Hard-working Princes Street is a constant throng of people and cars, joining our compact city centre to the wonderful green space of the South Inch and its all-day car park.
Of course, what happens is we’re always in a hurry to get somewhere – city centre, work or the Inch to grab the first and last of the summer’s sun – and we forget to stop, browse, wander and enjoy the amazing little independents and stunning aspirational stores of this wonderful shopping street.
Just a stone’s throw from St John’s Kirk and the Café Quarter you will find everything from original art, to a new style upgrade or kitchen essential. Diverse, oozing quality and right on Perth’s beaten track, it’s time we all looked up and had a proper browse around this fabulous street.
Bookended by two of Perth’s favourite food stops, Princes Street is nothing if not diverse. Starting nearest to the South Inch we have The Weigh In which is one of Perth’s favourite stop overs for a cuppa on the go or a proper Scottish square sausage butty! You will never fail to see a queue of people waiting for their treat at the wee window in the wall that’s been there since 1995. Doesn’t matter if its truckers, businesswomen between meetings or all the skateboarders and BMX’ers the South Inch serves so well. Sometimes all you need is simple home baking and hot filled rolls just like your Granny made!
Half-way up is another great takeaway, Sizzlers, with the perfect combination of Indian and pizza; who hasn’t ended up here after a night on the tiles? The food may be fast but it’s also fresh and cooked to order which makes it one of Perth’s favourite guilty pleasures. It’s the perfect place to stop and grab dinner on your way home from a day on the South Inch. If sizzling hot and spiced to perfection chicken is more your thing then the Sizzlers Chicken Hut is the perfect place to grab a big bucket for the whole family to enjoy – treat yourself!
At Koku Shi, their goal is to show you that Japanese food is MORE than just sushi and sushi isn’t just raw fish. On their fantastic menu, everyone will find something they can fall in LOVE with, from juicy chicken Karaage, comforting ramen to mouth-watering sushi rolls. Koku Shi has started as a small family business and has grown to be Scotland’s the Best Japanese Restaurant of the year 2018 and the Best Asian Restaurant 2019.
The Malt House is a traditional pub with friendly service and a great selection of beers, draught, spirits and wines. With your traditional pub grub (we recommend the outstanding steak pie with gravy that envelopes you like a warm hug), a snooker table, and a friendly atmosphere, this is the perfect place to grab a pint with your pals and have a catch up.
Across the street, Cullach Brewing Tap Room is a microbrewery and tap room serving at least ten fabulous brews. Showcasing a range of beers from both modern and traditional styles, the Cullach is becoming a firm feature on Princes Street as a place to sit back, get comfy and drink great beer!
Sweet treats, freshly baked…Mila’s Bakery is the cutest little stop to take a break from your busy shopping trip and catch up over a coffee or two. This family business has got it all going on. From blueberry lemon muffins, strawberry tarts, and even pizza slices… everything is freshly baked first thing in the morning, and you can always be guaranteed service with a smile!
And last but by no means least we have Cardo - essentially the love child of Pig’Halle and Duo. Paula and Herve have combined these two favourite restaurants to bring one fantastically authentic and contemporary Mediterranean restaurant with more influence from Paula's Portuguese and Herve's French backgrounds.
And don’t worry, they still have the piece de resistance – their melt in your mouth Chardons Macarons – you will go for one and leave with ten. How can you choose from all those flavours?
If you’re planning a redesign, then Princes Street is the place to visit. Leading brands have gathered to make your work light and when you consider the expertise and top end range available you won’t want to go anywhere else.
Ashley Ann also offer kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design to suit all budgets – whether you’re just spending a little to jazz up your place, or would like to go all out. Because they offer the complete service from measure up to manufacture, they are regarded as experts in tricky spaces! The designers here will help you realise the potential your space has and design it to suit your very specific needs.
Sculleries of Stockbridge work on a very simple principle. They engage with their clients and let them have a large say in how things are done. Every Sculleries kitchen is ‘a unique marriage between client and designer’ and with this they believe they have created a finish which is second to none. They work mainly in wood, and offer natural native, American wide grained and European light - and that’s just the oak!
Quince & Cook was born of the owners two passions; interiors and cooking. They have combined Quince Living, their homewares store with an outstanding Range Cooker Showroom to create a bricks and mortar store in Perth dedicated to premium cooking and unique interiors.
At Q&C you will find range cookers from Aga, Bertazzoni, Esse, Everhot, Lacanche and Rayburn as well as handpicked interiors from UK Craft, Scandinavian design and Independent Makers. Quince & Cook is also home to Wash House Store, Perth's first zero waste refill store dedicated to natural, vegan, plastic free cleaning materials plus body, skin and hair care. From gifts to a kitchen makeover, Q & C will have it all.
Some of Perth’s best Indies open their doors on Princes Street and the top-notch quality, warm service and friendly advice you’ve come to expect from Perth’s shop owners can all be found right here.
The dynamite combination of Louise and Sarah at Tayberry Gallery and their bright, airy shop is a go-to place when you are looking for something that little bit different. They stock a stunning range of British and Scottish artisan designers creating all manner of products; from jewellery to scarves, pottery to traditional artwork this is a haven of beautiful things.
Wander a little further and get yourself into Underneath The Arches for a treasure trove of delights! Stocking vintage, pre-loved and new this is where on-trend upcycling meets traditional artisan. Handmade soaps, hand painted furniture and a range of craft classes that will teach you how to create beautiful crafts yourself.
Having opened their doors in September 2018, Vectran Vintage has built a solid name for themselves as one of Perth’s go-to places for unique vintage finds. Sprawling across two floors, the ground floor has everything you could imagine – stage lights re-purposed as unique floor lamps, all manner of refurbished instruments, silverwares, jewellery, and furniture that will have your guests dying to know just where you found your statement pieces. Upstairs, they offer hand-picked vintage garms, a huge range of guitars, and bits and pieces that jump out – from a musical photo album sourced from Japan, to an excellently curated record collection.
A sneaky little walk round the corner takes you to Frames Gallery. A staple of Perth since 1979, their aim is to present work from artists around Scotland and the wider UK in as friendly and welcoming environment as possible. They succeed, on every level!
Princes Street has a fantastic choice of hair and beauty experts, ready to help you look good and feel great for a night out in Perth!
Red Earth are an independent beauty salon who, thanks to customer demand, moved from their smaller premises on St John Street to their larger Princes St shop! A popular choice, they offer beauty services to make you feel good from head to toes – quite literally! HD Brows, massage, facials, spray tans, pedicures and so much more.
If you’re looking for a fresh new do, Liza Konu Hair is where you want to get yourself to! A salon who specialise in L'Oréal Professionnel products, your hair will be looking vibrant and revitalised with their expertise.
Chelsea’s Studio has developed a cult following from her clients, who spend time in Chelsea’s chair getting weaves, colour and fab new styles all from colour expert Chelsea Mayor. With a flower wall for before and after shots and great chat and fun, it’s a fab place to get your tresses rejuvenated.
There’s a reason they’re called Obsession Hair and Make-up: we’re already a little bit obsessed with this creative space just walking in the front door! Eclectic duo Squeaky Scissors and Hair & Makeup Artistry by Chloe have paired together to create a vibrant, fun space to get the style upgrade of your dreams – think electric blue and shocking green hair colours, and statement make-up with a fresh vibe!
Hairdresser, tattoo studio and cosmo spa capsule, Cosmo Al’a Spa, has nurtured a warm, welcoming environment that promotes hope, health and happiness. They are a full-service beauty salon and spa dedicated to making you feel and look your very best. Whether you’re looking for a simple haircut or for complete body renewal, they have a wide range of creative hair and spa services.
At Studio 13 Tattoo you can allow your creativity to run wild! Offering custom one-off tattoos in any style, with both colour and black and grey catered for, the artists here will make sure you walk away with an eye-catching artwork adorning yourself, in their private, clean and secure tattooing environment.
In just one small street you can choose from Farmers Autocare, Kwik Fit and Target Tyres to help you with your car and vans. Offering MOT, tyre sales and repairs these big brand services all come with fully trained mechanics and peace of mind.
When the street is this diverse and packed full of independent shops you will always find a handful sitting in a class of their own.
Although their front door is around the corner, we’re giving them a pass… Culley and McAlpine are our resident law keepers on the corner of Princes Street. These legal eagles have a reputation for high quality legal work and outstanding client service so it’s no surprise they are one of the leading solicitor firms in Perth!
Fair City Jiu Jitsu, delivering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts classes that focus on grappling and ground fighting, has developed a bespoke space in Princes Street. The art is very prevalent in mixed martial arts (MMA) and at Fair City Jiu Jitsu they have members from all walks of life. Male and female, big and small, young and old, they are proving that Jiu Jitsu truly is for everyone.
Finishing us off is the wonderful South Inch Osteopaths (we prefer to call them miracle workers). If you’ve ever woken up with a back so sore that getting out of bed is a struggle or suffer from poor posture or misalignment then this is where you need to be. Give them a call and get ready to get your life back - bold statement but they can 'back' it up.
Go on, take yourself down Princes Street and find a whole new shopping experience just waiting to be enjoyed.