Hanoi weekend night market: All you need to know before going
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24.05.2019

What is Hanoi weekend night market?

Found in the Old Quarter, this market bridges the gap between tourists and locals. It is equipped with delicious food and souvenirs, and while the market is a popular destination, it remains off the beaten path. Indeed, visiting this night market is one of top things to do in Hanoi. Follow our detailed guide to take on the market.

Where can you find Hanoi weekend night market?

Those visitors who have done their research before visiting have surely caught wind of the Hanoi weekend night market. It occupies some of the busiest streets found in the Old Quarter, including Hang Duong, Hang Ngang and Hang Dao. The market is approximately 3 km in length, and it starts at one edge of Hoan Kiem lake and ends at Dong Xuan market. Visitors are free to meander as they please, as the roads are blocked off to transportation. The market is free of commotion, as well, and visitors are instead greeted by locals conversing and music playing. The night market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from 07 PM to 11 PM.



Night Market Activities

Shopping

Those who are looking for souvenirs in Vietnam should look no further than the night market, as it is equipped with everything one needs to impress their friends and family back home. For many of foreign visitors, the handicrafts sold here are the most sought after products found at the weekend market. Visitors will find vendors selling bamboo dolls and pictures, handmade postcards, and even leather handbags. Necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and more are sold in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Backpackers and travelers should not bypass stalls selling traveling items, like backpacks, waterproof coats, and more. Hanoi night market is one of the cheapest places to find items for your traveling endeavors and at discounted prices. Remember to barter. Vendors may even sell an item half price! There is a strong haggling tradition in the northern provinces of Vietnam, so as long as the sellers do not inform customers that the items they are selling have a fixed price, feel free to negotiate with them. Our best recommendation would be, have a local guide to accompany you. This way you can maximize your local experience!

Food

Visitors will not be able to explore the night market long without stopping at one of the delicious food vendors along the way. Food stalls pepper the market with cuisine from around the country, so there is surely a food vendor for everyone here. Many of stalls serve up traditional Hanoi food, including porridge with dough, sticky rice, pho noodle soup and sweet dessert. Visitors will also be able to find snacks that are popular amongst Vietnamese children, most of which are sold at reasonable prices. Some of the best sweets include sticky candy, boiled sweet potatoes, and boiled sweet corn.

Entertainment

The Old Quarter is especially thriving on Saturday nights. The streets come alive with live performances and works of art. Some of the things visitors can expect to see include Vietnamese traditional opera, reformed theater, contemporary and musical performances, and so on. International artists oftentimes come to the Old Quarter to perform as well. These performances are always crowded with both locals and tourists, so be sure to get there early to get the best view of the shows.

Tips when visiting the Hanoi night market

Park outside the market if you have a motorbike, as no vehicle is allowed to enter the market after 7 p.m.
As the market is crowded, always be careful with pick-pockets, keep an eye on your belongings.
If you do not know what to eat, just look the most ordered dishes by locals and follow their lead. Locals know best!

Haggle as much as you can.



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