There’s something special about wandering a night market. The colourful sights the boisterous sounds and the smells wafting from food vendors all make for an unforgettable experience. After a year hiatus the Montréal Asian Night Market is back and bigger than ever.
This year the Marché de Nuit or Night Market is partially funded by the Ville-Marie Borough as part of the Chinatown Development Action Plan and adds to the many improvements made downtown as part of Les Aventures du cœur de l'île program of activities offered by the Quartier des spectacles.
Their mission is to revitalize and empower local businesses to maximize the commercial vitality of Chinatown and bring new life to the neighbourhood. This initiative invites locals to rediscover this vibrant area of the city that was so negatively impacted by the pandemic.
“We are creating a strong link between the Asian community, Chinatown and all Montrealers. We sincerely hope that everyone who visits the market will have a memorable experience,” says Yifang Hu, Night Market manager and Chinatown merchant, owner and COO of Le Coq Frit restaurants.
What started off as a two-day food fest in 2019 has now become a celebration of food and culture that’s taking place every weekend for eight weeks from August 12 to October 3, 2021.
Market goers will find a wide range of food vendors selling everything from smokey meat and seafood skewers cooked over fire, to Korean corn dogs, dim sum dumplings and other snacks. As well, there will be a variety of dessert options like mochi, sweet buns and Asian flavoured ice cream. All food is priced at $4-8 and premium dishes cost $9-12.
The Asian Night Market is located at the corner of Saint-Laurent and René-Lévesque Boulevards, in the Place des souhaits under the Wishing Tree. Admission is FREE!