Hanoi is one of the most crowded cities in Vietnam. Back in the day, most people went to work and school and did not have the time to wander around and shop for clothes or shoes. For such reason, several night markets were established after the business hours and had since become part of the local's tradition. Let’s check out the seven most famous night markets in Hanoi.
Hanoi's Old Quarter is one of the famous night markets in Hanoi. It is not only a lively area but also a tourist attraction. It is special to note that this market only opens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. The length of the market area is about 3 KMs from Hang Dao Street to Hang Giay Street. Additionally, almost every product can be found in this area, but at prices between some tens and hundreds of Vietnam Dong. Besides items of clothing, pieces of jewelry, decoration items, handicrafts are also reasonably priced. With roughly VND 10,000, you could buy a small three pairs of socks. The garments are between VND 70,000 - VND 300,000.
In sum, numbering over 4,000 stalls, Old Quarter’s Night Market is a walking and entertaining area for both Hanoians and foreign visitors.
In the daytime, vegetables and a variety of fruits are sold. From 8 PM to 1 AM, there are a vast amount of articles of clothing, footwear, and cosmetics displayed at approximately VND 50,000 - VND 500,000. The products are attached to beautiful labels, come in multiple sizes and a wide range of selection. However, most of them are priced higher than the original values. For such reason, customers have to bargain as low as possible. For example, a t-shirt costs about VND 50,000 - VND 100,000 and a pair of shoes is VND 100,000 - VND 150,000.
Phung Khoang Night Market is very popular among the college students in Hanoi. As usual, vegetables and foods are sold in the daytime while clothing, footwear, and cosmetics are available in the evenings. With prices around VND 50,000 - VND 100,000, you could buy a t-shirt. For VND 120,000 - VND 180,000, customers can get a pair of female jeans and VND 200,000 - VND 250,000 for male jeans.
The open hours are nightly throughout the whole week, but it is extremely busy on the weekends.
The target audience of this market is the students. The main products are clothing, footwear, and bags. Since students are the main customers, the prices are quite low.
The market opens every night. Same as the other night markets in Hanoi, Dich Vong provides vegetables and foods for the locals. However, apart from the fixed prices displayed, most of the prices are higher than the original, so the customers have to bargain for a good price. For example, a handbag costs roughly VND 70,000 - VND 150,000 and a watch for under VND 100,000.
Another student market is Nha Xanh. It stands out as one of the night markets selling the cheapest items in the city, which makes it great for bargain seekers doing their Hanoi shopping. The products are similar to the other night markets with clothing, footwear, handbags, and cosmetics but it opens from the early morning to the late night. With the prices between some tens to some hundreds VND, the majority of items here are imported from China. There is a variety of packages and sizes but low quality. Hence, customers have to look into the products carefully.
One of the most dynamic markets that need to be mentioned for your Hanoi shopping is Long Bien Night Market. This is where the majority of fruit and food traders gather and pick up their items from the suppliers. Starting from 11 PM to the early morning of the next day, this fruit market brings a very joyful and exciting feeling for every visitor to experience the local routine. Not only can we see the buying and selling activities, but we also catch the moments when a person sleeps in the boxes or uses a cardboard cover as the blanket. It is an opportunity for tourists to understand how hard the life of the locals is.
Quang Ba is the leading market for flower trade in Hanoi. Coming to this night market, you will have a chance to see a variety of flowers together with hearing the welcoming voices of the friendly sellers. Although the market opens throughout the whole day, nighttime is the busiest for seeing the dynamic trading activities. There are people who visit Quang Ba early morning at 2 - 3 AM just to get first pick at the freshest flowers available. It would an exceptional experience if you could visit the market at this time before the sun rises.
Night markets in Hanoi bring a very different dynamic in comparison with the day ones. Visiting Hanoi night markets is an opportunity to see the other side of the locals where people skip the ideal sleep time to work overtime. They work hard in the daytime and even harder at night!
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It was great fun navigating through the streets and we tried so many yummy foods. Those places are very crowded though, but it was nice for a night stroll in the city