For many Perth people, Northbridge will forever be associated with night-time entertainment like theatres, pubs and clubs.
But in recent years it has become a fantastic place to spend some time during the day.
Much like Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley, or Oxford Street in Leederville, Northbridge has seen a proliferation of cool shops and boutiques in recent years.
They’re selling everything from clothes to art to trinkets and they all tap into that “indie” vibe that really helps define Perth’s inner city areas.
If you haven’t been into areas like William Street in recent time, it may well be time to pay a visit, especially if you have some spare time over the festive season.
Here are some of the best little shops in Northbridge’s east end.
Oh Henry Vintage
312 William Street, Northbridge
Oh Henry Vintage has luxurious vintage clothing sourced in the U.S.A. Their collection spans from the 1920's - early 90's.
It’s open 12-5pm Sunday to Wednesday and 11am – 5pm Thursday to Saturday.
Fi & Co
289 William Street, Northbridge
Fi & Co is a treasure trove of original vintage and vintage-inspired clothing labels mixed together with collectables including china, artworks, books, jewellery and even furniture. Some of it is old, some of it is new — and that’s precisely the charm of the store. It’s definitely worth a fossick, whether you’re looking for a gift or a treat for yourself.
It’s open from 11am to 6pm Monday through Thursday, 10:30am to 9pm on Fridays, 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and midday to 6pm on Sundays.
The Butcher Shop
276 William Street, Northbridge
Another of those shops that has a bit of everything, The Butcher Shop sells artworks, books, magazines, various objet d’art and clothing. It is also an arts and crafts supplier, if you want to pick up the ingredients you need to make your own art instead. Aerosols, paint markers, blank clothing, blank canvases — it’s all there.
The Butcher Shop is open from 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.
260 William Street, Northbridge
If you’re looking for an artwork or two to put on the walls of your new inner city pad and you want something that will impress your guests, Outré Gallery is the place to go. The walls of this shop are completely covered in fantastic prints and original artworks by some of the very best contemporary artists around the world. Whether your taste is pop surrealism, tiki, retro, underground, counter culture, mid-century, design, or international pop — you’ll have plenty of works to choose from. Check their website for opening hours.
274 William St, Northbridge
Periscope used to be found on fashion-conscious King Street in the city, but in 2012 the women’s fashion store relocated to William Street. That’s a pretty good endorsement of the notion that Northbridge’s east end has become the city’s centre of cool. Periscope carries a range of fashion labels tied together my modern, timeless aesthetics.
It’s open from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and midday to 4pm on Sundays.
Corner of William and Francis streets, Northbridge
Ruck Rover is another shop that has relocated to be a part of Northbridge’s new “cool” status. It sells everything from stylish frocks and blouses to comfy t-shirts and hoodies. But it’s not just fashion — you’ll also find baby clothes, toys, wallets and purses, jewellery, accessories, even Polaroid cameras and film. And there’s a mini art gallery space in the front window, too, which has exhibitions from emerging artists that change monthly.
It’s open from 11am to 6pm weekdays and 11am to 5pm on weekends.
There are dozens more fantastic shops in Northbridge that are well worth a look. Record stores, vintage clothing specialists, gift shops like William Topp and fashion boutiques have all moved into the area. It’s all on your doorstep along with great coffee and fantastic Asian food.
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