With China to the North, and Laos and Cambodia to the West, Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country located in the heart of Asia. A land of vast green landscapes, Vietnam, otherwise known as ‘The Land of the Blue Dragon’, is well-known for its distinctive flavoured traditional cuisine, arts and craft. What better way to discover the flavour-rich Vietnamese cuisine than to explore them on the street markets of Vietnam? Here’s a rundown of the best street food markets in Vietnam that will surely entice your taste buds with their fusion of flavours.
1. Phan Văn Hân Street, Ho Chi Minh City
The financial centre of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is one of the most culturally rich places in all of Vietnam. The city, nicknamed “Pearl of the Far East” by the French, is famous for its pho noodles and pork rolls. Where can you find the best ones in town? Head to Phan Văn Hân Street, a street market located in the Binh Tanh district that is famous for its wide variety of Vietnamese food options, which is available at a very affordable price. It has a very local vibe, for you to experience an authentic taste of Vietnam. From pho noodles to bot chien or the Vietnamese french fries, to goi cuon or spring rolls, the market is a haven for all varieties of Vietnamese cuisine. Take a step in and you’ll already smell the enticing aromas of these delicious food!
Phan Văn Hân Street
Address: Phan Văn Hân, Phường 19, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Opening hours: 6.01am - 6.30pm (daily)
2. Van Kiep Street, Ho Chi Minh City
Still in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, Van Kiep Street is a must-visit district for all you food lovers out there. Squeezed right in between the hip and happening Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh, the market generally attracts a younger crowd eager to try out the latest popular street food. After all, the street is a vibrant exhibition of Vietnamese street food beyond your wildest dreams! One of the most popular snacks at the moment is the spicy marinated grilled octopus from the Quan 104 stall, attracting customers from a hundred feet due to its strong scent. Seafood noodles are also a must try here at Van Kiep Street. With over a hundred stalls to choose from, there’s simply something for everyone.
Van Kiep Street
Address: Van Kiep, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
3. Dong Ba Market, Hue
You simply have not thoroughly visited Hue without taking a trip to the Dong Ba Market. Being the oldest market in Hue, Dong Ba Market is popular amongst both tourists and locals alike seeking to buy or simply just browse through a unique collection of handicrafts, art, clothing, fresh produce, seafood, and so much more. They’ve got a food court situated on the ground floor for you to explore a variety of Vietnamese food, including but not limited to pho noodles, banh koai, and spring rolls. Trust us, you’d want to take your time here and explore all the food options.
Dong Ba Market
Address: 2 Trần Hưng Đạo, Phú Hoà, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam
Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (daily)
Every tourist knows that to have fun like a local, night markets are the perfect place to be! Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Old Quarter district is transformed into a vibrant festivity from 7pm onwards. You’ll see that the streets of Hang Dao all the way to Dong Xuan Market are a bustling sight of huge crowds in the midst of stalls and food vendors. But, it’s not just about the undeniably delicious food here - the entire affair is a cultural experience as a whole, with live performances and loud music serenading your way through the night. Let the bright lights of the night market take you on a lively adventure you won’t soon forget!
Weekend Hanoi Night Market & Street Food Tour
Duration 3.5 hour
5. Nha Trang Market, Nha Trang
Just like majority of the cities in Vietnam, Nha Trang is a haven for locals. Not only can you buy unique items and try out different food, you’ll also get the rare chance to see what daily life in Nha Trang is truly like for the locals. Nha Trang has a variety of markets worth the visit, one of the most popular being the Nha Trang Market. It’s the true heart and soul of the Nha Trang community, where fisherman, local farmers and craftsmen alike gather to sell their products of the day. From fruits to clothing items, shoes, bags, seafood, and more than we could ever mention, there’s just so much to explore at the market. The colorful array of produce and crafts being showcased also makes it a great photo op if you’re into photography.
Nha Trang Night Market
Address: Ben Cho, Van Thanh, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 6pm - 12am (daily)
6. Sư Vạn Hạnh Street, Ho Chi Minh City
This market in Ho Chi Minh City is jam-packed with mouth-watering Vietnamese street food that’s sure to make you hungry. Although it is an old district with Soviet-style apartments dotting the street, it’s also a hip place where you’ll find a variety of Insta-worthy cafes, unique eateries, delicious food stalls and buzzing bars. When visiting the street, you must try out the banh xeo, or the pork and bean crepes that are a crowd-pleaser here at Su Van Hanh Street.
Sư Vạn Hạnh Street
Address: Su Van Hanh, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
7. Nam Dong Market, Hanoi
Nam Dong Market is the largest market in Hanoi and arguably a popular one in the local community. Craving for a nice snack at an affordable price? Nam Dong Market is your place to be. The sweet soup, otherwise known as Che, is a popular dessert among the younger crowd that visit this market; it is a must-try item here!
Nam Dong Market
Address: 119 Hồ Đắc Di, Nam Đồng, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: 5am - 6pm (daily)
8. Vĩnh Khánh Street, Ho Chi Minh City
Seafood lovers are in for a treat here at Vinh Khanh Street, Ho Chi Minh City’s seafood market central. Within the electric atmosphere, all kinds of seafood from squids to shrimps, cuttlefish, and more are sold here for your eating satisfaction. However, the specialty here at Vinh Khanh Street are actually snails cooked to perfection, in sweet and savoury sauces.
Vĩnh Khánh Street
Address: Vinh Khanh, Quan 4, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
9. Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi
Strategically located in the center district Hoan Kiem is Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi’s largest indoor market. Spanning across over three storeys, Dong Xuan Market gives you the opportunity to shop for everything you need, from seafood, meats and vegetables to fresh flowers, souvenirs and clothing items, all under the one roof of a Soviet-style building.
Dong Xuan Market
Address: 15 Cầu Đông, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (daily)
10. Hang Buom Street, Hà Nội
You simply cannot visit Hanoi without exploring the famous Hang Buom Street in the Old Quarter. This popular culinary heaven is a go-to tourist attraction for those seeking to indulge in authentic Vietnamese cuisine. There are about 40 different Asian-European style stalls that you can choose from, whether you’re craving just a snack or a wholesome delicious meal.
Hang Buom Street
Address: Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Enjoy Vietnamese street food
With all the rich culture it has to offer, no one does street food markets better than Vietnam does. Entice your taste buds with the unique and flavourful dishes Vietnam has to offer at their markets, and you’ll see why millions flock to Vietnam each year. What are you waiting for? Visit them now!
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