Spend your Sunday morning sipping on a latte while scoping out unique gifts for your friends and family at the Nightcliff Markets. With more emphasis on art, crafts and second-hand stalls, you’ll find the atmosphere a little more relaxed. It’s all about vintage – recycled clothing, books, vinyls. Don’t worry, if you do work up that appetite, there’s a few foodie options to feast upon. When the temperature rises, there’s plenty of shady areas for you to sit back and relax.
Locals tip? There’s live music from 11am, so be sure to nab a seat near the central stage.
If you’re travelling from the city centre, take the number four bus. If you’re making your own way there, head to Nightcliff Shopping Centre on Dick Ward Drive in Nightcliff.
Every Sunday, from 8am through to 2pm.
Why the locals love it?
Being on a Sunday morning, it offers a really relaxed vibe and it’s not as intense as the other markets. Also, if you’re on the hunt for a special gift for someone, you’ll source something extraordinary.
Rapid Creek Markets
Being the city’s oldest market, Rapid Creek Markets is an absolute must particularly if you consider yourself a culinarian-in-training. Being predominantly Asian, you’ll be wowed by the weird, yet wonderful exotic fruits and vegetables on offer. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle as you make your way around the maze of stalls. Revel in the rich aromas and savour the spices and sauces on offer. It’s also the spot for picking up local seafood.
Locals tip? Make sure you get there early so you can get first pick of the produce before it’s snapped up.
The Rapid Creek Markets is located at the Rapid Creek Business Village, which is on Trower Road. And, despite being in the heart of the northern suburbs, is only a 20 minute drive from the city centre.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 6:30am to 1:30pm.
Why the locals love it?
Many of Darwin’s chefs are up at the crack-of-dawn to source their produce for many of the restaurants in the local area. If it’s good enough for them, then you know it’s going to be as fresh as can be.
Live like a local
Ingrained into the Darwinian culture, market shopping is a must. No trip is complete without a visit to one of the many that are on offer. Whether you’re a fledgling foodie or amateur art collector, be sure to mark your calendar for a spot of shopping.
For more ways to live like a local, visit the Northern Territory website.