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Suburban Parap in inner Darwin is best known for its weekly markets, which hosts a constant buzz of activity and attracts swarms of locals and tourists alike on any given Saturday of the year. Just behind the market area is the Cyclone Cafe, a funky looking place whose exterior is adorned with iconic corrugated iron. This building material is intrinsically linked to the tropical buildings of the top end and, true to the name of the cafe, one of the more common pieces of debris you’ll see flying around in a cyclone if you’re unlucky enough to be stuck in one.
Inside you’ll find yourself in a delightful little place. The decor is chic and trendy while the air is ripe with a thick, delicious coffee aroma. Owner and operator Vincent Selwood takes pride in his freshly roasted coffee and offers a plethora of styles, delivering one of the best brews in the city. The food is standard cafe fare – sandwiches, wraps and the like but the Cyclone Cafe is fast attaining a reputation for its burgers, which are thick and juicy and give both hands a thorough work-out. The steak sandwich is another favourite among patrons. With meals costing as little as $4 and rarely topping the $10 mark it’s easy to see why Cyclone Cafe is brimming with folks after a coffee hit and something tasty to munch on.