Darwin is the Territory's culinary capital. Cafes, restaurants and market stalls all offer outdoor seating, and the quality and diversity of produce is unrivalled. The city's multicultural make-up is reflected in its food; steaks and seafood are other mainstays. Vegetarian and vegan options are limited, although many restaurants will have a handful of choices. Large supermarkets are found across the city.
Parap Village is a foodie's heaven with several good restaurants, bars and cafes as well as the highly recommended deli Parap Fine Foods. However, it's the Saturday morning market that attracts locals like bees to honey. It's got a relaxed vibe as breakfast merges into brunch and then lunch. Between visits to the takeaway food stalls (most serving spicy Southeast Asian snacks) shoppers stock up on tropical fruit and vegetables − all you need to make your own laksa or rendang. The produce is local so you know it's fresh.
Don't Miss: Nightcliff's Food Trucks
Darwin does casual dining particularly well, and out of its mix of market-stall culture and multicultural taste a real street-food scene has emerged atop the cliff at Nightcliff. You may find the odd van or two any night of the week, but from 5pm Friday through to Sunday they turn up in a veritable convoy of Mexican, Italian and all manner of Asian food trucks, with top-notch coffee vans as well. Join the locals by bringing a picnic blanket and soak up the buzz beneath the flame trees.