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Eating & drinking in Darwin
Darwin's city centre has lots of eateries
and bars catering for the tourists, but if you venture out of
the city centre where all the accommodation is centred you will
find some great food at the markets that are held in various parts
of Darwin. A lot of Asian immigrants live in Darwin and they cook
the food just like back home and are always found at every market
where they have their stalls.
Darwin is well endowed with barbeques, in many of the parks there are free gas barbeques, or barbies as the locals call them. Find one and have a real Aussie barbie!
With its tropical climate Darwin is ideally suited to outdoor cafes and you will find them everywhere.
Located near the end of Smith St., on the way to Mindil Beach, this development has numerous cafes and restaurants and is a popular place to wine and dine on the waterfront. It is also the departure point for ferries across the harbour, scuba trips etc.
A stubby is usually a beer bottle of 375ml. but in Darwin it is two litres! In the days when Darwin was the city with the highest beerconsumption per capita in the world this saved a lot of walking back and forth to the fridge. Nowadays only tourists buy the Darwin stubby as the two litres of beer will set you back about $20.- You'll have to buy and drink at least one to make your Darwin experience complete!
One of the most popular venues for food and drink, the
Mindil Beach markets
Drinking has always been a very important part of life in Darwin, and up until the 1980s it used to be the town with the highest beerconsumption per capita in the world. The Victoria Hotel in the Smith St. Mall is one of the longest running establishments and has changed from a very rough place in the old days to a bar where backpackers party the night away. They also do meals here.
These two are also popular places for a drink and located conveniently close in Mitchell St. in the city centre where most of the backpacker hostels are.
Darwin also has a Subway branch, one of the few
fastfood franchises where you can eat healthy.
Find them on Knuckey St. between the Smith. St. Mall and Mitchell St. There is another one in Nightcliff.
A good place for a meal and a drink while catching a few cool breezes on the waterfront, and a very good place to see some of Darwin's spectacular sunsets.