Darwin is hardcore market central during the Dry Season. Between Thursday and Sunday, there are about 5 or 6 different markets that you can go to, and each offers something a little different. A few stay open during the Wet Season so you can still get your cheap vegetables and noodle soups throughout the year.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
Thursday & Sunday nights from 4pm – Dry Season only
By far the most popular market in Darwin, the Mindil Beach Markets has more than 60 food stalls serving food from more than 20 different countries and about 200 art and craft stalls. It runs from May until October at Mindil Beach, Darwin.
Browse through the colourful clothes, beautiful jewellery or head over to the whip stall for a crack. Grab a delicious laksa, tub of delicious crispy chicken or a woodfire pizza – some of our favourite meals have been at Mindil, including a pork hock covered in crackling. While you eat, check out one of the live performances or join hundreds of other people on the beach to watch the magnificent sunset (FYI – the sunset is also amazing on other days of the week).
At the end of the season, they have a big Mindil Market with extra stalls, extra performances, and fireworks on the beach.
Sunday 8am – 2pm all year round
These colourful markets began in 1996 and is a great place for a relaxed weekend breakfast and browse. Listen to local musicians and tire the kids out on the playground while you munch on a sticky pork skewer.
Saturday 8am – 2pm all year round
A local shopkeepers started these market in 1982 and it’s one of the few markets that run during the Wet Season as well. All the regular stalls are there – arts and crafts, exotic food and juice bars.
Rapid Creek Markets and Monsoon Markets
Thursdays from 5pm during the Wet, Sunday 8am – 2pm all year round
Darwin’s oldest market, it hass been running since the late 1970s. It runs all year round and is a great place to pick up some Asian produce and treats, soups and juices, and a massage. Nok’s Thai Massage is the ultimate treat – and they’re open throughout the week.
Coolalinga Rural Markets
Saturdays 8am – 1pm all year round
Since the late 1980s, these markets run on Saturday from 8am to 1pm all year round. We think of it as the cowboy market because of the crowd that is usually there, and you can buy food, crafts, plants, pets and live poultry.
Friday nights from 5pm – Dry Season only
These markets began in the mid-1980s and runs from April to October. There are over 200 stalls, most are the regulars that circulate all the markets, but the food tends to be a little cheaper. Grab some sweet rice or a spiral spud!
It’s really busy with lots of families and kids running around. There is also a massive grassed area for entertainment. Sometimes there’s a clown to get the kids jumping around, an acoustic act or dance lessons. At sunset, the lorikeets come out and make a racket but it’s a great sight.