Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Guide for Visitors to Perth Part 1 - City of Perth

For the shallow who wish to eat stuff, look at pretty things and buy shit.

If you start at Murray Street Mall and head west down Murray Street (past the intersection with William St), you will come across Tiger Tiger (great cafe), El Dorado (clothes), Miin (local clothes designer) and the Belgian Beer Cafe, which marks the intersection with King Street. Also here is Varga Girl (local labels + vintage +others). A few doors further west is form, a gallery and design store. You can quickly detour north up King St to Love in Tokyo (Fremantle designer), Zekka, Billie & Rose and Cult Status, then just around the corner to the east on Wellington St is Dilettante (local and international designer fashion with cool shop fitout). Turn south down King St (between Murray and Hay) for Subway DC, Periscope (local fashion labels) and Wasteland (upstairs above King St Cafe, with a gallery as well as clothes definitely worth the trek upstairs). Zomp Shoes has the best sale that seems to be on permanently. Ignore Louis Vuitton, Tiffany's, Bally, etc. Instead, save your money for more local stuff. Turn west (right) up Hay St until you hit a little pedestrian alley called Shafto Lane. Here you'll find the wonderful Pigeonhole (jewellery, clothes, cameras, art from locally, Korea, Scandinavia, etc) and tu, another local designer.

From Shafto Lane, head back to William Street and cross the train tracks to get to Northbridge. This site has a map with all the places to visit and the links of individual businesses. The street is full of little independent clothes and art retailers and has managed to remain free from chain stores. The local LGBT press "Out in Perth" provides these handy guides to food and shopping in Northbridge (recommended even if you're straight like me).

Right next to the Perth Train Station, visit the Art Gallery of WA, which also has an excellent store. There are weekend markets next to the Art Gallery that are admittedly a bit lame. It would be remiss of me not to mention the PICA, which has a fine gallery.

Seasonally, in the Perth Town Hall, is the Perth Upmarket, a design and craft market.

Also around the city centre is King's Park, which is probably Perth's top tourist attraction (and deservedly so) with the best views of the city skyline and river, plus the park, an Aboriginal art gallery, a design store (Aspects), places to eat, etc. Having said that, I live down the street and I probably haven't been there for over a year (must take up jogging).

1 comment:

  1. the team @ OUTinPerth give you big props! thanks for mentioning us!


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