There are so many reasons to travel to Darwin, but one that some people don’t think about is the city’s incredible dining scene.
Whether you’re a foodie, an avid Instagrammer or you want a wide range of options to keep a family happy on a holiday, Northern Territory’s capital has all bases covered. In this article, we’ll cover some of the city’s best dining options for all budgets.
The Mindil Beach Markets are a huge favourite for visitors to Darwin and if you find yourself heading out that way, be sure to keep a lookout for Darwin Laksa. The best way to spot it is normally just to look for the longest line. However, the wait is worth it. Cheap and tasty laksa with no shortage of meat (or tofu) and the option to add as much or as little spice, coriander and peanuts as you like. Best enjoyed on the beach watching the sunset.
Darwin’s leading burger joint, found in the centre of town, is a must-visit for those who like their burgers stacked high and want something more substantial and authentic than what you’d find at the nearest drive thru. Although the burgers are the star attraction, the quality of sides – whether that’s the chips, onion rings, mac & cheese or something else – is also worth checking out.
Pee Wee’s at the Point
Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point Reserve, Darwin 0820
Example costs: Seared lamb backstrap $48, roasted cauliflower fioretto $42.
Often talked of as Darwin’s premier dining spot, Pee Wee’s has a waterside spot with views back across the CBD. The menu is on the pricier side – mains are generally upwards of $40 – but the quality and creativity of the food on offer is something else. The wine menu is a joy to read as well, and the well-trained staff have a great knowledge of which bottle to pair with each meal.
PM Eat & Drink
Corner of Knuckey Street & Austin Lane, Darwin 0800
Example costs: Suggested banquets (for two or more people) $60 – $80
PM Eat & Drink specialises in small sharing plates with influences from around the world. If you’re not good at making decisions, the restaurant has three banquet meals that work as a good starting point. Enjoy fried saganaki from Greece, alongside locally caught calamari and wagyu rump raised in New South Wales, or go your own way and pick and choose what tickles your fancy.
Booking cheap flights to Darwin
If we’ve whet your appetite for a trip to the NT, you’ll be pleased to hear that direct domestic flights to Darwin are currently available with major airlines from five airports: Alice Springs, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Of these five, the most popular route is the Brisbane to Darwin flight. This flight is a touch more than four hours long, is best booked 21 weeks in advance (roughly four months) and is normally cheapest through Tigerair.