Guide to the Richmond Night Markets 2013

Summer is well underway, and one of the most popular activities around Metro Vancouver is visiting the night markets in Richmond. Many of you have already had a chance to go, but if you haven’t gone yet, this comparison guide will help you choose which one to visit.

The Richmond Night Market – 8351 River Road, Richmond

This is the newer market located near the River Rock Casio. This market is larger, but bigger isn’t necessarily better. It also has a cleaner, newer, ambiance. There is a wider variety of food here and this market has more non-Asian food options available, like tacos, lemonade, and deep-fried candy bars. They also seem to have a ridiculous amount of bbq squid stands here.

Saucy Pops


  • Open from May 17 – Oct 14, 2013
  • Hours: Fri – Sat 7:00 pm – 12:00 am and Sun & Holidays 6:00pm – 11:00p
  • Free parking
  • Entrance admission of $2

Read my reviews here : Part I and Part II

The Summer Night Market – 12631 Vulcan Way

This is the original location of the night market and it has a certain nostalgic charm that I love. There are fewer stands here, but I still think there is a good variety of food and they have all of the classic/traditional night market snacks. There are multiple hurricane/tornado/whatever potato stands here, so if you like your deep-fried potatoes on a stick, I would visit this location because the waits will be shorter.

salt and ketchup and garlic mayo twister potato


  • Open from May 10 – Sept 8, 2013
  • Hours: Fri – Sat 7:00 pm – 12:00 am and Sun & Holidays 7:00pm – 11:00 pm
  • No entrance fee
  • Pay for parking (or park up the road for free)

Read my review here.

My Verdict?

Honestly, I would check out both markets because they each have their own specialties. But I’ve met people who are hardcore fans of both markets, so I don’t think one is drastically better than the other. If you had to choose to only go to one, I would personally pick the Summer Night Market because of the nostalgia factor, the more traditional food, and the free entrance.


Categories: Local Food News, Metro Vancouver, Richmond


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