This Victoria Day weekend marks the summer-season opening weekend for two of the three Greater Vancouver summer night markets: the Richmond Night Market (back for 2012 at 8351 River Rd., near the River Rock Casino) and the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market. (The other Richmond market—the Summer Night Market at 12631 Vulcan Way—opened last weekend, on May 11.)
While the two Richmond night markets duke it out for best “big” summer night market, the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market can pride itself for offering something the other markets can’t: a true, intimate neighbourhood feel, right in the heart of historic Chinatown.
Spanning Keefer Street from Main to Columbia, the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market’s charm naturally extends from its location: The colourful awnings of the Chinatown Night Market lead visitors from the bustling commercial districts of Chinatown to some of its most beloved landmarks, including the virtually-next-door Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the towering Monument of Canadian Chinese. (Grabbing dinner at the Chinatown Night Market is the perfect way to end to a day spent exploring the Top 5 Vancouver Chinatown Historic Attractions.)
Of course, while the location is key, there are many other reasons to visit this market: Lots of Asian food and fairground food options (though not as many as the enormous Richmond night markets), vendors selling unique local and discount goods, and live entertainment, too. Bring cash and enjoy dinner on toothpicks and skewers—try the freshly-seared squid and the “tornado” potatoes!
The 2012 Vancouver Chinatown Night Market runs from May 18 – September 9, 2012; open hours are Friday – Sunday from 6pm – 11pm.
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