Brighton's latest covered shopping destination..
If you haven’t been to the Open Market for a couple of years, you are in for a very big surprise. The newly reopened market in Brighton and Hove is now a thriving, bustling area crammed with a wide variety of permanent and pop up stalls. It’s part of a rejuvenation of the London Road area. London Road itself has cafes, a gym and new shops like a kitchen store to put it firmly back on the city map.
The Open Market has two main entrances: one on Marshalls Row, just off London Road and the other on Ditchling Road, just across from The Level. It’s a short walk from there into the city centre. It is also easy to get to the market by bus from any point in the city, see information about buses Here.
The roots of the market date back to the 1ate 1880s, when barrow boys started selling fruit and veg in Oxford Street. In 1926 they moved to Marshall’s Row. Permanent market stalls were created in 1938, and the market expanded in 1960. Then, in 2006, it was decided to demolish the old market and build a new, covered one, which opened in 2014. It’s owned by the Brighton Open Market Community Interest Company as a social enterprise and is managed by The Ethical Property Company.
The market has 45 permanent stalls and a market square for temporary stalls, visiting markets, community activities and entertainment. There are also 12 small workshops.
Brighton Open Market Opening Times
The core market hours are as follows:
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
*Sundays 10am – 5pm
*Not all stalls are open on Sundays and they shut earlier.
Address: Marshalls Row, Brighton, BN1 4JU
There aren’t many places where you can watch – or take part in - a lindyhop dance lesson as you buy your fruit and veg. The Open Market hosts many events, especially at weekends.
In the last few months these have included clay demonstrations, craft fairs, colouring in sessions for grown ups and paper marbling workshops.
Find out what’s coming up here http://www.brightonopenmarket.co.uk/events/
The Open Market has become an eating destination in its own right, with food and drink from many countries on offer.
You can enjoy Greek, Indian and Bangladeshi food – not to mention an English breakfast.
Don’t forget to finish off with a traditional ice cream or waffle at Mather’s. There are also often temporary stalls with unusual food. Read more Here.
Markets have been traditionally known for good quality, good value fruit and veg stalls and there are two in the market.
There’s also a fishmonger, butcher and two stalls specialising in local eggs and bacon. Locally grown food is on offer at Foodshed. Read more about the variety of the food stalls at the market Here.
You’re spoilt for choice at the Open Market in Brighton and Hove. The huge range includes modern clothes, upcycled clothing, unique T-shirts, kids’ fairy dresses and accessories.
There’s even a haberdashery so you can design and make your own. Find out more Here.
The Open Market in Brighton and Hove is also home to many artists who have studios there. Head upstairs to the concourse for handmade jewellery and art studios. Many of these run workshops where you can have a go yourself. Read more Here.
Fashion, Clothes, Accessories and Vintage shopping at the Brighton Open Market