Hanoi has not only the bustle and hustle streets or the modern business centers with bright and sparkling lights but also the local markets which are busy and noisy but very casual and close. All scenes of markets are in vivid colors, however, they form a picture of calm, smooth as everyday life. The market plays an important role in trade and is the cultural feature of Hanoi. Travel to Hanoi, try walking around the markets to be able to admire the products and understand more of the daily life in Hanoi.
Dong Xuan Market
Located in the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan market is the business trading place in Hanoi. It is the all-inclusive market mainly for wholesale, goods from here shipped throughout the Northern provinces. Travel here, visitors can admire the sparkling dried stalls with various colors, the brilliant fabric stalls with a variety of textures, listen to loud talking from the sellers also feel the rhythm of life and peace of workers. Besides, Dong Xuan market is also known as junk food paradise with a wide range of items bearing a longstanding culinary essence of Hanoi’s people like Bun Cha, tea, cake, noodles, rice noodles and so on.
Hom market is located on Hue Street, it is one of the most famous markets in Hanoi which appeared a very long time ago, and opens from 6 am to 6 pm every day of the week. Previously, Hom market had afternoon session only, mainly sold vegetables, fish … on a very small scale. Nowadays, Hom Market is an ideal shopping place for any visitors. You can simply find everything at the market from mass sale foods to unseasonal vegetables or spices rarely used … The seafood at Hom market is one of the most delicious goods due to a careful selection. The market also has fabric, clothes with various kinds of materials, patterns, and colors.
Hang Be Market
The market is situated on Gia Ngu street, connects with Cau Go, Dinh Liet, Hang Dau streets. Habitually, people still call Hang Be market; it has always been known for delicious food, dried food, spices, vegetables, fresh meat and fish not only in Hanoi but also gathered in various regions across the country. For the women who loves housework, it’s a paradise serving various types of items to show their cooking skills. Moreover, there are many goods and specialties in the market to serve for diners preferring street cuisine.
Quang Ba Flower Market
Visit Hanoi, travelers should take time to visit Quang Ba flower market at least once. Quang Ba flower market is located along Nghi Tam street in West Lake. Different from other flower markets, Quang Ba flower market opens only at night. With Hanoians, Quang Ba flower market is not just a place supplying fresh flowers for the whole capital but also a cultural feature, a characteristic, a great destination to enjoy the flavor of all flowers. Here, you will be lost amidst a busy market area with buckets of colorful flowers sold at wholesale prices, and you can find that you’re going through one of the most beautiful but the most memorable experiences that only Hanoi can give you. In addition to the local flowers, markets also have many exotic flowers such as iris, delphinium, tulips … because this is a gathering place of famous brands from near such as Tay Tuu, Tu Liem, Me Linh … to remote areas like Da Lat, China, and even the Netherlands.
Long Bien Market
There is nowhere visitors can feel the lively night of Hanoi apart from Long Bien night market. This is the largest food wholesale market in Hanoi which is located at the foot of the Long Bien Bridge having a prime location in the trade. Every day, large trucks carry supplies from the south, the trucks of fruit and vegetables from China along with the farmers in neighboring provinces who have a sleepless night to transport agricultural products to here. Goods in markets are the most diverse in Hanoi. Long Bien night market gives everyone the true sense of the busy working life, silently and colorful at night. Every day, from 11 pm, the market becomes bustling and busy until the early morning when people prepare for a new working day. Whether it’s hot or cold, dried or rainy, you cannot see this market adjourn for one day.