Hanoi night market – Delighting all your senses

If you’re currently planning a trip to Hanoi, you may want to have your travel dates overlap the weekend so you can check out the popular Hanoi Night Market that only opens 3 days a week.

In 2004, the first pedestrian streets in Hanoi were inaugurated, where visitors can walk, shop, and sample street food in four streets blocked off to motor traffic: Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong, and Dong Xuan. And now it becomes the most-popular night market in heart of Hanoi, which can’t be missed in your itinerary. Visitors can expect to discover what local life is like in the city, and one place that surely exposes tourists to the real capital is the Hanoi night market. Found in the Old Quarter, this market bridges the gap between tourists and locals. 

On every FridaySaturday and Sunday, the whole stretch of road from Hang Dao Street to Dong Xuan Market (approximately 3 km in length, see map below) is pedestrianized and transformed into a night market from 6.00pm to 11.00pm. A large number of vendors/traders will set up shop to display their goods for sale. Here, you can find a plethora of stuffs from clothing, toys, souvenirs, homewares to fashion accessories, gadgets, crafts and more.

Hanoi night market map

Hanoi night market map

 

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Barricades will be put up at the start of Hang Dao Street to close the road to traffic. However, when you’re walking down the night market and crossing the horizontal streets, you still have to be careful of oncoming traffic – especially the scooters/motorbikes that are always travelling in a haphazard fashion.

 

SHOPPING IN HANOI NIGHT MARKET

Meandering around the Hanoi night market, you surely will have a great night of shopping with countless finds to bring back home after your traveling time in Hanoi.

Those who are looking for souvenirs in Vietnam should look no further than the Hanoi night market, as it is equipped with everything one needs to impress their friends and family back home. For many of foreign visitors, the handicrafts sold here are the most sought after products found at the weekend market. Visitors will find vendors selling bamboo dolls and pictures, handmade postcards, and even leather handbags. Necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and more are sold in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. (Warning: Be cautious of low quality wares made in China)

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Lacquerware in Hanoi night market

 

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Beautiful bowls. Really great for home decoration huh?!

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Handcrafted figures, a gift or toy to Vietnamese children that was popular in 1990s. Looks like by clay, but it's not, made from glutinous rice powder 

Guess what are these handcrafted wares made from? - From paper!

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A creative 3D postcard is a great souvenir, sold for about 20,000 – 30,000vnd

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Feel hot?!

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Really a feast for your eyes

Backpackers and travelers should not bypass stalls selling traveling items, like backpacks, waterproof coats, and more. Hanoi night market is one of the cheapest places to find items for your traveling endeavors and at a discounted price. Remember to barter. Vendors may even sell an item half price! There is a strong haggling tradition in the northern provinces of Vietnam, so as long as the sellers do not inform customers that the items they are selling have a fixed price, feel free to negotiate with them. Our best recommendation would be, have a local guide to accompany you. This way you can maximize your local experience!

 

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North Face is everywhere :))

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TIME TO REFUEL YOUR TUMMY

Feel hungry and thirsty a bit as meandering, right? Even if not, I bet you couldn’t resist the street foods attracting you along your way in this Hanoi night market. Food stalls pepper the market with cuisine from around the country, so there is surely a food vendor for everyone here. Many of stalls serve up traditional Hanoi food, including sweet soups, porridge with dough, sticky rice, and pho. Visitors will also be able to find snacks that are popular amongst Vietnamese children, most of which are sold at a reasonable price. Some of the best sweets include sticky candy, boiled sweet potatoes, and boiled sweet corn.

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Grilled and barbecue food items at the night market, prices are about 10,000 – 20,000vnd/stick

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Doesn’t this look like a huge bouquet? Made up of fresh and preserved fruits

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Ya…It’s ice cream, it’s not jambon :))

And this is how the above “jambon alike” ice cream is made

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OMG! Believe me, you’re gonna LOVE it!

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On the Dong Xuan market side, there are sit-down local food options   

 

NOW LET’S ENTERTAIN YOUR EARS

The Old Quarter is especially thriving on Saturday nights. The streets come alive with live performances and works of art. FREE OPEN SHOW FOR EVERYONE! Some of the things visitors can expect to see include Vietnamese opera, reformed theater, contemporary and musical performances, and more. International artists oftentimes come to the Old Quarter to perform, as well. These performances are always crowded with both locals and tourists, so be sure to get there early to avoid the crowds and to get the best view of the shows.

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This is really nice

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 Local cultural performance in Hanoi night market street

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He’s so into the music

BOOZING NEARBY THE HANOI NIGHT MARKET

Wrapping up your night by boozing, why not?

After spending ample time at the crowded Hanoi night market, it is time to escape the herds of people and head to a place that is a bit more relaxing. Haha, actually it’s another herd of people. Walk along Hang Bac Street to Ta Hien Street to treat yourself to a fresh beer. You are welcome to join locals at any of the bars, where visitors will find the city’s youth around plastic stools lining the roads with a beer in tow. This area is also filled with passing travelers, so feel free to join in on the fun. A mug of local or fresh beer is around US$.5, some of the cheapest beer you will find in all of Asia.

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See, I told ya! It’s another herd of people :)) Don’t worry, somehow you can always find a seat for you to enjoy fresh beer

 

Need some music along with your beer to be high? Here are some bar options in Ta Hien beer street for you:

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“Hay bar” with live music band where you are free to show your voice or your body to the world

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Or get more crazy with 1900 bar

Okay, is it enough for your night? I think it’s way too much for you ;)

Btw, here are some tips for you when visiting the Hanoi night market:

  • Park outside the market if you have a motorbike, as no vehicle is allowed to enter the market after 7 p.m.
  • As the market is crowded, be sure to keep your belongings close to you and watch out for pick-pockets.
  • If you do not know what to eat, just look the most ordered dishes by locals and follow their lead. Locals know best!
  • Haggle as much as you can.

 

 

H.O.A – BNS Travel

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