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Night Noodle Markets South Bank 2017

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Enjoy the best of Brisbane's Asian food at these markets
For 2 weeks in July, South Bank's Cultural Forecourt hosts the Night Noodle Market. This year includes 23 food stalls, several bars and live entertainment. Most of the stalls feature Asian food and many come from Brisbane's top Asian restaurants providing Brisbanites with an opportunity sample some of the best Asian food in the city.

South Bank hosts the night noodle markets for 2 weeks
South Bank hosts the night noodle markets for 2 weeks

This year's lineup of all stalls has not been released at the time I wrote this article, but expect restaurants like Madame Wu's, Sake, Fat Noodle and N2 to turn up. However stalls are not limited to famous brands. Last year one of the most popular food stalls was selling Filipino Chicken. I can't tell you what it tasted like because the queue was far too long.

Queues at the night noodle markets
Queues at the night noodle markets


The markets will operate from July 19 to July 30. On weekdays they open at 5 pm and operate until late (which I would read as being around 9 pm) and on weekends the markets start at 4 pm and probably finish around 10 pm. The popularity of the markets means that there is quite a crowd even on weekdays.

Lanterns at the night noodle markets
Lanterns at the night noodle markets


Especially on weekends, you should try and get there early if you want to try some of the more popular places without enduring long queues. Usually, we go with a group and some people grab chairs and tables while others grab the food.

The markets are cashless this year. So bring your cards to pay.

Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a leash and by law, they are not allowed within 20 metres of food stalls.

One of the best ways to enjoy food at the markets is to sample different foods from different stalls. Some of the most popular options are the innovators selling food that is difficult to find elsewhere. One that is usually popular every year is Madame Wu's duck buns.

It is best to get in early at the night noodle markets
It is best to get in early at the night noodle markets


Each night there will be music at the main stage. There is plenty of seating near the entertainment. Normally though when we go in a group we try and get away from the stage so that we can talk. It is easy enough to find a spot that suits what you want out of the night.

Origami Cranes at the Night Noodle Markets
Origami Cranes at the Night Noodle Markets


The night noodle markets is understandably the most popular food events of the year. The unique combination of stalls run by well-known restaurants as well as more general Asian food stalls, always attracts a crowd. The biggest frustration always turns out to be the big queues on weekends for the most popular offerings. Yet it is definitely worth checking out and many people will go back on several different days to try a range of different offerings.

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Why? Great selection of Asian food, with stalls run by some top Brisbane restaurants
When: Weekdays from 5 pm, Weekends from 4 pm
Where: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank
Cost: Free entry
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