For far too long, Northbridge has been seen as the suburb for clubbing, bars and late night antics. However, it is also home to a range of hidden stores and quiet cafés, making it quite peaceful during the day. One of our favourite small boutiques hidden in Northbridge is Tú, a quiet, intimate boutique located on William Street, which now consists of three areas; a store, a café and a gallery.
Tú began in 2004, originally located on Shafto Lane in Perth City, but has now relocated to the other side of the city in Northbridge. Much like many other of our favourite stores, Tú is well hidden, quietly placed between a range of small stores, cafés and bars. The room is similar to a narrow hallway, packed with trinkets and racks, giving it a cosy, humble feel that complements its dreamy, bohemian range of clothing, gifts and accessories.
Tú supports shopping local, ethical and handmade products, which is why you will find yourself surrounded by pieces from a range of local Australian designers, intricately handcrafted accessories and unique gifts. Tú’s stock includes a few favourite Australian designers such as Milk & Thistle and Stevie May, along with a large collection of local labels including some wonderful vegan-friendly skincare range, and collections from 33 Poets, House of Skye and Monster Alphabets.
One of our favourite parts of Tú is the latest addition, turning a single boutique into a three-concept building. Stepping into the very back of the store, you will find the staircase gallery, housing a range of artworks from local artists that are changed monthly.
At the very end of the building is Tú’s latest addition, Tea for Tú. This humble café gives shoppers a place to sit back and relax, making coffees, teas and treats in a charming, intimate environment perfect for winding down, and still a secret from the massive café-venturing audience.
Tú is a perfect find for those shoppers wanting to support local artists and designers, along with being an intimate and cosy setting. The store is draped with unique titbits, ornamental pieces and vintage-style mirrors and furniture, so that entering into this store becomes an adventure in itself.
By Jessica Clausen