The classic shopping spree in the CBD
9am - Beat the crowds with an early coffee at Lowdown Espresso Bar in Cloisters Arcade, before exploring little laneways like Trinity Arcade and the nearby David Jones and MECCA Cosmetica for some bespoke perfumes and the best cosmetics money can buy.
12pm - It’s lunchtime, and you’re probably all shopped out and ready for a sit down. There’s plenty of incredible options for lunch around the CBD, some highlights include Jaws Sushi if you’re after something fast, Lalla Rookh for authentic handmade Italian pasta and a glass of Vino, or Petition Kitchen for a European bistro-style silver wear affair.
1pm - Now that you’re well fueled, you’ll have plenty of energy to mosey back to pick up any items you may have put on hold. If you weren’t successful, then we’ve saved the best for last; Enex. It’s filled with all your big brands, from Veronika Maine, Pigeonhole and Mimco for jewelry and handbags, Aesop for skincare and kikki.K for stationary. If you need anything altered, there’s a Looksmart Alterations at your disposal and even a massage spot if the shopping spree was all too much.
Perth’s best gift shopping
9am - If you’re gift shopping, there’s no more luxurious and enjoyable spot in Perth to do it than The State Buildings. Decked out with multiple levels of florals, wine, chocolate, you name it — it’s the complete no-brainer spot to find a quality gift. Treat your loved ones to the most delectable handmade chocolate in town, from 20-year chocolatier veteran Sue Lewis, or try before you buy a bottle of quality wine from Petition Wine Bar & Merchant. You can also find high quality but affordable sunglasses from Bailey Nelson, flowers from Fox & Rabbit and the famous Honeycake.
12pm – It’d be a waste to make a trip to The State Buildings without at least stopping at one of their many incredible restaurants for lunch. For an upscale Thai taste-explosion, there’s Long Chim, the Treasury Lounge and Bar for a novel high tea experience and to explore the indigenous six seasons, there’s a degustation on the rooftop at Wildflower.
1pm – If you’ve not already got your hands filled with shopping bags, that’s not to worry. The Treasury is also home to Como Shambala, a kind of wellness Shangri-La where you can treat your loved one to the most luxurious massage or spa experience available in Perth. If they’re more of a foody person, there’s plenty of events to gift them tickets too as well from Whiskey Jazz Wednesdays, to Thai Cooking classes at Long Chim.
Vintage shopping on William Street
9am – For an open-air shopping experience where vintage and local designer is the focus, William Street is the place to go. There’s vintage gems like Fi & Co to find great denim and corduroy pants and jackets, along with Retro Vinnies for those that don’t mind digging through the racks to find that gem.
12pm – For lunch, William Street is brimming with options, for middle-eastern there’s The Hummus Club, and for the best ramen and bao, there’s Lucky Chans. Shadow Wine Bar is the spot if you’re after a slightly more refined European dining experience and La Cholita’s is the place for a Mexican themed feed.
1pm – After refueling, it’s time to explore the rest of William Street. This time it might be worth checking out boutiques like Periscope, who sell a unique mix of local and international designer clothes (with brands like Humidity, Five Units and Akin by Ginger and Smart), so you can find something that no one else has. Explore the racks of Ruck Rover to find playful vintage dresses covered in banana prints, cute cardigans and handmade brooches by Georgia Perry. If you’re tired of looking at clothing, there’s really no going past the innovative Chicho Gelato for some ‘new wave’ ice cream in unexpected and forever changing flavours like Cheezles, or Aperol spritz. Right next door, Planet Books will let you browse their shelves with ice cream in hand.
Discount shopping and a long lunch
9am – Last but not least, there’s the reason most shoppers would hit up West Perth; Watertown. Find everything from discount Calvin Klein underwear, Lorna Jane and Converse — all at a discount price.
12pm – If you’re still mid shopping spree, there’s plenty of spots around Watertown to stop off for lunch. There’s Shimizu Japanese for sushi, The Coffee Club for a caffeine fuel stop and Jester Jaffle Pies if you feel like treating yourself. If you’re all finished at Watertown though, we suggest heading just five minutes down the road to Gordon Street Garage, a hidden West Perth gem that promises a brilliant coffee and a delicious lunch menu that’s both traditional and adventurous; from your classic tagliatelle with tiger prawns, to buttermilk fried chicken with flatbread and pickled papaya.