Perth’s George Street is brimming with fabulous independent shops, quality food and drink, and a wonderful sprinkle of culture for good measure.
It’s a wee bit quirky, brilliantly diverse and every single one of the retailers love what they do so much that the owners and shopkeepers down this way are known affectionately by their first name and their shop name! It speaks volumes about the level of care that goes into what you do and sell when you become known as 'Provender Brown Diane', 'Whispers Laura' and 'Bean Shop Lorna'!
Next time you’re out shopping in the city centre, walk a little further down Perth High Street and turn left – you’ll be very glad you did!
Due to covid-19 restrictions many attracttions are operating a little differently to usual. You'll see that we've linked you straight to the individual attracttions websites - or social media pages - and we would advise you to check opening hours and rules before you travel.
Mouth-watering just-baked bread, some of the finest Scottish gins and cheeses, and the rich smell of coffee beans roasting – George Street celebrates a great many highlights from Perthshire’s local food scene.
One of the city's newest indies and most delicious bakeries, the wonderful Casella & Polegato is headed up by Denis Casella, a man who claims he was born ducted in flour. Denis grew up in a bread making family in Italy, and eventual trained to become a professional baker himself. His deep passion to achieve perfection saw him travel around Europe, and as far afield as Japan - and we're very glad he chose Perth as his stopping place!
The freshly baked artisanal breads are baked at their production kitchen in Whitefriars, just a short walk away, and arrive warm each morning for their queues of regular customers. A particular favourite is their sourdough - which they make in small batches, true to an authentic recipe.
If artisanal produce is what you're after, then this fabulous deli is exactly where you need to be. Provender Brown offers a mouthwatering selection of local Perthshire produce - Perth Farmers’ Market fans will find a fantastic selection of their favourite producers for buying all month round - as well as goods from Scottish and UK based artisans, specialist European producers and other carefully chosen international ingredients. They also stock a wonderful array of jams, honeys and chutneys, chocolate from some of our country’s finest chocolatiers and a bounty of rapeseed and olive oils. Add to that list biscuits, pies, herbs and spices… in fact, on a recent visit, we spotted banana ketchup!
They boast an amazing cheese selection, expansive deli counter and bottles upon bottles of incredible wines, gins and spirits. Fans of this long-standing Perth Indie - it was established in 2004 - know that the perfect place to stock up before entertaining guests or enjoying a Saturday night in front of the telly and Diane, Martine and the team will keep you right with their incredible knowledge and passion for all things food and drink. In more recent years they have become known as Perth City Centre's home of gin, stocking over 60 distillers and hosting the annual Wee G & T Festival (lockdown allowing!) as part of their offering to the city.
Coffee lovers rejoice: Lorna and John Bruce from The Bean Shop have been brewing up a coffee-flavoured storm since they opened in 2003. Wafts of freshly-roasted coffee aromas greet you upon entrance, along with a friendly smile and a sample of freshly ground bean-to-cup coffee to enjoy while you browse.
They hand-roast their beans in small batches in their george Street basement, guaranteeing a freshness that's heard to beat! As well as coffee, they also offer multiple varieties of loose leaf tea and all of the accoutrements one could possibly want to buy including mugs, teapots and thermos takeaway cups. Find out more about Lorna in her Big Personality story.
Take the weight off your feet after a busy few hours of shopping in some of the city's cafes, restaurants and bars.
The George Street Tea Room opened in January 2018, and boasts the most unique crockery - our personal favourite is a duck-shaped teapot! With a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and delicious soups, cakes, and more on offer, this is a lovely little place to watch the world go by.
Right at the top of Gillies lies The Eatrium - A step up from the usual in-house eateries. Home-baking, great coffee, comfortable sofas and enviable views across the rooftop of Perth Concert Hall this is a perfect location for a daytime catch up.
Pizza and pasta is the order of the day here at Broth3rs, where it is created in an open kitchen, perfect for those who appreciate the artistry behind their meals. The sights and smells certainly do whet your appetite and with their famed three-course lunch for just £7.95 you'll be tempted to stay and enjoy it all!
The bright and airy Cafe 80 enjoys one of the best spots in town, sitting as it does on the corner of George Street and Tay Street. To drink, try one of their freshly ground coffees, or if its something a little stronger you're after then we highly recomend the cocktails! Food starts with breakfast rolls, and opens out to light lunches, cooked specials and a delicious range of cakes, bakes and desserts..
Brewdog know their craft beer inside and out. If you're new to this growing phenomenon then this is the place to be: they offer a range of beer flights, allowing you to try a bunch out and see what you like best! Fresh stonebaked pizzas are served till late if you get peckish - oh, and they're dog friendly too. The perfect way to kick back on a Friday night and unwind with friends.
At Grand Italia Mario and his team throw open a big, fat, warm welcome to the people and visitors of Perth and offer authentic Italian food such as pizzas, pastas and a la carte Italian specials. The lasagne is, as you’d expect, exceptional and so is the seafood linguine. In fact, it’s all good - make sure you book up early.
George Street is the place to get a dapper haircut from seasoned professionals.
At Campbell Ewen the Kilted Barber they deliver exactly what the name promises - a fresh cut and trim with a truly Scottish flair! Campbell has been cutting hair in Perth since 1999 so you know you're going to be in safe hands with this kilted icon.
Ewen Anderson Gents Barber is a Perth city institution, this authentically vintage barber shop was established circa 1885 (possibly earlier!) and has provided a service for gentlemen in need of a wee trim and tidy up ever since. If you like retro styled interiors you'll feel right at home.
A hairdresser who specialises in a personalised salon experience, Gallery Hair Studio offers cuts, colour, hair care and styling from their trusted team of experts. As well as this, they also offer L'Oréal brand products to help you achieve your look at home.
One of the city's most iconic buildings with its copper domed roof and striking exterior columns, Perth Museum and Art Gallery boasts a fantastic programme of events, fun and engaging exhibitions. From reminiscing on memories past in Perth, to collaborative community-led art exhibitions, the museum is as much a creative cultural hub as it is a preserver of relics.
Permanent collections are free to view and open to all, and provide a great day out for children and adults. At various times paid exhibitions visit the museum offering up something a little different for locals and visitors alike.
Creating a stylish home is easy when you shop on George Street. From the big ticket items - sofas, dining room sets, carpets - to the arty finds that make your space unique, the indie retailers down at this end of town offer a superb range to suit all tastes and budgets.
Whispers of the Past is one of Perth’s longest standing independents, Laura has been offering quality vintage pieces way before they became the super-cool choice of hipsters! This is an Aladdin’s cave of goodies with new items mixed in with old, and an endless choice of gift ideas and little treats for yourself!
Fine art and paintings will never go out of style and West End Gallery has one of the city's best collections of traditional and contemporary art. Boasting an extensive range of originals, pastels, watercolours, sculptures and bronzes, they also specialise in signed limited editions by leading artists such as Doug Hyde, Todd White, Mark Spain, Alexander Miller and Fabien Perez.
Not quite George Street, but just a hop, skip and jump across the road on Watergate, we had to include Arlene's amazing shop Boo Vake which embodies the indie ethos so perfectly. Opened in 1993, co-founder Arlene is an art school graduate herself, and this shines through in her carefully curated stock offering the best of Scottish contemporary artists. Each piece is beautifully unique and you'll find everything from quirky lampshades to unusal whisky tumblers, soft furnishings, jewellery, scarves and so much more! And of course, when you shop at Boo Vake, you're also supporting the Scottish and UK creative scene.
Below the tasty treats of their third-floor cafe at Gillies of Perth is a stunning assortment of fabulous homewares, making this one of the largest independent retailers in the city. Sofas, beds, carpets and dining room sets as well as accessories and decorative items will leave you spoiled for choice.
When two of Perth's longest established florists came together to form a one-stop shop, we knew it was going to be special. At McIntyres at Fair City Flowers there is a combination of more than 75 years of experience! They are renowned for the quality and service which they have provided to generations of families and businesses. The gifted team of design florists led by Andrew Napier, specialise in creating beautiful hand-tied bouquets and bespoke designs for weddings and special occasions. Pick up a treat for your home, or send a gift to a friend to let them know you care.
The Peacock and The Tortoise have buttons, fabrics, threads – the lot! This is a crafter's dream. Everything you need for quilting, patchwork, embroidery, felting and textile crafts can all be found under one roof. They offer a wide range of courses for beginners and experienced crafters, and these are now available in voucher form for gifts.
Only the best for your big day awaits you here!
A bridesmaid dress specialist, Karen and the team at Ivory Whites take the stress out of shopping for multiple maids, and inject it with a real sense of fun and excitement. Offering a stunning choice of gowns in colours and styles to suit all shapes, sizes and skin tones, Ivory Whites provide friendly and knowledgeable service from the moment you walk through the door.
Janet and son Marcus of Janet Eagleton & Son have honed their craft of sporran-maker to include a list of clients as diverse as Prince Charles, the Blackwatch, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and Samuel L Jackson. In 2001, Janet received an MBE for her services to sporran-making, taking their small shop on George Street into the elite ranks of Scotland’s best artisans. Marcus has also created his own range of sporran handbags and has attracted attention from British fashion royalty, Vivienne Westwood.
Elizabeth Parker Jewellery are known locally as the diamond specialists, this knowledgeable mother and daughter team has built up years of experience in gold, silver and gem set jewellery and offers a superb choice of both modern and traditional designs.
Byers & Co is owned and run by the talented Linda Byers, this beautiful shop opened in George Street in 2015. You can browse Linda's original designs or chat to her about a commissioned piece. Linda sources beautiful stones from around the world - all from ethically approved suppliers - and transforms them into rings, necklaces and bracelets in her own unique style. She also offers silversmith workshops and by-appointment opportunities that allow you to watch on as she creates your wedding ring or commissioned design.
We’re always being made that little bit more aware of how our shopping habits affect the planet and as a result, upcycling has enjoyed a huge resurgence in the past few years.
Revival: An authentic vintage shop, Mandy brings the hidden gems of yesteryear into your wardrobe today. True lovers of fashion will love Mandy’s collections of pre-loved designer goods, vintage styles and clothes, new jewellery, gifts, bags and accessories - all promising to offer something just that little bit different. As a dress agency for quality fashion, you can also sell your once-worn and nearly-new clothing through Mandy on a 50% commission basis. Collect MiReward Points At Revival - Find out more >>>
J M Richards Cycles have been serving the people of Perth since 1954, 'Richards Bikes' as it's locally known has created some of our favourite Christmas and birthday childhood memories. Still very much a family business, they’ve built a reputation on service and quality, and as well as a top range of great bikes for all ages and requirements they also offer repairs and servicing from their workshop.