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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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.