The Best Food and Farmers' Markets in Brighton

Grocer and Grain
Grocer and Grain | ©Simon/Flickr
Amy Holtz

With the Green Party’s only MP, Caroline Lucas, calling Brighton home, it’s no wonder that markets here care about sourcing and providing sustainable, fresh and local food – catering to the city’s many vegan and vegetarian residents. These pioneering shops and markets are among the best loved for a guilt-free, ‘Brightonian’ shopping experience. Here are the best food and farmers’ markets you’ll find in Brighton today.

1. Grocer and Grain

Grocery Store, European

Grocer and Grain
Just beyond Brighton Station, Grocer and Grain is a sweet, cheerful farm shop in the middle of the city. Commuters are often seen dropping in for a selection of seasonal buds for their partners on the way home, along with a sourdough loaf and Sussex tomatoes for dinner. There’s also space to linger outside with a macchiato and a slice of vegan blueberry and chia cake when the sun is high.

Infinity Foods & Bakery

Born in 1971, Infinity is a Brighton institution, now occupying prime real estate in the North Laine. 100% vegetarian, the store’s ethos revolves around freshness and fairness, priding itself on being an organisation run democratically by its workers. Largely organic produce and extensive ranges of vegan and ethically-sourced dry goods, you won’t see a larger tea collection anywhere in town.

Infinity Foods & Bakery, 25 North Road, Brighton

2. YumYum Oriental Market

Market, Asian

This rabbit warren of a shop is filled to the brim with imported Asian foodstuffs like tofu and miso and, for purists, authentic cooking accessories to ensure the ingredients are effectively used. It feels a bit like a secret club, and customers here are loyal – most likely because there’s an entire aisle dedicated to instant noodles; something for every occasion.

3. Taj the Grocer

Hove is packed full of delightful delicatessens, but none gives greater pleasure than a wander through the scented aisles of Taj. If you can make it past the acres of fresh, vibrant produce and tonnes of marinated olives that beckon visitors from Western Road, a cavern of worldwide foodie treasures await.

Taj the Grocer, 95 Western Road, Brighton

4. hiSbe

Just off of bustling London Road, the goal of this revolutionising social enterprise is to put the needs of consumers, suppliers and employees – who are paid a living wage – first. Seasonal, locally and sustainably-sourced produce and meats, planet-friendly cleaning supplies, bread from Brighton and Hove bakers – the hiSbe shopping experience truly lives up to its acronym: ‘how it Should be’.

hiSbe, 20-21 York Place, Brighton

Florence Road Market

A market for the people, by the people; Florence Road Market is a project of One Church Brighton, an organisation focused on building stronger, more supportive relationships within the community. Excellence is everywhere in the courtyard of One Church, just south of Preston Park – from the daily catch to handmade treats and artisanal cheeses. Open each Saturday from 9.30am-1.30pm for a weekly infusion of freshness and quality.

Florence Road Market, Florence Road, Brighton

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