Top 10+ Best Shopping Places & Local Markets in Hanoi
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, which is known as an ideal destination for tourists, especially foreign tourists. Each year, Hanoi welcomes thousands of tourists to visit beautiful views such as monuments, pagodas, temples, shopping malls, and so on. Although Hanoi is growing strongly about society, economy, education, Hanoi’s people still maintain the cultural features from the past. And the local markets of Hanoi are clear proof of long-standing habits. Find an interesting place to visit in your Hanoi trip with many useful suggestions from the top 7 amazing local markets in Hanoi, summarized by BestPrice Travel.
Markets are a place that reflects and remains the lifestyle and customs of locals. Markets in Hanoi are an example, giving you a chance to know more about the culture of Vietnamese and also find some beautiful souvenirs.
As a big city, there are many markets, but not all of them are typical enough for Hanoi culture. Therefore, we researched carefully to find the list of the top 7 amazing local markets for best shopping in the following article.
1. Hang Gai Street
Hang Gai street is known as a great shopping place which is considered to be the “silk-street” of Hanoi. All products such as clothes, scarves, hand-embroidery fabric which are sold in many stores are made from total silk. This street gathers some silk stores such as Cu Thanh specializes in fabric, Hoa Silk specializes in scarves, Kelly Silk specializes in sewing, and Khai silk uses Vietnamese silk to make European style’s clothes.
The prices of them are quite expensive. Small ones such as ties, scarves range 200,000 VND-400,000VND. Clothes or fabric range from 500,000VND - 1,000,000VND which depends on the types of silk they choose.
One of the persuasive reasons to attract foreign tourists is that Hang Gai street has some long-standing silk stores. All products are made from total materials with skillful designs which can’t be found in other places.
Buy silk at Hang Gai Street
2. Hanoi Night Market
- Address: Hang Dao street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi city
- Open time: 6 PM to 11 PM (just from Friday to Sunday)
Hanoi Night Market is one of the most famous markets in Hanoi. It’s 3 kilometers long on the street with the actual location from Hang Dao street to Dong Xuan market.
On the weekends, more than 4000 departments in Hanoi Night Market turn on their light, making a corner of Old Quarters sparkling in the evening. The diversity of products such as clothes, toys, furniture, ornaments, souvenirs to food and drinks, etc. attracts thousands of tourists. Besides shopping, you also have a chance to enjoy the performance of many street artists with both traditional music such as Quan Ho (love duets), Cheo singing, and modern music.
Clothing items are very popular such as casual and vintage ones which range from about 300,000 VND - 500,000 VND per item. For foods, they are products which are loved by young people such as roast meat, cakes, drinks, fruits, juice, ice-creams. The prices of them are quite cheap from 5,000VND - 20,000 VND.
Souvenirs here are very famous because of the diversity of them such as postcards, notebooks, key chains, accessories which range from 20,000VND to 100,000 VND per product.
Some great products here show clearly the spiritual value of Vietnamese which they want to bring to foreign tourists as well as advertise about my country. Therefore, this night market is one of the places which they should experience at least once when visiting Hanoi. Be careful with pickpockets.
Hanoi Night Market
3. Dong Xuan Market
- Address: Dong Xuan precinct, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.
- Open time: 8 AM to 8 PM (except for food area operating until the next morning)
Dong Xuan Market is the biggest one in the Hanoi Old Quarters. It’s reasonable to consider Dong Xuan market as the best market in Hanoi. On a big scale, it also plays an important role in trading consumer goods in Northern Vietnam.
Most products here are sold in many stores such as clothes, cosmetics, silk, stationery items, bags, shoes as well as foods, vegetables, etc. Fresh foods like vegetables, seafood, and meat are very fresh. Products such as clothing, jewelry, and cosmetics are imported from premium brands. Besides, some electronics stores in Hanoi moved to Dong Xuan Market a long time ago. The prices of most products are very affordable. However, for clothing items, visitors should bargain with shop-assistants about them from 200,000 - 300,000VND per product.
This market is a place that reflects the daily life of Vietnamese people with both some traditional features and the change of modern life. Coming to Dong Xuan market, surely that foreign tourists will learn many special cultures which only exist in Vietnam.
Dong Xuan Market
4. Cau Go Street
Cau Go Street has many stores which often sell women’s accessories. There are many kinds of products such as hairpins, hair ties, bows, jewelry, headwears, scarves, etc. When coming to Cau Go Street, visitors will surely be attracted by some colorful items, especially women. Young girls will not be able to take their eyes off colorful items.
The accessories are very beautiful both in quality and design so most foreign tourists like them. Besides, the prices are reasonable from 50,000 - 200,000 VND. The accessories are suitable for babies or young girls. Therefore, tourists often buy them to give to their relatives and friends, especially their girlfriends.
No shopping place sells more beautiful accessories than Cau Go street. Therefore, it is a worthy destination for foreign tourists who want to admire and buy some skillful handicraft products of Vietnam.
5. Hang Bac Street
Most stores here specialize in creating silver products such as jewelry. Nowadays, in addition to making jewelry, Hang Bac Street is famous for money exchange. This place is also called “the most expensive street” in Hanoi. Visitors who buy ones here can be satisfied with the quality them. The prices of them go up and down by day. Therefore, they don't need to bargain like other products because their prices have been determined clearly.
Hang Bac street is the most important place for foreign tourists because in addition to buying silver products, exchanging money is also necessary with them.
6. Hang Dau Street
Hang Dau Street is known as a Hanoi Old Quarter shopping place so it is easy for tourists to visit and go shopping. Therefore, this place is a great choice for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists. Stores in Hang Dau specialize in shoes. Shoes for men, women, the elderly, young people, and children have rich designs. The prices of them are very affordable from 200,000 - 400,000 VND per product. It is a great destination for young people, especially students.
If foreign tourists are not fans of luxurious products and they only want to search for shoes that are not only beautiful but also cheap, this place will be a good choice.
7. Cau Giay Street
People said that Cau Giay Street is a paradise for followers who like clothes shopping in Hanoi. The side-by-side clothing stores created a crowded street full of shops. The clothes here are very diverse both in design and color. Besides, clothes are intended for many ages from young to elder people. The prices of them are very cheap from 200,000 - 500,000 VND per one.
Although there are many clothes shops in Hanoi, foreign tourists can’t find places that not only have high-quality goods but also gather many stores such as Cau Giay street. The staff, which are very friendly as well as good at English are also one of the ideal conditions to attract foreign tourists to visit there.
8. Quang Ba Flower Market
- Address: Nghi Tram dyke, Tay Ho district, Hanoi.
- Open time: 11 PM to 5 AM
If you love the beauty of flowers, Quang Ba Flower Market is exactly the place for you. This biggest flower market in Hanoi pleases tourists with thousands of types of fresh flowers here, from domestic ones to imported ones with low prices. All flowers scent this market, making it an aromatic space to relax and enjoy.
Note: Best time to visit from 1 AM to 2 PM.
Quang Ba flower market
9. Hang Da Market
- Address: Hang Da District, Hanoi
- Open time: 5 AM to 8 PM
In contrast with Dong Xuan market which is known widely as a market for wholesale, Hang Da market is the favorite choice of housewives because it’s mainly for retail.
Hang Da is a spacious building in the center of the Old Quarters. It includes 2 floors and a basement. This basement is the place for trading foods such as fruits, meat, vegetables, seafood. It’s also a paradise for those who are a fan of second-hand goods, especially clothes. At the same time, the first floor is for dried foods, candies, cakes, drinks, etc. and the place for organizing events while the second floor is for brand stuff such as clothes, cosmetics, perfume, sandals, bags, and jewelry which have high quality, clear sources or are imported.
Note: Pretend to be cool with your desired items when buying secondhand clothes to bargain and be offered at better prices.
Hang Da Market
10. Hom Market
- Address: 79 Pho Hue street, Ngo Thi Nham precinct, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi.
- Open time: 6 AM to 6 PM
Hom Market (also called Hom - Duc Vien) is a good choice for tourism because it’s one of the most long-standing markets in Hanoi. There are almost all essential goods for daily life such as fresh food, agricultural goods, clothes, accessories, and fabric. Each product group has its own area. The good division here is very convenient for customers to find products they want.
Hom market is famous for fabric. You can come here and find every type of fabric with the quality from moderate to a high level and the price ranging from 50.000 VND to 300.000 VND.
11. Long Bien Market
- Address: 189 Hong Ha, Phuc Xa precinct, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
Long Bien Market still keeps the traditional style of holding a market of Vietnamese. Each seller has their own department with simple construction. It’s a distinct and attractive feature of this market. This big market operates day and night. At day, you can find most products for daily life here. But at night, it becomes a wholesale market for agricultural goods with the scale of the top 1 in Hanoi.
Note: As a wholesale market, some departments here only sell at least 3 kilograms per product but with very good prices.
Long Bien Market
12. Bat Trang Ceramics Village
Bat Trang is known as the most famous ceramics village in Vietnam. This village is a great destination which is always loved by young people, especially foreign tourists. Products here are diverse in the size. small ones such as vases, tea sets, food trays, and cups range from 150,000-300,000 VND. The prices of them depend on their sizes. Some big ones range 1,000,000 VND or more such as thurible, Buddhist statues, and jars. Pictures and water hyacinth with about 1,5 meter-high range 3,500,000 VND and more.
Bat Trang Ceramics Village is not only a place that preserves a long-standing traditional job of Vietnam but also brings some experience about local culture to foreign tourists. There is nothing better than exploring some new things in a long historical country like Vietnam.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village
13. Trang Tien Plaza
When coming to Hanoi Old Quarter, visitors often think immediately about Trang Tien Plaza because it is opposite to Hoan Kiem Lake and next to Hanoi Post Office. Most products are cosmetics, perfume, clothes, bags, shoes which are imported from luxury brands such as Dior, CK, Gucci, Chanel, Versace and so on. They are also visitors’ favorite products, especially foreign tourists.
Because of the high-grade goods, their prices are very expensive, not less than one million. Therefore, if tourists are not a fan of luxury brands, please admire them as a relaxing way. Moreover, Trang Tien Plaza also has cuisine areas that have both Vietnamese foods as well as foreign foods. So visitors can completely visit, go shopping as well as eating. This place gathers some famous food brands in the world such as GoGi house, Dunkin Donuts, Lion City Exclusive,... Foods here are quite delicious both Vietnamese and European style foods.
This shopping place has very luxurious, unique architecture. Besides, all the staff are very enthusiastic as well as good at speaking foreign languages. So they can easily talk as well as consult with foreign tourists. Some products are familiar with them because most of them are imported goods. Moreover, delicious foods are also a plus mark of this place.
Trang Tien Plaza
14. Nghia Tan Market
- Address: 24 Nghia Tan, Nghia Tan precinct, Cau Giay district, Hanoi.
- Open time: 9 AM to 6 PM
Nghia Tan market is a big market in Cau Giay district with abundant and diversified products, as well as good location. But the trading inside Nghia Tan market is not the actual point making its attraction. It’s well-known for so many surrounding casual dinings. Delicious snacks are sold here at low prices, making it an ideal place for exploring Hanoi food such as Samosa (meat and sauce are put into pastry crust), Vietnamese rice pyramid dumplings (rice flour, meat and wood-ear mushroom are wrapped into banana leaves), Noodles with fried-tofu and shrimp taste, Tofu and syrup, etc.
Note: In case you want to buy something inside the market, be ready to, unfortunately, meet some unfriendly sellers. But keep bargain and just buy if it’s reasonable.
Nghia Tan Market
Markets are always attractive destinations for tourism because they aren’t just places for exploring the customs and lifestyle of locals but also for purchasing many products with high quality and good prices. The top 7 amazing local markets in Hanoi hopefully are useful suggestions for your Hanoi tour with BestPrice Travel.
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