The name Kailis is synonymous with the pearling industry in Western Australia and their Fremantle shop is the place to see their beautiful pearls in a welcoming and elegant setting. The staff here are lovely and are always very happy to welcome browsers and shoppers alike. They'll not only show you the stunning jewellery here but also a short video about pearl production and to talk to you about all aspects of pearls and their care.
What to buy: South Sea pearls, as Australian pearls are known, are the most beautiful and lustrous pearls in the world. A perfect strand will cost a king's ransom, but you can own something lovely for far less. You can buy a single large, perfect pearl to wear on its own at a price that starts around A$1000 but there are many small pieces made from both seeded and natural (keshi) pearls that cost hundreds rather than thousands of dollars. Alternatively, you could buy a butter knife or little spoon carved from pearl shell. These make super presents and really unique souvenirs - you may even find one that has a tiny, nascent pearl forming under the shimmering mother of pearl. There are cards of real mother-of-pearl buttons for even less, so anyone can own a little piece of these most romantic treasure from the deep.
What to pay: $10 - $100,000+++
Creative Native stocks a wide range of authentic aboriginal arts and crafts. I visited the shop twice and spent a long time there looking through the beautiful aboriginal paintings, digeridoos and souvenirs. Everything is very well displayed and it's worth a visit even if you're not thinking of shopping.
What to buy: I bought most of my souvenirs from here. Amongst other things, I chose an umbrella and tie with Aboriginal designs. I also bought keychains and a beautiful boomerang which did come back :-)
What to pay: A little more than average.
The Markets in Fremantle are open Friday 9am - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm. Monday Public Holidays 10am - 5pm.
It's a delightful place to wander around even if you don't intend to buy anything. There's loads and loads of hand made items of all types, eg. silver jewellry set with local gemstones, original design clothes, paintings, pottery, trinkets, toys, candles, local souveniers etc. You will also find antiques, sheepskin and leather goods, fresh baked bread cakes and pastries, coffee ground to order, gourmet take-away food stalls, and a pub.
There's always buskers and a lively atmosphere.
The markets are usually referred to in the plural, as the fruit and vegetable market is right next door. Also a local fresh fish/shell fish shop which has it's supplies straight from the fishing boats.
It also sells fish and chips.
What to buy: The markets are perfect for gift shopping.
Fremantle sardines are lovely. They are much larger than tined sardines. Available from the market shop, and in some restaurants, usually filleted and fried in breadcrumbs.
What to pay: Prices range enormously depending on what you buy.
Oz is a typical souvenir shop we found in Fremantle. They have the usual tee shirts, hats, post cards, toys, etc. that you'd find in any souvenir shop. After perusing the merchandise I found a tee shirt I wanted and Liz found a hat for her Dad.
The tee shirt was $20 AUD and the hat was $12.
At the E Shed Markets you will find all sorts of goodies including opals and gems, Aussie souvenirs like didgeridoos, bush hats and handcrafted jarrah furniture.
There's heaps of local arts and crafts, sheepskins, perfumes and locally designed medieval fashions.
Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Food court open till 8:00pm
E Shed Markets also open on all public holidays from 9:00am to 5:30pm
What to buy: Make sure you know the price of the thing that catch your eye or end end up paying "tourist" prices.
So shop around but enjoy the atmosphere of the markets.
I guess the Fremantle Markets are special because apart from the mixture of arts, crafts, clothing and food you can find, the building itself has lots of character. It was built in 1897 and was one of the buildings which was restored to its former glory.
The Fremantle Markets are high on the tourist Must See list so check out the opening times/days to make sure you visit on a day that the Markets are open, otherwise you will be disappointed! The Markets don't open on Monday (unless it's a public holiday) to Thursday.
Fridays 9am - 9pm
Saturdays 9am - 5pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm
Monday public holidays 10am - 5pm
The website link below gives you tons more info. as well as a map which shows you where each stall is situated in the Markets.
What to buy: You'll find everything at the Markets - there are over 150 stalls selling fresh fish, fruit and vegetables; pottery, Australian crafts, sheepskin, leather goods, opals clothing such as painted T-shirts, jewellery, antiques, etc.
What to pay: Prices in Fremantle tend to be similar to those in the city centre of Perth. I don't think they are much cheaper in the Fremantle Markets.
I just loved this colourful market, packed with bric a brac, antiques, food, clothes, in fact everything you could think of. Ok some of the stalls sold crap, but the atmosphere is wonderful and the market itself is very Victorian. Street entertainment outside if you fancy sitting and having a coffee.
Friday 9 - 9pm Saturday 9 - 5pm, Sunday 10 - 5pm and Monday on public holidays.
Subiaco Station Street , Subiaco.
Yet another popular and colourful market with huge range of souvenirs and handcrafted art, pottery, and gemstones. Although l never bought gemstones and l don't normally buy anything from markets but its nice to have a stroll around, especially on a sunny day, of which you are guaranteed in Western Australia. The food stalls surround a garden courtyard with nice tasty food that is not very expensive. Opening hours are from Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays 9 - 5.30 pm
From the look of the E Shed Markets' website this place appears very lively during a nice day, perhaps during the weekend. When I visited it in May 2007 during the week it seemed pretty deserted although the stalls were open. There are lots of nice stalls, just like the Fremantle Markets, and you can buy the same sort of items - souvenirs and gifts, arts and crafts, clothes, etc. There is an international food court and an outdoor dining area.
Opening days/times are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: from 9:00am to 5:30pm. The food court is open till 8:00pm
What to pay: Shopping at the markets is great for finding a big selection of gifts and souvenirs under one roof, and not exactly for the prices, which probably aren't that much cheaper than in the shops.
This is just a small shopping centre with a Coles Supermarket, a few of chain stores, a café, pharmacy, newsagent etc. The Woolstores have a 2 hour carpark for $2.00. This used to be free. The Woolstores are almost opposite the train station in Fremantle.
You will find the E Shed Market in an old restored warehouse down by the wharf where the Rottnest Ferries leave from. There are over 100 stalls with gifts and souvenirs, arts and crafts as well as books and jewellery. There is al fresco dining and a licensed food court as well as well as entertainment. Parking is right outside.
Open : Friday, Saturdays and Sundays
General Market 9am - 6pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holiday Mondays
Food Court 9am - 8pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holiday Mondays
Kallis Pearls are described as ‘treasures’ which have been farmed from the remote ocean off the coast of Broome. They have large, lustrous Australian South Sea Pearls which are renowned for their quality and intrinsic beauty. Their jewellery is handcrafted and exquisite.
Open : 0930 - 1700 Mon-Fri. 1100 - 1500 Sat. 1200 - 1600 Sun and public holidays
New Edition Bookshop has been operating in Freo since the mid-eighties and is a hang-out place for many a local. It has charm, style, beautiful books and just the best atmosphere. The staff are friendly and you can always find what you're looking for - have a browse and have a seat and enjoy it.
What to buy: New Edition Bookshop has just about everything! They specialise in coffee-table books and have all kinds of books you wont find anywhere else.
What to pay: Anything from $2 to $200
This is one of those shops which sells a variety of spices by the bag ie. you can get a scoop and take as much as you like. The shop also sells a variety of dried fruit, pulses and other gourmet food.
This is a very tiny little shop but has a large selection of beautiful and authentic antiques. I just couldn't tear myself away from it. If you love antiques don't miss out on a visit to this shop. The owner, Lyne Forbes, is a lovely person and will give you lots of attention, even though her shop may have lots of customers.
What to buy: Antiques and pictures, Bric a Brac, jewellery, toys, brass, silver, mirrors, etc. Apart from collecting real live cats, I also collect cat items and from this shop I bought a delightful little cat trinket box.
What to pay: Definitely not more expensive than other antique shops. Good value for money. Probably a little cheaper than elsewhere.