Dong Xuan Market, the big market in the center of the city of Hanoi (Vietnam). Information Dong Xuan market in Hanoi, what to see and what to buy in Dong Xuan.

Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi

At the end of the network of streets that make up the old quarter of Hanoi is The Dong Xuan market, it's a building that houses a diverse market, than though specialized in sales of textiles to the wholesale, also any kind of item is sold to the retail.

Dong Xuan Market Information

The Dong Xuan market, built in 1889 by the French, is the largest in Hanoi market covered and without a doubt, one of the most popular and crowded city markets. The popularity of Dong Xuan market is not so much by the variety of products nor by its price, but also because it is located in the Centre of Hanoi, just 5 minutes walk from the central lake in Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake.

Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

Dong Xuan Market Direction

Dong Xuan market is located in the old quarter of Hanoi, North of Hoan Kiem Lake, right at the end of the Street Dong Xuan and opposite the Long well Hanoi train station (see) map).

Dong Xuan Market Hours

The Dong Xuan market entry is free and the opening hours are from 7:00 to 21:00 hours every day of the week.

Dong Xuan Market - Hanoi - Vietnam
Dong Xuan Market Entry - Hanoi - Vietnam

What to buy Dong Xuan market?

In the interior of the Dong Xuan market you can buy practically everything, for example in the back of the market normally sold animals (birds mainly). The exterior of the building, at nightfall, some street food stalls and also small stalls where they sell memories and souvenirs are mounted.

Interior Dong Xuan market in Hanoi
Interior Dong Xuan market in Hanoi

The Dong Xuan market is usually a good point of contact with the purchases in Vietnam ( we recommend reading our guide shopping in Hanoi), but as we have already mentioned, it is not the cheapest place where to buy.
The Dong Xuan market specialty is the textile (t-shirts mostly), although nowadays also sell appliances, telephony, etc...

Market Dong Xuan Market - Hanoi - Vietnam
Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi (Vietnam)

Prices: haggling

As a general rule in Viet Nam, and in particular for the Dong Xuan market, prices are negotiable, we are going to be bargain. The price is marked in Dong the Vietnamese currency, Maybe they accept U.S. Dollars, Euros and even credit cards however I advise against its use because the price is always much higher than paying cash with Dongs. When paying by credit card is usually normal charge 3% commission on the price to pay in Dollars or Euros, only accept bills (no coins) and the change is returned in Dongs.

Hanoi's Old Quarter
Hanoi's Old Quarter way to the Dong Xuan market

When it comes to race, or as we like to say in Viet Nam, to ask for a discount, the final price is usually between 50% and 70% of the price that initially requested by the seller. To qualify for better prices the most advisable is to buy more quantities or if the case occurs, get together with other people who are in the store to make a purchase in Group and forming of this price is more favorable.

How to get to Dong Xuan Market?

Due to its proximity to the center of the city, so close are the streets of the old and quarter coupled with the heavy traffic of motorcycles in Hanoi, the most rapid and economic is walking from central Hanoi Lake to market (5 minutes walking distance, approximately 800 m away).

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