Every Saturday morning the Parap Village Market gets the weekend started selling fresh, local produce, clothing, jewelry, artworks, fresh flowers and exotic food. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets run from the end of April to the end of October on Sunday and Thursday nights. Enjoy food from around the world at various stalls and look for home made treasures amongst the various arts and craft stalls. On Sundays try the Nightcliff Markets which sell a variety of wares, both old and new or head about 20 minutes out of the city to the Rapid Creek Markets that sells beautiful produce, exotic plants, seafood, herbs and spices plus much more.
Best for Souvenirs
Barra Shack, Humpty Doo is the place to find unique gifts and the ultimate souvenir of the Top End. Choose from polished buffalo horns to purses, bags, belts and book covers all made, on site, from the skins of cow, crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi. 41 Acacia Rd, Humpty Doo (08) 8988 1258
Best for Aboriginal Art
Avoid the lure of the mass-produced art that is sold to tourists and head to one of the local galleries to find something more authentic and original. Try Maningrida Arts and Culture (3 Mitchell Street), Mason Gallery (21 Cavenagh St) or Mbantua Gallery (93 Mitchell Street).
Best for Gourmet Goodies
Parap Fine Foods, located in the Parap shopping centre, is where you will find a great selection of deli items, fine wines plus a good range of organic and health foods.
40 Parap Rd, Parap, (08) 894 0978. www.parapfinefoods.com