Visiting Richmond during the summer? You'll want to take a trip to the famous Richmond Night Market. Open every weekend from May to October, it's an unmissable blend of bargain hunting, foodie treats and entertainment. Heavily influenced by Richmond's Asian population, it contains produce and items that are distinctly Oriental in their flavor and style.
From modest origins
This weekly event is a unique experience in Canada and is the biggest of its kind in all of North America. However, the market was founded with little fanfare in the year 2000 by entrepreneur Raymond Cheung. It has grown from its humble beginnings at its first location at the Continental Centre on Cambie Road and now attracts over one million visitors each year from all around the world. Today's venue, first used in 2012, spans 18 acres and it continues to expand by the year as it grows in popularity.
Your visit to Richmond Night Market
Throw yourself into the bustling atmosphere of this market that's both authentically Asian and still positively Canadian! Hunt for quirky gifts and souvenirs among the stalls that sell accessories and knick-knacks. Get your best haggling face on, because bargaining is accepted and, indeed, encouraged! You'll also be able to pick up some delicious treats on your visit to the market. There's a vast variety of street food stalls selling things like tornado potatoes, grilled squid, dragon's beard candy, bubble waffles and fresh mango.
When you're finished shopping, there's also nightly live entertainment, including local talent performing music, dancing, martial arts and more. There's also a games area with attractions like the Under the Sea Bouncy Castle, Sunshine Baby Playground, Amazing Race Inflatable Obstacle Course and paddle boats. The Magical Dino Park gets young hearts racing with its life-like dinosaurs that race around. Children can rub scaly shoulders with the likes of the Stegosaurus, T Rex, Velociraptor and Triceratops.
The market can be very crowded during the peak season, so be aware of ways to save time. Bring cash with you to save time, as many stalls only accept cash and queues for the ATMs can be considerable. Consider buying an Admission Zoom Pass from staff at the entrance, which allow you to skip entrance lines and get straight to the action. You can also get a Sweet Deals Coupon Book with discounts for the market's vendors. Parking is free, however the area can become congested so it might be wise to take public transit if possible. It's located near the Bridgeport station on the Canada Line.