The Strzelecki Group’s Coventry Square Markets have recently opened in Perth, launching one of Western Australia’s largest local indoor markets. As someone who lives in Perth and who tries to support local shops, I can honestly say we have long needed such local markets in Perth that can compare with the scale, scope and design of similar markets in Sydney, Melbourne and other major Australian cities. The Coventry Square Markets not only aim to become a primary tourist attraction for Western Australia, but also a hub for locally sourced produce, handmade wares and Western Australian designs.
The actual building of the Coventry Square Markets combines a modern outward design with a classic European charm within its interiors. From the outside, the market building is all sharp lines and angles, exuding a clean and modern aesthetic. Once you step inside, it’s clear that the building borrows from the classic designs of European indoor markets and street boutiques with its sweet street signs and lanes, combined with the old-school charm of vintage typography and fonts for shops.
More importantly however, is the range of shops on offer. There are over 150 stores, and the market is divided into several sections based on themes. For example, there’s the fresh produce area, with the ‘Coventry Farmers Market’ representing one of the many fruit and vegetable shops, sourced from local growers. There’s also a wine area, a cafe strip, a restaurant section, delicatessens, bakeries, organic cosmetics and perfumes, homewares, jewellery, clothing, handmade art and craft, bookstores, florists, and many others.
There are many great shops to browse through. For example, ‘Timeless Accents’ (shop 125) specialises in handcrafted and hand-painted giftware, household items and signs, with many of their products being featured in various Australian and international art magazines, and their hand-painted typography signs gracing many local businesses in Perth. ‘The Naked Flower’ (shop 15) aims at a minimalistic and modern edge to traditional floral arrangement using monochromatic palettes and avant-garde flower designs, as well offering as a bevy of organic tea and fine china. And I also stumbled upon ‘WA Cleanskin Cellars’ (shop 192b), otherwise known as wine heaven.
This is just a small sampling of the type of stores available, so go on Perthites, support your local shop owners. And if you happen to be reading this from the rest of Australia or overseas, do come and say hi when visiting Perth.
The Coventry Square Markets are open seven days a week from 8am-6pm at 243-253 Walter Road, Morley, WA (the market is 7km northeast of Perth’s CBD and within walking distance of Morley Centro Galleria).