Is this Sydney’s best night market? I reckon so. The month-long Ramadan Night Market in Lakemba is one of our city’s most authentically honest and community-driven events, providing a communal iftar from dusk til dawn as Muslims break their fast. You won’t find commercial sponsors, chain eateries or ticket sales. This is purely about food cooked by the people, for the people.
It’s no wonder then that the night market now attracts a stream of food tourists. Never been? Get yourself on the train to Lakemba. Follow the crowds along Haldon Street and your stomach can travel the world for cheap.
Curries and crowds
Chicken tikka skewers
Making martabak, paratha filled with beef, chicken or egg
Jalebi fried dough coils soaked in syrup
Beef and camel burgers
Kaak bread filled with cheese $5
The grilled kaak cheese bread is my favourite snack. The bread is basted with butter on both sides and then grilled over charcoal so the sesame seeds become even nuttier, the bread crisps and the cheese melts to a stretchy lusciousness.
Watching coffee being brewed in hot sand is mesmerising. It’s also a great way to stay awake until dawn!
You’ll find half a dozen stalls selling knafeh, each one cooked to a different recipe. This needs to be eaten straight away so the white cheese is warm and gooey, otherwise heat it again at home if you’re getting takeaway.
The Lakemba Ramadan Night Market in 2019 runs every night from 5pm (sunset) through to 3am. Crowds tend to peak 8pm-10pm. Saturday nights are the busiest with Haldon Street closed to traffic. The final night will be Thursday 6 June 2019.
Food stalls are set up along Haldon Street near Lakemba rail station, between The Boulevarde and Gillies Street. Some nights you will also find stalls along Railway Parade.
Due to the popularity of this event, street parking tends to fill quickly so take public transport if possible. A free park and ride shuttle bus to Haldon Street will run on Saturday nights, running every 30 minutes from Campsie (Shakespeare Street carpark) and Roselands (opposite Lantern Club) between 6.30pm and 2am.