Hawker 88 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market: the Ultimate Asian Foodie Paradise

Queen Victoria Market hosts the Winter Night Market and Summer Night Market every year and we are regular visitors to both events.

But what if you’re hankering for some street food action and neither market is on? Thankfully Queen Victoria Market fills the gap in Autumn with the Hawker 88 Night Market!

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when is the Hawker 88 Night Market in 2024?

The weekly night markets are on every Wednesday from 10 April to 8 May 2024 from 5pm to 10pm for a bevy of Asian food trucks and food stalls.

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Step into the lively streets of Asia right here at Queen Victoria Market’s beloved Hawker 88 Night Market, back for an exclusive five-week autumn season.

Each week has a different theme featuring live music and cultural celebrations:

  • Wednesday 10 April – All Asia Night
  • Wednesday 17 April – Southeast Asia Durian Night
  • Wednesday 24 April – Oriental Night
  • Wednesday 1 May – Island Night
  • Wednesday 8 May – Full Moon Festival
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Transforming the market into a vibrant hub, you’ll find yourself amidst long communal tables, a mesmerising canopy of hanging lanterns, traditional Lucky Cat decorations, and the glow of vivid neon lights. It’s an atmosphere that families will love.

Food-wise you’ll find everything from Asian tacos to satays, dumplings to rice paper rolls. There are more than 20 stalls so you can experience a real Asian food adventure!

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Sink your teeth into crispy Korean popcorn chicken from Lui Boss, savour the charcoaled Filipino skewers from Hoy Pinoy, or indulge in the authentic flavours of Taiwan Street Food. With so many tantalising options, your taste buds are in for a treat.

I recommend the wok-tossed char kway teo, and grilled squid on a stick. The Insta-worthy fairy floss by Son-in-law, is obviously another must.

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Then there’s the wide variety of live music, cultural performances, food eating contests, and family entertainment awaiting you each week.

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With loads of communal seating, there’s plenty of space to settle yourselves in for the night. Though it does get busy from 6pm onwards, so it’s best to get there early.

BYO drink bottles, reusable containers and napkins to reduce (plastic) waste and help the environment.

The Hawker 88 Night Market is a fun way to get over hump day, whether you’re coming straight from the office or taking the family out and enjoying the last of the fine weather during Autumn.

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Hawker 88 Night Market FAQs

  • How much is it?
    Entry is free and food and drinks can be purchased to your liking. Allow $20-$30 per person for food. We spend $70 for 1 adult and two children eating 1-2 savoury items and a dessert;
  • When and where is it?
    Every Wednesday from 10 April to 8 May
    Time: 5:00pm-10:00pm 
    Queen Victoria Market – corner of Queen and Therry Streets, Melbourne 
  • When is the best time to go?
    Get there as close to 5pm as you can as it gets busier and the lines longer. Peak hour is 7pm;
  • Getting there
    If you go early it’s relatively easy to find street parking close to the market at that time if you’re coming by car;
    $15 flat rate parking from 4:30pm-11pm in market car park, otherwise there is paid street parking $7 per hour until 8:30pm;
  • Public transport
    Take a tram up Elizabeth St for the easiest access via PT;
  • Can we pay by credit card?
    Bring cash as not all vendors accept cards. There are a few ATMs by Therry Street/toilet blocks but with long queues;
  • Are there family facilities?
    Baby change facilities in public toilets.
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Check out the Queen Victoria Summer Night Market

Check out the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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