4 Best Night Markets In Vancouver, Canada

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In vacations, one of the best things to do is shopping, for the local markets show the best your destination has to offer. However, the best time to shop is at night, for you get to see the nightlife. Also, it becomes possible to experience what the locals do during their downtime, and the best way to do this is to visit the local night markets and see what the locals love to buy and sample what they love to eat. As a result, the idea of a marketplace is the place that brings locals and tourists together, is still going strong this century. Other than being able to experience local shopping culture in these markets, tourists will be able to experience local music from the best bands and musicians from Vancouver, and the space a marketplace provides, it is a great place where tourists and locals alike will be able to form new friendships. Thus, a night market is the best place a tourist can go to have the full Vancouver experience. Here are the best night markets in Vancouver that you must experience when in the city.

1. Shipyards Night Market

The Shipyards Night Market starts May 3 and runs every Friday 5-10 pm with the last one on Sept 27. It will be epic!

Posted by Shipyards Night Market on Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Shipyards Night Market, which runs from between May and September, is the spot for tourists going to Vancouver, because other than being THE place to buy great chocolate and local produce, it also is a great place to buy food and drinks, since there are many food stalls with reasonable prices. It also is a beer garden that sells amazing craft beer. Also, since it is the best place for the locals to relax and kick back, due to the presence of live music. The beer garden is accessible to all above 19, and out of all the craft beer it sells, the best local beers are Bridge Brewing Pale Ale and Deep Cove Lager. The beer garden sells more than just beer, but also apple cider out of the tap, so this is the best place for tourists to sample what the locals love to drink! The live music played here is from none other than the best of Vancouver’s local music scene, so tourists will be able to get the chance to hear the best talent from the city, young and old alike. As a result, tourists will really be able to experience the local culture well.

Shipyards Night Market

Address: 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver

Website: Shipyards Night Market

Opening hours: 5pm - 10pm (May 3rd to Sept 27th, 2019)

2. Mercato Italian Market

Posted by Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre on Thursday, 29 November 2018

The Mercato Italian Night Market, which takes place between June and November, is the best place to enjoy Italian cuisine with a local twist. This is because the Market showcases Italian cuisine, using local produce as it basic ingredient. Guests can come to the Italian Cultural Center at Slocan Street to purchase fresh Italian meals, such as pizza, pasta, and many other famous Italian dishes. Also, fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased here. It is also possible for tourists to buy handcrafted products from local artisans in this market. Visitors can bring back souvenirs while supporting the local economy at the same time. As a result, the Mercato Italian Night Market is the best place for fans of Italian food, but at the same time, due to the handicrafts, this is still the best place for those who are not so into Italian food.

Mercato Italian Market

Address: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4

Website: Mercato Italian Market

Opening hours: 5pm - 9pm

3. Whistler Farmer's Market

Posted by Whistler Farmers Market on Tuesday, 29 May 2018

For visitors to British Columbia, who desire fresh food straight from the farm, the Whistler Farmer’s Market is the place to go! This is because the Farmer’s Market supports local farmers by giving them a place to sell their produce. Since the produce sold here is straight from the farm, customers are assured that the food they are buying is fresh and healthy. The proceeds from the Whistler Farmer’s Market support civic organizations residing in the town, thus, patrons are assured that their expenditures will go to a good cause. This may not be a night market like the others, but the Whistler Farmer’s Market has local entertainers performing, so patrons are assured of a good time, while at the same time, supporting local artists. For great food, fun, and entertainment, the Whistler Farmer’s Market is the place to go!

Whistler Farmer's Market

Address: 4599 Chateau Blvd (6,532.81 mi), Whistler, Canada V0N 1B4

Website: Whistler Farmer’s Market

Opening hours: Sunday: 2pm - 7pm (July and August)

4. Richmond Night Market

Posted by Richmond Night Market on Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Richmond Night Market, established in 2000, is famous for being the largest market in the entire North American continent. It provides a space for young entrepreneurs to sell their products, which come from many places around the world. All food products are made fresh, so visitors are assured that they are getting their money’s worth. Thus, this market is the perfect place to go on a food trip. Also, for those who are more into thrills than they are into food, the Richmond Night Market also has its own carnival, so the kids will be able to enjoy many fun rides and games. For adults and teenagers, there is live entertainment in the market, so they will be able to enjoy the best Richmond B.C has to offer with regards to entertainment. Performers come from all over the world, not just from Canada, so visitors will be able to enjoy a good K-Pop or J-Pop performance right after the local bands perform. The Richmond Night Market has something for everyone, young and old alike. Visit today for a great vacation experience!

Richmond Night Market

Address: 8351 River Rd Richmond, British Columbia

Website: Richmond Night Market

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 7pm - 12am

British Columbia night markets: Bringing the world together

Richmond Night Market 2010 (2)
Source: Photo by user Mike used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Canada, especially British Columbia, is known to be a place where multiple cultures meet, not only the British culture of BC and Ontario and the French culture of Quebec, but due to immigration, it is now more of a melting pot of culture. This melting pot can be seen in the local night markets, since these are places where the whole world meet, while preserving the local culture at the same time. What are you waiting for? Come to these Night Markets and experience Canadian and global culture!

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