Hanoi is a place which offers a thrill to its visitors. The culture, the unforgettable shopping pleasures, the world’s cheapest beer and the street food makes you visit this place very often. Hanoi’s Old Quarter is one of the busiest place in the city.
The shops and the variety of items sold makes you crazy as a shopper. Also it becomes a favourite place for you to booze during the night with lots of entertainment to mark the moment as an important one in your life.
Hanoi night market gives the tourists a real shopping pleasure. Situated in the Old Quarter, the night market removes the gap between the tourists and the local people. Exploring the night market on foot would be exciting and will be one of the memorable moments in your life.
Before visiting the night market, it's better to know the facts. The night market is situated in the busiest streets of the Old Quarter which includes Hang Duong, Hang Nang and Hang Dao streets. The market ranges within 3 km in length and the starting point of the market is Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square and the market ends at Dong Xuan market gate.
The local people are very much friendly here and the market is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8pm till 11:30 pm in the night. In Hanoi, there is a tradition of wandering around the streets and every weekend the night market makes the street more livelier than ever with people roaming and shopping here and there.
Also the food and beer makes the market a wonderful combination for a traveller who likes to roam and wander around the streets for fulfilling all the shopping pleasures. Lets see how to spend your precious moment in the Hanoi night market.
Shopping in the Hanoi night market is one of the unique experiences which one would cherish in the lifetime. There are variety of stalls selling wide range of products which include handicrafts, propaganda art items, underwear, socks, children dresses,Traditional toys, lacquerware items, lacquer painting, ceramics, tins, Vietnamese silk, women accessories, porcelain and many more.
In addition to this, you will see some of the most famous cultural shows and live bands. For tourists you would find handmade leather wallets, beautiful handicrafts, bamboo dolls, necklaces, handmade postcards, pictures and many more.
Also among the women accessories you would find earrings, bracelets, keychains and many other unique items which is a sure take home. For backpackers, Hanoi night market sells some of the cheapest backpacks, waterproof coats and much more at a discounted price.
Some of items with price mentioned below:
- Lacquer paintings you get within 10 USD
- Propaganda Art sells within 8 USD
- Underwears and socks is priced within 4 USD
- Lacquerware you will get within 7 USD
- Necklace, earrings and women accessories is priced within 4 USD
- Traditional toys you would get within 4 USD
- Beautiful Handicrafts are priced between 8-10 USD
- Backpacks can be purchased again within 10 USD
- Waterproof coats and ancillary items, you will get within 10 USD
Remember 1 USD is equivalent to 20000 VND, so therefore the market is so cheap that you can buy things within 4 USD, a sure takeaway for your home.
Street food is one of the delicacies of the Hanoi Night market. You will not leave the night market without having some of the delicious street food items like sweet soup, hot noodles, grilled pork with noodles popularly known as Bun Cha, Grilled fish with noodles popularly known as Bun ca, Sandwich and of course Beer.
Please do take hot food because of the hygiene level. Sweet soup one of the popular Vietnamese desserts and in the night market you also get some Korean food in the Hang Buom street.
On the Saturday nights, the streets are crowded with live music performances. You have bands and singer coming from outside frequently and performing which is quite exciting to watch. These musical performance include Vietnamese Opera, reformed theatre, contemporary music and International Guest performances.
Enjoy the nightlife
Nightlife is extremely fabulous in Hanoi night market. You can booze in the Bai Jo Junction where you get a glass of Beer within 5 VND. The junction is just in the intersection point of Hang Bac street and Ta Hien street. Fresh chilled Beer is served on rolling basis.
You can get Bia Hoi, the world’s cheapest beer in this place within 4-5 VND. Have a glass of beer after tiresome shopping with some of the best food like Bun Cha or Bun Ca and you also get steamed peanuts, hot noodles and hot soup which is also called Pho there.
7 night markets a must visit at Hanoi
Old Quarter’s Night Market
The Old Quarter Night Market which is one of the biggest night markets in the city. Starts from Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square till the Dong Xuan market gate. It is around 45 minutes from the Noi Bai International Airport.
Various types of products like handicrafts, socks, dresses, women accessories, backpacks and many more can be sourced from this market.
Opens from : 8pm till 11 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Price range: Within 10000 VND, you can do adequate shopping.
Linh Nam- Hoang Mai Night Market
In the day time you will find vegetables and fruits being sold in this market. Located just near the Old Quarter, the market sells footwear, clothes and cosmetics at a cheap rate.
Opens from : 8pm till 1am during the weekends
Price range:Within 50000 to 500000 VND you get good quality T-shirts and a pair of socks.
Phung Kuong- Thanh Xuan Night Market
This market is often visited by the college students. Located near the Hoan Kiem Lake beside the Dong Xuan Street. As usual in the day time, the market sells fruits and vegetable but in the night time it sells women accessories, footwears, clothes, jeans and other variety of items.
Opens from : 8pm till 1am throughout the week
Price range: A pair of female jeans costs from 120000 - 180000 VND and male jeans costs from 200000-250000 VND.
Dich Vong- Cau Giay Night Market
This night market is also for students. Here you again find footwears, clothes, stylish women accessories and many more products. The prices are generally high and one needs to do bargaining to buy the product at a very reasonable price.
Located in the Than Xuang district of Hanoi, the market caters to the poor local students of the city.
Opens from : 8pm till 1am every day
Price range: Here you will get a handbag from 70000 -150000 VND and a watch below 100000 VND.
Nha Xanh- Cau Giay Night Market
It is just another night market for the students and is one of the cheapest ones in the city. Here also you get handbags, footwears, clothes and other fashion accessories of low quality at a reasonable price.
Long Bien Night Market
This market is occupied mainly by fruits and vegetable sellers. It's just like a wholesale market where traders gather for picking up their items from the suppliers.
Quang Ba Flower Night Market
It is one of the leading market for flower trade. Here variety of flowers and herbs are sold on daily basis. Here you would experience some of the beautiful moments with colourful flowers.
You would get daisies, lilies, sunflowers and many more at a very cheap rate. Also some medicinal; herbs are also sold here.
Opens from : 3am -5am every day.
Price range: Here you will get everything within 5000 VND.
Night Market at Hanoi brings lots of dynamic trading activities selling various types of products starting from fruits and vegetable to clothes, fashion accessories and beer.
The local people work very hard during the daytime and spend in shopping and boozing during the weekends at night to relax after the hard work. For a tourist, night market gives you excellent opportunities to buy some of the unique products of Hanoi at a cheap rate and worth to be preserved as a symbol of a memorable trip to Hanoi.
For every tourists, please do follow the following tips for night market shopping:
- Try to bargain for every item you buy from the night market.
- Avoid the Saturdays since those days the night market is fully packed.
- Be Aware of pickpockets.
- Avoid shopping after late night boozing in the night market.