• Your first stop should be North Laine, with over 400 independent shops, cafes and entertainment venues. This area is vibrant all year round. In the summer, hordes of people sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere, food and drink. Music fills the air, street performers make us laugh and we do exactly the same in the freezing winter, just with blankets and outdoor heaters.

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  • While in North Laine, guys need to visit Gresham Blake for tailored, bespoke suits and a colourfully bold off-the-peg range. If it's an alternative Savile Row you're looking for, then this is it.

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  • Jaba Yard is your next stop for women and children's clothing made from natural fabrics. This is very Brighton. I love that it is a family-run business and much of the photography is shot in the city, using the vibrant street art as backdrops.

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  • In Hove, i gigi is a cafe above an interiors store with a further clothing shop a few doors down. The style is bohemian, gentle, classy, neutral. As soon as you walk in, you will instantly begin to mentally rack up a shopping list as long as your arm, since both stores are heaven for the design-conscious. The food and coffee are also brilliant.

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  • Further up, Velvet stocks a range of playful interior goods, fashion and gifts. I never fail to find something I need or that makes me laugh out loud. While you're this end of the city, visit cheese specialist La Cave a Fromage for a munch and Brighton Body Casting for a unique gift. They create sculpture casts directly from any part of your or your loved one's body!

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  • The Lanes is another famous area of Brighton. There is an abundance of independent boutiques set amid the winding cobbles, but one of my favourites is Creased Cards. People go in just to laugh at the rude, lewd and hilarious greeting cards. Also in this area are She Said lingerie boutique for some ooh-la-la style and many exquisite jewellers.

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  • Magazine Brighton is a relatively new independent magazine store. It only stocks independent magazines and has around 200 titles at any one time, plus a global database of other titles that can be ordered in on demand. This simply stunning store has something for everyone.

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  • Charlie’s Sweet Emporium is a classic sweet shop that makes you feel as though you've stepped back in time as you walk through the door. Stocking retro sweets from your childhood to US goodies and the famous Brighton rock, this is one yummy must-go.

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  • Independent breweries also succeed better than corporates in Brighton. Just take East Street Tap and Bison Beer Crafthouse as two shining examples. Bison Beer was up against a well-known fast-food retailer in a bid for the seafront premises. The people of Brighton got together to sign a petition to prevent the chain opening and to ensure the independent did instead!

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