It’s the one Melbourne market that leaves no room for interpretation. It’s at night, and there’s a lot of noodles involved.
This year marks the Noodle Market’s second time rolling solo—it used to run alongside Good Food Month, before that moved to drizzly June.
This year it’ll be running over 18 balmy, noodle-filled nights between 8 – 25 November.
So what can we expect? As usual, a fk-tonne of crowds. But also some of the best Asian food in Melbourne. Filipino skewers from Hoy Pinoy, Puffle’s Hong Kong-inspired egg waffles, Korean tacos from POKLOL and Taiwanese steamed buns from Wonderbao. The works.
Some of your old favourites will be back, including Mr Miyagi (always the most popular stall—get in early), N2 Gelato, Donburi Station and Nem N Nem. And of course, there are a few new businesses getting involved. The big names? David’s (yes), Red Spice Road (double yes), and Oriental Tea House (just take our money).
You want live entertainment? Done. The Citi guys are organising local artists, live performances, ‘Paint and Sip’ art sessions with Brand’s Laira winery and Cork & Chroma, and (for the first time ever) a dedicated kombucha bar. With bottomless kombucha. Neat.
You can snag a seat on the grass at Birrarung Marr, but Citi is also bringing back the VIP packages. Basically, this gets you a pre-booked table. Bookings for that will come online 72-hours before each night’s session. The concierge service is also happening—you can order food and get it delivered right to your table.
Look—the big problem with Night Noodle Markets, in some ways, is its success. It’s just gotten really really big. So do yourself a favour and go early, before the hordes descend. The gates open at 5pm most days (4pm on weekends).
Where: Birrarung Marr
When: 8 – 25 November (times vary)
For more info, click here.
The only place we'll miss at the Noddle Markets is Super Ling (AKA our new favourite Chinese restaurant).
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