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Late night shopping in Perth

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Shopping for some new threads, a soothing tea, new bath oil, some dangly diamond earrings, a sharp new suit, or some cowboy boots?

Friday night is your best night to shop late in Perth, when many retailers like the huge H&M store in the heart of Perth city, at Forrest Place, extend their usual weekday 9am to 5pm opening hours to close at 9pm. Keep in mind shops open weekends too; Saturdays 9am to 5pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm and City of Perth offers up to three hours parking for free on weekends, at His Majesties Theatre (Hay Street), Perth Cultural Centre (Wellington Street) and Pier Street (off Murray Street) carparks.

Planet Books 

Planet Books at 192 William Street is open 11am until late and it’s so much more than your average bookstore. It’s a quirky, eclectic sort of book seller that offers games and collectibles in addition to fiction and non-fiction and prides itself on its hand-picked stock, featuring local and international writers.  The store’s webpage has a long list of book reviews to guide your reading choices or just wander in after dinner in the city one night and peruse the shelves until you find your next favourite read.      

Murray Street Mall

Free CAT buses make getting to the city centre to shop super easy and you’ll want to get to Murray Street Mall for its exciting range of fashion stores like Zara, the Universal Store and City Beach, many of which open a little later on Friday nights (to 7pm). The lovely wide pedestrian mall runs between Barrack and Williams streets and is alive with some of the city’s best and occasionally most unusual buskers. Buy your Big Issue here from the vendors and help the homeless.  

Forrest Chase 

Forrest Chase opens seven days a week and on Friday nights many of its stores open until 9pm making it the centre of Perth’s late-night shopping hub. The big name retailers here include Cue for funky women’s fashion, Peter Alexander for PJs, R.M. Williams for all your gentrified country clothing and shoes and of course the big Myers department store. Or maybe you have a special occasion coming up? Swarovski crystal is likely to have a fittingly impressive gift from its range of sparkly crystal jewellery, watches, accessories and giftware. It opens until 9pm Friday night. 

King Street

Its humble cobblestone streets lined with perky heritage buildings belies the fact that King Street is one of Perth’s most exclusive shopping precincts with high end hawkers including international luxury brands Gucci, Chanel and Tiffany & Co and Linneys Jewellers. King Street also has some very elegant men’s wear stores like Khirzad and Borgioli. Stores here open a little later than usual in the morning (about 10am weekdays) and some stay open just a little later than usual on Friday nights (to 7pm), so take a pleasant wander down King Street on your way to cocktail hour for a look.  

Trinity Arcade 

Trinity Arcade links Hall Street Mall and St George’s Terrace and it’s a charming, heritage arcade with   unique retailers like the exclusive Parker & Co menswear store, alongside essential services like shoe repairs, dry cleaners, a barber and masseuse.  Store opening times vary with Rosendorff Diamond Jewellers opening a little later Friday (to 6pm) but even if the shops are closed, the arcade’s pretty architecture and chequered mosaic floors makes it well worth a walk through. The arcade is home to an immensely popular shop Mini Cute selling mini and cute Korean fashion accessories, and cartoon and anime figures. Have you ever imagined rowing-boat Snoopy in a glass jar? Imagine no more, because the cartoon character is at Mini Cute alongside skateboarding Snoopy, artist Snoopy and musical Snoopy. Check the Facebook page for current opening hours.