If youre going to go Darwin shopping youll want to know the best places to go to make the most of your time. Casuarina Square is the Northern Territory’s largest shopping mall and is located in Darwin’s northern suburbs. There are also banks, cafe and restaurants, a post office, travel agents and major retailers and a seven screen cinema complex. This is your typical mall type Darwin shopping experience and you will be able to choose from stores selling everything and anything you can possibly think of. This is the largest Darwin shopping centre and is Darwin shopping at its most enjoyable, not only because of the huge range of goods on offer but also because it’s air-conditioned. Air-conditioning might not seem important where you normally shop but believe me, in Darwin its a necessity. Darwin shopping can be a lot of fun and it can be an educational experience as well. It is not like shopping in Sydney or Melbourne, there are some cultural influences to Darwin shopping which gives it a completely different feel.
The following Darwin shopping suggestions should help you find just what you are looking for. In the city centre you’ll find a range of specialty shops centred around the Smith Street Mall. Many arcades link surrounding streets and it is worth looking around the numerous art and craft shops for interesting Aboriginal work. Look for shops with good local designs reflecting Darwin’s casual and relaxed atmosphere. Darwin’s CBD provides a tropical shopping experience for everyone and there’s a wide range of goods on offer. Shopping is a pleasure in Darwin City, and is available 7 days a week – a true tropical experience of balmy breezes, exotic shady trees and the social ambience that makes Darwin the city that it is. The Mall and surrounding streets offer more than 200 specialty shops for you to discover – fashion, footwear, handbags, hats, music, books, sportswear and so on… Forget your normal shopping experience, endless, crowded shopping centre corridors full of rude people just wanting to get it over with and go home, in Darwin you will enjoy the difference.
There are 20 shopping arcades in Darwin City, and all of them are worth a visit, so take some time to discover them all. Along the Mall start at Galleria, Centrepoint, Anthony Plaza or Darwin Plaza. Contemporary in presentation and full of things to buy, the tastes of the world can be enjoyed at the eateries and there are plenty of places to just sit and watch the world go by. Use the arcades as links from the Mall to Mitchell and Cavenagh Streets if you’re in a hurry, but be sure not to rush past all of the wonderful offerings on display. For instance, Air Raid Arcade with its wall display of historic photographs and specialty shops or The Vic Arcade, open to the sky and with a gnarled old bougainvillea still blooming. The Star Village, off the Mall, still has remnants of its days as an open-air cinema, now it’s a very individual, mostly open-air shopping arcade,. Here youll find great gift shopping or perhaps you might prefer to just indulge in some freshly made sandwiches, fruit salads or delicious handmade chocolates.
The Mitchell Centre is a bright new shopping complex in the heart of the Darwin CBD which has a Coles Supermarket that trades 24 hours a day seven days a week and 40 specialty stores providing everything including the latest fashions and sporting goods, health products, photo processing, hairdressing, financial services, travel services, a Telstra licenced shop, pharmacy, Colin Rubin Optometrist and more. The range of fashion stores include ‘out-there’ clothing, elegant evening wear, the latest range of sunglasses, fashion accessories, handbags and wallets, in fact, anything your heart desires…. It is also a great spot to dine, grab a fresh juice or a delicious ice-cream. Coffee and cakes, lunch and dinner, alfresco style or in air-conditioned comfort, your choice. With 3 hours of free undercover parking off Knuckey Street and an air-conditioned retail mall it’s the perfect place to be all year round. The Mitchell Centre is open 7 days a week and late on Thursdays night. Her youll find outlets selling high quality jewellery, shoes and fashion, it has an Angus & Robertson bookshop and a pharmacy. Theres Bardens with lovely range of cosmetics, gifts and perfumes, a hairdresser, a photographer, and a florist.
Theres Serenity, with an unusual range of gifts and cut flowers for those special occasions. There are also two great souvenir shops, stocking Akubra hats and genuine didgeridoos, a nautical giftware shop, and House can supply everything to suit the home. An optometrist, a photographic studio with a fantastic range of Northern Territory photographs, Medicare and a money exchange and dont forget to check out the wide range of food outlets from alfresco dining to divine Asian and a bakery plus superb coffee, and an ice-creamery All shops have a great range for all budgets, are eager to please you and are open 7 days. If youre one of those who like the markets then Mindil Beach Sunset Markets is Darwin shopping at its best. Thats because there you can find food from every continent, souvenirs and all kinds of arts and crafts that will just blow your mind. The Mindil Markets would have to be the most famous of all the markets in Darwin. Held every Thursday and Sunday of the week during the dry season, the markets is a great place to go to discover the local wares and find lots of little crafts, nik naks, jewellery and items from the usual market crowd and Darwin locals. From paintings to earrings to your usual touristy souvenirs it has it all along with a huge selection of foods to choose from, from all different areas of the globe. I highly recommend, in the Darwin heat, an ice cream and some of those famously freshly squeezed juices to cool off. Mindil Beach Markets are located in a great place to enjoy the sun going down on Mindil beach and usually they arrange some entertainment, great for the family or just a group of friends to pull up a rug and enjoy.
Star Lamps are cool, the jewellery assortment is great and you can search for that magnificent pearl for which Darwin is also famous. Also has the usual eclectic mix of sarongs, bags, beads and candles through to fortune tellers, palm readers and paintings, so much to choose from here! It depends what you are looking for, but as is the way with markets you will always find the bargain buys as well as the more expensive but usually truely unique gifts.