The Malak Markets are a must-visit Darwin destination. They run from 4pm – 9pm every Saturday from the 29th of April until the 28th of October and host approximately 70 stallholders, ranging from those selling fruit and veg and meals and snacks, to African prints and hair care.

They have a BIG focus on the selling of organic produce where possible, as well the promotion of wholefoods (minimally processed).

I’d suggest perusing the whole market (or taking one of the guided market tours like we did) but, if you don’t have time for that, at the very least grab something to eat. The food is seriously good!

Here’s a taste of what we enjoyed (with snaps below):

Apocalypse Bistro

  • Eggplant parmy burger: light parmesan crumbed eggplant, kale & sweetcorn succotash with a tomato dressing and mayo on Turkish bread

Needle in a Haystack

  • Local Eva Valley beef osso buco, buttery polenta, pickled zucchini, kale pesto, bone jus

The Buda Bar

  • Zucchini zoodles with creamy cashew Alfredo ‘cheeze’ sauce, sun-kissed tomato Napoli with locally grown basil and walnut pesto on top of fresh zucchini spiral mountain topped with a rawmesan pepita dusting
  • Ginger juice: fresh ginger, coconut water, rice malt syrup and all of the lemon

Le Bistro Rakuya

  • Char grilled dancing beef skewers with veggie curry fried rice
  • Grapefruit green home brewed iced tea

Damascus Kitchen

  • Traditional Syrian dish with mixed rice, lentil and currants with falafel and kebab skewers

Origo NT

  • Seafood paella
  • Sangria

You can find out more about Malak Marketplace at

Follow them on the gram at @malakmarketplace


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Article written by Liz Lyons

This experience is part of a larger series of content we are producing for Tourism NT. To check out what else we’ve been up to, head to the @territorytaste Instagram page (we’ll be hanging out there until the end of August 2017).