One of Perth’s most iconic shopping streets, this beautifully pedestrianised area boasts the glorious stature of St John’s Kirk at its centre, with the laid-back atmosphere of a continental shopping promenade
From independent retailers that have been in business since your Granny was young to big name favourites such as Lakeland and White Stuff, and an internationally renowned hairdresser, this street really does have it all.
Get comfortable, pour a gin (it is the official drink of the street after all) and let us guide you along St John Street, proving without doubt its well-deserved reputation as one of Perth city’s must-see shopping hotspots.
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St John Street plays host to three of the city’s oldest and most respected jewellers, and together they offer a stunning array of contemporary designer brands and unique antique treasures.
Proudly boasting over 80 years in business, family-owned TB Mitchells knows a thing or two about the jewellery trade. This specialist retailer stocks a number of exclusive brands such as Omega and Links of London that you won’t find anywhere else in Perth, and with a team of experts on hand to show you round the various collections, you’ll find yourself in very capable – and beautifully adorned - hands.
Step back even further, to 1869, and you will find Cairncross the Jewellers as a new name in Perth city centre. To this day they are an independent family jeweller and you will find a deeply knowledgeable team and warm, friendly service awaits you. Notably, they are a stockist of many luxury brands including Rolex, and are one of only two shops in the United Kingdom with a license to sell natural Scottish River Pearls.
If antique treasures and vintage pieces are what your heart desires, then Timothy Hardie is where you need to be. Unique one-off pieces offer rare gems and truly original designs in a range of ladies jewellery, engagement rings and watches. Alongside jewellery, you can also browse through their extensive selection of Victorian, Edwardian and modern silverware. Timothy has over 50 years’ experience in antique jewellery, first established in London before the allure of our Perth drew him north!
Retail therapy is best followed by some beauty therapy – after all, your new diamond necklace will sparkle even more with a fresh new you!
Nepalese Beauty Therapy offers a large range of treatments including two specialist therapies devised by owner, Sarita. Sarita opened her own salon after training in her sister’s beauty parlour in Pokhara, Nepal where she developed her own unique threading technique that minimises irritation and redness. She also brings Nepali head massages to Perth, sending you into a deep relaxation that gets your blood flowing and your skin glowing!
For luscious locks St John Street offers a choice of two award-winning hairdressers.
Internationally acclaimed stylist John Gillespie is based at his self-named salon which he runs with his wife Dorothy. John and his team of stylists are known to be a talented and ambitious team with multiple awards and appearances at London Graduate Fashion Week amongst their more recent accolades. The salon also offers beauty services and partners with luxe brand, Caudalie, for a range of signature treatments.
Craig Duncan Hair is one of Perth’s newest salons, headed up by L’Oreal Colour Trophy finalist, Craig Simpson. This fresh, young brand is partnered with industry legends such as L’Oreal, Kerastase and GHD and is Perth’s only salon to offer a wide range of Hair Choice wefts and tape extensions. Craig is also qualified in Non-Surgical Hair Replacement for men which is an exclusive for Perth; a natural and comfortable non-surgical hair loss solution this is, he tells us, much better than the old-generation toupees or hairpieces.
Of course, when it comes to feeling good you need to start from the inside and in Perth city centre that usually involves a trip to the Highland Health Store. Split across two shops, sitting directly opposite each other on St John Street, this family-owned business has been serving the wellbeing of Perth since 1989.
One shop offers an extensive speciality food selection that includes loose spices, a fantastic choice of allergy and lifestyle-friendly foods, and tasty, healthy alternatives to sugary and salty snacks. Directly opposite is a hub for homeopathic and bach flower remedies, vitamins, minerals and natural skincare. All of this is headed up by a knowledgeable and expert team who will help and guide you as you shop.
Perthshire is known the world over as Scotland’s outdoor playground, with its amazing landscape of hills, rivers and lochs. If you’re planning to explore our beautiful area then make sure you’re prepared for all that comes with it by spending some time on St John Street.
Banks, which boasts the enviable title of being the oldest business in all of Perth, having first opened in 1831, remains family-owned to this day. I’m sure you’ll agree that 200 years in the business makes them experts in outdoor wear and one to visit prior to your hillwalking/skiing/skydiving adventures!
Next up are Rohan, a multinational brand with a track record for light, quick drying, protective and easy to care for clothing. They are fashion conscious and ensure everything they make is hard-working, made to last and feature hidden clothing technologies. Chic camping chic? Check!
There’s something just universally lovely about spending a lazy afternoon picking up little things for your home, isn’t there? Whether you want to bring in a cosy, hygge vibe, or a sleek modern look, you can find everything you need to express your own personal style, right here.
If you need it for your kitchen, they’ve got it. If you didn’t even know you needed it for your kitchen, they’ve still got it! One of the UK’s favourite stores, Lakeland, brings their fantastic choice of items for baking, cooking, creating and making to Perth city centre. Lakeland’s friendly and helpful team is on hand to advise and guide, making even the most practical of purchases feel exciting and fun.
Perhaps one of the biggest draws on St John Street is the fashion on offer. From newborn babies to ninety year old ladies, everyone will find a style to suit them on St John Street in Perth.
We’ll start with a classic. Joules is a bright, colourful UK brand catering for men, women and kids. Offering up the best of British fashion and style they’re outdoorsy, practical and fun! This sizeable store brings the full range to Perth including their much-sought after newborn collection.
Which leads us nicely into Kids in the City, an independent child’s clothing boutique specialising in high quality, unique European fashion. Specialising in designer wear for 0 – 12 year olds they stock an impressive list of designer brands such as Mayoral and Tutto Piccolo.
They also provide dresses for special occasions such-as weddings and communions and other important, photo-worthy moments!
If you’re looking for something to keep you cosy – and who isn’t in Scotland? - then pop into Scottish favourite the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Everyday woollen basics come in hundreds of colourways and patterns, all at a great High St price point. So go on, ditch your old fleece (you know the one!) and give your wardrobe a revamp.
Famed for its happy outlook, White Stuff in Perth takes its quirky windows to a whole new level as their colourful graphics sing out of the stunning architecture of the old bank. This may be a lifestyle brand but its original textile prints, carefully chosen locations and real sense of ethical values make it a great fit for the street’s quality indie atmosphere.
Mostyn McKenzie has created a real name for themselves in the comfortable, fashionable footwear market and the Perth branch is one of only five outlets. This unusual position means you get the great service you’d expect from a small, family-owned brand alongside all of the choice and style of a larger chain.
Last but not least, you can style yourself from head to toe at Wilkies, where you’ll find everything from designer Barbour jackets to fashionable scarves and handbags, stunning jewellery and the latest looks in ladies footwear.
Need a break from shopping? You’re in luck! St John Street has three of the city’s favourite indie coffee shops and an award-winning bar and club to choose from!
The Olive Tree is one of the newest cafes on the street and is serving up delicious freshly made sandwiches, baked potatoes, soup, breakfast rolls and cakes to takeaway.
Coffee and Things is the perfect little brunch and coffee spot. Serving up gorgeously delectable dishes – cheese and caramelised onion baked soufflé, where have you been all my life?! – and a blend of Italian and Scottish cuisine, this is a favourite brunch spot amongst locals and visitors alike.
One of the city’s most popular stops on a night out, or for a relaxing afternoon drink, The Venue has become an institution since it opened in 2015. Their extremely popular gin bar boasts more than 100 juniper-based favourites and sits amidst a further four rooms each offering drinks and cocktails well into the night.
Set in an old butcher shop that dates back to 1898, Chester’s Coffee House honours the history of their premises in a very eye-catching way – the original tiles still adorn the walls giving them a quirky, and somehow contemporary, vibe! The home of quality coffee and delectable baking, the team roast all of their (Fairtrade) beans on the premises too – you’ll see their impressive roaster proudly displayed in the shop window! With a warm ambience, friendly service and great coffee, this is the perfect little place to while away a few hours.