North Laine, Brighton: Essential guide & must see shops, restaurants & pubs
Brighton’s North Laine is a buzzing, pedestrian friendly area home to entertainment and hospitality, unique retailers, and Brighton’s cultural quarter. It encourages creativity, which can be seen in the street art and independent business makers, and has a bohemian and alternative vibe.
Whatever your preference you can find it in Brighton’s North Laine – vegan and gluten free cafes to dine in or alfresco; take a craft beer flight; come away with a new vintage wardrobe and accessories designed by independent makers; go to the cinema, catch a gig or comedy show; take an historic tour of the 19th century Brighton Royal Pavilion, or a curated display at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.
The North Laine has a casual vibrancy that is unique to Brighton and is part of Brighton’s soul. Not to be confused with Brighton’s ‘The Lanes‘.
Komedia is Brighton’s much loved venue for comedy, gigs, cabaret, children’s theatre and club nights in the North Laine. It is home to the Krater Comedy Club, Comic Boom and Bent Double. It also hosts a three screen cinema for Duke’s Picturehouse with café and bar. A great all round place to be entertained.
Lovingly homemade fresh vegetarian falafel with a twist, which caters for vegans and has gluten free options too. You can see regular queues running along Brighton’s first vegetarian falafel-only establishment in the North Laine. Get inline for your wrap or one of their daily specials!
An eclectic grotto of all things vintage, weird and wonderful, hoarded away in the heart of the Brighton’s North Laine. Lose yourself in the array of collectibles in this must see flea market.
Well known for its vegetarian menu, this is a cosy pub with homely nooks to snuggle up in. There are a range of Sussex ales and craft beers along with a heated patio to boot. A lovely spot to take that much needed break whilst strolling through North Laine, Brighton.
An independent Brighton North Laine pub often buzzing outside with after work office folk sipping their own Pondwater Pale Ale. Baby Bao are the resident Taiwanese kitchen. On Monday they go meat free and their menu changes with the seasons.
A warm and cosy LGBTQ+ traditional pub serving a variety of cask and craft ales, lagers, ciders, wines and spirits, along with a great gin menu! Staff at this North Laine boozer are friendly and will be sure to make you feel welcome.
Cosy pub on the corner of Brighton’s North Laine that is much loved by the locals. Traditional pub meals are served with a range of cask ales, draught beers and wines. With its friendly atmosphere and homely proportions you’re bound to chat to some punters during your visit.
Music is at the centre of this family owned, independent pub in North Laine, Brighton. Plenty of eclectic gigs to keep you occupied and fill up your itinerary. There’s no longer a kitchen but you can bring your own food. The Frederick Place mural on the side of the pub is an Instagram must.
Veggie shoes started out in 1990 with the owner Robin making all the shoes by hand out of all types of materials! Although still an independent small business in North Laine, Brighton it sends vegetarian and vegan shoes out all over the world.
Stand out from the crowd with mostly own brand 1960s Mod clothing. This renowned, cool emporium has everything from badges to mohair suits and is a destination in Brighton’s North Laine to a lot of enthusiasts.
Brighton’s North Laine Graffiti
Brighton, and North Laine in particular, is renowned for its street art displays and original, creative graffiti. The tapestry changes from time to time, with new and exciting displays popping up. It’s also great to stumble across something hidden away, left to find by the artist.
A mixture of some commissions and a lot of uncurated throwups, the urban art scene is alive and vibrant in Brighton.
Here are some of the top street graffiti artworks and spots around the North Laine, Brighton.
- Frederick Place musicians mural on the side of the Prince Albert pub
- Banksy’s Kissing Policemen replica – Prince Albert Pub
- Regent Street, including the Angel of Brighton by Cosmo Sarson
- El Capitan, mural of Brighton and Hove Albion captain Bruno by Richard Wilson of High Rise Murals – corner of Church Street & Gardner Street
- Orange Row including paste ups from Minty
- Trafalgar Lane
- Sydney Street above the shops
- Junction boxes painted by Cassette Lord are a regular sight in Brighton
- Parrot mural on Gloucester Road, corner of Vine Street
- Corner opposite The Basketmakers on Gloucester Road & Cheltenham Place
Committed to providing natural and ethically sourced goods. This cooperative democratically run by its workers is one of the UK’s leading wholesale distributors of organic and natural vegetarian and vegan foods, cosmetics and household items and a valued shop by Brighton & Hove residents.
Don’t conform! Literally stand in different shoes and be apart from the crowd with these fun, funky and irregular designs. A great independent shop for footwear, apparel and accessories in Brighton’s North Laine. Have your Cinderella moment!
An array of organic children’s wear from baby bodies, dribble bibs and knot hats to sleepsuits, dungarees and party dresses. They make thoughtful and chain free gifts for that special little someone. In timeless designs these can be worn again and again.
A range of traditional Italian artisan ice creams and sorbetto with a modern twist. Made fresh each day, along with freshly made waffles and crepes, homemade cakes, brownies and desserts. With another shop on Brighton beach as well as here in the North Laine they’ve got you covered.
Lose yourself in the rails of this outpost in Brighton’s North Laine stocked with over 10,000 unique pieces of 20th century fashion. From their own label of upcycled materials saved from destination landfill to vintage gems, there is something for everyone for a unique and sustainable lifestyle.