Hanoi night market, also known as Dong Xuan night market, is weekly held on weekend evenings in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. It’s a very interesting place that all visitors should not miss if they have chance to travel to Hanoi.
A little background information about Hanoi
Hanoi is the capital and the second largest city of Vietnam which is the center of policy, culture, economy of the entire country. This city is located in the center of the Red Delta river in the north of Vietnam. With a history of over 1000 years being a capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is considered as a sacred land of Vietnamese people measuring the standards of all Vietnamese values.
Through the ups and downs of time, Hanoi used to drift in the ash and fire of wars that carved itself the pains and scars, but now this is a city for peace where Hanoians are trying to build up the city more and more modern and beautiful.
What makes Hanoi Night Market special
Hanoi night market spreads from Hang Dao street to Dong Xuan Market; this creates the walking street where all kinds of vehicles are not permitted.
The Old Quarter Night Market
It has been a decade since it is opened. Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market is over 3 km from Hang Dao street to Dong Xuan street. It is opened to promote the Vietnamese culture in the international tourist’s eyes and young generations. The market opens from 7 p.m to 11 p.m on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are a various kinds of products in Hanoi night market. People can find clothes, sweets, salted dry fruit (ô mai), decorations, toys, stationeries, sundry goods on the streets: Hang Ngang, Hang Duong, Luong Van Can, Hang Ma, Ngo Gach and Hang Ca, while goods and facilities are mostly sold from Dong Xuan Market to Hang Giay Street. Moreover, tourists also have a chance to taste many yummy Vietnamese street foods along the streets and enjoy the local activities while wandering around the market. There is no surprised to see the foreigners mixing into the crowd to feel the real Hanoi‘s sense with the images of Hanoi architecture, Hanoi lifestyle, and Hanoi comtemporary breath.
Dong Xuan Market
For many Hanoians, coming to the night market becomes a habit even when they don’t want to shop, just stroll to feel the atmosphere, chat with family or friends and enjoy some snack. Dong Xuan market is an indispensable place when hanging around Hanoi Old Quarter. It is in the center of Hanoi Old Quarter in Hoan Kiem District. This market was built by the French people when they finishing the invasion of the northern Vietnam and choosing Hanoi as the capital of the Indochina Commonwealth of France. Now it is one of the symbols of Hanoi which reflects the French architecture combining the lifestyle of Vietnamese people. So, it is a smart choice for those who wander around Hanoi at night and find the contrasting colors of Hanoi. You can easily find all the goods and souvenirs here. Especially, Dong Xuan market is not only the trading place of local people, but also the exchanging center of culture for artists. Whenever the night falls, the market zone lightens, and people starts to rush into the market, you can easily hear the painful sound of Xam songs via the voice of Xam artisans and “dan bau”-a traditional Vietnamese instrument. “Chieu xam”-which is the way Vietnamese people call this musical form, is a form of cultural activity of Vietnamese people that has already faded, now Dong Xuan market is the rare place the Xam can live in its space.
The other activities around Hanoi Night Markets
Children excitedly play with sand pictures or paint statues. There are a lot of couples hand in hand walking together with smiles on their faces. Many foreign tourists join in the streams of people taking picture; sometimes they stop to select some products. Many of Hanoi or Vietnamese style souvenirs which always cost less than the ones in the shops are sold in the market.
It’s also a good idea coming to the night market to enjoy food. There is a plenty of food here. People can find bloating fern-shaped cake (bánh bèo), bun cha, bacon, grilled (nem chua), grilled sausages, Hai Phong bread, etc … at two sides of the market. At the end of the market street, there are more kinds of tasty dishes such as hot pot, grilled food, khuc (khúc) cake, steamed glutinous rice (xôi).
It is better to wander around Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market via Hanoi free walking tour because it is a good chance to experience and explore a vivid Hanoi in the most rustic way with the enthusiasm of tour guides. We hope that you will have a memorable tour in Hanoi that impresses your mind forever. If you need further information about Hanoi tour, please contact us. Thank you!