Last Saturday the 19th of July, Brighton’s Open Market on London Road reopened. Host to 45 traders with their own units and many smaller stalls, the space has a strong focus on local producers and ethical products. A food-hipster’s Churchill Square, the ironically named Open Market (it is the only closed roof market space in Brighton) looks set to be the go-to place for anything considered artisan.
Offering furniture made from recycled goods (Shaboutique), local cheeses (Jason’s Egg Shop), and of course artisan bread (Real Patisserie), artisan coffee (The Flying Saucer), artisan meat (Mari’s Deli) and even artisan vinegar (Pacta Now), the Open Market can almost be viewed as an experiment in independent produce – how many artisan products can we fit under one roof?
Notable units include The Chilli Shop, who offer samples of their incredibly hot sauces (be careful!), Smorl’s Houmous Falafel and Salad Bar (no bespoké market could be complete without the urban vegetarian’s favourite snack), and Pear Shaped Apparel’s new store, which would fit in perfectly amongst Bond Street’s range of independent clothing outlets.
Shoppers were accompanied on the opening day by the sounds of a street band, with Brighton Lindy Hoppers providing the visual entertainment as people meandered through the plethora of small market stalls selling bespoke and exquisite items.
The market is also home to several cafés, many of which were offering fry-ups for under £4 – perhaps you should pay a visit to Brighton’s historic Open Market next time you’re hungover, in order to soak up some artisan, locally produced vibes.