Eat, shop and celebrate in the Town of Vic Park this festive season. With boutique stores galore and endless eateries to choose from, Vic Park is one of the best places to find everything you need for Christmas.
Nestled on the southern banks of Derbarl Yerrigan (the Swan River) and only ten minutes from the Perth CBD, Victoria Park is a cultural hub bursting with restaurants, cafes, and boutique stores.
And what better way to do your Christmas shopping this festive season than to sashay your way through the variety of gift stores, quirky boutiques, bookstores, and fashion and retail outlets across the town?
You can also pair your shopping escapades with a visit to one of more than 200 unique cafes or restaurants in the area, so those niggling hunger pangs don’t get in the way of finding that perfect present.
Whether you’re looking for something for the kids, your better half, or your impossibly difficult-to-buy-for mother-in-law, here are the must-stop shops for your Christmas shopping spree:
Bookworms and Art Fanatics
Packed with popular reads and those harder to find, bibliophiles (or book lovers) will feel right at home in Crow Books, while music enthusiasts can get their fix of old and new vinyls, cassettes, turntables, and accessories at Rhubarb Records, which has been buying and selling since 2013. Check out what’s going on at the Victoria Park Arts Centre which regularly holds exhibitions, events, and classes for people of all skill levels, ages, and backgrounds, and browse the gift shop selling the creative works of WA artists. Or pop into Delights of Siberia for unique knick-knacks like matryoshka dolls or collectable spoons.
Partial to gardening or a flower fanatic? You’ve got options! If you’re looking for a gift for someone with a green thumb, GreenBunch is a gorgeous florist, café, and plant and gift store located in the heart of East Victoria Park. Whether you’re into homewares, self-care, or gardening, Urban Revolution is all about sustainable, ethical, and quality local products. And for stunning floral arrangements and gourmet gift hampers, Bloomin Boxes is worth a squiz.
Fashion and Foodies
Fashionistas and foodies are sure to leave Vic Park a little more full and a little more stylish than they arrived. Whether you’re looking for a dress for Christmas lunch or after-work drinks, Woven and Willow stocks a fabulous range of Australian labels including Shona Joy, Staple the Label, Elka Collective, and more. And if you’re in the market for a new pair of kicks, premium sneaker store 1OFF is not a bad place to start.
Bursting with delish eats from all over the globe, it’s no secret that Albany Highway in Victoria Park is a foodie heaven, with boundless cheap and authentic food joints, that will ensure you don’t go home unsatisfied. If you’re looking for great food you can gift to someone, Nosh Gourmet Gifts supports and celebrates WA food producers with their range of locally sourced goods and has mastered the art of beautiful hampers which make the perfect present for foodies.
Vic Park Vintage Trail
If you or someone you love is into all things antique and old-fashioned, be sure to add Vic Park’s Vintage Trail to your hit list. Check out The Hive Emporium, the collective retail space home to second-hand vintage, furniture, fashion, and jewellery stores, including Second Look Books, Final Vinyl, Horatio & Agatha’s Vintage, Sparkling Restorations, Retro Ronnies Room, Reborn Preloved Fashion, and so much more.
Other great stores worthy of a gander include Eclectic Squirrels, The Vintage Sparrows, Jojo’s Vintage Pop, Shed 32 Vintage, The Vintage Brocante, The Vintage Bunny, and Regency Retro.
Discover Christmas Decorations
There’s something about Christmas lights and decorations that makes the silly season just that little bit more magical. Why not make a night of it and head out to discover them all? You could even stop by a local eatery to sustain you on your search. Keep your eyes peeled for the collection of decorations which will be peppered around popular locations from this Sunday! Follow the map to help you on your hunt.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and there’s plenty going on to help you get into the festive spirit. Here are the events and markets worth pencilling into the calendar:
Pop-up Street Performers – Christmas edition
The streets are set to be brought to life with a series of fun-filled pop-up events. Word on the street is that you can expect a special appearance from fairies, elves, and even the big man in red, himself.
|Saturday, 9th December
|9:30 am to 11:30 am
|Carlisle — Archer Street precinct
|Saturday, 16th December
|9:30 am to 11:30 am
|Etwell Street, East Vic Park
|Sunday, 17th December
|10:00 am to 12:00 pm
|Lathlain Place Precinct
|Saturday, 23rd December
|4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
|Bidi Walk, East Vic Park
Explore Etwell Street – Christmas edition
Etwell Street will come to life with a series of fun, pop-up events on Saturday, December 16, so you can get into the Christmas cheer while simultaneously supporting local businesses. From face painting to magic tricks, the event is perfect for the whole family.
Christmas Festival Markets
This free Christmas festival is back and bigger than ever. On Sunday, December 10, Stadium Park at Optus Stadium will become a magical marketplace with more than 100 food trucks, local gift stalls, and live entertainment. It’s a great opportunity to snag those last-minute pressies, take an “elfie” with Santa, or watch a Christmas classic on the big screen. Ice-cold beverages will be swinging from the Jingle Bar and there’ll be loads of activities to keep the kids and adults happy.
To find out more about what’s happening in the Town of Victoria Park visit victoriapark.wa.gov.au.
This article was sponsored by the Town of Victoria Park. All images supplied.