Darwin may not immediately spring to mind when thinking about Australia’s culinary delights, but it should! It has some quirky, but wonderful eateries which will literally make your taste buds go wild with gastronomic pleasure.
With a great mix of high-end restaurants as well as hip cafes offering street style food inspired by everything from European to Asian to Australian cuisine, you’re truly spoilt for choice at Darwins best restaurants Whether you want a simple cappuccino, breakfast, lunch or dinner, Darwin’s eateries have you well and truly covered. In this article, we present eight of Darwin’s best cheap eats.
Darwin’s Best Cheap Eats
6/24 Cavenagh Street, Darwin City
Though not easy to spot, it’s a place which just shouldn’t be missed. This café, which offers mouthwatering authentic Indonesian delicacies, ticks all the right boxes when it comes to hearty Asian fare and the large number of patrons at lunchtime is evidence of this. The chilli beans in coconut sauce, grilled eggplant and white fish curry (AUD$13) coupled with a chilled, homemade ginger drink (AUD$5) is a combo worth trying. The café is open until early afternoons only on weekdays and doesn’t accept credit cards.
Eat at Martin’s
6 Caryota Court, Coconut Grove
If healthy and wholesome is what you are after, this vegetarian joint is the place for you. At Eat at Martin’s, all food is sourced and prepared according to traditional Ayurvedic principles, a concept borne in India to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Its most popular offerings are chocolate and chickpea cake (AUD$5.90) and black organic quinoa in coconut milk, served for breakfast with pears, ginger, spices, yoghurt, coconut cream and walnuts (AUD$14.90).
70 Reedbeds Road, Berry Springs
This family-run farm shop is a favourite of visitors to Litchfield National Park or Berry Springs Nature Reserve. Highlights include tropical fruit-inspired homemade ice creams (AUD$5), picnic platter with smoked barramundi, honey roast ham, salad and roast beef (AUD$19.50) and mango cheesecake (AUD$7). It’s open from May to September, which is Darwin’s dry season.
54 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park
The café is run by East Timorese and is known for its South-East Asian fare. A favourite among locals, the eatery has earned a name for its fresh and delectable laksas and soups (AUD$16-$17.50) and charcoal chicken with sweet and spicy Timorese sauce (AUD$22.50). Closing time for dinner is rather early at 8.00 pm.
Shops D1 & D2, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin City
This fun restaurant has a bright, colourful, modern and youthful vibe. Vietnamese cuisine is the main inspiration for Chow which also serves Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian fare. Favourites include spring rolls (AUD$15), fresh coconut water (AUD$9), scrumptious laksa (AUD$15-$19), pad thai (AUD$19) and Vietnamese chicken curry (AUD$22).
Jetty & the Fish
260 Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff
The red food truck is open for business from Thursday to Sunday evenings on Nightcliff Foreshore in the north. The stars in their menu include hot chips (AUD$3.50) and South Mexico-inspired fish tacos, served with spicy white sauce, cabbage and coriander (AUD$5).
Alley Cats Patisserie
14/69 Mitchell Street, Darwin City
The most delicious breads and pastries, organic sourdoughs, croissants, Danishes and traditional sweets in Darwin can be found at this bakery cafe. Its heavenly creations include the cronut (AUD$7), a twist on the classic custard doughnut, and cruffin, a cross between croissant and muffin (AUD$7). Its sister café, The Rabbit Hole, has a stall at Nightcliff Markets on Sunday.
64 Smith Street, Darwin City
The charming restaurant reminds you of its Greek heritage at every turn and takes the customers’ focus to its delicacies which include fried saganaki cheese (AUD$17), pureed potato and garlic dip (AUD$7), chargrilled octopus (AUD$25), spanakopita dishes (AUD$14) and the Greek vanilla slice galaktoboureko (AUD$9.50).