You want to experience another kind of shopping which you can bargain the price or buy fresh raw food? You want to see how Hanoians buy foods for their family in a local market rather than frozen goods in the supermarket? You are curious about where Vietnamese women often go in the beginning of the day? Hom Market Hanoi is one of the best place to explore all your wonder.
This market is crazy (Similar to Dong Xuan Market ) fabric everywhere. There's not a lot of patchwork cottons or non stretch fabrics, but there's some fantastic jerseys, stretch wools, chiffons, satins, embroidered and sequined material, tulle, fleece - endless!
You will get a lot of weird looks depending on how lost or confused you look, and lots of people calling you over. Definitely know what you're after and be firm, avoid saying maybe and maybe have the words for the style pattern or fabric on paper to show. You might also get a few people following you but it was only because they wanted a photo of a westerner.
I found one stall I visited twice, the ladies had good English and weren't too pushy but found similar things to show me from the stuff I buying. I ended up buying a lot from them, they weren't budging on haggling but I don't haggle very well since it's already so reasonable. I attached the business card of the stall I liked and the silk and satins I picked up (it got damaged by my phone case). I tend to go for crazy stuff that I'm less likely to find else where.
So yeah, careful not to get carried away but you won't break the bank if you do. bring water, a calculator, paper and pen, and a clear idea of what you want. Expect it to be crowded with stalls but for the majority of ladies to be sitting watching or maybe sleeping, some may be enthusiastic but others will ignore you. It can get very hot, and it's easy to get a little lost. Be firm about decisions, a maybe is more frustrating than no.
Hom market (Cho Hom Market) is also known as Doc Hang Gao, as early in the nineteenth century, there was a market selling poultry at the beginning of Hang Bai Street.
When the streets opened, the market was chased to run down the garden Duc Vien pagoda, where has a slope.
In 1921, Hue Street was built and so was the market. This is an afternoon market just like its name where the poor people in the lagoon area, the Department of Lo, Linh Duong… could bring the shrimp, fish, snails, frogs to sell on.
Today, if Hanoi is considered to be the gathering place of many specialties of all regions, Hom Market will be the” highlight” with variety of goods.
The market has three floors which has different using purposes.
All the goods here has the top quality, which means everything was selected first before the market.
Even some food of opposite season, rare spicy, which are difficult to buy in the normal market, can be found easily in this market. Such as Lang Son vegetables, fresh Tam Dao sand dunes which looked as just being picked out in the garden.
It is said that if you want to know how Vietnamese cook and enjoy foods, come to Cho Hom Market Hanoi
According to one shop owner, the fabric here is mainly selected from the finest linens in the Ninh Hiep wholesale market, some of which are from beautiful and unique canvas form Guangzhou and Shanghai.
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