While you probably wouldn’t choose Darwin over London, Paris or New York as a shopping destination, you will almost definitely find yourself in need of extra luggage space after a shopping expedition in the Top End’s capital. You’ll find souvenirs, clothing, homewares and artworks with an authentic, and invariably Australian, difference.
Some markets, such as Nightcliff and Mindil Beach, specialise in arts and crafts, while others are more about fresh, local produce. All of them have delicious food on offer, so be sure to bring your appetite on shopping expeditions.
If you’re after a more traditional retail experience, take your pick from Casuarina Square Shopping Centre, Smith Street Mall, or Mitchell Street shops. For a blow-the-budget uniquely Australian piece of jewellery, you’ll find the famous Paspaley Pearls in Smith Street Mall.
Our top picks
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
Food may be the main attraction at Darwin’s famous sunset markets (choose from an extraordinary variety of cuisines such as Sri Lankan, Indian, Brazilian and Portuguese for starters), but don’t forget to allow an equal amount of time to browse the dazzling arts and crafts on offer. You’ll find everything from handmade jewellery to natural remedies and arts, crafts and fashion. Open Thursdays and Sundays, April to October.
Casuarina Square Shopping Centre
247 Trower Road
For a variety of department stores and boutiques, head to Darwin’s largest shopping mall, and the NT’s biggest retail complex, Casuarina Square Shopping Centre. There are more than 165 specialty stores, an extensive and popular food court on the ground floor, and a cinema.
Shop like a local
Whether you’re meeting friends for brunch, stocking up on fresh ingredients for dinner or in the mood to browse clothing, books or art, you couldn’t find a more relaxed spot to do it than Nightcliff Markets. Sit and enjoy the live music while the kids run around in the playground. Sundays, year-round.
Shop 25, Michell Centre, City
If you’re a shopper with your finger on the pulse, then Attitude X is the place to head in Darwin for the latest in streetwear. With labels such as Billie, Vans, Havaianas, Ben Sherman and Birkenstocks, this is the place the young and hip (and young-at-heart) kit themselves out.