The Richmond Night Market is one of the west coast’s most impressive and authentic night markets. The market typically runs from about the end of May to the beginning of October and attracts thousands of visitors each weekend, all seeking the flavors of ‘street food’ and hoping to strike a deal or two at the vendor booths. Having lived in Taiwan for a few years, this market truly offers an authentic experience in a vibrant, family-friendly setting. The food is the main attraction, offering numerous options for the adventurous spirits, traditionalists, or and maybe even something for the picky eaters out there, though an open mind is always best as a lot of the food is a bit more “international” than the typical Westerner is used to. This is an opportunity to try to new foods from many Asian cultures, or get a taste of home for those hailing from afar. The vendors offer foreign odds and sods such as pens, socks, key chains, knives/swords, etc. Albeit very pricey, there is also a carnival-style area with game booths and rides for the kids.
Official Website: Richmond Night Market
Location: 8351 River Road, Richmond, British Columbia – From Hwy 99, take Bridgeport Rd. Turn right on No. 3 Rd. There are signs and flaggers directing traffic. As an alternate, take the Sky Train to Bridgeport Rd. and make the short walk to the market.
Hours: Weekend evenings in summer months only. Check website for hours.
Kid Friendly? Yes. Children will enjoy the multitudes of shops and food vendors. This is a great chance to expose them to new foods and cultures as the night market is similar to those found in Taiwan and Asia.
Fido Friendly? No
Cost: $3.75 per adult, children under 10 are free.
Helpful Hints: The line to get in can be VERY long. Buy a “Zoom Pass” in the parking lot. This is a transferable 7 ticket pass for $25, but allows you to skip the line. If you don’t have 7 people, or you don’t want to go more than once, grab a few other folks walking in and split the cost. The event gets busier as the night goes on. If you have younger children, get there early and leave before the crowds take over.
Photo Visual Tour:
Shops, food stands and carnival style entertainment draw thousands of visitors each night.
The food stands are the main event. Popular stands will have long line-ups, but they are generally worth the wait (and heck, the hype is all part of the fun, right?).
We try to avoid this stand at all costs…stinky tofu is NOT on my list of faves.
New and exciting foods…this is a gold-flakes salted ice cream. Not sure about this one…I think it looked better than it tasted.
This is my personal favorite…a mango tapioca ice topped with condensed milk. Delicious!
Adding to the flair of the traditional ‘boba’ / ‘bubble’ drinks, one stand adds dry ice and LED ice cubes for an enticing effect.
The “Rotato” stand is always one of the most popular. Crisp, golden and fried potatoes on a stick…yum! AND, in case you get bored of eating it, they offer a full poster of other, more interesting activities, that you can do with your Rotato ;-).
These custard pancakes are just like the ones we ate in Taiwan. The smell is tantalizing. They come in custard, red bean, and even Kit Kat fillings.
The carnival is a cute addtion, but WAY, WAY, WAY to pricey for our taste…especially after paying high prices for food!