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Despite its remote location, Alice Springs is vibrant and lively with plenty of activities to fill your itinerary with. Laid-back mornings begin with fresh coffee and delicious breakfast in excellent cafes in the CBD. Days are filled to the brim with shopping, culture, history, and adventure. By night discover a variety of exquisite restaurants serving local and exotic delights, as well as a range of bars, pubs, and clubs.

For those who crave a little retail therapy, Alice Springs does not disappoint. Head to Todd Mall in the CBD to find the perfect souvenir or gift. Todd Mall is home to an array of tourist shops, art galleries, clothing, and boutique shops, as well as a cinema if you feel like catching a movie. Three shopping plazas are located in town: Alice Springs Plaza, Alice Springs Shopping Centre, and Yeperenye Shopping centre. Within the plazas, you will find an array of big brand and unique clothes shops, jewellers, pharmacies and more. Smaller shopping centres include Diarama Village and Polana Centre. Visit the Todd Mall Market every second Sunday from March-December to browse a wide range of vibrant stalls selling crafts, Aboriginal art, clothes, jewellery, books, food and more. Enjoy music from local buskers as they entertain the crowds, and snack on delicious delicacies.

When your stomach begins to rumble, discover a diverse range of wonderful restaurants, many with breathtaking views. Indulge in bush tucker-inspired delights like emu, kangaroo, or crocodile alongside native fruits and berries for a true outback experience. Alternatively, you will also find fantastic food from all around the globe, including Asian, Italian, and seafood restaurants.

If you thought this relaxed, remote outback town would have a sleepy nightlife, you'd be sorely mistaken. Visit an array of taverns, pubs, sports bars, and a brewery, and even kick on to clubs and casinos. Discover the Night Markets held on selected Thursday evenings from 5-9pm at Todd Mall. Shop for handmade clothes, jewellery and crafts, as well as art, books, and more. Sample tasty street food dishes from one of several food vendors, and watch entertainment from local live performers.