The best shopping in Darwin

It might be small, but Darwin has fantastic shopping opportunities!

Take home a piece of the Top End with you! Head into one of Darwin’s many boutique stores and grab yourself bespoke pieces of art, ethical fashion, and handmade goods. Boutique living is part of the Darwin lifestyle, so live like a local and shop local.

Aboriginal Art

Darwin’s Indigenous heritage is rich and alive. The traditional owners, the Larrakia people, have lived on the land Darwin was built on for thousands of years. They established the first trade routes through the region and cultivated the land. Their traditions live on today, as they continue to hold their strong connection to the land.

Head to one of the many commercial galleries or artist-run centres throughout Darwin and purchase yourself a piece of traditional art. Artists in the region us a variety of modern and traditional techniques to produce spectacular dot paintings, x-ray paintings, woven crafts, and traditional carvings. Sift through the collections and find the perfect piece for your collection.

Precious Pearls

Head to Paspaley Pearls, and marvel at the beauty of Darwin pearls. Each piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, guaranteeing the pearl is 100% Australian with natural colour and lustre. Each piece of jewellery is designed to be both treasured and worn, and artisan jewellery makers use traditional and modern techniques to craft the items.

Each year Paspaley produces two major collections, taking inspiration from Darwin and its environment. Their boutique showcases classic strands and elaborate one-of-a-kind colliers.

Crocodile accessories

Treat yourself to some luxury with bespoke crocodile gifts. At di CROCO you can find belts, handbags, jewellery, and homewares made from genuine Australian saltwater crocodile skin. Beautiful items made from both the precious belly and distinct hornback skin line the store’s walls. The development period for an item in the di CROCO collection can take up to six months, and their team is hands-on from selection of the skin to final product delivery. At di CROCO you know you’re buying quality.

If you’re after something a little less luxurious than genuine crocodile skin, head to one of the many souvenir stores scattered through the CBD. There are plenty of crocodile glad homewares, postcards and clothing you can take back home. There is truly crocodile paraphernalia for every budget!

Boutique Shopping

Darwin is home to a wonderful selection of local fashion designers.

Magpie Goose is a small fashion brand engaging with remote Indigenous artists to create bespoke textile designs. The team aims to help non-indigenous people engage with Aboriginal culture through their clothing while providing employment opportunities for artists, models, photographers and screen printers. Matilda Alegria has forged her name as one of Darwin’s top high fashion designers. She has created gorgeous wedding dresses, custom racewear, and beautifully tailored wardrobe staples.

In addition to stunning fashion, there is a plethora of boutique artisans creating homewares, art and eccentric items.

Darwin city has a truly spectacular shopping scene, check it out on our Darwin City tour.

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