While some of us are kicking into cool weather-mode, many of our far-away fans and fellow bloggers are amped up for warmer months! Here, Ally of Vintage Valley takes us on a tour of her hometown, Perth, a lesser-known-but-equally awesome Australian city that’s especially enjoyable this time of year!
“Perth is a city that hosts an abundance of hidden treasures,” says Ally. “There’s nothing better than spending your weekend finding that new bake shop, or having the best coffee of your life in a cafe that you always seemed to pass by. We have an amazing vintage scene here in Perth – from antique shops and retro housewares, to swing dancing and markets. I hope you enjoy my little tour of a few places I love in my city.”
1. Sherbet. “I will warn you now – if you have a sweet tooth like me, and love cupcakes, I will not be held responsible for the guilt you may feel after stuffing yourself silly at Sherbet. They are the best bake shop around not only because their dÃ©cor is exactly how I would like my kitchen to look, but they never… never… skimp on the icing! If you’re in the Maylands area, pop in and say ‘hi’ to the amazing staff. They make you feel a little better about hovering over the counter mumbling, ‘Chocolate, wait no! Vanilla! Okay, ummm, I’ll take them all!’”
2. Mo Mo’s. “If I could offer you one piece of advice when visiting Perth, it’s to visit Mo Mo’s! Located on Beaufort street in Mt. Lawley, they have the most delicious range of vintage, and it is almost too much to wrap your head around! On a Saturday, I will usually be found there surrounded by vintage bliss!”
3. Hyde Park. “This inner-city park is truly a magical place to picnic, walk the pups, or just park-dwell. The large Moreton Bay Fig trees make you feel like you’re surrounded by years of history and are often used by couples on photoshoots, or as hiding places during hide-and-seek by groups of children. This particular park is an escape for me. I bring a good book and soft rug, and while away the hours until the chill of dusk comes.”
4. sidney LOVES audrey. “The most adorable home, gift, and coffee shop you will ever find in West Perth! You instantly feel at home and you’ll want to plonk yourself down in a crushed-velvet vintage chair whilst sipping on amazing coffee, keeping a mental checklist of pretty purchases before you die and go to cuteness heaven. The super-stylish ladies who run the shop bake all their goodies daily and make you feel like you’re chatting with an old friend! If you’re on the hunt for striped straws, funky clocks, or paper robots, this is the place for you.”
Thanks for all your tips, Ally!