From Café Coco at the start of the street, to The Alteration Company down at the end, the fascinating array of businesses on South Methven Street perfectly embodies the city of Perth. Proudly independent, the street offers everything you might need all served up with a personal touch, and all on one long stretch.
As well as a fantastic choice, you will also find a quirky, unique blend of old with the new; where else could you step out of a stylish, contemporary hair salon and walk into a traditional fruit and veg shop in under a couple of minutes? And of course, a glorious mix of cultures come together with Nepalese restaurant and Polish supermarket bringing two great sit in or cook at home options.
Cafe Coco is a top choice for a cosy coffee and a delicious fresh lunch. The staff are welcoming and serve a mouth-watering selection of Italian coffee, cakes and pastries, as well as classic soups and sandwiches. Fancy a big start to your day? Make sure to check out the full traditional Scottish breakfast! Or maybe you're in a hurry and just need a pick-me-up? No worries, their coffee is ready to take-away.
Just down the road is Snack Shack, a popular cafe and take-away with a reputation from Perth locals, who love its hot filled rolls, stovies and macaroni. And with a full breakfast for just £4 it's ideal for saving a few pennies without skimping on taste.
When in Scotland, it’s always weather for ice-cream, and at Espresso café and ice-cream parlour you can enjoy a sweet sundae, a comforting coffee and cake or a tasty lunch deal. Customers rave about the welcoming service from the friendly staff, whose aim is to make you feel right at home.
With Delicious, the name says it all. Locals flock to the cafe during lunch hours to satisfy their hunger on the most wonderful selection of takeaway sandwiches, rolls, wraps and paninis with fillings to suit every craving. Take time to sit in the vibrantly coloured cafe where the lime green and sunshine yellow walls are certain to make you smile (as is the homebaking!). Make sure to check out the sumptuous home-made soups, which change daily.
For an evening dining experience, South Methven Street looks to the East. The acclaimed Everest Inn has a host of awards to their name and a loyal customer base who have fallen in love with their Nepalese offering. Indulge in classic curries or experiment with authentic Nepalese meals such as Machha Modi Khola, fish marinated in spices, herbs and yoghurt, or Hans Bhutuwa, a marinated breast of duck in herbs and spring onion. Treat yourself to a sit-in meal, or order takeaway for a comfy night on the couch!
Across the road from Everest Inn is the Nawaab offering a la carte and buffet dining as well as a take-away service. Nawaab is great for special occasions with room for up to 60 people in each booking. If you are throwing a special party, then ask about their cakes with sparklers, balloons, decorations and more. They're wheelchair accessible and offer toddler seats and baby changing facilities, making them perfect for the entire family.
Keep the evening going after your meal and head to Dickens Bar! This Perth favourite has 200 years of history to its name, with evidence of a licensed premises on that location as far back as the early 1800s! Today, the pub retains its traditional style and specialises in real ale and malt whisky as well as supporting local breweries. And if you’re in town during the day, pop in for a soup and sandwich for under a fiver!
While small in stature, the Bee Bar is loaded with spirit and warmth. A classic, good old fashioned boozer, the Bee is the place to be for lovers of a good drink, good company and music to match.
Perthshire’s Polish community has grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade and a Touch of Poland is the very happy result of this! Our Polish friends will find all their home comforts and favourite food and drinks and for everyone else, it’s well worth a visit to try something different.
One of South Methven Street’s most well-loved shops, Martin’s Fruit Bazaar is famed for their vibrant boxes of colourful fruit and vegetables lining its windows and shop front. Only the freshest produce is sold here, sourced locally and from across Scotland. Martin’s is a family run business that’s been serving Perth for many years now and for many, many reasons is where we all go for a trip down nostalgia lane.
Whether you’re looking for a bit of girly pampering or a special barber’s treat, you can find it all on South Methven Street. Charlie Taylor is one of the leading names in hair and beauty across Scotland, and here in Perth, her salon offers everything from a cut and blowdry to daring new colours and styles. Upstairs they offer treatments for the face, body and nails, including manicures, facials, tanning, make-up and non-surgical cosmetics.
Another leading Scottish name, the multi award-winning team at Copperfields Hair and Beauty are committed to bringing customers the highest level of service, style and creativity. Their bright, contemporary salon is home to both hair and beauty, with a range of fantastic treatments in both departments. Offering up some of the hairdressing industry’s most respected brand names as their partners, it is little wonder that they are one of Perth’s first choices for trims, colour and restyles.
Nail Bar, to the end of South Methven Street, has an enviable reputation which has brought them a host of awards. With manicures starting from £12, they also offer other beauty services including eyelash extensions, threading and spray tans, all carried out by highly trained beauty technicians. Appointments aren't always necessary so drop by and see what they can do for you.
Badlands Barber, was Perth's first barber shop with a modern twist. The team provide both haircuts and beard maintenance and as well as talented stylists, you'll enjoy great conversations and a good cup of coffee! Parents with young children in particular praise Badlands for their service, which has seen nervous wee boys raring to return. For something a little more classic, Stuart’s Barber Shop offers a traditional experience with skilled staff and a longstanding clientele.
Mobilia Carpets & Beds have a fantastic range of furniture, beds and carpets for your home at affordable prices. Their knowlegable staff are on hand to make sure you get expert advice and a great deal.
The team at Fair City Carpets has been servicing Perth locals for over 20 years and as well as a great choice of quality flooring, their speciality door-to-door service offers a generous selection of benefits, from free estimates through to old carpet removal.
Right next door, Fair Bathrooms design, supply and install bathrooms to fit any size, budget and taste. So whether you're in the market for a cheap and cheerful installation for the spare loo, or a luxurious upgrade, make sure to drop in for a chat and see what they can do for you.
This Little Piggy went to Perth! This award winning shop specialises in only children's footwear and the gorgeous interior is jam packed full of every possible design and size of trainer, school shoeand sandal. With a host of top brands and a fabulous fun interior and windows (they really do ooze creative genius!) the team will make shoe fitting a treat for even the fussiest of child!
The Look offers simple, well-tailored clothing at great prices and has built up a loyal base of customers as a result. Browse the selections of ladies clothing and make sure to ask the helpful team for assistance – they’re ready and waiting for you!
Every Scotsman needs a kilt and Robert Nicol will have you looking super smart for your special occasion.. One of the longest-established kilt-makers and specialists in Scotland they come with four generations of family experience. Their personal service is second to none and they offer a range to suit each person's style and cost.
One of the best things about South Methven Street is the unique variety it offers so when it comes to grouping them all together the bits and bobs can get quite long – and very interesting!
Let’s start with a feel-good factor by introducing RP Blair, an independent pharmacist who has over 50 years of informative advice at hand. Prescriptions, toiletries and pampering treats can all be found alongside the off-the-shelf remedies your body needs when it’s feeling poorly.
Across the road, is a talented team looking to bring some tlc to your worn out clothes and give new garments a nip and tuck to create the perfect fit. The Clothing Alteration Company have helped more than a few of us out of a tight spot when an outfit needed altering or repairs and their expert hands offer speedy service and guaranteed results.
B.A. Kerrigan is a combined tobacconist and classic sweet shop that promotes a true feeling of old-fashioned service and quality. This cosy nook of a shop has shelves packed with the sugary delights of many a childhood, from wine gums and fruit salads to iron brew chews and jelly beans. For the cigar aficionado, Kerrigan’s shelves also include the top selection of tobacco products in the city.
WJ Henderson Optometrists an independent family owned opticians that opened in South Methven Street 75 years ago! They are experts in keeping your peepers healthy and have a fantastic range of classic and contemporary designer frames to choose from.
Price Crushers have an array of homeware, tupperware and cleaning products. From feather dusters to new pots and pans you're sure to find a useful bargain!
For a more floral experience, the other end of the street is home to Lorna Davies Florist. The rainbow of colours both outdoor and in is a glorious welcome for all and the team are ready and waiting to bring their wealth of experience to each and every bouquet. Provide bouquets, wreaths, baskets and arrangements for every occasion this wonderful shop never fails to delight their band of loyal customers.
Right next door, the Cat Shelter Shop raises funds for the care and protection of cats across Perthshire. This small space is run by dedicated volunteers who always appreciate a new face popping in to check out what’s on offer, including second hand clothes, home-ware, and a box of books on the doorstep. They heartily welcome donations and new volunteers .
And its two fat ladies, 88, to finish off! Get your dabber pens ready for a fun time out at King's Premier Bingo. Early sessions start when the doors open at 10:30am and they run the calling until late, six days a week.
Whatever you’re looking for, we hope you turn your attention to South Methven Street for its independent delights and passionate small business spirit, who mixes blasts from the past with fresh bursts of modernity and pulls it all off in a way that only Perth can.