The best laksa in Darwin

Who makes Darwin’s best laksa? It’s quite well known by now that Darwin is the laksa capital of Australia… and the long-running competition for the best spicy soup used to be a heated discussion among locals at the Parap Markets on a Saturday morning – but now, thanks to the Darwin International Laksa Festival, we have the answers for you!

Marys laksa at Parap Markets
Famous Mary’s laksa at Parap Markets

If you haven’t heard of the Darwin International Laksa Festival – put it on the list for next year. It’s our wet season special – a whole month of trying, tasting and rating the best Laksa and Laksa Inspired dishes across Darwin and now even in rural areas – all culminated in a full blown festival at the end of the month!

For 2021 – popular waterfront eatery CHOW won the prestigious Golden Bowl trophy from 41 entrants, with 10 fantastic dishes on the Darwin laksa shortlist.

CHOW winning the 2021 Laksa Festival

So – where are the best Laksa’s in Darwin? Take a look below for a comprehensive laksa list, featuring the dishes from the 2021 International Laksa Festival top 10 that are still available for you to order, and a few of our local faves…

The Deck Bar


Lazy Susan’s Eating House

Choks Place

The Purple Lady – Darwin NT

Ayuriz Cafe

Alberto’s Cafe


Parap Markets –Yati’s & Mary’s Laksa

Bamboo Lounge

Rendezvous Cafe

Check out the weird and wonderful entries in the Darwin Laksa Festival ‘inspired by’ category, here.

What have we missed? If you’ve got a favourite that we definitely need to try, make sure you email us at