Perth shopping equals retail heaven!
Whether you're into a good rummage at the markets or a designer label shopping spree, you'll find it here with everything in between. We'll point you to the largest shopping centres in Perth, smaller precincts lined with the weird and wonderful, and some new retail experiences you need to know about. There are plenty of bars and cafes to refresh yourself and rest your weary feet too.
Among the new developments, an emerging shopping centre in Perth CBD will soon add to the city's laneways, arcades and famous malls, a new designer outlet centre has recently opened near the airport, and several of Perth's vast malls are being refurbished and expanded.
For a more boutique experience, favourite Perth shopping enclaves like Mount Lawley, Claremont and Fremantle markets each has its own vibe. Wander the street-front shops and browse the indoor markets for gifts, artworks, beachwear, boutique clothing, vintage treasures and antiques, with stops for coffee or lunch at one of many excellent cafes.
Perth Malls & Laneways
If you're visiting Perth for the first time, start your retail adventure in the city centre, and take in some of the sights too. It's an easy walk from the CBD malls to Perth Cultural Centre, Cathedral Square and the Supreme Court Gardens - all worth a meander.
Perth's famous Hay Street Mall, Murray Street Mall and Forrest Chase, within a short stroll of Perth Station, are wide outdoor pedestrian strips with a market square feel.
These Perth City shopping areas house everything from department stores to winding arcades leading off like little Aladdin's caves. The quaint Tudor-style London Court, which leads down to St Georges Terrace, and the hidden laneways of Trinity Arcade have an 'olde worlde' vibe that will remind you of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley.
You'll find plenty of gifts to take home in these delightful Perth shopping arcades, such as Aboriginal art, didgeridoos, souvenirs or Australia's sought-after pearl, diamond and opal jewellery. Costello's Jewellery in London Court specialises in Australian opals, Argyle diamonds and South Sea pearls. Overseas visitors can enjoy tax-free shopping here on its stunning range of jewellery, custom-made pieces and loose stones.
In Piccadilly Plaza, another worthwhile Perth City shopping arcade, look for Quilpie Opals, an established family business selling Australia's national gemstone made up into a range of fabulous jewellery. The store offers tax-free options for overseas visitors, and provides a certificate of authenticity and value with your purchase.
If art is more to your taste, head to the nearby Perth Cultural Centre, just across the railway line. There's a great gift shop inside the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts is always fascinating to explore.
A Perth City shopping centre to watch is Raine Square, a new development on William Street, opposite Jamie's Italian. Already offering entertainment, with a new cinema and restaurants, retail outlets will be opening their doors soon.
King Street Chic
Head upmarket to King Street, a shopping centre in Perth's 'West End', famous for world class fashion labels like Chanel, Gucci, Tiffany, Hugo Boss, Longchamp, Burberry, Armani and Prada. Even if these gorgeous items are out of your price bracket, you'll have a fabulous time window-shopping through an area that oozes character. Imagine you're in London as you stroll along King Street, lined with 19th century buildings, and enjoy hunting the back alleys for cafes and street art.
This classy Perth City shopping area is the place for breathtaking jewellery too, created from WA pink diamonds, South Sea pearls, Australian opals and Kalgoorlie gold. Don't miss Kailis Pearls, hailed as one of the world's most desirable outlets for South Sea pearl jewellery. There's an Apple store too for designer tech.
Before you call it a day, explore the nearby Wesley Quarter, a courtyard style shopping centre behind Wesley Church, filled with designer stores for quality luggage, shoes, bags, jewellery and clothing.
Friday is the day for late night shopping in Perth city.
Best Boutique Shopping
Less famous among visitors but very well known to locals are the shopping precincts of Mount Lawley, Leederville, Subiaco, Claremont and Fremantle. These Perth shopping areas are spread in a curve from Mount Lawley to the north of the CBD around to the west and down along the coast to Perth's port city at the mouth of the Swan River.
Mount Lawley, Leederville and Subiaco are popular suburbs with heritage homes, addictive shops, excellent cafes and great bars and restaurants. So make a day of it and follow your nose around the streets!
Mount Lawley's main strip, Beaufort Street, has a number of well known and more unusual stores selling clothing, homewares, gifts, books and more.
Leederville is one of Perth's shopping destinations of choice for more edgy vintage and fashion outlets, plus some chic surprises, such as Varga Girl and Hunter Store for clothing, shoes and bags. Urban Depot and Black Plastic are great for quirky gifts and homewares.
Subiaco keeps on reinventing itself with new stores and bars, maintaining its place as one of the key shopping centres in Perth's western suburbs. This is a good place to browse for high street fashion labels and end the day with a glass of wine alfresco.
Pearl hunters should head to Willie Creek Pearls in Subiaco for South Sea pearls from the famous Broome pearl farm, along with a range of Tahitian and Freshwater pearls. Willie Creek also has a purpose built centre in Elizabeth Quay, which includes a pearl harvest area, where you can learn more about how pearls are grown and harvested.
Hard to beat for an all-round Perth shopping experience is Claremont. Boutique shops and cafes line St Quentin Avenue and pedestrian-friendly Bayview Terrace, which run around the edge of Claremont Quarter mall, a 'go to' for the more affordable quality designer label stores (see 'All Under One Roof' below).
Claremont and Subiaco are right on the train line, and Claremont Quarter has free three-hour parking.
A Perth shopping spree wouldn't be complete without venturing down to Fremantle, also easily accessed by train. The heritage port city is known for its art galleries and shops nestled in quaint streets, cafes and bars lining the 'cappuccino strip', and seafood restaurants overlooking Fishing Boat Harbour. Go at the weekend (Fridays to Sundays) to explore Fremantle Markets and E-Shed Markets, packed with food, arts and crafts, antiques, vintage and new clothing.
Late night shopping in Perth's suburbs is on Thursdays, and Fremantle is open late on Fridays.
All Under One Roof
When the heat is on, Perth's air conditioned shopping malls will keep you cool and entertained! These vast retail cathedrals are dotted all round Perth metro, many of them recently or about to be refurbished.
All these Perth shopping malls have a very wide range of outlets, from cute little gift shops right up to comprehensive department stores. There's so much choice, you're bound to find exactly what you want while shopping in air-conditioned comfort, and there are always food courts and cafes tempting you to take the weight off your feet.
Recently expanded is Lakeside Joondalup, an easy 30km train ride north of Perth CBD, and the largest shopping centre in Perth's northernmost city. Joondalup is an attractive town with some great restaurants and bars, as well as some pretty walks around the lake.
Nearer to Perth is Karrinyup Shopping Centre in the northern suburbs, situated within a few minutes of the beach. The vast, airy feel of this fabulous mall makes for a very pleasant shopping trip, with every store you could possibly want, including souvenirs and the best department stores.
Take a 15 minute drive to Sorrento Quay on Hillarys Boat Harbour afterwards to stroll around the boardwalk shops and spend the evening at a restaurant overlooking the harbour. There's another Willie Creek Pearls outlet here too.
Claremont Quarter is a slightly upmarket shopping mall, housing designer label stores, David Jones department store and some fabulous food outlets, as well as well known chain stores. As mentioned under 'Best Boutique Shopping', there are more shops around the outside of the centre, as well as restaurants and bars.
Other large shopping centres in Perth include Centro Galleria in Morley and Belmont Forum, the recently refurbished Westfield Carousel in Cannington and Westfield Whitford City in Hillarys, and Garden City in Booragoon, which is currently undergoing a makeover and expansion. Westfield Innaloo is one of the next in line for a complete redevelopment, capitalising on the beachfront makeover in nearby Scarborough which is expected to attract more residents and visitors.
Direct Factory Outlets
Bargain hunters rejoice! There's a brand new direct factory outlet shopping centre in Perth. DFO Perth is located near the airport, which means you can save your shopping until the end of your visit and load it straight onto the plane! And of course parking is a breeze, with more than 1500 bays.
DFO has more than 100 fashion, cosmetics, homeware and sports retailers offering savings of up to 70 percent on designer goods. Famous names include Polo Ralph Lauren, Mimco and Calvin Klein, respected sports labels like Lorna Jane, The Athlete's Foot and Puma, and international fashion brands like Kate Spade, Coach and Hugo Boss.
The other major brand outlet is in West Perth, 2km from the CBD, and has pay parking for more than 800 cars. Watertown (formerly named Harbourtown) has over 100 outlets selling factory seconds and items discounted up to 60 percent from well known names, such as Adidas, House, Calvin Klein, Oroton, City Beach, Royal Doulton, Kathmandu and Wittner.