Dong Xuan Market is the largest covered market in Hanoi and its bustling atmosphere and diverse products make it an attraction for locals, tourists and expats alike. The market consists of three floors, selling everything from clothing, wholesale goods and traditional Vietnamese food to toys, household goods and trinkets. Spend a rainy day shopping under the cover of this market and you will find an assortment of products at local prices.
The market was built by the French in 1889, and its European influence is apparent in the distinctive five-arch entrance. In 1947 it was the stage for a vehement struggle between Viet Minh and French forces. It has been renovated several times, most notably in 1994 after a fire broke out almost destroying the entire market, costing 4.5 million U.S. dollars in lost stock. Come for the shopping, but stay for its charm. The architecture, history and busy Vietnamese shop keepers create a unique experience that is well worth wasting a morning on.
Dong Xuan Market commercial area of Hanoi and is open every day, with Dong Xuan Street made into a pedestrian street so the market can be expanded, with thousands of items showcased for sale. Whatever you are looking for, the likelihood of finding it in Dong Xuan Market is high.
If you are spending the day shopping in Old Quarter, do not forget to check out this remarkable building. Dong Xuan Market will have whatever you are looking for and its central location will allow you to explore the heart of Hanoi and finish with a relaxing walk around the famous Hoan Kiem Lake.
Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm
6 a.m.-6 p.m. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday