WHERE: Richmond, British Columbia
WHY: For the Richmond Night Market (runs through October 12, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.–midnight; Sundays, 7–11 p.m. $2.75 entry fee, free for kids 10 and younger and adults 60 and older. 8351 River Road; richmondnightmarket.com). WHAT: Richmond is often overlooked by visitors bound for Vancouver—its flashier B.C. neighbor—but the city steps into the limelight with this summer-weekends-only outdoor festival of Asian street food. As dusk settles, hundreds of booths come alive with strung lights, brightly colored banners, larger-than-life inflatable ducks, and the aroma of grilled, sautéed and deep-fried Asian delicacies.
COME HUNGRY: Dim sum, shrimp rolls, grilled octopus and countless more tasty bites are reasonably priced (about $3–$5 per serving) and served in petite portions for maximum menu exploration. SIDE TRIP: After recovering from your hum bao hangover, head to Vancouver’s Granville Island for breakfast, where market vendors sell everything from farm-fresh yogurt and piled-high seasonal fruit to piping hot muffins and flaky croissants.
GO GREEN: Consider leaving the car at home: Take Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver, then hop on SkyTrain rapid transit for a stress-free 30-minute ride to Richmond.