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Discover Kemptown, Brighton: Independent shops, Lunch and Booze

There's so much to discover in Kemptown, Brighton that I thought it a good idea to share my suggestions in a series of posts. This Friday, it's time to share some great independent shops for a browse, as well as some spots to stop off for food and booze. There are also some more great lunch spots in last Friday's post, under the heading Coffee and Cake.

Inside of glass door with opening hours on it, Marmalade Kemptown

Kemptown Hidden Gems for Shopping

As well as providing a selection of antique, vintage and charity shops, there other shops worth taking a look in. Head up to St George's Road for these shops:

Kemptown Bookshop: Under new ownership, this bookshop has been impressing visitors with free talks by writers, a cozy upstairs café, intriguing events, such as the very early-morning writers gathering and of course a carefully curated collection of books, prints and cards too.

Address: Kemptown Bookshop, 91 St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 1EE
Opening Hours: 9am – 5:30pm

Kerfuffle Card Shop: Forget standard card selections, discover instead an assortment of cards from independent artists, small print runs, and unusual cards, including one with a message from a certain former world leader. To give you a clue, it’s a strong message, very strong. With good words.

Address: Kerfuffle, 14 St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 1EB
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm

Bell and Fox: This is a wonderful shop for the females in your life, with good quality candles perfect for gifting, necklaces, bags and stylish clothes. For an extra touch, they will print your handwriting on an item of clothing, to create a truly special present. I did this for my sis, and we both loved the results.

Address: Bell and Fox, 19 St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 1EB
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 3pm

Close up of grey t-shirt from Bell and Fox, Brighton with bespoke gold print

Kemptown Lunch and Booze

For a midday break, please also take a look at the Coffee and Cake options in my previous post, because they are all good lunch places. However, there are some more places to add to the list:

The Kemp pub: Formerly known as the Polar East, The Kemp has undergone a transformation, making it a refined venue for a delightful Sunday lunch. Prices start at £16, and you can indulge in a mouthwatering Beef striploin for £20.

Address: The Kemp, 8 St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 1EB
Opening Hours: 12 – 11 pm

Bison Beer Beach Bar: If you'd rather a burger and booze, the recently opened Bison Beer on the beach offers craft beers and a rooftop terrace with uninterrupted sea views. Order a slamburger and fries for a tenner on Fridays from 12pm to 3pm and sit indoors if it's raining or blowing a gale.

Address: Bison Beer Beach Bar at Sea Lanes, 300 Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1BX
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm

The Hand in Hand: This bold yellow pub and microbrewery, located right beside the flea market, is a cosy and atmospheric spot. It's quite small inside, so customers tend to spill out onto the street. While you queue for a tipple be sure to look up and admire the interesting pictures on the ceiling.

Address: 33 Upper St James's Street, Kemptown, BN2 1JN

Black Dove: Serving late night beers and cocktails, this is bar offers dark and gothic chic on the ground floor, lower ground and street tables. It's a popular choice and has a real buzz about it.
Address: 74 St James's St, Kemptown, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 1PA
Opening Hours: 2pm – 12 pm

Come back next Friday, when I share some fun Outdoor Activities in Kemptown not to be missed.

What hidden gems have I missed? Let me know your favourite discoveries and what made your trip unforgettable.

Please note: the opening times are just a guide to normal working hours for each business listed, click on the links provided for up to date information
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