Night markets, n.: street markets which operate at night and are generally dedicated to more leisurely strolling, shopping, and eating than more business-like day markets.
Coincidentally, my first food post was about the San Diego Public Market and a year later, here I am writing about another one, the San Diego Night Market. It’s going down on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 5-11 p.m. in the new Zion parking lot.
Night markets, or night bazaars, are part of daily… er… nightly… life in many parts of Asia, most notably Taiwan and China. Taipei’s largest and most famous market is the Shilin Night Market with hundreds of booths to boast.
One that just enjoyed its second year this past August is the San Francisco Night Market. The 626 Night Market lays claim to being the largest one in the United States, but each time it happens, the parking and crowds are nearly unbearable. Let’s hope our local one keeps that under control.
This is technically not the first night market to happen in San Diego as several smaller community ones have popped up here and there over the years. This one seems promising as the would-be largest one, so check it out if you have the time.
Street food is fast and fun, and when done right, downright delicious. When it comes to food, I like going in groups so that we can do small, succulent samples of everything. Remember folks–sharing is caring.
San Diego Night Market
7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Market: 5-11 p.m.
Beer Garden: 5-10 p.m.
Photo credit: Serious Eats