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  • Location: Hanoi
  • Best for: Family, Couples, Solo
  • Entrance: Free
  • Hours: 5AM - 7PM

Hanoi Travel Guide

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Dong Xuan market

History


Although located in the heart of the Old Quarters, the market is fairly young compared with the surrounding streets. It used to be an empty lot in front of Huyen Thien pagoda. Old Hanoi residents gradually developed trade activities here because of its proximity to the river, which made it convenient for transportation of goods.

On the night of July 14th, 1994, a fire has brought down the whole market, causing a damage of 300 billion VND. The market you see today was recently built modeled after the architecture before the fire.

Shopping


To local residents, Dong Xuan is mostly reserved for bulk sale and distribution points for many retailers in Hanoi. Main products include electronic devices, household equipments and clothing. At the back of the market is the trading place for animals (puppies, kitties, birds, fish, etc.) and plants (mostly Vietnamese bonsai). Suppliers for the market come mainly from North Vietnam with many Chinese blends.

Eating


The Northern end of the market holds mainly eating venue, serving both day and night time. It is a wise decision to stop here for local cuisines such as “Bun Cha”, “Bun Rieu” or chipping in a hot pot in a fall/winter night.

How to get there


Dong Xuan market is at the West end of Hanoi Old quarter, surrounded by Hang Khoai street and Cau Dong street. If you keep walking down Hang Ngang street, you will reach the market after 4 blocks.

Where to stay


Our suggestions:
Hilton Hanoi Opera
rooms start at $169 per night.
Hanoi Manor Hotel
rooms start at $55 per night.
Star View Hotel Hanoi
rooms start at $75 per night.
Sofitel Plaza Hanoi
rooms start at $187 per night.

See full list of hotels in the Old Quarter for more options.

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