Milling about the night market

http://vancouver.metblogs.com/archives/images/2006/08/Hippie%20Fest%20055-thumb.jpgThere’s just a little time left to check out the Richmond Night Market, for those Vancouverites who have procrastinated through the summer. It’s definitely worth seeing.

I mostly come to sample the dim sum, curry fish balls and red bean waffles, since I’m not really in the market for cheap DVDs, packages of socks and samurai swords. Mind you, lots of people are, so if you do need those kinds of things, or a service to allow your foreign-purchased cell phone to work in Canada, this is the place to check out.

I also checked out the Chinatown Night Market. At first, I thought the Chinatown one was superior, despite being much smaller, since there were all the old buildings attesting to Vancouver’s Asian heritage. But some have pointed out to me that the hustle and bustle of the crowd amongst the stalls at the Richmond market gives a real sense of being in an Asian city (even though it’s actually a big parking lot).

Is one really better than the other? I think one has to accept both markets for what they are and experience them in different ways.

I do hope that they can build up the market in Chinatown next year, though. Two short blocks on the east side of the Sun Yat Sen centre isn’t much to look at. If they doubled the size and brought in a little entertainment, it could certainly rival its much busier cousin.

1 Comment so far

  1. Soultrance (unregistered) on August 27th, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

    The Richmond Nightmarket is amazing. My wife and I went for the first time this year and were blown away. 3 Hours there and we still didn’t cover half of it, though we did make sure to get through all the food stands and do our sampling. mmmmm, yummy.



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