Shopping in Perth
Western Australia doesn't really have much else to offer than natural
products and animal products. Gold, pearls and opal jewelery are among the most
common tourist purchases, as are sheepskin jackets and boots. Artisans of the
Sea is a shop on the corner of Marine Terrace and Collie Street that specializes
in jewelry of pearls from Australia's South Sea, with great success.
Perth has many shopping malls, several of which are connected to each other
by walkways that allow you to stay indoors with air conditioning. Hay Street
Mall is the first stop. It has been reserved for pedestrianized pedestrians
since the 1970s. Here you will find hundreds of booksellers, music stores,
jewelers and jewelers, duty free shops, clothing stores and designer outlets.
All while musicians and street performers entertain on the street outside.
In the past few years, new pedestrian streets in Murray Street / Forrest
Place have become a competitor to Hay Street, with its terraces, shopping malls,
small stalls and entertainment areas. If you prefer to shop in markets, you also
have many options in Perth. Subiaco Pavilion Market in Robeky / Roberts Road
sells Indian-inspired articles and great leather goods. Station Street Market is
popular with artists and bohemians, where you will find crystals, antiques,
crafts, books and separate garments.
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Every Sunday, Canning Vale Market is held at Randford and Bannister Road, and
among over a thousand different stalls, you can look for your own treasure in
the piles of used books, clothes, plates and old dusty basements and attics.
Most stores in Perth are open from 8am. 0900 to 1800 on weekdays. On
Saturdays, the shops often close a little earlier. Sundays are mostly closed
everywhere. Remember that you pay 10% VAT, and on all purchases over $ 300, or
approx. 1450 NOK, you can get a refund of VAT on departure. Not every business
practices this scheme, so look for the Tax Free Shopping badge at the entrance
if you are going to buy some more expensive items and bring a completed and
stamped form and receipt.
Eating in Perth
If you are going out and eating in Perth, you are likely to end up in the
Northbridge district, which is just across the Horseshoe Bridge from the city
center. This is a relatively quiet area during the day, but when darkness falls,
it is transformed into Perth's nightlife and entertainment center. Here it is
teeming with pubs and bars, nightclubs and cafes, tattoo shops and bowling
Here is also an excellent selection of restaurants, which truly reflects
Perth's position as the crucible of all nationalities and cultures. You can pick
and choose from Italian, French, Vietnamese, African, Thai, Chinese, Mexican or
Turkish cuisine, and because of the fierce competition, most restaurants are
It is difficult to give examples of typical Australian food, since most
Australians are from a different place and have brought the food culture from
their roots, but the grilling is strong. Most parties and social gatherings at
one time or another include the ritual grilling of juicy steaks. Most parks have
large gas grills where, for cheap money, you get connected to gas, and the
grilling of most Australian animal species starts. Kangaroo, camel, crocodile,
rabbit or emu, everything has to be grilled and gnawed at the Great Aussie
Australian wine and beer
Australian wines have in a short time gained a solid popularity
worldwide, and wines such as Lindemans and Jacob's Creek are among the best
sellers in Norway. Australians are also very loyal and patriotic to their beer,
including the bright arrow brand Fosters, which is sold all over the world. In
Perth, residents are particularly loyal to their Emu, Swan and the darker Red
A strange phenomenon seen with Norwegian eyes is that restaurants that do not
have a license to serve alcohol are happy to advertise with BYO (Bring Your
Own). You can then bring your own beer or wine and pay a small symbolic sum to
the restaurant for the use of glasses and openers.