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Jan 20, 2007 05:52 PM

Best night markets in America?

There are few things more enjoyable in life than night markets. There are more in Asia and Europe.

America also has them, here and there, and once-a-week night markets are definitely worth mentioning.

Where did you go most recently?

Which cities offer the best night markets?

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  1. A "win" for Vancouver?
    Toronto, even?
    Do we have to go to Mexico?


    Santa Rosa?
    San Luis Obispo?
    San Diego?
    Nothing in New York? (You don't need one, do you?)
    Did you experience the SF Chinatown night market (seasonal)?
    Can't think of any good ones right now. Argh.

    How about "evening markets"?

    1. Hmmm ... I was thinking that I had not been to a night market in the US when you mentioned San Luis Obispo (SLO). Here's my report on it.

      That night market in the SF Chinatown never took off. I dropped by once and it wasn't food-oriented, more like a flea-market.

      The problem with night markets in terms of produce is that it is difficult to see what you are buying. I did enjoy the Thursday market in SLO though and recommend a stop for anyone driving by that way on a Thursday night.

      Oh wait ... there is a Tuesday night market in Sonoma, CA during the summer that is quite pleasant too ... another report.

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      1. re: rworange

        Great report on San Luis Obispo fair, S.S.

        Oliveto could not pull off a night market all by itself, but it came close, this past weekend - mini extravaganza? Micro?

      2. Toronto doesn't have a regular night market that I know of. There's one annually over a July weekend at Metro Square, but that's the only one I've heard of.

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          1. re: grocerytrekker

            I've never actually been to it, as it's always the same weekend as a music festival I attend, but Jim Leff went last year with Jennifer Bain of the Toronto Star. Unfortunately, their coverage is in the pay archive of the Star now.

            You can read the abstracts here: