Darwin Blog

Monday, 16 July, 2007, 12:16 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Darwin


When I first came to Darwin in 1984, there were only two stores worth shopping in, Alfred’s and Blazez.  Unfortunately Blazez closed sometime ago, much to my disappointment, but Alfred’s is still a Darwin institution.

The store is run by Stanley Chin and his family.  It stocks many gift ideas at a great price range.  You can buy Chinese New Year cards, quality knives for the kitchen – he has all the big names, Scanpans, great wooden toys for children and plenty of practical joker gifts that go down real well for the office Kris Kringles.

In the old days, Alfred’s used to be located in the Mall and they also had the best range of basketware.  Nowadays, other stores seem to have captured that market.

Alfred’s also have a steady supply of salty plums for all those brought up in the Territory or in PNG – my mouth is watering just typing “salty plums”!  They also stock some of the Casuno range, Christopher Vine china – to die for and a number of Chinese good luck symbols and chimes to hang around the home.

I recently bought a beautiful purple coin purse for a friend as a birthday gift from Alfred’s and it is made of eel skin- the colours of the range are fantastic and there is something for men and women.

There are so many gift ideas in this store and the service is superb – it always has been and gift wrapping is complementary – I am sure there is something I have missed, but why not drop into the store and have a look yourself.


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