626 Night Market in Santa Anita Park — PHOTOS

I go to a lot of foodie events and I love a lot of food events in the Southern California area. But the 626 Night Market is the ULTIMATE. The Asian-themed festival takes place throughout the summer in Santa Anita and Orange County, bringing together the best and greatest in Asian cuisine, as well as other kinds of food, crafts, and a kickass laser show. And this year, we got to eat our way through July 4th weekend at the market!

So, what does the name mean? Well, 626 is the area code of the San Gabriel Valley, which is home to many Asian communities. Night Market comes from the traditional markets where booths sell delicious food in countries like Taiwan and Singapore.

We spent the night walking around, taking in the sights and yummy smells from the food vendors. There were so many options that we had no idea what to choose! But ultimately, we figured out what we wanted to eat.

Quotes of the night:

  • “Come eat here! We don’t have a line — not because our food is bad, but because we serve you fast!” – one of the food booths
  • “Are you people serious? I hope you all know you’re lining up for a potato on a stick” – woman walking by a long line
  • “There’s a disco in your purse!” – man to me after I put my awesome light-up Disco Soda from Foodbeast into my purse (I had a lot to carry!)


Mallory is the founder and foodie-in-chief of Couch Potato Cook. She is a writer and journalist based in Los Angeles by day, and a foodie in her spare time.