Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market is the busiest and most popular traditional market of Hanoi that missing it would be a pity. Let’s go and explore this bustling market with AZ Local Trip!
Below are some frequent questions from visitors we collect on Tripadvisor as well as from our tourists. We hope that it will informative and helpful to you when planning a trip to Dong Xuan Market!
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I. Questions About Dong Xuan Market
1. What are the opening and closing times of Dong Xuan Market?
Location: Dong Xuan Market Hanoi is located in the Old Quarter, at Dong Xuan street
Opening hours: 8:00 to 18:00
2. How long Dong Xuan Market remains open in the evening? Does it have a life at night? Any closing day?
The answer is… definitely YES!!!
Dong Xuan night market starts from Hoan Kiem lake, through Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong street. The distance from the beginning place to the finishing one is about 2 kilometers.
As an air-opened walking market, Dong Xuan Night Market opening hours are from 19:00 to 00:30 every Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
3. Is Dong Xuan Market Hanoi worth visiting?
A very interesting question!
During the journey to explore Hanoi, it will be a regret if you skip Dong Xuan Market.
But Dong Xuan market is still a “senior” in all aspects. Many Hanoians come here, not for shopping, just wander around and enjoy a simple and traditional dish.
Dong Xuan Market is a representative of both the past and modern life in Hanoi. It reflects the culture, the people, and the history of Hanoi.
If you want to experience the unique rhythm of the local life of the capital, you just need to explore Dong Xuan Market!
4. Should I go with a local guide?
YES, YES, and YES!!!
The market is always crowded, especially on weekends or holidays. Shoppers are often crowded which makes the opportunity for thieves and baggies.
Therefore, when you go to the market you should carefully check and keep your property to avoid getting robbed.
Dong Xuan Market is located in the Old Quarter and this is a large area of traffic. If people don’t go shopping near the market, it is easy to get lost.
So, it is some reason why you REALLY NEED A LOCAL GUIDE who will ensure that you will have a safe and memorable trip!
Amazing street food such as sweet fried cakes, fried dumplings at small food stalls
Besides, you also should contact a local travel company and have some helpful advice from a local operator.
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5. Some tips I need to get when exploring Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi?
It is best to use public transportation as well as by walking to save you time and money.
Basically, to limit the weakness when going to Dong Xuan market, people should invite more people to buy goods with; buying in large quantities is much easier.
People should walk around the market to find items and prices in advance, avoid bargaining several times to avoid leading to an argument.
It would be much better for you to walk around the market with a pair of shoes or comfortable sandals because you will have to walk a lot in order not to miss any stall.
You can come here at around 18:30 to check the prices. It seems to soon to buy anything because most stalls are still being prepared. However, you can still look, see the goods and ask the prices comfortably.
If you have made up your mind, you’d better not hesitate. Just buy it immediately. There is no big difference in the prices among stalls for the same goods so that it’s not necessary to see the new purchase because you can get tired.
6. Why sometimes I cannot buy something in Dong Xuan Market?
Dong Xuan Market is a typical wholesale market and deals mostly with wholesale and NOT recommended for individual purchases.
A reviewer on TripAdvisor told her experiences, “we found it frustrating as everything we wanted to buy, the stallholders said ‘no sell, no sell’ and we couldn’t understand why.” If you expect some interesting and beautiful souvenirs, clothes, or anything, it is best to hit up the shops around the Dong Xuan market rather than the market itself.
Therefore, don’t expect a happy shopping with Dong Xuan too much!
And in some cases, the stallholders refuse to sell something, don’t be angry or frustrating! Tell your local guide or your local operator and they will take you to the best shops!
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7. What to buy in Dong Xuan Market?
Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi is known as the most crowded market with various kinds of goods, from food items such as candy, wine, even fresh and dried seafood to wearing items such as clothes, shoes, bags, hats … The market is very diverse and suitable for all interests, all objects.
Dong Xuan Market mainly provides wholesale products so retail products account for the lower proportion.
At Dong Xuan Market, goods are classified according to the selling area, so it is very convenient to find and buy goods for customers.
Based on the nature and utility of goods, each area in Dong Xuan Market Hanoi is divided quite reasonably. Clothing, footwear, bags, watches, wallets, belts, leather purses, teddy bears, electronics, refrigerators, home appliances, dried goods … items sold by region.
Specifically, it makes it easy for customers to find the goods they want to visit or shopping as follows:
- 1st Floor: specializing in selling electronics, refrigeration, home appliances, watches, backpack, bags, wallets, souvenirs …
- 2nd Floor: Specializing in selling fabrics for apparel.
- 3rd Floor: Specializing in selling children’s wear, men’s fashion; women and middle age’s wear
A crowded bustling alley next to Dong Xuan Market
Behind the market is the shop selling pet birds. Foods are mainly sold in the Bac Qua market.
And north of the market is the restaurant which serves traditional dishes of the Hanoi as vermicelli, a noodle soup.
II. Necessary Information about Dong Xuan Market Hanoi
History of Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi
Located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, with its history associated with the formation and development of the ancient Thang Long, Dong Xuan Market is not merely a commercial point, but also a cultural, spiritual place of Hanoi.
Beef and crab noodles soup – a delicious must-try dessert at Dong Xuan Market
In 1889, the Dong Xuan market was built by the French on the mudflats of the To Lich River, including 5 rows of houses, the front of which is the arch of French architecture. The history of the market associated with the formation and commercial development of Thang Long land, which is the largest trading center in ancient Tonkin.
In 1946, people in Dong Xuan Street fought bravely against and caused heavy losses to French troops. This contributed to protecting the headquarters safely, bringing the war against the French colonial to victory, making the capital completely liberated on October 10, 1954.
The market witnessed many historic events, the ups, and downs of Thang Long – Hanoi.
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Dong Xuan Night Market Tips
Are you wondering how to have a PERFECT TRIP in Dong Xuan Night Market?
Don’t worry, we are here to help you!
The market sells various kinds of items with unbelievably cheap prices. The only way to explore the market is to go straight to make sure you don’t miss any interesting stall.
Products sold here are very diverse: from adult clothes, bags, wallets, belts, etc. to household items, souvenirs, home decorations, and so on. The items are sold at a very affordable price.
You can buy a nice sweater with good quality with only around 90.000 – 120.000 VND, or rough pants, khaki pants for only about 100.000 – over 200.000 VND. With clothing, the market mainly sells the most popular items.
Visiting Dong Xuan Market with your family to buy some goods as souvenirs and gifts is an unforgettable experience
Here, you can easily find trendy and unique phone cases with common prices. The stalls also have cute and small decorative pillows; wooden keys with the shape of 12 zodiac animals with names of purchasers; beautiful handmade paper boxes, and so on.
This must be the recommendable place to find birthday gifts for friends or couples.
Want to make sure you do not miss a stall? You should go straight one by one. Follow the right margin to the end of the market and then back to you offline, so just the same general people and do not worry can forget a few items you care about.
In addition, there are many Dong Xuan market foods and drink stalls are waiting for you to explore and experience!
However, sanitation cannot be guaranteed. For the convenience of walking, you can carry a small water bottle with you.
Dong Xuan night market Hanoi
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