8 unusual things to do in Brighton
As soon as you get off the train, you’ll be affronted by high street brands, the smell of local chippies, and a crowd rushing down Queen’s Road towards the pier. Escape the touristy scene by quickly turning a corner to your left and begin to unearth the more unusual things to do in Brighton.
1. North Laine
By taking that turn, you’ll discover the very colourful North Laine. An area that – with its free spirited residents and alleys crammed with shabby-chic cafes, independent craft shops, and inspiring galleries – defines Brighton. Among other gems the ethically driven will appreciate Vegetarian Shoes – leather and suede like shoes that cost no lives – while ArtRepublic brings to the scene cutting-edge limited edition art.
2. The Lanes
Once you’ve sated your appetite filling your shopping bag to the brim, continue in the direction of the beachfront and you’ll come across yet another much narrower tangle of quirky lanes.
It’s not the shopping here but the original appearance and mysterious atmosphere of The Lanes that seduces you to utterly lose yourself in this 18th-century maze.
3. Hidden gems of the seafront
Eventually you’ll emerge back into the sun (hopefully) facing the pinnacle of Brighton – its beach and the world famous pier. Hardly an off the beaten track destination but among the usual tourist offerings, there are a couple gems worth your attention.
The first is a small “hole-in-wall” art shop called Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery that stocks creative works by local artist (our favourite is the “Mad Old Cat Lady”) while the other spot Traditional Fish Smokers aim to please your taste buds with the freshness and delicately enhanced taste of local seafood.