The dry season is here, and most Darwin locals know what that means – the Mindil Markets are back again! Open every Thursday night (5-10pm) and Sunday night (4-9pm) from the last Thursday in April to the last Thursday in October, the Mindil Markets offers more than 200 stalls of fantastic food, fashion, jewellery, arts and crafts, and handmade knick-knacks.
While the markets are on, it’s a great time to sample some of the world’s best cuisine—from Thai and Sri Lankan cuisine through to Chinese, Malaysian, Greek and more. If you simply cannot get enough of your favourite Mindil Beach Market dish, here are some great places to fill the void during the week.

Chinese Cuisine

Asian Pot

Fresh authentic Chinese cuisine, Asian Pot - Darwin
Fresh authentic Chinese cuisine, Asian Pot – Darwin

If you’re after some authentic Chinese and Singaporean cuisine, head down to Asian Pot on Knuckey Street. Here you will find all of your favourites, from light meals such as tom yum soups through to more substantial dishes including noodles, rice and stir-fries. The team is friendly and the food is so good, you’ll be coming back again and again! This is the perfect Darwin Chinese restaurant for a quick lunch, long dinner or just to get a snack and escape the heat. If you can’t find what you want on their menu, they do take special requests—so you’re sure to get the perfect dish. Feel like staying in? Asian Pot also offers a convenient delivery service within the local area, for quick and easy Chinese cuisine.
Where: 21 Knuckey Street, Darwin NT 0800

Mexican Cuisine

Hot Tamale Mexican Restaurant

Spicy chilli con carne, Hot Tamale - Darwin
Spicy chilli con carne, Hot Tamale – Darwin

Had a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine at the markets and just can’t get enough? Don’t fret—we have the answer! Set on the beautiful Darwin waterfront, Hot Tamale not only offers delicious Mexican cuisine, but also stunning views of the ocean. Hot Tamale’s focus is on Mexico City’s amazing street food, with influences from Texas and South Carolina. It’s all about spice, flavour and fresh food here. Kick back, order some tasty tacos, big burritos, nachos, salads or enchiladas, it’s all cooked to order. If you like your Mexican food mild, be sure to let the friendly staff know. Feel like a drink? With the largest collection of tequilas and mezcals in the Southern Hemisphere, Hot Tamale is the place to go!
Where: F2 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin NT 0800

Greek Cuisine

Yots Greek Taverna

Fresh Greek salad, Yots Greek Taverna - Darwin
Fresh Greek salad, Yots Greek Taverna – Darwin

You tried some Greek food while passing through the markets, and now it’s your new favourite cuisine. Get it for lunch or dinner from Tuesday through to Sunday by visiting Yots Greek Taverna. This multi-award winning Greek restaurant offers high-quality food served fresh, including fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and oysters. Also on the waterfront, Yots specialises in premium seafood meals and all the best Greek dishes. With their extensive wine list and cocktail menu, Yots has a drink to complement any meal. Relax, enjoy the view, impeccable food and amazing service, you won’t be disappointed!
Where: 54 Marina Blvd, Larrakeyah NT 0820
If you’re after something a little bit different, why not Eat Pray Love, Darwin style?
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