Dong Xuan Market: Best Place for Shopping in Hanoi Vietnam
Dong Xuan Market History: Dong Xuan Market (Vietnamese: Chợ Đồng Xuân) was built in 1889 during French Colonial, and is housed within a four-storey Soviet-style building on the northern edge of Hanoi ‘s Old Quarter. This is also known as Hanoi’s biggest indoor market, offering a wide range of products such as fresh produce, handmade souvenirs, accessories and clothing, as well as many electronic and household appliances.
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 - 19:00 Monday to Sunday
- Location: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Entrance Ticket: Free of Charge
What to Buy in Dong Xuan Market? Similar to most of traditional markets in Southeast Asia, this market has a bustling wet market section located on the ground floor, where locals shop for fresh and alive seafood, meat, and vegetables while the rear area is selling an array of pets (cats, dogs, and fish) and fresh flowers from all over Vietnam.
If you’re looking to shop for local souvenirs, go straight to the upper levels, where you can find many stalls selling T-Shirts, fabrics, school uniforms, handbags, handicrafts, all of them are sold at wholesale prices.There is also a massive local dining area within Dong Xuan Market, with food vendors selling Vietnamese coffee and traditional local dishes.
There are are many more shops surrounding Dong Xuan Market, there you can buy traditional Dong Ho Paintings, Bat Trang ceramic products, Binh Da embroideries and laces, and also sand paintings. Within walking distance from City Center, Dong Xuan Market is a must-visit if you’re really love to experience the local lifestyle.
Some Tips when exploring Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi:
If you love to shop in Dong Xuan Market, you should go with friends and try to buy goods together as buying in large quantities is much easier and cheaper.
You should walk around the market to find things you like and prices first, sellers here do not like bargaining very much, so avoid bargaining several times to avoid an argument.
Best time to visit Dong Xuan market is at around 8:30 to check the prices. Before that time would be setting up, but you can still look, see the thingss and check the prices comfortably.
You better not hesitate to ask the price, But do not bargain too much here. There is no big different prices between shops for the same goods, and bargaining too many times may get sellers unfriendly.
How to Get to Dong Xuan Market? The market is located just 5 minutes walking from Hoan Kiem Lake and in the busy Hang Hang - Hang Dao Streets. So you can take motorbike or grab taxi. Or with google map diection, you can walk there easily.
What to Do near Dong Xuan Market? Night Food Market outdoor and Walking Streets in Hang Ngang - Hang Dao, Hoan Kiem Lake to try street food and buy souvenir on the weekend. You can also take a walk to see Old Quarter and French Quarter nearby.
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