Night markets have played an important role in Asian culture, and the rest of the world is rapidly gaining popularity. These markets operate differently – some are open all year round, others on weekends, and a few only during certain seasons. However, they all share the same trait of blooming as soon as the sun goes down. If you want to have various experiences while traveling around the world, we have compiled a list of five of the best night markets in the world.
Luang Prabang night market, Laos
Most night markets in Asia are quite chaotic and noisy. But surprisingly, this is not the case with this night market in Laos. Of course, visitors can expect a lot from this nightlife event, which is even considered one of the best places in Laos to find unique products at discount prices. As you explore Luang Prabang’s night market, you’ll see around 300 artisans selling paintings, teas, fabrics, and other handicrafts. Although food is available on site, you can try meals in the adjacent alley between the Mekong River and Sisavangvong Road.
Barranco Night Market, Peru
Lima’s colorful neighborhoods are home to several small night markets, from the bohemian Barranco to the waterfront Miraflores. A dozen craft vendors congregate around Barranco’s main square to attract the attention of late-night revelers returning from nearby music venues, pubs and clubs. It’s a great place to find authentic Peruvian handicrafts like alpaca scarves and seed jewelry.
Suzuki Night Market, Australia
This open-air market in Queen Victoria Market Square takes place every Wednesday from November to February and features designers, artists and food vendors celebrating Melbourne’s cultural diversity. There are a ton of options for foodies, including dishes from Vietnamese, Spanish, Dutch, Ethiopian, and Indian cuisine. Plus, it offers delicious Victorian wines, fantastic handcrafted aprons and succulent Aussie BBQ.
Ratchada Night Bazaar, Thailand
Every Saturday night, thousands of tourists and local Thais visit Ratchada Night Bazaar to browse shelves of handbags, jeans, car accessories and used furniture. The market initially served as a meeting place for those looking to buy and sell vintage scooters and automotive components. It has since expanded to offer a variety of vintage clothing and automobiles. Besides being a great place to do business, it also offers a window into the vibrant Thai culture.
Yamashiro Farmer’s Market, USA
It offers stunning city views, free round-trip shuttle service, off-site parking, and different experiences in Tinseltown. This night market, which takes place every Thursday in the summer, will delight your taste buds with its gourmet street food, such as pull-pork sliders and toasted shrimp.