Mall rats head for Churchill Square, Brighton's spacious shopping center, which is home to major chain stores. The shopping center runs from Western Road to North Street (about 3km/2 miles long) and offers many inexpensive shops and stalls with great buys on everything from antiques to woolens. On Saturdays, there are many more antiques exhibits and sidewalk stalls. The mall is open Monday to Wednesday 9am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 7pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Regent Arcade, which is located between East Street, Bartholomew Square, and Market Street, sells artwork, jewelry, and other gift items, as well as high-fashion clothing.
Everyone raves about the shopping on the Lanes. The Lanes are a close-knit section of alleyways off North Street in Brighton's Old Town; many of the present shops were formerly fishers' cottages. The shopping is mostly for tourists, and while you may fall for a few photo ops, you'll find that the nearby North Laine -- between the Lanes and the train station -- is the area for up-and-coming talent and for alternative retail. Just wander along a street called Kensington Gardens to get the whole effect. Innumerable shops are located in the Lanes that carry antique books and jewelry, and many boutiques are found in converted backyards on Duke Lane just off Ship Street. In the center of the Lanes is Brighton Square, which is ideal for relaxing or people-watching near the fountain on one of the benches or from a cafe-bar.
Bargain hunters head for the Kemptown Flea Market, 31A Upper James St., Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm and Sunday 10:30am to 5pm. A more famous flea market is held in the parking lot of the train station, but only on Sunday 6am to 2pm.
Framework, 26 Kensington Gardens (tel. 01273/818585), has old photographs of the local area, illustrations, prints, and a complete framing service.
In addition to its malls and shopping complexes, Brighton also abounds in specialty shops. One of our favorites is the finest gift shop in Brighton, the Pavilion Shop, 4-5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton (tel. 01273/292798), next to the Royal Pavilion. Here you can purchase gift and home-furnishing items in the style of design schools that created the look (from Regency to Victorian). Books, jams, needlepoint kits, notebooks, pencils, stencil kits, and other souvenirs are also available. Latest British designers for women are showcased at a fashionable store, Pussy, 3A Kensington Gardens (tel. 01273/604861).
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