Cullen Bay Marina, a 25-minute walk or a short cab ride from town, is packed with trendy restaurants and cafes. If it's Thursday, don't even think about eating anywhere other than the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. And on Saturday, head to the suburban Parap markets for Asian goodies.
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If it's Thursday, join the entire city and hundreds of other visitors at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market to feast at the 60 terrific (and cheap -- most dishes are less than A$10 a serving) Asian, Greek, Italian, African, Mexican, and Aussie food stalls; listen to live music; wander among almost 200 arts-and-crafts stalls; and mix and mingle with masseurs, tarot-card readers, and street performers as the sun sets into the sea. The action runs from 5 to 10pm in the Dry (approximately May-Oct). A smaller market of about 50 stalls runs Sunday from 4 to 9pm. The market's season changes from year to year, so if you're visiting on the seasonal cusp, in April or September, check whether it's on by calling the organizers (tel. 08/8981 3454) or visiting www.mindil.com.au. The beach is about a 20-minute walk or a A$10 cab ride from town, or take bus no. 4. The Tour Tub's last run of the day, at 4pm, goes by the markets, and some hotels provide a shuttle bus.
On Saturdays (8am-2pm), head to suburban Parap Markets, which transform a small street into a corner of Asia. The focus is on food, with a sprinkling of arts and crafts, and it's a favorite place for locals to have breakfast or brunch, choosing from the Southeast Asian soups, noodle dishes, and satays, washed down with fresh-squeezed tropical fruit drinks. The market stalls cover only about a block, on Parap Road in Parap (tel. 08/8942 0805 or 0438/882 373 mobile phone).
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