The Lanes, Brighton: Our essential guide & must see shops, restaurants & pubs.
Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, The Lanes is Brighton’s historic quarter. Just a stone’s throw from the beach and the Royal Pavilion, you can soak up the atmosphere of a medieval town with its late 16th and 17th century houses.
One of the few remaining old buildings is the Cricketers Arms, now the oldest public house in the town centre, said to date from around 1545. Perhaps most famously, this is also the pub immortalised by Graham Greene in his classic novel ‘Brighton Rock’.
Wandering down its brick-paved twittens with the sound of the buskers livening up the streets, lose yourself in the fabulous independent jewellery and antique shops. You’ll also find some great independent boutiques, nestled amongst designer shops and galleries.
With its array of fantastic restaurants, quaint tea rooms and traditional pubs, visitors to The Lanes will be spoilt for choice when you need a bite to eat or a break from shopping.
Don’t forget to also check out Brighton’s bohemian North Laine district.
What the Pitta offers delicious vegan food to vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters visiting The Lanes. Cem and Roj opened their first hatch offering Cem’s uncle’s famous Vegan Doner with freshly made breads and seasoned soya to make the doners taste just right. Choosing a meal from the menu is hard as there are such great offerings- from the vegan gyros and falafel wrap to the doner chip box and mezze box. Whatever you choose, your taste buds will thank you!
Part of the well established Gingerman Restaurant Group, The Flint House located in The Lanes offers counter-level dining with small plates paired with fantastic wine by the glass and served by the friendly and attentive team. There’s a good selection of cocktails you can enjoy in the first floor cocktail bar or rooftop terrace whilst watching the world go by.
Having received fantastic feedback from diners, it’s definitely worth visiting when in Brighton.
One of Habitat’s flagship stores is located on North Street, Brighton, just around the corner from The Lanes. Established in 1964, Habitat have been working with amazing designers who travel the world to get their inspiration for cleverly crafted,original and affordable products. Whether it’s textiles from India, rattan from Vietnam or ceramics from Portugal, you won’t find these products anywhere else.
This restaurant is for seafood enthusiasts and perfect for special occasions with its all day international menu which caters to all tastes. Riddler & Finns only use fresh and local ingredients cooked by the passionate chefs to create nourishing and flavoursome dishes. It’s a very popular place to stop for a bite to eat whilst exploring Brighton’s Lanes.
Organic ice cream and the most amazing chocolate sorbet are on offer at Brass Monkey in The Lanes. You will find popular as well as unusual flavour ice cream- we highly recommend the cardamom ice cream which is one of our favourites! For those who fancy a cake with a coffee, there’s always a great selection of delicious home made cakes and gooey brownies as well as locally roasted coffee.
Shoes made for people who have an individual style; for those who are different. Once a modest work-wear boot has now become one of the most culturally relevant brands of our era. Located in the heart of The Lanes, Dr Martens’ simple silhouettes allow those who wear the boots and shoes to be part of their own, distinctive style and serve as a badge of attitude and empowerment.
One of the UK’s last standing fragrance houses, this is a truly amazing place to visit. Pecksniff’s in The Lanes offers the usual range of pampering treatments but to an exceptional standard. For those looking for something truly bespoke, why not book in for a fragrance consultation and create your very own fragrance. Your perfume formula will be stored so you may re-order at any time and it can be developed into a bath and body care range to complete your fragrance wardrobe. A truly memorable gift for someone from your visit to Brighton’s Lanes.
Galleries in The Lanes
Brighton has a fantastic selection of well established and new art galleries opening their doors to visitors wandering through The Lanes, to view and buy carefully selected artwork from local, British and international artists.
The award winning Kellie Miller Arts has three showrooms which hold a diverse selection of art, ceramics and sculpture.
Artique in The Lanes offers a dazzling array of British and international artists and regularly has celebrity guests flying in from all over the world. This modern gallery has been giving the enthusiastic art lovers a warm welcome since 2012.
Art5 Gallery represents a diverse selection of artists, showcasing an extensive range of original art at reasonable prices.
To find some of the most collectable artwork in the UK, it’s worth visiting the contemporary art gallery, Cloud Gallery.
They are constantly on the lookout for new emerging talent to ensure they offer the ultimate experience to art lovers.
A hidden gem in the very heart of Brighton’s Lanes for Brightonians and holiday makers in the search of something different. This unique retail destination houses a bespoke collection of stores along a winding courtyard. Visitors to Dukes Lane will find brands such as bareMinerals, Fred Perry, Kiehl’s and Ted Baker.
One of our favourite places to visit as often as possible! Casa Don Carlos is popular throughout the day and evening so always book to guarantee a table. A small restaurant but big on taste and big on atmosphere. Excellent quality, traditional Spanish tapas served by friendly and happy staff that make you smile. A delightful and fun place to dine whilst in The Lanes.
Serving small plates in an industrial-style space with an open kitchen, this restaurant has been voted Best Restaurant in the Brighton Top 20 Awards in both 2016 and 2017. Located in The Lanes and owned by Great British Menu 2017 winner chef Michael Bremner, 64 Degrees offers exciting dishes accessible to everyone. We encourage you to dive into the experience of excellent service and outstanding food on your next trip to Brighton!
Founded in 2009 by Stephen and Andrew, Papillon Living is interiors and home emporium where visitors to Brighton’s Lanes can find unusual and eclectic products ranging from candles and fragrance to lighting and furniture, as well as gifts- all of great quality and at affordable prices.
Described as ‘opulently gothic’, the shop is situated in the cobbled streets in the Jewellery quarter in Brighton’s Lanes, and is filled with vintage wooden cabinets, Brighton;s Pavilion inspired wallpaper and unique window displays. Founded in 2006 by Jason French and Pippa Knowles, Baroque Bespoke Jewellery offers its own jewellery collection as well as the designs of local jewelers and emerging graduating designers.
Brighton Square is home to twenty one exciting shops and restaurants catering for residents and visitors to the city, offering a unique and vibrant shopping experience. In the middle of the Square is the distinctive Dolphin fountain by the sculptor James Osborne. All coins collected in the fountain are donated to The Royal Alexandra Hospital for sick children.