Not just for the tourists

The Weekend Post - - Lifestyle / Advertising Feature -

WHETHER you’re pick­ing up a sou­venir for a fam­ily mem­ber, look­ing for a bar­gain or just check­ing out all the prod­ucts that the re­gion has to of­fer, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one at the Cairns Night Mar­kets.

In ad­di­tion to the lo­cal prod­ucts on sale, the Night Mar­kets also has a food court where you can grab a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent cuisines, as well as fan­tas­tic af­ford­able mas­sages for when you feel like treat­ing your­self.

Steven Kenny has been a stall­holder at the Cairns Night Mar­kets “since day one”, in 1997.

He owns and op­er­ates Gift of Glass, a stall that spe­cialises in hand-blown or­na­men­tal glass gifts and cus­tom-de­sign work.

“I’m down here ev­ery night glass blow­ing and do­ing demon­stra­tions,” he says.

“We get a lot of kids com­ing to watch, which is great. I make stuff on the spot for them — names out of glass with lit­tle an­i­mals on the end of them and things like that.”

He says over its 21-year his­tory, the Night Mar­kets has al­ways been a great place for lo­cal artists and businesses to show­case their prod­ucts.

“When some­one comes to a mar­ket, they don’t want to see all the same gifts that they see at ev­ery other gift store in town,” Steven says.

“They want to see some­thing unique and dif­fer­ent, and that’s what we have here at the Night Mar­kets.”

He says, while the mar­ket’s dessert bars are pop­u­lar with the re­gion’s lo­cals, he’d like to see more lo­cals com­ing through the mar­ket­place.

“I think if the lo­cals knew what is ac­tu­ally in here – it’s not all the tourist stuff, there’s other stuff in there that lo­cals will re­ally en­joy.

“They think it’s just an out­let for over­seas and do­mes­tic trav­ellers so they never bother com­ing in, which is a bit of a shame. But it’s not just a mar­ket for tourists, it’s a mar­ket for the lo­cals, too.”

Some other pop­u­lar stalls for lo­cals at the Cairns Night Mar­kets in­clude: Banhmi 7 A fairly new ad­di­tion to the Night Mar­kets, Banhmi 7 is lo­cated near the Ab­bott St en­trance. It serves up au­then­tic Viet­namese street food, with many sig­na­ture items not avail­able any­where else in Cairns. Bead Bazaar Bead Bazaar has a un­usual col­lec­tion of hand­made beads, jew­ellery, ster­ling sil­ver, gem­stones, cool ca­sual cloth­ing and sarongs and hair­wraps. Wom­bat’s Cross­ing Wom­bats Cross­ing of­fers a wide range of sou­venir items such as jerky, macadamia nuts, tea, tshirts, opals and more. Cairns Wood Mate Nat­u­ral hand­crafted items in­clud­ing card wal­lets, combs, phone cases and sun­glasses — all made out of wood. Cairns Wood Mate is a great gift shop. Ice Cloud Dessert Bar A huge va­ri­ety of bub­ble tea and crispy golden chur­ros (Span­ish donuts) dipped in all sorts of yummy coat­ings, from rain­bow sprin­kles to Nutella. The Crepe Shop Try one of these de­li­cious crepes filled with fruits, cream or ice cream. With all man­ner of flavours and com­bos to try, you will not be dis­ap­pointed.

Gift of Glass has been at the Cairns Night Mar­kets since day one.

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