Hanoi has so much to offer travellers. Vibrant culture, rich cuisine, breathtaking nature: there is seemingly nothing this city does not have. Visitors can expect to discover what local life is like in the city, and the Hanoi local markets (including street night markets) that surely exposes tourists to the real capital
The best local markets in Hanoi are always bustling with hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce, quality textiles, and household supplies as early as 06:00, making them popular spots for tourists looking to experience the daily lives of the city’s local population. Conveniently set within prominent districts such as Hoan Kiem and Tay Ho, these indoor and outdoor markets are easily accessible on foot, cyclos, and taxis.
Dong Xuan Market – Old Quarter
Dong Xuan Market is known as Hanoi’s largest indoor market, offering a wide range of goods within its four-storey Soviet-style building. Established in 1889 by the French, this market is a symbol and the largest covered market in the capital where the sellers and buyers can trade anything, from household furniture to foodstuffs. The ground floor has a bustling wet market section, where locals purchase fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables. Meanwhile, the upper levels are where you can find printed tees, fabrics, school uniforms, luggage stalls and much more, all available at wholesale prices.
Hanoi Weekend Night Market- Old Quarter
Found in the Old Quarter, Hanoi Weekend Night Market bridges the gap between tourists and locals. It is equipped with delicious food and souvenirs, and while the market is a popular destination, it remains off the beaten path. Indeed, visiting this night market is one of top things to do in Hanoi. The market is free of commotion, as well, and visitors are instead greeted by locals conversing and music playing. The night market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from 8 p.m. and is open late.
Hang Da Market – Hoan Kiem district
Located in the center of Hanoi’s biggest district, Hang Da Market is one of the largest and most famous markets in Hanoi for both locals and tourists alike. Set within a three-storey building, Hang Da Market is great for purchasing imported wines, second-hand clothing, and quality fabrics at very attractive prices. Not only are the preloved clothes come in pristine conditions, they are available in all sizes as most are imported from Japan, Europe, Korea and the US. The market is open from 5 a.m to 9 p.m daily.
Cho Hom Market – Hai Ba Trung district
Cho Hom Market is renowned for offering the most extensive collection of fabrics in Hanoi, making it a popular shopping venue for local tailors and tourists looking to purchase materials for their very own custom-made clothing. Similar to most Hanoi markets, on the ground floor, you can buy most of the goods, ranging from fresh vegetables to clothes. The second one mainly sells fabrics and the third floor has a terrace and gymnastics rooms.
Quang Ba Flower Market – Tay Ho district
Quang Ba Flower Market is the biggest flower market in Hanoi which gathers fresh flowers from many places in Vietnam. Opened at 2 am, you can find almost all types of flowers, namely carnations, roses, chrysanthemums, gerberas,… If you are willing to wake up early in the morning and want to know more about nightlife in Hanoi, the market is a place you cannot miss. The market is especially busy during the annual Tet Festival, with well-dressed locals in mopeds passing through the narrow aisles.