Night Market In Hanoi: Tips For Shopping & Taste Local Food

     

Hanoi is the perfect thành phố for an insight into Vietnamese culture. Filled with history museums, crumbling walls, và a chaotic atmosphere, Hanoi has it all. Whether you’re on a flying visit lớn Hanoi, or it’s on your backpacking Vietnam itinerary, your trip wouldn’t be complete without a shopping spree at the market. Read on to find out everything you need khổng lồ know about Hanoi’s famous night market + essential tips và tricks for your visit.

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Contents1 Things to bởi vì at Hanoi Night Market1.1 siêu thị until you drop1.2 Eat until your stomach is about lớn burs2 When is Hanoi Night Market open?3 Where is Hanoi Night Market?4 How to get lớn Hanoi Night Market4.1 Walk4.2 Taxi5 Essential tips for visiting Hanoi Night Market5.1 Haggling5.2 siêu thị around5.3 Buy more for a better deal5.4 Be mindful of your personal belongings5.5 Avoid driving there yourself6 What else is there to do in the area?7 Where to lớn stay in Hanoi8 Essential resources for travelling in Vietnam

Things to bởi vì at Hanoi Night Market

Shop until you drop

Hanoi Night Market is a bustlin’ market in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Fully equipped with endless Vietnamese souvenirs và cheap goods, it’s a shopper’s paradise! There are countless stalls selling everything from handicrafts, paintings, gimmicky souvenirs, jewellery, clothes, & electronics. If you’re looking for exotic gifts for your family and friends back home, you can easily pick up thoughtful items such as a non la (traditional cone hat), customised paintings, or even a simple handmade pop-up card of a lady carrying baskets of fruit.

Whilst travelling in Vietnam, travellers và backpackers should certainly take the opportunity khổng lồ pick up any new items they need for their onward journey. There are plenty of vendors selling cheap as chips backpacks, money belts, North Face jackets, và more. If you find that your clothes have torn, or just become too worn & discoloured, there is a variety of shorts, t-shirts, skirts và dresses to lớn replace them at a fraction of the cost you would spend at home. Just make sure to brush up on your haggling skills. Haggling is a way of life here, so there is no need to lớn beat around the bush.

Eat until your stomach is about to lớn burs

As you stroll through the night market, the familiar smell of grilled meat fills the air. After all that shopping, you may as well treat yourself to lớn a bite lớn eat. From sausage on a stick, scrumptious spring rolls, to lớn sweet potato fries sprinkled with a dusting of cheese powder, you’re sure lớn find something to satisfy your taste buds. If you have more of a sweet tooth, the ice cream rolls are a must-try! Or you could even tuck into a 5,000 vnd ($0.21) ice-lolly on a stick made right in front of you by the portable spinning ice-cream maker.



When is Hanoi Night Market open?

Friday from 6 pm – 12 amSaturday from 6 pm – 12 amSunday from 6 pm – 12 amWhilst the night market opens at 6 pm, we recommend heading there a little later. By 8 pm, all of the stalls are in full swing and the atmosphere is buzzin’ with locals and tourists rummaging their way through for a bargain.



Where is Hanoi Night Market?

The night market is situated on one of Hanoi’s busiest streets & stretches a whopping 3 km long; from Dong khiếp Nghia Thuc Square (the famous roundabout by Hoan Kiem Lake) lớn Dong Xuan Market Gate. Whilst you can start at either kết thúc of the market, we recommend you start at Dong gớm Nghia Thuc Square. This way you can start your evening with a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake before tackling the night market. If you get tired of shopping halfway, you can always branch off onto Hang Buom Street. Aka. Bia Hoi Street!



How lớn get khổng lồ Hanoi Night Market

Walk

The Night Market is conveniently located in the tourist district, with plenty of hotels & hostels within walking distance. If you happen to lớn stay in the area, we recommend you walk. You can download Maps.Me on your phone khổng lồ help you navigate to the start of the market. Just be careful of your surroundings and avoid using your phone on the main road. If you need to check your phone for directions, turn away from the road và hold your phone firmly, lớn avoid opportunists on bikes swiping it out of your hands.

Taxi

If you’re not within walking distance of the market, you can easily take a taxi. We recommend downloading the Grab app. Grab works just lượt thích Uber. You can order a taxi và see the price beforehand. There is no need to lớn book in advance. Taxis generally arrive within 5 – 10 minutes of placing an order. With the Grab app, you can choose khổng lồ ride comfortably in a oto or opt for a scooter taxi.
Whether you take a street taxi or Grab taxi, we recommend you ask your driver to drop you off at 34 Hang tua (the KingRoti Restaurant). This will make it easier for your driver lớn drop you off, as the roads around the night market are blocked for vehicles. Once you get out of the taxi, walk through the barriers và straight ahead. Here you will see the famous roundabout. To lớn your left, you will find the entrance lớn Hanoi Night Market.

Essential tips for visiting Hanoi Night Market

Haggling

As mentioned previously, haggling is a way of life in Vietnam. You will notice that most items on the market do not have price tags attached. Here is your chance khổng lồ grab a great deal. Get a feel for the seller’s prices và use your common sense of how much things are worth. You can expect up khổng lồ a 300% mark-up on prices. Haggle your way down và be prepared khổng lồ walk away if the price is still too high. You will be surprised at how quickly vendors retract their initial offer.

Shop around

Don’t just jump at the first offer. There are plenty of stalls selling the same items. Siêu thị around for deals. You can always go back khổng lồ the start if the first khuyễn mãi giảm giá was the best.

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Buy more for a better deal

If you’re planning to buy a few items or souvenirs, or a non la (cone hat) ready for your basket boat trip in Hoi An, try to lớn source them at the same stall. The more you buy, the better giảm giá you will be able to negotiate. Don’t be afraid to lớn ask for discounts if you’re purchasing more than one item. 9 times out of 10, the vendors will jump at the chance of a sale.

Be mindful of your personal belongings

Hanoi Night Market can get super crowded & busy. Be mindful of your personal property. Thieves and pickpockets operate in the area và can take the opportunity to brush past you whilst dipping their hands into your handbag. Keep your handbag close & make sure it is fastened at all times.


Avoid driving there yourself

The night market và the surrounding area are particularly busy during the weekend. Furthermore, police & security guards patrol the area. No vehicles are allowed to lớn drive through the night market or around Hoan Kiem Lake on the weekends, including Friday. Whilst you can park your bike at the entrance, it’s better to lớn take a xe taxi or walk there to eliminate the risk of your xe đạp “going missing”.Like these tips? Make sure to kiểm tra out these 31 essential Vietnam travel tips!

What else is there to bởi in the area?

After a hectic time of shopping at the Night Market, there are ample other things to bởi at night in Hanoi. If you fancy kickin’ back và relaxing with a majestic water puppet show, just head over khổng lồ the famous Thang Long Theatre. Tickets are just 100,000 vnd ($4.28) and shows take place every evening of the week. Furthermore, Hoan Kiem Lake is right at the start of the night market, so you can opt for a leisurely walk around the romantic lake. Or, if you’re in the các buổi party mood head on over lớn Bia Hoi junction for an evening of socialising và clashing beers with locals & tourists.


Where to lớn stay in Hanoi

Acoustic hotel & Spa – A stunning modern khách sạn in the heart of Hanoi. This hotel is perfect for those who want a relaxing stay in Hanoi to lớn either start or over a Vietnam adventure. The hotel boasts large comfy beds, TVs, spa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp services, & a lovely rooftop bar for you khổng lồ kick back & relax at the kết thúc of the day.

Nexy Hostel – A relatively new funky hostel that is in an excellent location; just 500 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake. The rooms are modern, clean và cosy. The hostel has both dorm rooms and private rooms, making it perfect for couples on a budget and for solo travellers who want khổng lồ meet other people in the bar area.For more deals on properties in Hanoi CLICK HERE!

Essential resources for travelling in Vietnam

Travel Insurance – It’s a good idea khổng lồ have insurance, particularly if you’re going khổng lồ be riding a motorbike. Our personal choice is Safteywing. You can opt for automatic monthly payments, just like a subscription. It can be purchased whilst already travelling and there is no cap on the duration of travel.Visa – You are highly likely to need a visa for Vietnam. iVisa is a fantastic website that is super easy và quick to use. You can quickly make a visa application online.

AccommodationBooking.com is our go-to when looking to pre-book accommodation online. Booking.com tend to almost always have the best rates và a không tính tiền cancellation policy for most properties.Overland transport – Our go-to trang web for overland transport is Bookaway. They have routes all over Vietnam & host a range of transport modes & companies. It is easy lớn book online và have your ticket sent lớn your phone.

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