Are you one of those super organised folk that has their Christmas presents wrapped up and tucked away before the frenzy hits....or are you leaving it to the last minute? Fremantle (and surrounding mini strips) is full of inspiration for gifts you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else, if you know where to look...and we do.
We’ve written a special blog to help you (re) discover the joy (seriously) of a shopping adventure that is unashamedly Freo centric–the inside goss on where to find that special something whether it be for Great Aunt Mabel or your best beloved. At the same time you’re supporting local shop owners that have curated and sourced gift ideas to entice and inspire. It’s all right here in this gorgeous town.
Antique stores, surf wear and SUP shops, homewares & collectibles; it’s an eclectic mix along Queen Victoria Street and up Stirling Highway. Try Blu Peter, Electability, The Black Truffle and Plata Bonita just a bit further past the Dingo Flour Mill (word on the grapevine is some of the Dockers have picked up a few pressies here).
Knutsford Street Precinct
In the warehouse district bounded by Stack, Wood, Knutsford and Amherst Streets; where treasures from world sojourns ready to be discovered. Look for Ottoman Empire and Shedwallah or find locally grown and made wares for your home or garden at the new Stackwood studio.
Hilton and O’Connor
There’s a couple of Freo’s best kept secrets just out of the CBD. Plan a visit to Anna Chandler Design on Zeta Crescent–the warehouse is full of her signature ranges of homewares, a riotous celebration of colour and texture. Pickers and Collectors Bazaar has just opened on Blamey Place and Hobby Tech Toys on South Street has the best range of remote controlled cars, planes and drones for little and big kids.
Wray Avenue Precinct
After ordering your Christmas turkey at Frank’s have a little mosey around this precinct at the intersection of South Terrace and Wray Avenue. Between Pekho wear + wares, Luce Del Sol (for stunning swimwear), Indi + Em, South of the Border and Mercer Cycles you can expect to cross off a gift for most on your list and you might pick up a nice Chrissie frock at the same time.
Corner Store (and Flower Hound) reside in the space known as The Coop on the corner of South Terrace and Price Street–it’s a Christmas shopping destination in itself. Venture further for Source Gallery, Vanilla Gifts and Homewares, Banjarra Tribal and Ginger Morris. At the end of the terrace pop into South Beach Cycles for the classic sparkling new bicycle with all the trimmings and a final pit stop coffee at Third Wheel right next door.
FAC’s Christmas Bazaar on the first weekend in December is the event to catch in this end of town where WA’s local designers, makers and artisan’s present their wares in the gorgeous grounds of Fremantle Arts Centre. Don’t stress if you happen to miss this shopping event as there’s a great range of gifts and books available every day at Found.
There is plenty to uncover in the heart of Freo. We’ve put together some favs from some of the shopping categories...a mini directory if you like but there’s plenty more here.
Books–New Editions, Bill Campbell Second Hand Books, Chart & Map Shop & Paper Bird
Fashion and shoes–Hype DC, Bob’s, Hunter Store (MANY6160), Eros, Morrison, Three Stories
Gifts–Remedy, Oxfam, Blue Bhudda, Pigeonhole, Compendium & Pickled Fairy
Homewares and furniture–Il Cibo, Home Provedore, Empire & Amaize Homewares
Jewellery & accessories–Kartique, Kailis Pearls, Creations Jewellery & Fremantle Opals
Markets–Fremantle Markets, Kings Market & Bazaar
Menswear–Warrens, Terrace Men, Bousfields & Europa Sport & City Beach
Music–Record Finder, Mill’s Records, Junction Records & Music Centre of Fremantle
Popups & collectives–MANY6160, Common Ground & Artisan
Vintage & retro–Bibi Vintage, Broken Doll Vintage & Retro, Get Lucky
And best yet...between them all you can sit and enjoy a restorative cup of something served up with a scrumptious treat at one of Freo’s quirky cafés–just to keep you going that is.
**We hear that free parking Santa will be in town again in December–if you see him he’ll pay for your parking**