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Gallery: Richmond Night Market opens for 2024 season

Richmond’s famed night market opened for the summer on Friday, April 26, with hungry diners lining up well before gates opened at 7 p.m. The “Summer Sweet Dragon” market is the largest of its kind in North America, with booths selling everything from phone cases to clothing, trinkets and — perhaps the No. 1 attraction — street food.

Visitors can sample bites from more than 110 different stalls, with most items large enough to share and usually priced between $10–$20 Canadian. The market is best known for East Asian options like bao, kimchi bacon rolls, takoyaki and tempura, though international and fusion foods are also available.

A few tips for your visit: Arriving early or late is best for avoiding long lines. Parking is limited, so consider taking the train to Richmond from greater Vancouver via the Canada Line (the market is located by Bridgeport Station). Most vendors only accept cash.

The market is located at 8351 River Road, or a block from the Bridgeport Canada Line Station. It’s open April 26 to May 31 and Sept. 2 to Oct. 14 from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 7–11 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. Saturday and statutory Sunday hours extend to 6 p.m. to midnight during peak summer months (June 1–Sept. 1).

Entrance fee is $8.50 Canadian, and children under 7 and seniors ages 60-plus are admitted for free. A Zoom Pass ($40 Canadian) is good for five separate visits and lets holders bypass the entrance line. Parking is limited but free.

For more information visit richmondnightmarket.com, or read CDN contributor Elliott Almond’s Richmond Night Market story from 2022.