The Vietnamese capital is full of local markets, major places in the daily life of the inhabitants. It is possible to find everything in Hanoi, whether you are looking for fruits and vegetables, electronic equipment, flowers... you will find what you are looking for. Here is a non-exhaustive list of markets not to be missed to immerse yourself in Hanoian life!

1. Dong Xuan Market

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Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market is Hanoi’s largest and most famous market, and is a must-see in the neighbourhood. In Dong Xuan you can find absolutely everything : clothes, electronics, foodstuffs, souvenirs, baby items... this market is a large supermarket with a hundred stalls.

Although the market has become quite touristy, there are still some corners intended for locals who have preserved all the authenticity of the Old Quarter. This is the case, for example, with the hardware corner and foodstuffs.

Dong Xuan Market is also a great place to enjoy a wide variety of typical Vietnamese street food. At a reasonable price, you can find essential dishes such as noodles with grilled pork with bamboo, beef and green papaya salad, Pho, rib and cartilage oatmeal...

2. The Hom Fabric Market

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The Hom market is undoubtedly one of the most authentic you will find in Hanoi. On the ground floor there are sells fruits and vegetables, meat, fresh seafood, clothing, as well as some equipment for the house. The market is mainly dedicated to the locals, you will meet very few tourists.

The Hom market is particularly known as the main fabric market of the capital. Indeed, the second floor of the market is entirely devoted to it. It can be interesting if you want to make custom clothes or if you are simply passionate about sewing. Linen, rayon, lace, cotton, silk : there is something for everyone !

3. Long Bien Night Market

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If you are a night owl or an early morning, the Long Bien night market is for you ! It is one of the largest and most famous wholesale markets in Hanoi, but also one of the liveliest in Asia. Indeed, it is often ranked among the best markets in Asia or even in the world ! To enjoy the bustling Long Bien market, go under the bridge of the same name in the city center of the capital.

Once night falls, you will witness, in this typical market, the very characteristic boiling of Hanoi. Fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, seafood, and many other foods : there is something for everyone ! Every day, tons of goods arrive in the market and are then scattered throughout the city.

If you are passing through Hanoi, the Long Bien market is a must that is worth a visit. Between 10pm and 5am, you can attend a magnificent ballet of trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles to discover life in the capital from another angle !

4. Quang Ba Flower Night Market

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Another night market, the Quang Ba Flower Market ! It is one of the most famous night markets in Hanoi, the largest wholesale flower market in the capital. Here you will find the most beautiful and fresh flowers, shipped from all the neighbouring regions.

Every day between 2am and 4am, experience the effervescence of this market where wholesalers, traders, retailers, but also visitors who come to soak up the night atmosphere of the market. The vibrant colours of the flowers make the beauty of it, hundreds of varieties will make you eye : roses, orchids, lilies, carnations, chrysanthemums ... and many others you've probably never heard of.

This floral market is attractive for its brightly coloured flowers but also thanks to the unique atmosphere that reigns there. Nowhere else will you find the energy that emanates there : the market is a perfect illustration of the lively, hectic, and colourful life of the locals.

5. The Buoi Market

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The Buoi market bears cultural features of the ancient capital. Although it is no longer anything to do with what it used to be, it has preserved some of its charm on a small plot adjacent to the modern market. Ornamental plants, pets, birds, or aquarium fish are sold. We come to shop but also simply to walk around to soak up the atmosphere of a fair of yesteryear.

The market respects the lunar calendar, so it is held about every 5 days. It is a part of the capital's heritage that locals still seek to preserve, a testament to Hanoi's past. It is the only market in the city to perpetuate this typical practice of the rural market. If you want to experience the effervescence of a typical Vietnamese market, go to the district of the same name, district of Tây Hô in the west of Hanoi.


You will have the opportunity to visit Hanoi as well as these different markets with our travel agency Typic Travel during our tours : Colors of Vietnam, Secrets of the North-West Vietnam, and The Pioneer in Tonkin Vietnam!


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