Twilight Hawkers Market 2013-14 season

The Twilight Hawkers Market is back every Friday night from 5pm to 9pm in Forrest Place in the city and for its longest season yet, running until 11 April 2014. The weather lately has been perfect for outdoor eating – warm days, balmy evenings, not so hot as to take away your appetite. It’s great to be in Perth in spring.

I took my new Fujinon 23mm lens for a walk through the market after work yesterday – this was comfort for me after a hard week. By 5.30pm Forrest Place was pretty crowded and there were long queues at the most popular stalls. I wish I could capture the market’s smoky smell to share along with these pictures.

DSCF1794Mexican Elotes (corn on the cob)

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DSCF1822New kid on the block Bangkok Jump Street – prawn pad Thai, coconut pork skewers and longan juice

DSCF1846Chilli sauces at Mojito Cantina – nachos with guacamole and spicy pork tortilla wraps

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DSCF1864-3The live music varies week to week

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DSCF1872Uncle Jack’s hotdogs with Moroccan and WA beef and lamb sausages

DSCF1885-2Bunga Raya Murtabak – pratha bread with beef or vegetable filling

La Paleta's Mexican icy poles La Paleta – Mexican icy poles

DSCF1888La Crepe de Paris – sweet and savoury French crepes. Nice chandelier!

DSCF1881Snags and Sons served up ‘New York’ hotdogs. Snags and Sons has closed its shop in Leederville and will be moving to Northbridge. Now trading instead at Leederville is Pinchos

DSCF1901El Asador serves up Argentinean asado with the biggest slabs of meat on the biggest BBQs at the market

DSCF1905Bratwurst – just one of several hotdog stalls at the market

DSCF1908Shak Shuka – Moroccan eggs in spicy tomato sauce, served with baguette and harissa dip, chorizo optional

<img src="http://thefoodpornographer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/DSCF1947-2.jpg" alt="Braza churros, filled with chocolate or caramel” title=”” /> Braza churros, filled with chocolate or caramel

DSCF1975Gelato Amico – note: they no longer have a shop on Murray Street mall

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DSCF1996There are seats in the middle of Forrest Place, more undercover seating on the Myer side, and plenty of GPO building steps to sit on

My pictures depict only some of the stalls. The Twilight Hawkers Market has become a delicious celebration of multicultural Perth, and last night’s other stalls included Marcelita’s Colombian empanadas (my pick is pork and lime); El Rancho Latino‘s El Salvadorian pupusas and banana empanadas; Los Amigos’ burritos, Maison St Honore‘s macarons; Casablanca Real Moroccan Cuisine; three paella stalls; Polish pirogi, goulash and hot doughnuts; sticky pork ribs at Ragin’ Cajun; Fumi’s Japanese pancakes and noodles; Delicious Bites‘ kuih (including kuih lapis, kuih dadar and kek lapis); Two Fat Indians‘ curries; dim sum; takoyaki (octopus balls), and more. The stalls vary week to week, so there’s always something else to check out – there’ll be others next week that weren’t there this week. It’s never easy to choose what to eat; a good strategy is to go with mates who’ll be willing to all hit the queues and then share the spoils.

Street food markets, food trucks and mobile food businesses are an important part of Perth’s food culture and events like this make it easy to support these homegrown talents. Food bloggers coming to Perth next weekend for the Eat Drink Blog conference, it is well worth dropping by the Twilight Hawkers Market on Friday night to soak up the atmosphere and experience some of the best tastes of life in Perth.

From a photography perspective, the Fujinon 23mm f1.4 lens is my new favourite walk-around lens for the Fuji X-E1. Haven’t taken it to a restaurant or photographed a meal with it yet – looking forward to that.

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Twilight Hawkers Market
Forrest Place, Perth
Every Friday 5pm to 9pm until 11 April 2014 – get there early if you can. It gets increasingly crowded and stalls may run out of popular items before the market closes.
Market stalls vary week to week
Note: Market is not on 15 November and 20 December 2013.


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  • Jeannie L

    Can I ask around what time were you there when you took the photos? I went around 6 last night and it was absolutely packed!

    • Jeannie, The first photo of the batch was taken at 5.31pm, the last at 6.19pm. It was very busy at 5.30 as I mentioned at the beginning of the post – taking these photos was quite challenging. :)

      • Jeannie L

        Thanks :) Your earlier photos do look a bit less crowded but still pretty busy!

        • I circled the market a few times, looking for natural breaks in the queues so I could slip in and take a picture or two. Some of the stalls pictured here took a few attempts. I couldn’t get close enough to some stalls, so didn’t get a picture of those at all. ,

          • Jeannie L

            I can imagine! I really wanted to try the Pulled Pork Po Boy from one of the BBQ stands but there was a giant queue so I circled and came back but they had sold out :(

  • OMG! great post. will definitely have to try :-)

    • Simon,
      It’s pretty cool and worth checking out, even if just briefly, if you are interested.

  • Craig Hind

    Nice photos. After being on this photo workshop we have been tempted to go the mirrorless route, at least for one of our cameras. I wasn’t expecting that at all!

    You Perth people really love your giant cooking equipment don’t you! :-)

    • Thanks, Craig. Yes, we love our enormous cooking equipment. I haven’t fully switched to Fuji, despite now carrying the X-E1 around as my ‘everyday’ camera – still like the Nikon DSLR and will be using it at a couple of events coming up.

  • les

    i found this wee gem last year. and now visit is religiously.