Our cinema has usually projected Vietnam as a nation where the US troops had to withdraw after a decade-long push and pull, and the country’s personal north-south conflicts. True! but those days are gone now, and if you still think that it is a post-war wounded nation with absolutely nothing to exhibit, then we will change the way you think. This write-up is devoted to that, we will focus our learning on Hanoi with this read, it’s the second most populous city and also the capital of this nation. Several lakes, temples, pagoda, and also the military museums are worth a visit during the daylight, but below in this article, we will share with you a list of the best night markets in Hanoi. Stay with us, if you’re curious to know about them.
1. Weekend Night Market Hanoi
Crowded and crazy, that’s probably the best explanation for this Weekend Night Market in Hanoi. Hang Duong Street holds this colorful bazaar, and if you’re thinking about touring Hanoi someday, it’s our sincere suggestion that you plan the arrival before Friday so you wouldn’t miss out the fun. This market deals in every random item, so if you’re shopaholics it’s your paradise. You will mainly find inexpensive clothing and accessories, moderate to slightly expensive handicrafts items, and souvenirs. Vietnamese food stalls will also be a thing to draw your attention, so better arrive starve. If you’re neither interested in shopping or eating, take out your camera and click the memories of this market for forever.
Weekend Night Market Hanoi
Address: Hang Dao Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
Website: Weekend Night Market Hanoi
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2. Long Biên Market
This Asian wholesale produce market is held under a bridge, the first few vendors would come up at around 1:00 AM, and then this market will remain active until 7:00 AM. As it’s a wholesale market, there isn’t much of purchasable stuff for an individual, but roaming around at such place and clicking a hundred picture would be your once in a lifetime experience, some light refreshment stalls will also stay open throughout the night. The prime items of this market are fruits and flower, and by the sunrise, a few fresh meat sellers will also go live. This is a signature Vietnamese wholesalers market, but you can buy some items with the locals, like exotic fruits and vegetables. By the way, this street market is voted one of the seven best street markets in the world.
Long Biên Market
Address: Under Long Bien bridge, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: Midnight to sunrise everyday
3. Old Quarter's Night Market
Every weekend the local administrators would shut the vehicle entry in this area, and transform this already busy street of Old Quarter district into an electrifying night market. The market shall be so crowded in its peak that it would seem like everyone from Hanoi is walking with you, locals love this place and they have a reason. Because Old Quarter’s Night Market sells everything, and the rates are reasonable. However, it is possible that you will be quoted a higher price being an outsider, but bargaining is always an option. Anyway, this market looks endless, they have clothing and accessories, electronics, mementos, and also drink and dine area. If you really want to explore every inch of this night market, rent a bicycle.
Old Quarter's Night Market
Address: Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4. Linh Nam - Hoang Mai Night Market
This interesting market is situated in Hoang Mai district, it’s popularly known for inexpensive purchasable, such as clothing, shoes, and cosmetics. Such stuff would be marketed for as cheap as 100,000 Vietnamese Dong here, which approximates only about 4 USD, of course the first quoted price would be much higher. During the daytime, vendors would sell fruits and vegetables at large, and as the sun sets the same stalls would be selling everything except vegetables. Dining is not a specialty of Linh Nam, thus you can come after finishing dinner, this night market would stay open after midnight.
Linh Nam - Hoang Mai Night Market
Address: 317 Đường Tam Trinh, Hoàng Văn Thụ, Hoàng Mai, Hanoi
Opening hours: Daily, 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
5. Phung Khoang Night Market
Located in Thanh Xuan district, Phuong Khoang Night Market is a small-sized bazaar in this city. It matches its characteristics with the Linh Nam and Dich Vong street, as this street would also hold vegetable vendors in the daylight, and as we will look at the Dich Vong in the next heading, Phung Khoang will also become a student targeted street after evening. All size denim jeans, footwear, belts, cosmetic, everything is inexpensive here. It’s not as crowded as another student bazaar, but you can expect a crowd during weekends.
Phung Khoang Night Market
Address: Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6:00 AM - 10.30 PM
6. Dich Vong Night Market
Dich Vong Night Market is located in Cầu Giấy district, and it’s a famous student bazaar in this city, it’s a great place to shop as vendors are generous with the rates. The philosophy behind Dich Vong is named as a student market is because of the inexpensive rates with the items sold here. University students and the poor-class locals cannot pay much, but this market has every item of their need, from shoes, formal clothing, belts, bags and everything at the cheaper tag. All other random goods are also on the display, and tourists can shop for those souvenirs as well, but there will be nothing new. Be aware, this market is packed every night.
Dich Vong Night Market
Address: Dịch Vọng, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
7. NHA Xanh - Cầu Giấy Night Market
NHA Xanh is another student-oriented market in Hanoi, and with this included, now we have three inexpensive markets on your list. This bazaar is also situated within Cầu Giấy district, which is why it’s only a walk away from the Dich Vong, visiting both the place for rate comparison will be handy. You will see all the similar inexpensive purchasable in this market, however, some even say that the price range of this market is even lesser than the previous two student market, visit and check by yourself.
Nha Xanh Night Market
Address: Nha Xanh Market, Phan Văn Trường, Dịch Vọng Hậu, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8. Quang Ba Flower Night Market
Have you ever heard of a night market selling just flowers? Congratulations, you’re about to know one. Quang Ba is that rare species of night markets, which is also not just an after-evening kind of night market, but it actually functions entirely after midnight and everyone would be leaving for their home before the sunrise. There are hundreds of stalls, selling just too many flower varieties, thus this market will not be a stinking experience as you could imagine with an Asian street market. Leave your hotel room as early as 3:00 AM to have the best sights of it.
Quang Ba Flower Night Market
Address: 236 Âu Cơ, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hanoi
Opening hours: 2:00 AM to sunrise everyday
9. Hoi An Night Market
Lots of lanterns in every direction, some even floating in the river, added with the local produce and souvenirs, that is what Hoi-An Night Market is all about. This is perhaps the most romantic and stunning market on our list, skip any other but you shouldn’t miss this one. There will be handicrafts such as Buddha sculpture, necklaces, and wooden toys, then there are food stalls that sell you grilled octopus and barbecued frogs, yes frogs! All other Vietnamese cuisines are also on the menu.
Hoi An Night Market
Address: 3 Nguyễn Hoàng, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM everyday
Bargaining is a way of life here
Although the products are varied, there is one thing which is common with all of such markets in developing nations, it is bargaining. The vendors usually do not keep a fixed rate chart, and even if they do, there is still a call for bargain session. The rest is all good with the Land of the Blue Dragon, the unemployment rate is also lower, and happy faces are everywhere. You will enjoy your Hanoi tour, that’s a promise.
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