Thursday, November 19, 2015

Night Noodle Markets

We're back from New Zealand! I am going to work on downloading all of our many photos onto the computer this weekend and will hopefully have some posts ready soon! If you just can't take the suspense, head over to my Instagram to see a preview of our trip!

One of my favorite things about living in Melbourne is the number of festivals and other activities happening at any given time. Specifically, I appreciate the focus on food festivals. This month the Night Noodle Market has taken up residence along the Yarra River in Birrarung Marr, the park that lies between Federation Square and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. We went to the same market last year a few times and really enjoyed it! Happily, this year seemed even bigger than last year, with more pop up bars, entertainment, and food stalls. 
Loved this bar but it was impossible to get a seat anywhere in the park, let alone on the "rooftop". 
First up was Pad Thai from a restaurant in the suburbs. I was a bit disappointed to find out that they don't deliver in the city, as it was the best Pad Thai I've had in Melbourne. Looks like we'll have to venture out to the 'burbs!
Next we had some chicken wings and then headed over to a barbecue stand for some skewers. 
Not only was the food amazing, but I love the decorations at this particular event. It felt very fresh and spring-like while still sticking to the Asian food theme. 
And a couple more bars:
Yesterday was quite windy and there was a threat of rain, but that didn't seem to deter many people-it was packed! The only downside: the flies. I don't know what it is about this year, as I don't remember seeing a single fly last year, but they are legitimately taking over the city. I walked down Southbank yesterday and swatted flies out of my face the whole time, and I counted seven flies just chilling on a guy's suit coat in front of me. So as you can imagine, the markets were prime fly territory. Despite that annoyance, I think we will definitely be back again before the markets close up later this month!


  1. Looks like fun! We are looking forward to your NZ photos too. Someone should buy you a laptop for Christmas so you can post faster! They are so cheap these days... And Ali texted us the days she will be visiting, sounds great but not a long enough trip.

    1. A laptop is definitely my next big purchase. We are waiting until we know our Australian tax situation before we spring for one, though! At the moment it's not so much about lack of access since Peter is mainly working from home, but the fact that we took thousands of photos! We are excited for Ali's visit...wish she could stay longer!



Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!



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