Guides

Shopping in Fremantle - Market Stalls, Quirky Fashion, and Aboriginal Handicrafts

Hotel search

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, you can probably buy it in Fremantle. From Mexican-inspired clothing to local Aboriginal crafts, “Freo” sells it. There are markets, shopping malls, and specialist gift shops. The city is also a fashion centre, and several leading Australian designers have opened stores in town. Most shops are open every day, and stay open late on Fridays.

Shopping in central Fremantle

 

Central Fremantle, between the railway station and Fremantle Markets, is pedestrian-friendly, and packed with shopping opportunities. You’ll find a wide range of independent and often quirky stores here. South of the Border sells colourful women’s fashion items that take their inspiration from the arts of Mexico. If you’re looking for something both eye-catching and fun, take a peek in Stunned Emu Designs Gallery. This is where local artist Wendy Binks creates and sells her humorous designs celebrating Australia’s iconic flightless bird. You’ll find emus adorning everything from original prints to coasters, mouse mats, and children’s books.

 

  • South of the Border, 101 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA 6160; Tel: +61 8 9433 2225; Website: South of the Border
  •  

  • Stunned Emu Designs Gallery, 56 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA 6160; Tel: +61 437 068 767; Website: Stunned Emu Designs Gallery

Fremantle Markets

 

Fremantle Markets opened in 1902, and it remains a focal point of local shopping, with over 150 stalls. It's a great place if you want to buy fresh local produce from independent traders. Many of the fruits and vegetables sold here are organically grown. You'll also find original works created by local artisans and craftspeople. To serenade you as you shop, busking musicians provide background entertainment.

 

  • Fremantle Markets, Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle, WA 6959; Tel: +61 8 9335 2515; Website: Fremantle Markets
  •  

  • True Blue Retail Shop, Fremantle Markets Shop 101, Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle, WA 6959; Tel: +61 457 202 823; Website: True Blue Retail Shop

 

Aboriginal arts and crafts in Fremantle

 

Several galleries around Fremantle sell ethically sourced Aboriginal arts and crafts. Japingka Gallery has specialized in indigenous Western Australian fine art for over 30 years. Buy anything here and it'll come with notes about the work, and about the person who created it. True Blue, in Fremantle Markets, also sells authenticated pieces by local Aboriginal artists, as well as boomerangs and didgeridoos. Close to the station, Didgeridoo Breath lays claim to having the world’s largest selection of didgeridoos. It also sells Aboriginal music, and other indigenous musical instruments from around the world.

 

  • Japingka Gallery, 47 High Street, Fremantle, WA 6160; Tel: +61 8 9335 8265; Website: Japingka Gallery
  •  

  • Didgeridoo Breath, 6 Market Street, Fremantle WA 6160; Tel: +61 8 9430 6009; Website: Didgeridoo Breath

 

Shopping malls in Fremantle

 

Fremantle has no giant out-of-town retail parks, but there are a few small shopping malls in the centre. Close to the railway station, Woolstores Fremantle Shopping Centre is home to around 2 dozen stores, including a large supermarket, and offers free parking for your first hour. Also central is MANY 6160, a “shopping mall” with a difference. Located in a former department store, it’s an urban regeneration project run by artists and designers. One floor is given over to production spaces, whilst another provides retail space for the manufacturers. Their products range from quirky fashion items to unusual artworks.

 

  • Woolstores Fremantle Shopping Centre, 8 Cantonment Street, Fremantle WA 6160; Tel: +61 8 9335 5492; Website: Woolstores Fremantle Shopping Centre
  •  

  • MANY 6160, Kings Square, 2 Newman Court, Fremantle WA 6160; Website: MANY 6160

 

Department stores in Perth

 

Make the 40-minute journey by road or rail from Fremantle to central Perth, and you’ll be able to explore the city’s large department stores. Most are located in the pedestrian zone centreed around Hay Street. Target sells fashions, toys, electronics, and beauty products. David Jones is more upmarket, and also has a food hall. You’ll find Myer, another department store with a long history, a block away on nearby Murray Street, with clothing, toys, and electrical items.

 

  • Target, 712 Hay Street Mall, Perth WA 6000; Tel: +61 8 9327 3700; Website: Target
  •  

  • David Jones, 622 Hay Street, Perth, WA 6000; Tel: +61 8 9210 4000; Website: David Jones