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Perth- Part 1 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Perth, one of the most remote cities on earth and just three hours from the buzzing beaches of Bali, this former gold rush town now attracts prospectors of a different kind with cutting edge fashion and art, plus a distillery that brews with quinoa.

There’s a refined minimal vibe to the little Angove street collective boutiques, which are all under one roof on North Perth’s hippest street. A fragrant florist is next to a tiny coffee shop, one of hundred’s in this flat white obsessed city, and a stall selling Soothe Tubes hand creams from a kiwi base. But the standout here is Australian design house Papaya attractive tableware. Its flint bisque spoons look like Neanderthal man has collaborated with Danish design brand Hay and are worth 20 Dollars of anyone’s money.

Curiosity shop is crammed with carefully curated Australian pieces, such as the big name crossover tea towels from Melbourne based Third Drawer Down, buy them loose for use or stretched on a frame like the works of art they are. The store also stocks finely wrought handmade ceramics in a Japanese style by Yuniko studio, as well as marbled beakers by potter Emma Yinkovic.

A few years ago you could buy hats by Australia’s Kate and Abel at Harvey Nicholls or Anthropologie in London. But in 2013 the duo moved back home. Now, if you want one of their handmade felt fedoras, head to Many 2. 0, a semi-permanent group of pop-ups occupying the ground floor of former Fremantle department store Myer. Turn up to the millinery bar at their concept store and get measured for one.

To a western eye, Aboriginal art can seem a bit unfathomable: a sacred story told in a secret language. Japingka gallery showcases pieces from around the country. The dot paintings of the central dessert alongside figurative owls and rain spirits from Kimberley in Australia’s North West. There are large and powerful canvases by acclaimed artists including sisters Sarrita and Tarrisse King and smaller pieces that will fit in a suitcase.

The Whipper Snapper Distillery in the shadow of the East Perth freeway makes Aussie bourbon in the American style. Drop in to taste the unaged Crazy Uncle moonshine white whisky or invest in a bottle of Upshot, the barrel-aged version of the same brew. Behind the bar they have experiments to sample. Try the Q project which is made from Quinoa.

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