If given a choice between a mall and a night market, a true shopping enthusiast would choose the latter part. Choosing local food instead of food courts, handmade knits instead of multinational clothing chains, messed up narrow roads filled with smells and smiles instead of hygienic hallways is a much more fun way of exploring a market. Read on to know about the top night markets around the world and how they manage to keep the crowd coming back for something more.
Canada: International Summer Night Market
Richmond in British Columbia hosts three major night markets, but International Summer Night Market is the most popular among the rest. It serves to more than 20,000 people every weekend with its handicrafts, fresh produce, trinkets and much more. Along with shopping, you can indulge in various other things here. Sample yummy eats like Singapore-style jerky or revel in the live entertainment or play miniature golf at the market. The market runs from May 9th through Sep 14th on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Bangkok: Ratchada Night Bazaar
Every Saturday night (18.30 to 20.00), the outsides of Ratchadapisek metro station sees a bustling crowd of Thais and tourists who visit this market to buy cheap leather shoes, furniture, antiques and handbags. This market also has a devoted row of vintage motorbikes for your survey. You can dig deep into the Vinyl Thai records, vintage cameras and food stalls while exploring this magnificent market.
Goa: Saturday Night Market
Saturday night market in Arpora starts at 6 in the evening and is open till late in the night. A food lover’s paradise, this market offers different food stalls with cuisines from all over the world. Endowing the shoppers with a mix of international and local wares, this night market has something for everyone. This market has three sections: the first zone has local products from all over the country, the second zone has food stalls and the third zone has designer stalls and beautiful boutiques. You can book cheap flights to Goa via ixigo and experience the charm of this gorgeous night market.
Hong Kong: Temple Street Night Market
A perfect place for locals and tourists, the temple street night market is a must-visit. Also termed as “Men’s Street”, this market has a unique collection of watches, dress suits and condoms along with tons of electronics. You will also find street food stalls with local cuisine and fortune tellers ready to discuss your destiny. The market starts and 4 p.m. and goes through late hours of the night.
Australia: Queen Victoria Markets
Summers is the most celebrated time in Melbourne. To add to its vibrancy, the Queen Victoria Markets are popularly known to light up the nights of the city. The night markets have local artists, food, entertainment, designers and much more at your service. From November to March, every Wednesday, you can find Suzuki Night Market with food stalls, jewellery, clothes and art. From late January to February, every Friday, you can shop away your desires at the Geelong Night Market in Johnstone Park. Apart from shopping stalls here, you can also visit the licensed bars for a quick summer cooler.