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Food from a 2016 What the Truck? event | © Mack Male / Flickr
Food from a 2016 What the Truck? event | © Mack Male / Flickr
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The Best Street Food Markets in Canada

Picture of Hayley Simpson
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Updated: 2 May 2017
Most major Canadian cities have many food trucks that roam around to different markets, festivals and events every spring and summer. But there’s also some markets across the country that are exclusively about street food and local eats. Here’s a glimpse at the best street food markets in Canada.

Vancouver

Richmond Night Market

Known as the largest night market in North America, the Richmond Night Market runs from May until early October. It’s open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, and it welcomed one million guests in 2016. There’s over 200 retail stalls and more than 500 food options available. The food is predominantly Asian-inspired, with menu items like grilled octopus, takoyaki, dumplings, fish sticks, and taiyaki, plus there are bubble waffles for dessert. There are also live performances, a magical Dino Park, and carnival games.

Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC, Canada, +1 604 244 8448

Some of the Richmond Night Market stalls
Some of the Richmond Night Market stalls | © Hayley Simpson

Shipyards Night Market

Happening every Friday night from May until September, the Shipyards Night Market is one of the most popular markets in Vancouver. It’s in North Vancouver at the Shipyards next to Lonsdale Quay, so it’s an easy Seabus ride away from downtown Vancouver. There’s a beer garden, live music, local handmade products for purchase, and more than 35 food trucks every week, which sell everything from Indian curry to gelato to Australian meat pies. It’s the best market to visit as you rarely see (and get to sample) this many food trucks in the one place in Vancouver.

Shipyards Night Market, Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 778 995 9461

Toronto

Market 707

Formed out of refurbished shipping containers, Market 707 is Toronto’s most unique street food market. Opened Tuesday to Saturday from spring to fall, there are usually 10 different local entrepreneurs serving international food options daily. Enjoy your food on the sidewalk patio, and then check out the retail outlets afterward.

Market 707, 707 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 392 0335

Toronto street food
Toronto street food | © Malcolm Murdoch / Flickr

Adelaide Eats

Adelaide Eats is Toronto’s original outdoor food market, opened to the public on weekdays in June and July. Usually just open for lunch, vendors keep serving food until 8 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. The people behind the market are Toronto Market Co. and Dream REIT. Although 2017’s list of vendors is yet to be announced, last year there was Holy Chuck and its burgers, The Rolling Pin (a bakery), and Chimney Stax’s unique vegan sweet treats.

Adelaide Eats, 150 York Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Edmonton

What the Truck?

What the Truck? is “a celebration of food trucks and food truck culture in Edmonton.” They host events across Edmonton every spring and summer so that residents can visit all of their favorite food trucks at the one extravaganza. In 2017, the kickoff is in May at Northlands. There are tacos, Makin Bacon’s bacon-themed menu, Drift’s famous pork belly sandwich and many more food offerings available.

What the Truck? Kick Off, Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada, +1 780 471 7210

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Montreal

First Fridays

First Fridays in Montreal is North America’s largest food truck gathering. On the first Friday of every month, starting in May, food trucks descend on the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at Montreal’s Olympic Park. From 4 to 11 pm, people can feast on food such as tacos, pierogies, burgers, and lobster rolls. There’s also live music from local bands and DJs, so don’t miss this fun summertime event in Montreal, which has the most impressive backdrop in the city.

First Fridays, Esplanade Financière Sun Life, 4141 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue, Montreal, QC, Canada, +1 514 716 8262

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Halifax

Truck-Side

As Canada’s first indoor food truck food court, Truck-Side is a welcome addition to Dartmouth in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each food truck dedicates itself to producing delicious modern meals and using local products wherever possible. Some of the current offerings include burgers and poutine at Cheese Curds, tacos at Habaneros, BBQ at Sea-Hawgs, and Gweilo’s Asian noodle bar. It allows you to have an authentic food truck experience year-round, without worrying about the weather.

Truck-Side Food Truck Food Court, Burnside Industrial Park, 600 Windmill Rd, Dartmouth, NS, Canada, +1 902 446 4400

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Calgary

Calgary Night Market

Held at different locations across Calgary, the Night Market is about bringing together street food, local vendors, and buskers for a night of fun, food, and entertainment. In 2017, the market kicked off at the end of April at Eau Claire Market and will happen once a month until August. They’re also doing a special Calgary Stampede Night Market, which is the biggest annual event in Calgary.

Calgary Night Market Kick-Off, Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW #202, Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 264 6450

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Markham

Night It Up!

Markham is in the Greater Toronto Area and hosts one of the biggest night markets in Canada every year. Night It Up! is styled to resemble the night markets in places like Taiwan and Hong Kong. There are nightly performances by locals and an array of delicious Asian street foods to sample at over 100 booths. In 2017, the event will take place from July 14th to July 16th. More than 130,000 people visited Night It Up! in 2016. They also give back to the community and donate a lot of money to local organizations.

Night It Up!, Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, ON, Canada, +1 905 477 5530