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THE VANCOUVER CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET

Vancouver’s Chinatown, British Columbia

by Susie Lee

Chinatown Night Market

The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is a popular night time attraction during weekends in the summer months. This culinary and shopping extravaganza usually runs from May till September along Keefer Street (near Main). Similar to the Asian night markets in Asia, this outdoor market is filled with booths that feature a wide variety of tasty treats and merchandise.

You’ll find anything from handicrafts, toys, electronics, clothing, trinkets, CDs and DVDs plus delicious snacks and ethnic foods. On special evenings, visitors can even enjoy Chinese folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts demonstrations as well as games & prizes.

Chinatown Night Market

I enjoyed the festive atmosphere of this site which was filled with eager shoppers, hungry eaters and curious bystanders. There were stalls lined one after another. On the north side of Keefer Street vendors sold bargain priced products and on the south side, others sold mouthwatering affordable eats. Of course, I made my way to the food vendors to see what I could chow down.

Perhaps the hardest thing about coming to this Night Market was trying to decide what to eat amongst the numerous selections of Asian foods. From barbeque meats and octopus balls to chow mien and plum cakes, you’ll be tempted to try them all. For me I decided to go with the delicious rice rolls which were made from scratch right on the premises.

For dessert, I indulged in a strawberry bubble tea with tapioca (a must have at the Night Market) and munched on a sweet Asian style waffle. I look forward to coming to The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market each year because it is a great place to sample exotic foods and to shop for bargains. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to spend a summer night!

ADVENTURE TIPS

  • Bring cash as most vendors take cash only
  • Bring reusable shopping bags to put your goodies in
  • Double check that your car is not parked in a tow-away zone
  • Bring a jacket as it can get cool in the evening
  • Operational during May 14 to September 5, 2010 (Friday, Saturdays and Sundays only) from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Located on Keefer Street (starting on the corner of Main Street)

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

www.vcma.shawbiz.ca

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