighton specialise in top quality collectibles.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Jewelry Shop in The Lanes
Jewelry shops are popular in The Lanes, ranging from antique jewelry dealers and specialists in precious gems to younger, designer-maker shops like Soma.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Angel Food in Brighton's Lanes
The sweet vanilla aroma of baking cupcakes permeates Brighton's Meeting House Lane outside Angel Food Bakery.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Posh Totty in The North Laine
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".Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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"Twittens" is a Sussex word for the narrow passages, between 400-year-old fishermen's cottages, leading into The Lanes in Brighton.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Pedestrian Passage in the North Laine, Brighton
Market stalls and independent shops line a pedestrian passage in The North Laine on a weekday afternoon in November.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Clearly, this juice bar and cafe in the North Laine, Brighton, aims to seduce customers.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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All Things Native American
Two Feathers in Brighton's North Laine specializes in Native American crafts, clothing, jewelry and healing arts.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Street Style in Brighton's North Laine
Stalls selling punk, street style are side by side with classic English tweeds in The North Laine.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Typical Street in The North Laine in Brighton
Clothing shops, galleries, cafes and bars line a typical street in The North Laine, Brighton.