Night Markets, Cairns

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Stay up late at Night Markets, popular with tourists from around the world. Open late each night of the week, these markets are a collection of stalls catering mainly to foreign travelers, with vendors selling clothes, handmade crafts, souvenirs, food, beverages, and jewelry. Inspired by similar markets found all around East Asia, Cairns’ night markets were created as a convenient way for local merchants to satisfy the growing tourist demand for inexpensive but well-made local products. Today, you can visit over 130 stalls at a pleasantly air-conditioned shopping center, located on the city’s popular Esplanade. Use our Cairns tour itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Night Markets and other attractions in Cairns.
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  • Plenty of stalls, selling lots of stuff, especially souvenirs, clothing etc. Worth a visit but wouldn’t go out of my way to go there.  more »
  • Thought we may be able to pick up some handmade souvenirs, but it was just a bunch of cheap crap. Not worth the time in my opinion.  more »
  • The night market is worth a visit but once is enough. Most of the stalls sold similar products at tourist prices. Food was fairly average and were mostly Asian, quite oily and again, tourist prices. A...  more »
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  • Absolutely wonderful with a variety of food and also souvenir. It's a one stop place and it closes pretty late at night. I had a great time getting a bunch of souvenir for my friends and family. Plus I get to hang out, eating and drinking till late (I think it was about 11pm). Went back to my nearby hotel having a great sea-side walk with my friends. Marvelous evening!
  • Good if you're in international visitor there are a lot of Chinese made Australian merchandising and clothing like board shorts, Hawaiian shirts etc There are like 12 massage places with curtains so you don't have people peaking on your body being rubbed down. Also Hank from Hank's Hut obviously doesn't want to sell any of his bamboo blankets, no prices are displayed and every time I went to ask him the prices he was talking on the phone. He wasn't friendly or welcoming at all, I was willing to buy a couple of is larger blankets which were priced at: to quote the only words he said to me between his conversation on the phone "80 to 100". Thanks Hank I'll be buying my bamboo blankets online. Good luck mate.
  • A great place for a meal. Tourist and clothes shopping. There is also a Tarot card reader there - he was very accurate! I was surprise with how accurate he was. There is also a nail stylist who has won international awards.
  • The night markets sound fun and exciting, but it is essentially an indoor flea market held at night. It's cool and unique, a lot of local artists displaying their wares. This is a good place to find gifts for people if you're on holiday.
  • It must be good - we ate there 4 or 5 times. Good variety and good value. The stalls are the same every where.

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