Funky girders and steel beams create undercover spaces with palm trees placed erratically in between. Cafes congregate outdoors and clothing stores spread into the Mall. It’s a mix of shopping experiences from beautiful pearls and crocodile handbags to touristy t-shirts and bali-style frocks. Duck down the side alleys and arcades to discover little Asian take-aways alongside day spas, ball gowns and sandwich shops.
This shop feels stylish and distinctive and it is a special treat to visit. Crocodile skins are from Darwin and luxurious handbags are locally designed (by the owner). The bracelets create beautiful works of art, each piece feels as if it is made especially for you. This store is the best of the best.
For over 75 years, Paspaley Pearls have dominated the South Seas. Choose one of the glossy, glowing strands of pearls or try a single pearl hanging on a delicate chain of gold.I heard one customer say, “It’s a feast for the eyes!”
Original artworks from Utopia in Central Australia decorate the walls and there is a fascinating range of Aboriginal designed artefacts. Fancy mouse mats, wine bottle holders and even “stubby” holders – all of fantastic colour and design. Also in Mbantua there is a range of recycled rice and fertiliser bag products, made in Cambodia by artisans disabled by landmines and polio.
Smell the newly sawn wood, listen to the soft classical music. This classy gallery features locally made jewellery, gifts and timber furniture. An antique 1930s buffet sits alongside a contemporary dresser, timber edged mirrors feature a combination of cedar and camphor laurel. The chunky necklaces of misshapen bits of glass, rocks and metal muddle together in a multitude of colours that go with anything and everything. I love the little animal and bird glass broaches.