Dining in Darwin is a multicultural, eclectic and ever-changing experience. Ask any foodie who has visited Darwin, and they’ll rave about the multitude of tastes, smells and textures that are awaiting you at world-class restaurants, street markets and little corners that will surprise you with some of the most tantalising food your taste buds have ever experienced. If you’re visiting Darwin sometime soon and are looking for a top dining experience, this article is for you. Read on to find out about some of the must visit foodie destinations in Darwin. (Image Credit: Igor Ovsyannykov/Pixabay)
1. Mindil Beach Markets
Foodie or not, the Mindil Beach Markets is a destination you definitely must not miss on your trip to Adelaide. Located a stone’s throw from any Darwin CBD accommodation, the Mindil Beach Markets is home to a plethora of sights, sounds, tastes and smells. The market is especially rewarding for those who are in love with food, as there are a myriad of food stalls to frequent, serving up fare such as Souvlaki, freshly baked breads and pastries and classic Chinese, Indian, and Thai fare. It is recommended that you visit the Mindil Beach Markets with an empty stomach, as you’ll want to be able to fit in as much grub as possible on your visit.
2. Laksa House
Lovers of Asian food delight, because Laksa House is one of the most popular food destinations in Darwin. Adored by locals and tourists alike, Laksa House situated a few kilometres from the city and serves up authentic South East Asian food from Malaysia and Singapore. Whether you’re looking for Charcoal Chicken, authentic and aromatic Laksa or Satay, Laksa House has you covered. Be sure to get in early for dinner though, as this restaurant closes at 8pm — worth the rush, without a doubt!
3. Pee Wee’s at The Point
Pee Wee’s at The Point is situated within a nature reserve on the northern end of Fannie Bay. Perfect for any special occasion, this restaurant is a Territorian take on fine dining. Don’t expect fancy table cloths at this destination — you’ll find large metallic tables and a palm lined alfresco courtyard. Focusing on fresh local produce, you’ll be treated to dishes such as their signature Chilled Prawn Salad and double roasted Duckling. With scrumptious food in an ethereal setting, soak in the stunning sea views whilst you enjoy an intimate dinner at Pee Wee’s!
4. Alley Cats Patisserie
If you’re a pastry and dessert aficionado, Alley Cats Patisserie is one destination you must not miss out on. This bountiful bakery cum cafe is situated directly beside the Darwin Transit Bus Centre in the city, offering ease of access to all travellers. You’ll immediately be hit with the heady aroma of fresh butter, sugar and everything that goes into world-class pastry the second you step into Alley Cats Patisserie. Treat yourself to some hand crafted Danishes, Croissants, Muffins and Doughnuts at this popular patisserie. We highly recommend purchasing some treats to take home too, as you’ll almost definitely want seconds later in the day!
5. Parap Village Market
Last but not least, any true foodie will have to hit up the Parap Village Market. This compact, bustling and crowded food market is a hit with locals and tourists, and home to amazing Asian fare. Slurp up some world-class Japanese Ramen, freshly blended Lassis and other varieties of Thai, Cambodian, Malaysian and Indonesian fare that is available for your tummy to feast on at this market. You’ll also be able to purchase some authentic Asian fruits and other exotic ingredients at this market, making it the perfect pit stop for any home cook. The Parap Village Market is open all year round, making it the perfect stop for any traveller.
We hope that this article has given you some insight into some of the amazing culinary experiences that await you in Darwin.