St John Street is one of Perth’s most iconic areas. With the glorious St John’s Kirk backing onto this beautiful pedestrianised street, the area has both an air of history and the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere of a continental shopping promenade.
As well as playing home to Perth’s new department store, Beales, St John Street has the most fantastic choice of high-quality, independent retailers, all of which bring something a little extra-special to the city’s unique shopping experience. It’s an eclectic blend of designer, contemporary and antique, and has a gift for every age and a price point for every pocket – I’m talking everything from a Rolex to a pastry, beeswax to a briefcase!
The wide paved walkway, stunning architecture and rows of brightly lit and beautifully dressed windows bring this gorgeous, vibrant street to life and make it one of the city’s favourite shopping hotspots.
Jewellery Made Perfect
St John Street has three of the city’s oldest and most respected jewellers at its heart and together they bring a breathtaking array of contemporary designer brands and stunning antiques.
TB Mitchells corners onto South Street and is run by Graeme and Christine, and their friendly and knowledgeable staff. They’re always pleased to help you find the perfect present and will talk you through their wide range of popular brands including Omega, Tag Heuer, Links of London and Clogau, so that you leave with the perfect gift for a special someone or for yourself!
Timothy Hardie has been in Perth since 1981 and he has over 50 years’ experience in antique jewellery having first worked down in London before venturing north.
Tim has an outstanding choice of one off antique rings, necklaces and bracelets as well as his specialised large diamond pieces which will leave you pressing your noses against his window in awe! You can also pick up some find ornamental silverware, and silver cutlery and tableware from the shop too.
Last not least that brings us to Cairncross; one of Perthshire’s most exclusive jewellery stores with a stunning shop front and luxuriously spacious interior designed to offer one-to-one attentive service. You’ll find big brand names such as Rolex and Tisot and wonderful bangles from Halcyon Days, Richard Cooper Bronze and great little gifts too, making this one Perth’s most aspirational yet, much-loved independents.
Hair Beauty and Wellbeing
John Gillespie Hairdressing is one of the city’s most respected salons, and is owned and run by internationally acclaimed stylist, John Gillespie and his wife Dorothy.
John has travelled globally as a session and platform stylist, working with big name models and stars. Since 2013 he has been the Global Care Ambassador for Schwarzkopf Professional, and you will find some amazing gift ideas for the product junkie in your life!
When it comes to beauty then Nepalese Beauty Therapy has you covered. Run by Sarita Murray from Pokhara in Nepal, she worked in her sister’s beauty parlour in her homeland and learned threading and tinting, facial treatments, head massage, waxing, and eyelash extensions. She delivers five-star customer service and offers gift vouchers for those looking to treat that special someone!
When it comes to your wellbeing then sometimes you can never go wrong with asking the experts and that’s exactly what you can do at the Highland Health Store. Occupying a unique presence on either side of St John Street, Highland Health Store sell herbal homeopathic and bach flower remedies, vitamins, minerals and natural skincare on one side of the street with wholefoods, food supplements, loose herbs and spices and a brilliant choice of speciality dietary foods on the other.
The business has been in Perth since 1989 and is a friendly, family-run company offering expert advice on health and nutrition.
The Great Outdoors
Perthshire is known the world over as Scotland’s outdoor playground, with its amazing landscape of hills, rivers and lochs. Perhaps this is why we are so well serviced in quality, fit-for-purpose outdoor clothing shops. Banks ticks all the boxes of great service, expansive knowledge and passionate staff. They are an independent shop with years of trade under their well-stocked-utility belt and bring internationally acclaimed outdoor brands such as Lowa, Zamberlan and Gri Sport to the city.
Rohan is a multinational brand with a track record for light, quick drying, protective and easy to care for clothing. They are fashion conscious but ensure everything they make is hard-working and features hidden clothing technologies. Sounds impressive!
Make Your House a Home
If you need it for your kitchen, they’ve got it! If you didn’t even know you need it for your kitchen, they’ve still got it! One of the city’s all-time favourite stores is Lakeland and its little wonder with their amazing choice of items for baking, cooking and making. The staff in Lakeland Perth are friendly and fantastic, and they will do all they can to help you find what you need.
The Rose House is owned by husband and wife team Audrey and John, and here you can pick up some delightful flowers to give your house a more homely feel. Audrey is a florist with 25 years’ experience and individually hand makes all of her bouquets, wreaths and arrangements. As well as sending flowers they are licensed to deliver chocolates, champagne and whisky, so your gift buying could get a whole lot easier!
You can also pick up some great things for your home from the new guys on the block – Beales! Based in the famous building formerly occupied by McEwens of Perth, at Beales you’ll find fantastic furniture and homeware ideas, as well as neat little gifts for the garden. The department store will also be there to keep you on trend with the latest beauty and fashion styles, with plenty to choose from for men, women and kids. You could quite literally spend a full day browsing their selection!
Perhaps one of the biggest draws on St John Street is the fantastic fashion on offer and where better to start than with one of the UK’s favourite clothing brands.
Joules is based in the old Austin Reed building and the premium clothing brand caters for men, women and kids, offering up the best of British fashion and style. Joules also have a baby collection if there are any new-borns in your life too!
If you’re looking for something warm to keep you cosy in the final months of winter, then pop into Scottish favourite Edinburgh Woollen Mill where you can pick up every day cosy basics at terrific prices and in every colour you can imagine!
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 High Street 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.
The almost independent but almost a chain store status of Mostyn McKenzie brings you the service and welcome of a small, family owned store and the choice and range of a bigger outlet. Their Perth branch is one of only five and they have carved a name for themselves in the comfortable, fashionable footwear market.
Guys, if you’re looking for high-quality, fashionable suits; then you’ll want to take a look in at Brook Taverner. The menswear store offer suits, jackets, shirts, ties and trousers, meaning you will leave looking dapper whatever the occasion might be. For the women, 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 trends in footwear.
Finally for the kids pop into Kids in the City – an independent children’s clothing boutique specialising in high quality, unique European fashion. You’ll find something for your kids no matter what their taste at great prices!
Grab Something to Eat or Drink
A favourite with the people of Perthshire, when you’re on St John Street and feeling a little bit peckish you’d best get yourself into Tower Bakery! Go for your lunch, take a fresh loaf of Perthshire bread home with you and whatever you do, make sure you have a pineapple cake at least once in your life! Straight from the ovens of our very own local bakery, you will find pies, pastries and cakes made to Scottish recipes for our sweet Scottish palate!
For an after shop tipple or a delicious meal, then The Venue on St John Street is the place to be. Their fantastic menu has something to make everybody’s taste buds tingle, and their extremely popular gin and rum bars will serve up fancy drinks guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
St John Street has everything you need to enjoy a day out in Perth with fantastic Indies, great choice in fashion and jewellery, a bustling department store and more!
The main image for the article was photographed by Marysia Macfarlane.
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