Night Market

Night Market, Hanoi: Hours, Address, Night Market Reviews: 3.5/5

Night Market
3.5
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Friday
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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David
Oxford, UK1,169 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
The Hanoi night Market is extremely busy! So many people! Other reviewers have suggested that it is s Fri, Sat and Sun night affair only - so worth coming on one of these days.

A District of the old town is coroned off to all but foot traffic, which makes the area around the night Market a chaos of pedestrians, cars and motorcycles all coming to - or trying to bypass - the market.

Recommend you go to the what is now the Old Town Restaurant and Pub and watching from the balcony aa another reviewer helpfully suggests.
Written April 10, 2022
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Ann K
Reykjavik, Iceland30 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
It's an nice stroll and you can see many different items for sale. Prices and items are geared towards tourists, so compare and bargain hard it you are interested in buying. Be aware of cheap quality and fake brands and keep your money and valuables in a safe place when steering through the crowds. If you are interested in street food, there's plenty of snacks to try! As the market is outside it is weather dependent and can get cold and wet, especially in winter.
Written March 3, 2020
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feltroneu
George Town, Malaysia2,337 contributions
Jun 2019
The night market is very huge which have occupied few of the streets. The more impressive was the big crowd along the streets. Must be careful of your belongings and small kids. Some of the stalls selling very unique souvenirs but majority offered clothing. There were variety of choices maybe other night markets wouldn't offered. Be prepared to negotiate the price as the initial price they offered could be very expensive but it depended on your luck. It was one of the highlights of our Hanoi trip ended with a sweet memory.
Written April 6, 2020
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sg_anu
20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Chaotic crowd with chaotic traffic thrown into it. Go only if you are comfortable moving in large crowds. Items sold are quite cheap but not of high quality. About 70 to 80% of the items sold are clothes out of which a large majority are brand rip offs. A lot of accessories and shoes are sold as well (again, lots of fake branded items). I have no interest in buying brand rip offs. With a lot of difficulty, found a pair of sports shoes for my daughter that didn't have Nike or Adidas written on it and they were actually quite good. A few places were selling curios and the prices looked quite good. But, honestly, it was a challenge deciding to buy anything in the huge crowd when you're constantly being swept off! I live in Asia and I've rarely seen that level of crowding.It's still a unique experience.
Written January 19, 2020
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TinaQ
Moscow, Russia1,910 contributions
Dec 2019
This was my first experience as far as night markets go and I'm comparing it to other places I've visited since then throughout our travels around Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It's quite noisy, loads of stalls, loads of people, some street food and generic souvenirs. The best way to enjoy it is to find the Peachy Craft Bar, sit on its balcony and look at the hustle and bustle down below.
Written January 20, 2020
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Sidcup, UK936 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Came here after a recommendation from our hotel receptionist. The night market is really cool and very authentic. It’s really busy but it’s good fun walking up and down haggling with the market traders. It’s definitely worth a visit
Written February 15, 2020
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Barry W
Tala, Cyprus637 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We have been to many night markets in the Asia Pacific region and this one definitely ranks as the worst. Mainly clothes, footwear, tacky jewellery, sunglasses, mobile phone covers etc. It is not a patch on Hoi An night market. I very rarely give low star ratings but this fully deserves it. Stay away.
Written February 17, 2020
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Shawn_Storm
Portland, OR322 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
After reading the other reviews on here I decided to contribute an in depth review that addresses all aspects of the night market and hopefully clears up a few things. Here goes.

GENERAL INFO:
This night market operates only on the weekends (Fri-Sunday). It is decent sized and starts near the Northwest Corner of Hoàn Kiếm Lake on Hàng Đào Road. It runs north along Hàng Đào Road for roughly 8 blocks and ends at the edge of the old quarter where the railroad tracks go above the street. It also has a side extension that runs east along Hàng Khoai Road on the north side of Chợ Đồng Xuân Market. The roads are blocked off and popup booths are erected in the center of the streets creating two lanes of foot traffic. There are also booths on the sides of the street, so while walking down either of the two lanes you will usually have booths on either side of you. To see all the booths you can traverse the length of the market on one side and then return to the beginning on the other side. Foot traffic generally runs in one direction (north in the east lane and south in the west lane). The market starts setting up around 6pm and really gets going sometime between 7-8pm.

AMBIENCE:
The majority of people at the night market are local Vietnamese. It has a somewhat festive atmosphere. Some of the stalls play techno or dance music (which I actually like). It can be very crowded and there are definitely moments when the foot traffic flow comes to a standstill.

SHOPPING:
Most of the stuff being sold is geared towards the locals (such as basic clothing, jackets, belts, handbags, cell phone cases, etc). For the most part it is basically the same kind of stuff found along the street during the day. There are also some booths more geared towards tourists that have handicrafts, t-shirts, etc. In general there isn't much unique goods being sold here that can't be found around the old quarter during the day. Pricing also didn't seem any better from what I could tell.

FOOD:
There isn't much food being sold here. I would recommend getting dinner at a restaurant before going to the night market because it doesn't have much to offer. With that said, there are some food booths and strolling food venders scattered along the length of the market. They mostly offer snacks such as grilled meat on a stick, french fries, cotton candy, snack pancakes, steamed corn, etc. There is also a small food court with roughly 8 restaurants located at the northwest corner of Chợ Đồng Xuân Market (near the north end of the night market). These restaurants don't seem to be anything special and have similar pricing and selection as other normal restaurants in the old quarter.

PICK POCKETS:
After reading all the reviews on here about pick pockets, I decided to leave my valuables at the hotel and came to the night market with empty pockets and a small amount of money tucked in a hidden pocket in my jacket. I traversed the length of the market numerous times and never encountered any thieves. I was actually hoping to find some and was looking forward to potentially busting them in the act. Perhaps the issue is subsiding, or perhaps I am not a likely target, or perhaps I just wasn't in the right place at the right time. However, I can see how pick pockets could be successful at this market because the tight packed crowds create an ideal environment for such things. So be aware, but chances are you will be fine if you take normal precautions.

MOTORCYCLES:
Yes, there are occasionally motorcycles that attempt to use the footpaths which creates a logistical mess. However, the streets are closed off to traffic and they aren't supposed to be there. I only saw it happen a few times and it was because their motorcycle was already parked along the street before it got shut down to traffic and they were trying to get out. There were also security guards at every intersection who were giving the motorcycles a hard time and preventing other ones from entering the walking paths.

SUMMARY:
Compared to other SE Asia night markets that I have visited, this one is nothing special. I was actually kind of surprised because I would think Hanoi would have a great night market. However, I still think it is worth a visit, especially if you happen to be staying in or near the old quarter on a weekend. It may not be amazing, but it is something to do. I personally wouldn't come to the night market to shop or eat, but rather to simply wander the market in a crowd of Vietnamese locals taking it all in.
Written December 27, 2013
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tjm956
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Went to the night market with my partner after dinner. Was definitely worth a look and even brought a couple of items for a good price! Have to say night was ruined when i got forced into buying a doughnut puff off these women in a group of 4-5 after they said i could "try" one. They hasseled the hell out of me! And when i went to give them 20,000 for some puff balls, one grabed a 500,000 note out of my wallet and quickly put in her wallet while the others were distracting me and my partner. When i accused her she pulled out a 20,000 note and told me i was stupid! All of them then began to push me to make me go away. Be careful!
Written April 15, 2018
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OliviaWh2468
Deepdene, Australia23 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
My partner and I went to the market and warn families not to come here.

Behind the facade of glimmering lights and cheap goods is a horrific image. We witnessed a disfigured woman (not born with those disfigurements) crawling on her hands ( of which had been taken off so were just stumps) and knees attached like a dog on a leash to a pram full of heavy items, pushing a weighed down bucket with her head. A toddler was tied to her side. This woman crawled the whole length of the market on her bare skin. meanwhile we noticed shady looking men watching her on motorbikes, we assume to ensure nobody interfered. This is one of the most horrific sights I have seen in my life.

Be warned this is not a sight for children and I’m horrified at what we saw. Absolutely terrible I cannot imagine the horrible life of this women, her fate is one which I don’t believe uncommon. Please be careful
Written July 27, 2018
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