The market has the heart of German traditions, but there were vendors from other European countries too. Not only is there great food, but there are also booths selling gifts and beautiful, cultural crafts. It’s a relatively small space (it’s not comparable to the Richmond summer night market :P), located at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, just a few minutes walk away from the Stadium-Chinatown, Granville, and Vancouver City Center skytrain stations.
Our first stop was of course the Glüehwein Hut. Now obviously, Tray & I are both still minors so we couldn’t order the famous German mulled wine (in 2 years though, for sure.. ;D), but the Groupon came with apple ciders (+ the awesome mugs) so we went to grab those. With the sight of crowds at all the busy vendors, we decided it was a good idea to split up. So while Tray lined up for the ciders, I headed off to buy us some food.
The menus are all relatively simple, a good thing because Tray & I are both very indecisive people.. no kidding. Since neither of us had schnitzels before, I ordered the classic German schnitzel ($14) to try. The other choices were Jäger schnitzel, basically the same as the German schnitzel, but with a mushroom gravy, and schnitzel wraps.
Tray returned with piping hot ciders just when it was finally my turn to order. It was close to a 40 minute wait for the schnitzel! After we got the it, we went to one of the standing tables to enjoy our food. It was a very dim-light setting, so shoutout to Tray who held her phone’s flashlight to make it possible for me to get a picture. Terrible pictures are better than none. :’D
You can’t leave the Christmas market without some sausages, the Germans love their sausages! Because we already had pork in the schnitzel, we opted for the Bavarian smokie ($8.50), a blend of pork and beef, at the Black Forest Delicatessen. This was served in an average, untoasted bun that had an odd chewy texture.. but topped with delicious caramelized onions and sauerkraut. The sausage itself was not bad.. Again, I’m not much for meat to begin with but Tray raved about the tenderness, juiciness, and crisp outer layer of it. (4/5)
It was past 8 after our hotdogs, and we didn’t want to miss out on our carousel rides so that’s where we went next.
We were both pretty full but wanted more food. I mean, we came all the way here, so we have to leave with more than just two things in our stomachs right? Ukrainian Crepes & Borsch had a long line earlier (it was then close to 9, the closing time ) so we decided to check it out. They offer a selection of sweet and savoury crepes, and borscht, as their name suggests. As a dessert, we picked the Berry Addiction ($11) and really didn’t expect much, but we struck with a bit of surprise.
The crepe was thin, light and soft, distinct from the Japanese style, with generous filling of sweet blueberries paired with an interesting flavour contrast from the sour cream cheese. My only criticism is that it was a little awkward to eat towards the end though as the blueberry juice poured out, we were practically slurping the liquid to keep it from spilling. xD (4.5/5)
Tray & I ended off our night nibbling off the yummy crepe on our way back home. We had an amazing time, though we wish we could’ve came earlier. More walking around, absorbing in the holiday spirit and exploring the German culture with the arts and crafts, and less lining up, worrying about our growling bellies, and rushing to get out before everything shuts down. I’m looking forward to come back again next year though!