Discover Dong Xuan Market - Hanoi
One of the most exciting parts of visiting a foreign city is visiting the local market. Although the market is not really the ideal place to relax and unwind, it is, however, the best method of getting to know how the people of a certain country act out their day-to-day life. Displayed across the ground and unraveling all the purchasable goods to patrons, visitors, and the like, city markets are always a joy to see, even if travelers are going against the sea of crowds just to see what lies beyond the other side.
In the city of Hanoi, there is no other place to shop, chat, and dine with the locals than the Don Xuan Market. Originally built during the French administration in 1889, this colossal structure has seen its fair share of renovations after the fire of 1994. Today, it has become the lifeblood to both the city and its locals. Its three stories are filled with stalls that sell various kinds of goods – as expected in any city market. However, in Vietnam, they do a little things differently than the rest. Most of the time, when people go to the market, they rarely think of it as an enjoyable experience. With all that pushing and shoving, and the race to get to quality goods, it is more exhausting than one might think. In Dong Xuan however, visitors and locals swimmingly travel from one place to the other with speed and ease.
There are a lot of things travelers can purchase in this market which include: garments, such as the Non La (Vietnam’s famous conical shaped hat), leather shoes, kitchen accessories, handicrafts and souvenirs, and everything in between. For the foodie on the go, the Northern part of Dong Xuan has enough food stalls to satisfy that specific craving. Visitors can try their local cuisines such as the Hai Phong bread, Donner Kebap, and the occasional hot pot during the colder months of the year.
The Dong Xuan Market is open from 6:00AM to 7:00PM however, if your purpose for visiting is of a more social merger, Trip Guru suggests that you come in during the evening. To get to the market, you must travel at the West end of Hanoi Old quarter, which is surrounded by the streets of Hang Kohai and Cau Dong. If you keep walking down Hang Ngang Street, you will be able to reach the market after 4 blocks.