The best local markets in Hanoi are always bustling with hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce, quality textiles, and household supplies as early as 6 am, 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 taxi cabs.

    While it’s easy to get caught up in the lively atmosphere, do keep your wits about you as the throng of motorbikes and people can be intense. Nevertheless, a visit to Hanoi’s most popular markets is essential for any traveler looking to purchase (and bargain for) inexpensive clothing, souvenirs, fabrics, fresh flowers, and Vietnamese street food.

    1

    Dong Xuan Market

    Old Quarter

    Dong Xuan Market is known as Hanoi’s largest indoor market, offering a wide range of goods within its 4-storey, Soviet-style building. The first 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. Located on the northern edge of the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market is a must-visit if you’re looking to experience the local lifestyle – you might even end up leaving with a pair of cheap sunglasses and a Vietnamese conical hat.

    Location: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 7 pm

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    Hanoi Weekend Night Market

    Old Quarter

    The Hanoi Weekend Night Market in the Old Quarter takes place every weekend, starting from Hang Dao Street toward the edge of Dong Xuan Market. While most stalls sell pretty similar items such as postcards, handicrafts, and accessories, the main draw of this lively bazaar is the endless rows of food vendors offering exotic Vietnamese street food. On special occasions such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, you can also catch traditional Vietnamese music performances such as ca tru, xam, and quan ho. If you’re looking to purchase souvenirs at Hanoi Weekend Night Market, make sure you bargain for lower prices (a good starting point is around 75% off the retail price).

    Location: Hang Dao Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Friday–Sunday from 8 pm to 11 pm

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    Hang Da Market

    Hoan Kiem (City Center)

    Set within a 3-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 pre-loved clothes in pristine conditions, they are available in all sizes as most are imported from Japan, Europe, Korea and the U.S.. The best time to visit this indoor market is in the early morning when you can shop in a relatively quiet atmosphere as well as enjoy Vietnamese-style breakfasts such as pho xao (stir-fried rice noodles with beef slices) and bun cha (charcoal-grilled pork patties with vermicelli noodles).

    Location: 1 Pho Hang Da, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 5 pm

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    4

    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, the first floor is filled with stalls selling local food, fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, seafood, meat, and household appliances. The second floor is where you can find hundreds of stalls selling cotton, linen, wool, silk, tweed, brocade, and nylon materials, all of which are stacked up in piles. The prices here are also negotiable. You can often get up to 50% off the retail prices.

    Location: 293 Tran Nhan Tong, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 5 pm

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    5

    Quang Ba Flower Market

    Tay Ho (West Lake)

    The Quang Ba Flower Market in Tay Ho district offers fresh flowers from all across Vietnam, including Dong Anh, Soc Son, Me Linh, Dalat, and Nhat Tan. Open as early as 2 am, you can find rows of colorful daisies, cherry blossoms, roses, orchids and sunflowers which can be purchased separately or arranged in bouquets. The market is especially busy during the annual Tet Festival, with well-dressed locals in mopeds passing through the narrow aisles. If you’re a flower enthusiast or an extremely early morning riser, make sure to include Quang Ba Flower Market in your travel itinerary.

    Location: Au Co Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 2 am to midday

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    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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