Where to find the best places to shop in Perth
From the trendy inner-city neighbourhoods of Northbridge and Subiaco to first-class shopping malls deep within the heart of the city, Perth's reputation for shopping has come on leaps and bounds in recent years. Whether you’re a fan of limited-run pieces or some of the biggest names in fashion, finding a fit that suits every kind of style and occasion is easy when there are this many stores to choose from. From your luxury serviced apartment at Fraser Suites Perth, getting around all of the city's most happening districts is a breeze. Read on to find out which parts of town lovers of fashion and a bit of retail therapy simply have to visit.
Widely regarded as Perth's premier fashion hotspot, the King Street precinct is where you have to go when you're on the lookout for the brands that make a statement. This part of the city might have once been where you'd find metal foundries and workshops, but more than 150 years later, these centuries-old heritage buildings have been converted into some stunning shopping destinations.
Situated between Murray and Hay Streets, the West End of Perth displays the city's remarkably cosmopolitan vibe, which is combined with the area's eclectic history that can still be clearly seen today. There's also a tantalising selection of restaurants, bars and cafes dotted throughout the street that provide keen shoppers with a great chance to rest and catch their breath. From Tiffany & Co to Chanel and Louis Vuitton, wander King Street's cobbled streets and discover why this place is considered one of Perth's most unmissable landmarks.
Murray Street Mall
Intersecting with King Street, Murray Street Mall is another bustling destination that could take hours to get around with so many stores on offer. As one of only two open-air shopping malls in Perth, this pedestrian shopping mall is the complete package adding to the surrounding 900 shops that make it easy to hunt for a bargain or see yourself immersed by huge fashion names with big price tags.
Popular all year round, it's at Murray Street Mall where you'll find the massive department stores that Australians are most familiar with, such as David Jones and Myer. Meanwhile, a collection of much-loved local and international fashion houses have also set up shop here, including Zara, Country Road and Pandora. Don't forget to head into Forrest Chase to find everything you could ever need under one convenient roof.
Oxford Street, Leederville
Located four kilometres from the centre of Perth, the community of Leederville is one of the most vibrant suburbs found in the entire city. From incredible restaurants, bars and shopping boutiques, spending the day at Leederville's main drag of Oxford Street is a stellar way to experience the essence of living in Perth. Showcasing a far more laid-back atmosphere than inside the hubbub of Perth CBD, many of the businesses you'll come across have been run by local residents for years upon years.
Make your way into just about any of these boutiques and you'll undoubtedly discover a fascinating range of items, such as small-run garments, hand-crafted handbags or other surprises, such as paperback books, vinyl records and silly knick-knacks that are bound to make a great gift or souvenir. Leederville also has a delicious variety of places to eat; pay a visit to Pinchos to sample excellent tapas, while The Garden is a charming pub that's widely regarded as one of Perth's great institutions.
Subiaco is undeniably one of Perth's most interesting suburbs as it comes to life with unique street art, independent shopping boutiques and cultural experiences that make exploring the inner city area awesome. Over the last few years, the suburb's reputation as a shopping destination has continued to grow, with it now featuring a host of upmarket places to stock up on jewellery, clothing and homewares.
Having successfully reinvented itself as a part of the city where you can shop for the finer things in life, head along to browse a wealth of high fashion labels before rounding out your day with a drink at one of the lively alfresco restaurants or bars. There are a lot of streets to cover, but you'll find a great selection of stores running along Hay Street and Rokeby Road. And if you get the chance, catch a live musical or production at the wonderful art deco Regal Theatre.
Central to Perth's creative scene, Northbridge is where you're likely going to find the coolest shops in town. From vintage clothing to one-off independent shopping stores, if you'd like to score yourself something unique then this is the place to visit. The most popular street to visit is William Street, which features some top-notch cafes and restaurants, while there are loads of stores to dip into as well. Bursting with personality and hipness, some of the best Northbridge shops to visit include Planet Books, Ware on William and the minimalist homewares store Eillo. When you've worn yourself out, head down to nearby James and Luke Streets to find an incredible choice of restaurants that offer sensational cuisine ranging from Asian to Italian and Mexican.