7 Amazing Night Markets in the World

by | May 10, 2023 | Destinations, Travel Bucket Lists, worldwide

Are you a night owl and prefer doing your shopping after the sun sets? Here we have 7 of the most incredible night markets in the world to shop till you drop while satisfying the night owl in you at the same time. So, better start saving up!

Hoot hoot… Where are all the night owls?

  1. Talad Nud Rod Fai, Thailand
  2. Marrakech Night Market, Morocco
  3. Zanzibar Night Market, Tanzania
  4. Huaxi Street Night Market, Taiwan
  5. Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong
  6. Richmond Night Market, Canada
  7. Saturday Night Bazaar, India

Talad Nud Rod Fai, Thailand

7 Most Incredible Night Markets in the World with a view of train night market ratchada.

Thailand is a country famous for its great night markets, so imagine what Talad Nud Rod Fai is like! This incredible night market lies in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and is only open in the evening, hence why it’s a night market. Do you see where we’re getting at?

You can find the market behind the shopping center called “Esplanade,” where you will come across dozens of colorful stands selling amazing street food and discounted goods for tourists and locals alike. You can also find tons of activities and bars where you and your travel buddies can easily spend your whole night enjoying the one of the world’s most incredible night markets. 

Marrakech Night Market, Morocco

 A night market in Marrakech, Morocco.

Want to know what it’s like to be on the set of Indiana Jones? Well, step right into the Marrakech Night Market, and you’ll feel like you’re in an Indiana Jones movie. Furthermore, you’ll find snakes being charmed, monkeys jumping around, various salesmen, and the list continues. The best part? If you love food, you can expect over 100 food stalls serving only the most delicious Moroccan cuisines.

However, if you aren’t sure what to try, our recommendation is to try a traditional pastry called ‘Pastilla,’ which is often filled with chicken, almonds, and some cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top. The perfect mixture of sweet and salty! 

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Zanzibar Night Market, Tanzania 

After sunset, the park ‘Forodhani Gardens’ in Zanzibar city, which looks like just an ordinary park, turns into a lively night market full of only the best culinary experience. Completely transforming the area, you once knew. If you were to come back the next morning, you most likely wouldn’t recognize that you were even here last night.

You can find many famous dishes in Tanzania, such as coconut bread, falafel, and some good ol’ samosas to indulge in. Pro tip: if you want to avoid overpaying, make sure to carry around Tanzanian shillings! The Zanzibar night market is popular to be a culinary playground of all sorts of dishes, so be sure to spend an evening here. 

Huaxi Street Night Market, Taiwan

Are you brave enough to try some truly exotic dishes? Forget everything you know about food before entering because you will find it mind-blowing. For all the travelers who I managed to get a tiny bit curious about, check out Huaxi Street Night Market. It is one of the more internationally popular markets and has been around for more than 50 years. Moreover, you will stumble upon snake venoms, deer genitals, and all sorts of weird things to try if you dare. Yummy! You will for sure not find any other night market like this one in the world.

If eating snakes and deer isn’t quite up to your alley, don’t fret. They serve other dishes that will satisfy your normal taste buds too. Furthermore, one of the signature gourmet restaurants in Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market is the ‘Tainan Danzai Noodle’ house. They serve amazing traditional noodle soup, which originates from Tainan. So, if there is one thing you should eat in Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market, it’s the Tainan Danzai noodles. This is truly an incredible night market to experience.  

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong 

As we all know, Asia is the go-to destination for night markets, it’s integrated into their culture, and It’s only natural that the majority of the world’s most incredible night markets are found here. The next one on the list is no other than the Temple Street Night Market in the popular tourist hot spot of Hong Kong.

Moreover, come get your palm read and find out your future. Alternatively, you might even come across opera singers as you walk through the market. It’s basically the Disneyland of Asia for adults, the epicenter of entertainment.

Richmond Night Market, Canada

Tacos at Richmond Night Market

Being the largest night market in the continent of North America, it’s no surprise why Richmond has made it in the list of the world’s most incredible night markets. Moreover, the market attracts over a million visitors every year to this venue which spans over 18 acres!

You can find the market near the Bridgeport Canada Line Station, where you’ll come across various stalls and entertainment. However, what makes this so special from the rest? Richmond night market creates a new theme every year! In 2016, the theme was dinosaurs. Furthermore, they transformed the whole market into a ‘Magical Dino Park’ where you could find 18 moving life-size dinosaurs! 

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Saturday Night Bazaar, India

A night market in India.
A night market in India

This one is for all our laidback friends who might be getting a little wild tonight! You can find the Saturday Night Bazaar in Goa, India. In addition, as you might have guessed by the name already, it only happens on Saturdays. This night market has been around since 1999, and you can find all sorts of handicrafts, jewelry, footwear, clothing, accessories, carpets, souvenirs, etc.

Moreover, for those feeling a little bit more daring that night, you can also find a lot of tattoo and piercing artists around. Not only is it a great place to go shopping, but it is also a great place for partying for whoever is looking for a good time! 

We hope you check out one of these night markets if you are ever in the area. However, if you don’t have any trips planned yet, check out JoinMyTrip to kick-start your incredible adventure! Here you will find like-minded TripLeaders who will lead you to the best adventures ever. Join one, or some of the group travels now!

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