Darwin is well known for its vibrant, fresh and fun markets that occur all year round in various locations. Here is a run down of some of the places where our fantastic markets are held:
Mindil Beach Markets
Where: Between Sky City Casino and Botanic Gardens on Gilruth Avenue - less than 3km from the Darwin City.
When: During the Dry season April to October
Thursdays 5pm to 10pm (main market night)
Sundays 4pm to 9pm (smaller market night)
Mindil Beach Markets are the most famous of all our Markets and is a must on any visitors to do list. It features over 250 local stalls everything from food to souvenirs - fantastic for locals and visitors alike its a great atmosphere right next to the beach to catch the perfect Darwin sunsets. At Mindil markets you can BYO and set up a lovely picnic rug on the lawns or beach and enjoy some of the delicious market food that includes various Asian food stalls, Mexican, NT outback, Italian and Portuguese to name a few. There is often live music, circus or other entertaining acts to sit back and watch. There is ample parking although does get quite busy at peak times around 6-7 pm and an ATM onsite.
Photo credit to Danielle Andreoli
When: During Dry season April to October - Every Friday night 5pm till 9pm
Where: On the lawns opposite Palmerston Library, Goyder Square, The Blvd, Palmerston
The Palmerston Markets are in there 30th year of operation and offer a great family vibe for fun Friday night. A DJ and a clown for the kids, live entertainment ranging from multicultural dancers and various bands. There are over 140 stalls selling everything from hot and cold food from various countries, fresh produce for sale, local arts and crafts, kids rides, body massages and much more. Palmerston Markets offers a relaxed family friendly environment for a great enjoyable evening for the whole family.
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Darwin City Boutique Market
When: First Friday of the month - 3pm till 9pm
Where: Darwin Smith Street Mall, Darwin CBD
One of the newest Markets to Darwin are the Boutique Markets run in the Smith Street Mall in Darwin CBD. Tantalise your taste buds with a variety of food vans on site including Haensel and Gretel, Origo NT, The Potato Man, Amma's Cafe and more. Lots of fun activities to entertain the kids after school and browse the stall holders and shops in the Mall. Perfect way to start the weekend.
Photo credit to @lifeindarwin
Where: At Parap shops - 3/3 Vickers St, Parap
When: Saturday mornings all year round (rain or shine). 8am till 2pm
This is one of Darwin's great weekend markets. There is often music and buskers playing tunes and their is such a relaxed vibe to start your weekend. There is a great choice of local and international cuisines available as well as a diverse range of local produce and Asian greens. There are many local plants available to purchase to start your own tropical paradise at home.
The Parap Markets are proudly supporting local made arts and crafts, with the highest percentage of Territory products of all the Darwin markets. There are market stalls with local artwork, gemstones, massage, clothing, jewellery, handmade goodies and much more. One of our local businesses Natural Wonders NT holds her stall at this market every Saturday.
On through the Dry and Wet seasons!
Photo credit to Libby from Growing Up Troppo
Rapid Creek Markets
Where: At Rapid shops - 48 Trower Rd, Millner
When: Sunday mornings all year round. 6.30 till 1.30pm
This weekend market is Darwin's oldest market and is situated in the heart of the Northern Suburbs. Rapid Creek Markets are awesome for a great range of fresh local and Asian produce. The car park and arcades are turned into a sea of colour from the 60 plus stall holders. There is something for everyone including organic fresh produce, Asian greens, plant and cut flowers, seafood straight from our ocean and a range of handmade arts and crafts for that souvenir gift. There are
This Market is on the bus route and stop by hourly. The car parking can get a bit crazy at times especially at peak times around brunch. Why not head here for a lovely unwinding massage before the start of your busy work week and pick up your weekly fruit and veggies!
Where: At Nighcliff shops - Pavonia Way, Nightcliff
When: Sunday mornings all year round. 6am till 2pm
This is one of my favourite chilled out weekend markets. It is great to take the kids along to as it has a little playground in the market centre which seems to occupy them for a bit while I enjoy the Market food and drink goodness. There is regular live entertainment by various local bands and food and drink - there is something for everyone from crepes, sushi, curries, satays, burgers and other Asian delights. Fresh local produce is on sale and many plants, arts, crafts and other souvenirs and handmade goodies. On through the Dry and Wet seasons!
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