The convenience of shopping online from the comfort of your couch is great, but nothing beats a day of good old bricks n’ mortar browsing. Read on for my favourite spots to shop in Perth…
Shakuhachi top | House of Cards skirt | Nine West heels | Zara clutch | Neck Scarf from Ebay | Le Specs Thunderdome sunglasses
Photos: Ryan Ammon
SHOP THE LOOK NOW
Nothing passes the time like a good, long, scroll-and-purchase session at all of your favourite online stores. The ability to shop from anywhere at any time is a marvel of the modern world. What ever did we do without e-commerce?
Sure, the convenience and range of online shopping might be unparalleled, but the feeling of strolling through a shopping precinct and walking out with your new purchases in hand could never be replicated. Although online shopping is in exponential growth, and bricks and mortar is unfortunately in decline. In saying that, the altogether death of bricks and mortar will never occur.
Imagine a world without shop fronts… it just couldn’t, and wouldn’t, happen!
In a time and industry where we are so heavily focussed on the online world, I wanted to share some of my favourite streets to shop in Perth. The good old brick and mortar shop fronts. From luxury stores to quirky boutiques, these shopping hot spots are a must visit for Perth locals and tourists alike!
King St, Perth City
King St is where all of our luxury stores live. From Chanel to Miu Miu; Tiffany’s to Kailis Pearls, King St is packed to the brim with drool worthy clothing, jewellery and accessories. Weaving in and out of these stores is either going to give your bank accounts a good work out, or leave you with a seriously long lust list. Cross over to the north end of King St and you leave the big-name luxury boutiques behind for edgy, high-end, city boutiques. Highs and Lows, McKilroy and Khirzad service the men, and CultStatus, Zomp and Alpha60 the women.
Oxford St, Leederville
As soon as you come off the walk bridge from the Leederville train station, you hit prime Leederville shopping. Dotted between some great cafes, restaurants and bars are some of Perth’s best boutiques. Atlas Divine is a Perth institution (and a stockist of House of Cards) that is absolutely packed with quirky clothing from established brands, and up and comers. Just up the road is another Perth institution – Varga Girl – and Harry and Gretel, Elroy and Remedy. There are so many fantastic Australian and international labels on show that you would be hard pressed to not find something you loved.
Bayview Terrace and St Quentin Ave, Claremont
There are some amazing stores in the Claremont Quarter complex, but we can’t forget the fantastic boutiques that sit on the fringe either! The hook shaped roads (Bayview turns into St Quentin) that run around the outside of CQ are home to Perlu (where I got this amazing dress), Ricarda and another Zomp store. Just around the bend is Elle Et Lui Shoes (who you would have seen featured here and here), Marie Claire Shoes, Zimmermann, Brownies and Manning Cartell. There is SO much to shop in Claremont, you could easily spend a whole day here!
William St, Northbridge
This one is for the lovers of eclecticism and originality. Northbridge may be known for it’s hospitality scene, but there are also some amazing clothing and gift stores around too! The first time I stopped in at Eillo I almost walked away with the entire shop full of homewares. Naturally, I always find a great Perth designer piece at Merge Clothing too. Further up the street you can find Generics Apothecary, Ollie and Sons, Periscope and The Butcher Shop… and that is just the start!
If you live in Perth – or are visiting in the near future – I would love to hear where you went shopping recently. Supporting the physical shop fronts is so important!