The Old and the New – Summer Night Market 2013

While Vancouver is on full-blast summer at the moment, today’s post will be on one of my favourite traditions of summer; the Night Market. Nothing quite says that summer is here like the stalls of various popular street foods, as well as numerous booths selling everything from DVDs to socks with animals on them.

20130601_192912[The Giant Magical Duck]

This year, there are two seperate Night Markets in Richmond, and one in Chinatown. The Richmond Night Market is a walking distance away from the Canada Line Bridgeport station at the River Rock Casino Resort. While parking is free there, there is an entrance fee of $2 per person. The other night market is the International Night Market, located on Vulcan Way behind Home Depot. This location was the original night market, but since the newer one by the casino opened, they had to change names to differentiate between the two. There is a free shuttle bus underneath the Bridgeport Station that takes you right to the entrance of the International Night Market, available every 20 minutes starting at 7:00pm. There is no entrance fee at this location, but parking would cost you $4, so if you plan to drive there, it might be cheaper to go with a bunch of friends and make them pay for the parking. And do bring cash, as most of the stalls only take that form of payment. It is Richmond, after all.

Now with all the mundane informative bits out of the way, here are some of the foods I like to purchase at the Night Market. Reminds me of Hong Kong actually, just a touch more multi-cultural. 

In between bites of succulent meat and noodles, the summer night market experience is not complete without various kinds of sweets, snacks, and desserts.

And no, I didn’t eat all that by myself. Since May, I’ve already made a visit to the new Richmond Night Market, as well as 3 visits to the old International Night Market. I usually go with a bunch of friends or family, and split the food between the crowd so we can try more. The cost can add up really quickly if you like to try everything. While most of my money was spent on food, I did buy some goodies from the other stalls, including earrings, socks, and weird keychains.

If you haven’t gone to the night market already, what have you been doing with your life? Seriously, what is wrong with you. Nothing, I suppose, I”m just being pushy. It is worth experiencing though. Viva la summer, everybody.

 - S.A.W.

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