Top 5 spots for shopping in Perth
If you’re an international student new to Perth you’re probably still trying to find your bearings in the city. Luckily Perth has many fashionable hotspots we can point you to! It’s also getting easier for international students to go shopping in Perth using payment systems they know and use back home.
Last year, Alipay announced some exciting news for Chinese visitors to Australia. The popular Payment service had decided it was time to move in, down-under.
In partnership with Australian payments provider Smartpay, Alipay payment facilities have now extended to over 25,000 retailers in Australia and New Zealand. Alipay customers will now be able to pay cashless and cardless in Australia, using nothing more than their Alipay app.
This service is already available in many cities in China, where Alipay has more than 520 million customers. For Chinese students and tourists, shopping in Perth just got a little easier!
If you’re coming to Perth, you may be wondering where to find a good bargain, and which stores will accept Alipay.
Here are our top five shopping spree destinations:
#1 Perth CBD is home to all the major international brands, and you can stroll through picturesque historical streets while you browse. London Court is a CBD street famous for its old English vibe, and it’s the perfect spot to pick up a few souvenirs to take home. Head to King Street and you’ll find Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and all the classic luxury labels.
#2 DFO is a factory outlet shopping centre that opened in Perth last year, which offers great deals on many major brands. It’s also located near the airport, so it might be the perfect opportunity to get something on your way to or from the city.
#3 Watertown Brand Outlet shopping centre is popular with the locals. It also offers discounted prices on over 100 brands, and it’s accessible by public transport. Here you’ll be able to shop brand names including Calvin Klein, Levis, Oakley and many other favourites.
#4 Oxford Street, Leederville is a fun place to go out at night, but it’s also got lots of boutique stores that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re after a niche brand to stand out from the crowd, head down to Leederville on a free weekend.
#5 Claremont Quarter is a shopping mall for those looking for something a little fancier. It features a range of fashion stores by high-end Australian designers, if you want something with a local twist.
Where is Alipay accepted?
The number of retailers adopting Alipay is growing every week, so make sure you ask in store before purchasing, just in case your store has recently come on board!
Here’s a list of popular Perth stores where you can pay using Alipay. Some of these (such as Furla) you’re sure to find at the shopping hotspots we’ve mentioned above.
- Cue Clothing Co.
- Chemist Warehouse
- New Balance
- Veronika Maine
- Boutique Optical
- Folli Follie
Watch this space!
Two of Australia’s biggest banks, NAB and Commonwealth Bank, have recently signed contracts with Alipay allowing customers to use Alipay at their terminals.
This means that retailers who use terminals supplied by these banks should soon be introducing Alipay into their stores.
Analysts predict that this is just the beginning of the Alipay boom in Australia. With the retail industry being so competitive, as soon as some retailers start to introduce Alipay, it won’t take long for others to follow suit.
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