Brisbane Night Noodle Markets

Brisbane Night Noodle Markets Yellow Dragon dancing in Dragon Dance
Traditional Colourful and Loud – Chinese Dragon Dance

Brisbane’s Good (Great) Food Month

Want to know the best time to visit Brisbane?  With its year-round sunshine and exciting new festivals and events popping up every month, Brisbane is a pretty awesome all year round destination. But, if I did have to choose just one month, it would have to be The Good Food Month of July.  It’s one delicious month-long celebrating all things food and wine. Not to mention, July is also the month that Brisbane’s Night Noodle Markets return, transforming Southbank’s Cultural forecourt into a lantern lit, bustling Asian Street Market.

Red and Gold Lanterns and lights over night noodle market
Lantern-lit Night Noodle Markets

Need to Know

This is a ‘free entry’ event – so you decide how much you want to spend (depending on your appetite).  It’s also cashless, which means quicker queues which means more time spent eating.

The market runs from 5 pm weekdays and 4 pm on weekends.  My advice if you are going on the weekend, is to make sure to get there early!  This is a hugely popular event and the tables fill up quickly.  And you will definitely want to grab yourself a table to sit back and enjoy the music and entertainment.

We were lucky enough to land a great riverside table, and fortunately for David, it just happened to be right next to James Squire Beer tent.

Brisbane Night Noodle Markets James Squire Beer
Beer is Beautiful – especially when it’s right next to our table!


Bowl of Pad See Ew with fork
Pad See Ew from Shallot Thai – delicious!!!

The Bites!

With our seating sorted, it was now time to satisfy our hunger! With Hoy Pinoy’s giant sizzling BBQ  beckoning, we began with two tender Filipino chicken skewers marinated and bathed in a traditional glaze ($13.)   Great for a starter! OMG with so many delicious choices, it can be so hard to decide. Think gyozas, dim sims and gow gees and then you can choose to have them steamed, stir or deep fried.  I think we ended up trying a little bit of each but the standout for me would have to be the spring rolls from Shallot Thai ($8)– so tasty! The pastry was just right and the spicy vegetable filling divine. Shallot Thai soon became our favourite stall.  We ended up ordering the Chicken Satay Roti Roll – a steal at $14, Chicken Pad See Ew ($15) which didn’t disappoint either! The combination of tender thinly sliced chicken, fresh crispy vegetables and rice noodles all mixed in that …sticky sweet sauce – heaven!

Needless to say, there was little room left for dessert. I’m yet to try the infamous strawberry watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry.  – ah well there’s always next year.

Red and yellow lantern lit pop up food stall
Little Kyoto Pop up Stall


Girls making asian food behind stall
My favourite food stall – Shallot Thai


Spring rolls, roti bread and peanut dipping sauce
Handmade Spring Rolls, Roti and Peanut Dipping Sauce


Bowl of Chicken Pad See Ew
Chicken Pad See Ew from Shallot Thai


Fortune Cookies for sale from Oz Harvest
Fortune Cookies that never make sense but great for a laugh and proceeds going to a great charity –  Oz Harvest


The Verdict

A great night out – delicious food, drink and entertainment – just remember to get there early!

Jacqui and David at Night Noodle Markets
Happy Days!


Brisbane’s Night Noodle Markets will be held from July 24 – August 4, 2019, at Southbank’s foreshores.




















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