The influence of Asian culture in Metro Vancouver shines brightest at the annual summer tradition of the Richmond Night Market. It’s a vibrant & busy night market, modeled on those found in Hong Kong or Taiwan. Vendors sell everything from Asian DVDs to clothing to care products to dollar-store toys. You can enjoy the displays of martial arts & Asian culture, and the quirky contests, but the main draw is the food.
Richmond Night Market Food
Korean BBQ, Japanese yakitori & takoyaki stands, curried fish balls, Hong Kong dim sum, twisty fried ‘Hurricane’ potatoes, bubble tea, and fresh fruit stands are crowded together in a jumble of temptation. If someone walks by with something appealing, it’s common practice to ask ‘Where did you find that?” and make a beeline to get some for yourself.
The food is cheap (6 takoyaki shrimp balls for $5) and oh-so delicious as you walk around choosing your next taste treat.
Our favourites were the takoyaki fish balls, with your choice of shrimp, scallop, octopus or squid filling, and the Sumo Bites rice burgers, filled with sukiyaki beef. A savoury and delicious unique treat, quickly followed up by some fried bananas with coconut ice cream. Yum!
The Richmond Night Market is located at 8351 River Road. From Vancouver, take the CanadaLine to Richmond and get off at the Bridgeport Station. The Market runs from May to early October.
Tip: If you’re going to the Night Market with the kids, arrive early around opening time to take advantage of smaller line-ups at the food stalls.
Do you go to night markets in your hometown? What you enjoy most about the experience?