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Jimmy Shu, Parap Markets, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Markets are a big part of life in the Territory. They're a great way to get your hands on some of the amazing regional tucker, crafts and produce, as well as the perfect place for socialising and checking out local entertainment. Be sure to ask about regional markets wherever you are in the NT, but in the meantime, here's a sample of what's on offer.

When the sun goes down

The Sunday markets at Nightcliff present a variety of cuisines, art and craft, massage, tarot, and fresh produce. Take an afternoon stroll and pick up a uniquely Territorian gift or grab a coffee, find some shade and take in a show on the central stage.

Held one Thursday each month from August through to November, the Alice Springs Night Markets are often themed and held alongside events like the Alice Desert Festival, the Henley on Todd Regatta or the Alice Springs Masters Games. Along with entertainment, there's a huge range of stalls, from indigenous art and crafts, locally roasted coffees and fresh-made donuts, to recycled treasures and hand-made clothes. 

Here comes the rain

The Rapid Creek Monsoon Markets in Darwin happen Thursday evenings from November to April (or Sunday mornings outside Monsoon season). 60 stalls offer fresh organic produce, Asian fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, exotic plants, flowers and seafood. Plus you'll find a range of local handmade arts and crafts for that special gift, as well as local entertainers.

Around the world

Each Thursday and Sunday evening between May and October the stalls at Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Markets offer international cuisine from Turkey, Greece, Sri Lanka, South America, North Africa, India and all over South East Asia. Make like a local and grab some take-away to have down on the beach as you enjoy a spectacular Darwin sunset.

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