Confession: I might have gotten a little snap happy at the Richmond Night Market when I visited. But in my defence, it was just so colourful and fun. I mean, you put ridiculous dinosaurs in front of me and I will take photos in eggs meant for children (photo proof below). The market is actually the largest night market in North America, which is kind of a crazy accolade when you look at how huge North America is! Here are too many photos and some words as to why you should visit this summer market.
1. Coupon Books
I didn’t know these existed but there are some pretty good deals inside. We picked ours up with the zoom pass, which meant we could skip the line and walked straight in. There were coupons for the food and shops on-site. But you could also use some of the coupons at local restaurants, too. We used quite a few of the coupons on the smorgasbord of food we ate for dinner, which brings me to reason number two.
2. All the Food
There are so many Asian food and drink options to choose from, it is hard to decide what to eat. The coupons helped us narrow the field, and I ended up with a side of chow mein (free with the coupon), pork and shrimp wontons, and a chocolate bubble waffle with ice-cream. The chow mein was a little bland, but the other two dishes were excellent. Highly recommend the waffle/ice-cream combination.
3. The Theme
The Richmond Night Market used to have a Candyland theme, but this year it was all about dinosaurs. There were dinosaurs everywhere: some moved and roared, while others were just decoration. It was a lot of fun photographing them. Check out my other selfie on my recent Hayley Lately post.
4. Stationery. The End.
I love cute stationery. If I didn’t have the unnecessary urge to move every couple of years, man would I have the most amazing stationery collection. There are other retail stores selling contacts, phone cases and hoverboards (!!!) but I went straight for the cuteness. I allowed myself to buy two pens, not ten.
5. The Light
I mean the pretty pink flower lights that form trees in one section. I also mean the golden light from the sunset, which makes for fantastic photos. With the water close by, the planes flying overhead (you’re pretty close to the airport) and the mountain backdrop, it isn’t an ugly place to spend an evening laughing and gorging on delicious food.
The Richmond Night Market Deets
The Richmond Night Market runs from May until October on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. I love coming out here and I am so glad I got to visit this summer. Click here for all the important info.
If you are looking for more Vancouver inspiration, check out my day trip post.