People buying items from a market stallShopping​

Darwin’s unique outdoor markets operate during the dry season and are popular with both locals and visitors to the Top End. Mindil, Parap, Rapid Creek and Nightcliff Markets provide the ideal place to stock up on locally grown tropical fruit and vegetables, Asian takeaway as well as unique authentic ingredients for Asian cooking, hand-crafted, gifts, jewellery and clothing. 

Alice Springs shopping is very diverse with a number of art galleries / stores to purchase local Indigenous art. The Todd Mall, shopping centres and the main town streets are dotted with a great selection of gift stores, fashion and general retail mix. From beauty to hardware, Alice Springs has an extensive variety of retail. A regular arts market is held in the Todd Mall, for more information go to the Todd Mall Markets website.

Shopping centres and precincts in the Northern Territory

There are a number of shopping centres throughout the Northern Territory offering a variety of specialty stores, supermarkets and discount major stores.

Darwin and Palmerston

  • Palmerston Shopping Centre
  • Casuarina Square
  • Mitchell Centre
  • Karama Shopping Centre
  • The Galleria
  • The Darwin Mall
  • Darwin CBD Plaza
  • Jape Homemaker Centre
  • Coolalinga Shopping Centre.

Alice Springs

  • Alice Plaza
  • Todd Mall
  • Yeperenye Shopping Centre

Regional towns have main street shopping precincts with various retail shops, boutiques cafes and restaurants.


Two people sitting at a table with sunset in the backgroundDarwin and surrounds 

Indulge your tastebuds with fresh, exotic flavours at Darwin's famous outdoor markets. Sit on the sand and watch a Darwin sunset as you enjoy Asian-inspired dishes from Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Get your weekend fill of distinctly tropical Top End fresh foods at Parap and Nightcliff daytime markets.

Dine in one of the Northern Territory's outback pubs, cafes or restaurants, where you can enjoy freshly caught local barramundi and other seafood or cuisine of your choice. Visit the Darwin Waterfront, Cullen Bay Marina Precinct or the City of Darwin offering a variety of cuisine.  For a casual family meal visit iconic Stokes Hill Wharf, the Sailing Club or Trailer Boat Club all offering waterfront dining in Darwin.

For a change from the laid back casual dining, enjoy exceptional service at PeeWee’s Restaurant, Evoo and Il Piatto in Skycity Casino, Hanuman, or Char Restaurant at Admiralty House to name a few of the many more upmarket dining options.

Good coffee can be found at many of the cafes dotted around Darwin’s central business district and suburbs.

On the road

Enjoy famous beef and barramundi meals with traditional damper and soak up the unique atmosphere and the characters in historic Daly Waters Pub.  Staying the night in this unique place to visit just off the Stuart Highway breaks the driving journey on the road between Alice Springs and Darwin offering is another unique Northern Territory experience (distance 600 kilometres from Darwin).

Alice Springs and surrounds

For South East Asian delights of Hanuman, or Alice Vietnamese Restaurant offer great dining, or if you enjoy steaks there is the Juicy Rump or Overlanders Steakhouse.

Great coffee shops for a refreshment or brunches in Alice Springs include Page 27 Café, Soma Café, and Watertank Café in Bloomin Deserts Nursery to name a few.

Uluru and surrounds

Dine under the stars alongside Uluru and Kata Tjuta at Sounds of Silence or Table 131° Voyages Longitude 131°.

For more information on dining go to the Do the NT website.