Birrarung Marr will be transformed into a busy after-dark hawker market again this spring when the ever-popular Night Noodle Markets return to Melbourne.

Expect an abundance of spicy, sour, sweet and smoky flavours in street-food dishes from China, Thailand, Vietnam and beyond. There’ll be Filipino skewers from Hoy Pinoy, Bao Brothers and Wonderbao’s Taiwanese-style steamed buns, and stands from Mr Miyagi, Red Spice Road, Bangkok Street Food, Nem N’ Nem and Chinese Dim Sum King. After Poklol and Puffle’s recent collab at HWKR in the CBD, they’ll both be returning to the markets; Puffle with its Hong Kong-style egg waffles and Poklol with inventive Korean tacos.

New to the Night Noodle Markets this year is Collingwood Thai favourite Son in Law, Prahran institution David’s (currently celebrating 20 years in business), and Oriental Tea House, which has an unrelated but no less thrilling all-you-can-eat dumpling party happening in the lead up.

Sweet stuff will be courtesy of N2 Extreme Gelato and Sydney’s Black Star Pastry.

The event, modelled on the traditional open-air markets of Southeast Asia, will take place over 18 nights.

There’ll be live music and DJs, a Pimm’s Garden Bar and a Night Terrace serving James Squire beer. South Australian winery Brand’s Laira will again host a cellar door-style bar, and Amplify Kombucha will be serving bottomless glasses of the fermented fizzy drink free of charge.

In an effort to reduce queues that can plague the festival, it will again be cash-free this year.

Melbourne Night Noodle Markets are on from November 8 to 25 at Birrarung Marr.

Mon & Tue 5pm–9pm
Wed & Thu 5pm–10pm
Fri 5pm–11pm
Sat 4pm–10pm
Sun 4pm–9pm