About Monica U
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Jan 2014
35-49 year old female
Globetrotter, foodie and lover of good festivals, digital marketing and writing. I have visited more than 80 cities around the world but have called Sydney home for the last 10 years. Previously , I lived in Cancun, Mexico and Playa del Carmen for 5 years and learnt to scuba dive. Having a partner that skies, Queenstown is one of our favourite destinations both in winter and in summer, and just a little "jump" from Sydney. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to cook a meal and share it among friends.
Gift & Speciality Shops
Flea & Street Markets
Hay Street Mall is the oldest pedestrian shopping mall in the city. It is a pedestrian-only street that stretches the length of one block in the CBD (Central Business District), where you can enjoy shopping for fashion brands, jewellery and accessories. From time to time, you'll also be entertained by street performers and buskers as you browse.
Claremont Quarter is one of the newest malls in Perth, boasting 120 of the best designer boutiques all in one place. I love shopping for Alannah Hill dresses, stopping for a coffee at Atomic, and even picking up my contact lenses prescription here.
Ok it is not exactly London, but hey – if you want to walk around some beautiful, original old shops, buy real English candy, browse antiques, and get your quota of Perth souvenirs, then it's worth a visit. The Court's old clock is always great to watch, too: Make sure you're there on the hour, when the knights pop out!
I have a fetish for vintage shops. In this hipster suburb you can spend an entire morning browsing second hand book stores, furniture shops, vintage clothes at Momo's, and refuel with fantastic coffee along the way. And if you are a fan of sneakers, head down to Highs and Lows.
This lovely little complex lies in the middle of the CBD, just across Perth train station. All your usual labels like Nine West, Cue, Fossil, Witchery and Myer are conveniently located here, and if you are looking for souvenirs, you'll find the 'Australia the Gift' store on the ground floor.
This is what a community market should look like: tons of fresh produce, baked pastries, multicultural food stalls and plenty of good vibes.
Perth Shopping Tours is my favourite hidden shopping gem. The tours are run by an image consultant, and she will take you to find the best spots for discounts, give you lots of style advice and even hand over a gift bag of goodies and discounts from the stores you visit together!
This is a major Westfield Shopping Centre in the heart of the city, and as Perth has limited options when it comes to malls, this is perhaps your best choice if you're looking for Australian brands and luxury fashions.