10 hidden gems in Brighton from coffee to cocktails

Brighton and Hove, a city on the south coast of England is a mecca for anyone looking for alternative, indie and fun things to do and see. It’s a melting pot of creativity, innovation and a vibrant hospitality and music scene.

As someone that has a passion for independent businesses, and values the importance of supporting a local, Brighton is a brilliant example of a community with a thriving local economy.

A few weeks ago I took a trip to Brighton for a long weekend, discovering new-to-me indies and some old favourites too. I love the original mix of independent businesses in Brighton, and how each area has it’s own vibe and character, defined by the businesses, and communities within them. From North Laine to London Road Market and Kemp Town to Hove, there is a rich diversity that makes Brighton unique and always exciting to visit.

So, if you’re thinking of making a trip to Brighton for a long weekend, a day trip from London or a UK seaside getaway, these are my top 10 favourite independent shops, restaurants, hidden gems and things to do your next trip to the city. Discover secret Brighton on your next visit.


Is a gorgeous shop in North Laine filled with vintage clothing, jewellery, home wares, accessories and gifts. It’s a collaborative venture and a great place to pick up something quirky and original.

Flock Brighton

Gunns Florist

This gorgeous florist has three shops in Brighton and Hove but check out its shop on Sydney Street in North Laine when checking out the brilliant selection of indies and hidden gems in this neighbourhood.

Gunns florist Brighton

Vine Street Tap + Bottle

This super small tap and bottle shop is a great place to stop for a drink after mooching through North Laine. They have a fridge stocked with a great selection of craft beer including lots of alcohol-free options, and also have natural wines and cocktails.

Vine Street taproom Brighton

La Choza

Another North Laine hidden gem, La Choza is a glorious celebration of Mexican street food brimming with colour and Mexican treasures, think Frieda Kahlo on acid. Lots of great veggie options and an exciting selection of Tequila and Mezcal. Just turn up and join the virtual queue at busy times.      

La choza Brighton

L’Atelier Du Vin Wine and Cocktail Bar

This prohibition style cocktail and wine bar on the level serves awesome cocktails and has an extensive Absinthe and Pastis list. Order an Absinthe Fountain to really get into the prohibition spirit!

L'Atelier Du Vin Wine and Cocktail Bar Brighton

WOLFOX Lab – Speciality Coffee

I love the aesthetic in this coffee shop on Western Road and the coffee is delicious. They only use organic certified coffee and serve a curated selection of pastries too (try the cardamom bun). It’s a perfect place to warm up after a bracing swim in the sea!

wolfox brighton

Concorde 2

Concorde2 is an award-winning live music venue & nightclub on the seafront in Brighton, nationally recognised as one of the UK’s most forward-thinking venues and proudly an independent, family run business. It hosts an incredible line up of events from international DJs to up and coming bands.

concorde 2 brighton


This family run Mexican restaurant is so colourful and joyful with delicious authentic dishes and a great selection of products to take home too. Owner Gabriel is so warm and welcoming, and the relaxed vibe makes it a great pit stop when checking out Brighton Open Market.

casazul brighton

The Feminist Bookshop

The Feminist Bookshop on Upper North Street in Brighton is an independent bookshop and event space. It stocks a thoughtfully curated range of titles for both children and adults, and is a beautiful space to explore beautiful books.

The Feminist Bookshop brighton


A laid back taqueria with Mexican street food on Preston Street, with a great drinks menu including tequilas, mezcals & margaritas. Get there early as this is a popular one. Try out the alcohol-free margarita too, just delicious!

Halisco brighton

Have fun exploring!

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