Summertime in Richmond means summer night markets.  The city has not one, but TWO of these bustling and colourful weekend gatherings, loudly punctuated by the shouts of food vendors and the sizzle of a thousand deep-fryers.  People browse for goods like cell phone covers, listen to live music, and most importantly, EAT.  My friends Jillian, Stephen, Holly, and Chelsea joined me on my first foray to the Richmond Night Market, located just a short walk from the Bridgeport Skytrain Station.  This is Richmond’s ‘original’ night market, but it took a hiatus for awhile before making it’s comeback this year.  Now it’s in direct competition with the Summer Night Market, located east of Bridgeport.  I’ll head there on another weekend and see what artery-clogging treats they have on offer!

The markets offer endless photo ops, and I have plenty of visuals to share.  Between the 4 of us we tried…..oh my goodness…..15 things.  Go big or go home, right?  Or just go home big?  Either way, it was fun.  Here are some highlights:

Bbq’d shrimp!  We also tried the bbq’ed pork, which was salty and awesome.

Fried wontons and green onion pancakes.  The pancakes tasted like deep-fried roti, and I was therefore quite enamoured.

Rotatos!  Also known as “potatoes that have been sliced in a spiral, put on a stick, deep-fried, and seasoned.”  They cost about $5 each, but they’re worth it.  Go for the butter flavour – it sounds plain, but is crazily satisfying.

Whole grilled baby squid!  I only had room for a few tentacles, but they were great.

Corn on the cob, which is one of my all-time favourite things about summer.  How did they know.  By the way, aren’t my friends the most incredible hand models?

Pork Siu Mai to represent the dim sum….

…..and some beef-filled roti, to represent the fusion-food.

Of course, we had to get mini donuts for dessert.  Halfway through the TWENTY FOUR of them Stephen bought (after we’d already eaten churros and ice cream), he said, with a mouth full of donuts and lips covered in cinnamon-sugar, “Oh, I guess I could have just gotten a dozen.”  We’ll remember that for next time.

Or will we?  They were really good.

Jillian got her necessary fix of cotton candy (she REALLY loves it),

and we spent the rest of our time wandering,


listening to music,

wishing under the wishing trees that we hadn’t eaten two dozen donuts,

and enjoying some of the creative signage.

Overall, it was a fantastic way to spend a Friday night.  If you live in Richmond, Metro-Vancouver, or are visiting the area, the night markets are a must-see.  Just make sure you go with cash, an affinity for deep-fried foods, and some eating partners.  If you’re really wishing to have a healthy evening, these are on offer, too.  Lucky you!


The Richmond Night Market

8351 River Road, Richmond BC

$1.50 entrance fee for adults, kids 10 and under plus adults over 60 are free

Within walking distance of Bridgeport Station

Bring cash, and most foods are between $1 and $5