This week, you can earn double rewards points on all Wriggles in Brighton's North Laine.

The North Laine is best known for its high concentration of quirky shops but for our purposes, it's all about the food and drink. Dozens of independent bars and eateries do a roaring trade from passing tourists and the local cognoscenti; everything from goody two-shoes vegan bites to the sloppiest dirty burgers ever to squirt special sauce down your shirt. 

To encourage you to get you out there and start exploring, we're offering you lucky lot double rewards points on all Wriggles in the area. Check out our top picks and suggestions for the very best of the North Laine. Happy Wriggling! 

Down on Brighton’s Trafalgar Street, you’ll find a peculiar little store stocking everything from chocolate frogs to magical wands. Yes, that’s right, grab your things because you’ve just been invited to Oliver's Brighton - award-winning wizarding shop in the North Laine. If you like everything magic-related , this really will be a treasure trove for you. You can examine broomsticks, marvel at the collection of 80+ wands, and pick yourself up some tasty confectionary, beware the vomit flavoured Bertie Botts though. Totally unique, it’s a must-visit shop for any Brighton visit. For the animal lovers amongst you, there are also regular visits from Oliver's pet bunny, Luna Lepor.

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Wholesome salads, Small Batch coffee, daily-changing hot and cold specials, quality breakfasts and freshly made sandwiches await you at this gem of a café on Trafalgar Street. Grab a seat and watch the people go by as you enjoy wonderful home cooked food. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting pop-ups in the future too, with a great space tucked away downstairs (which is currently home to cereal innovators- Brighton Cereal Cafe).

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The very first of its kind in the city, the Brighton Cereal Cafe sort of does what it says on its colourful, quirky tin: serves up fantastical cereal from across the pond and beyond to Brightonians of all shapes and sizes. We don't want to spoil all the surprises that are in store for you, so we'll say only this: expect crazy combinations and whacky flavours, a funky atmosphere, and plenty of tasty treats. Drawing on the tables and walls is encouraged and there's plenty of lego to play around with, adding to the nostalgia. Oh, and don't miss out on the cereal-infused ice cream!

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Tlaloc is a new Mexican Restaurant, who are skipping all the stereotypes of the Mexican food. No Sombreros and burritos allowed! Taking their tacos to the next level, cooking everything from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. The entire​ menu is Gluten wise and all our veggie options are also vegan.

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The summer of 2018 saw Bison Beer open it's third site in Brighton’s famous North Laine, partnering up with Humble Plates to put on a bar, kitchen and hideout operation that truly has something for everyone. Humble Plates Head Chef, Dan Cotton (trained at nearby neighbours, Chilli Pickle, before leading the kitchen at the Crabtree gastropub for three years), aims to execute an exciting yet accessible offering of snacks, small plates and sharing options, many of which will be sourced from local suppliers.‬‬ The new crafthouse stocks Bison's usual work-class selection beers from all around the globe, and their own fresh brews too. If you don’t know your stouts from your IPA’s then fear not, they’re a really friendly bunch and will point you in the right direction.

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Just like this cracking tavern’s frothy namesake, when it comes to the Fountain Head we can’t stop gushing. A well-proportioned town centre boozer with a solid selection of local beer on tap and a quietly ecumenical flavour to the decor. Plus board games, books and a dog friendly vibe. It might not have outside space, but it does have big windows and is south-facing. Staff are always up for a chat. There’s couches, and tables of all sizes. As for food, the Sunday roast is justly lauded, but the scotch eggs are also a bit special, alongside your standard complement of burgers and smaller sides. Triple cooked chips, too. Whet your appetite yet?

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Step inside Bus Stop and prepare to be transported straight to the sunny shores of Barbados, via Brighton's very own North Road. Bus Stop is the brain child of the wonderful Dominique, Bus Stop, who lived in Barbados for several years, running a bar and restaurant called Mojo that focussed on bringing people together through great food, music and atmosphere. Here, Dominique met her best friend and would-be partner, Danny, and the pair soon moved back to Brighton to set up Bus Stop. At Bus Stop, you should expect a warmth and hospitality that'll make you feel like you're at your best mate's mum's house. With the friendliest welcome in town, some simply stunning cocktails and hearty, cosy soul food on the menu – this is a place to relax, unwind, and be with your very favourite people. Meet you at the Bus Stop.

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Hells Kitchen is a deli with a difference. Since opening in 1951, this New York-style eatery has been delighting Brightonians with its huge array of “saintly salads” and “mean munches”. There’s no such thing as a small portion at this deli. Go for the seven deadly sins of sandwiches and you’ll be full all day - a particular delight being the Sloth, which is a bacon, peppered-tomato, avocado, rocket and pesto filling in a choice of homemade breads. For a larger lunch the Mac & Cheese is a must - covered in a decadently cheesy sauce and accompanied by a delicious fresh salad. With food like this, it’s no wonder they’ve been around for over six decades!

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On the corner of Church Street and Portland Street sits The Coffee Counter, a hotspot for coffee lovers and toastie fanatics. First establishing themselves as real coffee artistes, owners Hayden and Steve expanded their offerings to the tempting veggie and vegan-friendly menu you’ll find there today. Inside this cosy joint you’ll find hand written chalk boards and local artists work adorning the walls, making it a great spot to go and relax with a cuppa and a snack. Their uber friendly team serve an amazing range of tasty brekkies, catering for carnivores or herbivores alike. For lunches we’d recommend the Reuben Toastie (Meaty or Vegan)... it's dang delicious!

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Harry’s innovation has been to develop a range of artisan sausages made in small batches, to be renowned for their premium quality, big, new flavour combinations, high protein and low-fat content. This is a culmination of almost 100 years of sausage-making success. Now, Harry’s have brought the traditional recipe into the 21st century by adding new natural flavours and taking out the gluten. After five generations of sausage making, it was time to be more adventurous, experiment and make things even tastier!

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We love PAELLA. And we love STREET FOOD. What do you get when you cross fantastic paella with a street food revolution? ... Nick & Yana's Crocus Paella, that's what! These guys cook everything from scratch and use local produce where possible. The Paella is made from great ingredients, has no artificial colours or flavours & all paella is gluten free. What's the secret? Excellent quality saffron! a.k.a. Crocus Sativus. As proud members of street food collective, Street Diner, (Brighton's hottest weekly Street Food Market) you can find them at Brighthelm Garden, Queens Road on Fridays. Look no further for private catering for parties, corporate events, weddings and festivals around East & West Sussex.​

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Get Sum is a Brighton based street food and catering company, producing Asian fusion style dim sum, stir frys, salads, spring rolls, you name it! They only use local produce from Sussex, and organic where possible, and are committed to bringing tastes and flavours not tried before.

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An independent deli café-come-restaurant, Lavash are dishing up the tastiest, freshest wraps we’ve gobbled up in a long, long time. Packed full of locally, sustainably sourced ingredients which are prepared to traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern street food methods, these bad boys are seriously tasty. Everything is homemade – from the fresh, light lavash flatbreads to the punch-packing sauces and dips and the vibrant fillings. Lavash is the perfect spot for grabbing a casual bite to eat with your closest pals – enjoy your wraps with a properly tasty craft beer, or why not go all out with a bottle of wine? The vibe at Lavash is chilled out and relaxed, but the service is second-to-none, making it a truly lovely place to spend time.

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Young downtown boho spot with soft lighting, cracking small-plate dining and a lovely big bar to prop up and chat with staff over. What more could you want? Breakfast? Cool, how does ‘local butcher’s sausage, poached eggs, white pudding (divine), roasted vine tomatoes, crispy bacon, mushrooms and sourdough’ sound. Tunes? The playlist (one indie, some oldies, select electronica later on) is curated by owner, local DJ and producer Tim Healey. Art? Bespoke pieces dominate the capacious back room. And there’s burgers, plus Mediterranean and even indian options to fill your face. It’s ace.

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Apparently, one in every five startup ideas are conceived on holiday. This rang true for John, founder of Eten + Drinken. The eureka moment for a Dutch corner caf struck him when visiting family in the Netherlands. So you can't say it wasn't born out of authenticity. These guys are really into their coffee, serving premium dark bar (dubbed PDB), it's a blend of central American arabica and robusta beans. Try one of the delicious Dutch sandwiches, brunch bites, cakes or Dutch specialties such as Kroketten and Bitterballen. Wholesome, authentic Dutch grub. There's a lot to be said for a friendly face in the morning, and service with a smile, and you won't be let down at The North Laine’s newest addition.

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Once a week, like a mythical, magical unicorn passing through, Souvlucky pop up at a Saturday market in the North Laine. From their market stall there, Souvlucky cook up heavenly, Greek street food style dishes that are packed with the sunshine-filled flavours of the mediterranean. It's moreish, vibrant and flavour-packed food that you'll simply love eating – there's nothing pretentious whatsoever, just bloody lovely food. The Souvlucky gang take inspiration from the classic, bold flavours of Greek cookery, but add their own innovative, creative twists to the dishes they concoct. Catch them at North Laine this Saturday and find out what all the fuss is about!

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Delicious sandwiches, toasties and breakfast bites await you down at Larder on Gardner Street. Now totally vegan, the only problem you'll have here is picking which plant based delight to indulge in! Toasted sandwiches, classic jackets and buddha bowls are all available to eat in or take away. Try a freshly made smoothie, made right in front of you or grab a hot drink and sit outside the front of the shop, watching the people of Brighton go by.

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When it comes to fast food, vegetarians and vegans tend to get a bit of a raw deal. Fortunately, FilFil brings delicious, easy cuisine from the Middle East to our doorstep, sitting right in the heart of the North Laine. Owner Amal grew up in Palestine and uses a traditional Israeli recipe handed down through generations for the falafel that dominates the menu - celebrating the best quick meals the Levant has to offer. Expect more hummus than you can handle, more than enough falafel to fill you up and boundless baba ghanoush and baklava. Drop in on a weekend stroll through town, or refuel after a busy day out shopping – you’ll be more than welcome.

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From the same duo that brought you mouthwatering cuban sandwiches at Idle Hands, and moreish tacos at Marwoods, the Wolfsmouth team are now taking over the kitchen at Dead Wax Social to bring you sensational Brooklyn-style pizzas. Get a load of this, 12’ sourdough bases topped with unreal ingredients such as clams, napoli salami, and figs. Our favourite is the Prosciutto with a white base, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, spinach, prosciutto toscana, peach and white balsamic. Vegan cheese is also available as a substitute or addition to any of these devilishly good little pizzas. You will most definitely want to try a pizza this place.

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Published -29th October 2018