Dining & entertainment in Alice Springs
Restaurants in Alice Springs reflect the wild bush tucker of Central Australia and celebrate the landscapes and culture with colour and flair.
Feel like Emu tonight? Or maybe a crocodile steak? Alice Springs is the place to find some of outback Australia’s most exotic and authentic cuisine.
From sophisticated town restaurants to al fresco dining amongst the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges, there is a range of restaurants and cafes to cater for all tastes.
It’s not just about local fare either. Enjoy award-winning Asian-inspired dining and great pizza, or taste the famous Northern Territory barramundi at a uniquely Red Centre seafood restaurant.
For the true outback eating experience choose from menus designed by local chefs using traditional native fruits, berries and game meat. Delve into a mix of native and contemporary dishes that will bring out the unique flavours of the local produce.
Despite the remote location, there’s no reason you can’t pair the flavours of the great Australian outback with a refreshing sauvignon blanc or rich shiraz. Like all Australian cities, there is a wide array of quality wines available from some of the country’s leading wine growing regions.
With everything from family restaurants, continental bistros and Asian-inspired eateries to great sport bars offering true pub grub, your taste buds will not be disappointed in Alice Springs. There’s even a restaurant offering emu, crocodile, camel, barramundi, beef and kangaroo. You even get to keep the menu!
If you’re after a quiet morning with the newspaper and a fresh cup of coffee, stroll down to the Todd Mall in the Alice Springs CBD. Choose from a range of great local cafes and enjoy the friendly, relaxed atmosphere synonymous with this outback region.
The Entertainment Centre
Nothing reflects the history and diversity of Alice Springs like The Araluen Cultural Precinct. Featuring the Museum of Central Australia, the Albert Namatjira Gallery, the Strehlow Research Centre, and the Araluen Arts Centre, the precinct is a cultural hub and a focal point of the region’s creative scene.
The Araluen Arts Centre showcases contemporary Aboriginal art by local and Australian artists, screens art-house films from around the world, and hosts local and touring theatre productions.
Art and Music
Local performing arts and music venues carry on the great traditions of the regional Aboriginal culture and feature traditional music shows and visual artworks. From Didgeridoo performances and nightly live music to touring exhibitions, there’s no shortage of entertainment.
For family fun, try the Thursday Night Market in the Todd Mall. Stroll through stalls packed with art, craft and clothing and listen to live music from local performers.