Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Market
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Though not quite the same since a devastating fire in 1994, this famous market is nevertheless a landmark trading post.
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  • drramanjett
    Swindon, United Kingdom103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to get rid of any residual currency . Plan for last day of trip.
    Get ready for some bargains . The things I would buy are dried mangoes , party / holiday/ Hawaiian shirts , cashew nuts , slippers , budget kids toys , souvenirs ... Get there before 4pm as after that the shut down process in the inside of market begins . Equally good bargains to be had outside the market such as belts / shirts / bags etc outside the market even at 10 to 11pm. Get ready to bargain down. Only pay for something that it's worth for you and not the suggested price and then bargain them down . Use a currency converter app such as XE. Bargain well and they will respect you for doing it but stay respectful.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Mike J
    Chepstow, United Kingdom912 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating market
    The biggest covered market in Hanoi is the Dong Xuan Market in the Old Quarter and parts are wholesale only but there are still plenty of stallholders happy to sell to individual buyers. We were particularly impressed with the many different sizes and qualities of dried shrimps on offer. We found the market a wonderful place for photographing the local people in their natural environment. Well worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Brie07
    22 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to look at!
    I love markets,but found I didn’t spend much time here. Everything seemed much the same. I loved that no one was pushy. Markets were inside and lots of fans which was nice! Lots to choose from though, I just found that the shopping probably not as good here as HCMC. But I’d definitely recommend to go if looking for some shopping to do in Hanoi. 🛍️
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • pavin_nair
    Maldives67 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    don't waste your time!
    Nothing great. Just a normal market which caters for locals. Was expecting to buy souvenirs but found none. Don't waste your time. Was expecting to be like Ben Thanh Market, in HCM city.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 24, 2023
  • pigletbuddy
    Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nuts are worth buying there
    Quite messy with many workers carrying big loads on their shoulders. Lanes are very narrow and hence difficult to navigate when it gets crowded. Apparels are not yup to fashion. One thing that is worth visiting is the ground floor shops selling nuts. Their prices for the cashew nuts there is the cheapest as compared to other shops else where and supermarkets.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
  • Shannon
    Suva, Fiji1,048 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not Just Wholesale
    Most traveller videos label this Market as a bulk wholesale market, when it's just as regular as other markets. Prices are much cheaper than Ben Tanh in Ho Chi Minh and the variety is also better. The negatives are that alleys are very narrow and congested and that vendors sell at particular times so even if they're seated there and you're wanting to buy they won't sell which was extremely odd.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
  • arpitam
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India728 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Largest wholesale clothes hub in Hanoi
    Hanoi's largest clothes hub. If you are upto shopping hard, this is the place for you. This is a whole sale market also catering to retail purchase. The ground floor is where the tourists throng about which has all sorts of souvenirs. Bargaining skills will help you get 10-20% less price.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2024
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eamesescape
Melbourne, Australia176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Dong Xuan Market is housed within a four-storey Soviet-style building on the northern edge of Hanoi Old Quarter. The market has a bustling wet market section on the ground floor, where locals shop for seafood, meat, and vegetables while the back section sells an array of pets (cats, dogs, and fish) and fresh flowers from all across Vietnam. If you’re looking to shop for souvenirs, head to the upper levels, where you can find numerous stalls selling tee shirts, fabrics, school uniforms, handbags, handicrafts, all of which are sold at wholesale prices. There’s also a massive dining area within Dong Xuan Market, with food vendors selling Vietnamese coffee and exotic local dishes for as low as VND 15,000. Highly recommended dishes include tiet canh (duck blood soup), fried frog, bun cha (marinated grilled pork served with noodles), and banh cuon (rolled cake). Dong Xuan Market is Hanoi’s largest indoor market, offering a wide range of goods such as fresh produce, souvenirs, accessories and clothing, as well as electronic and household appliances. This is an exciting day trip , go early in the morning have brunch and spend at least 4 hours exploring.
Written July 9, 2020
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sanmugasundaran s
Colombo, Sri Lanka46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I love this place. A must visit place for any tourist. Very colourful and vibrant. Crowded and noisy but that is no reason to avoid this place. I was in Hanoi for ten days as a tourist and I made it a point to visit this place almost every day. Plenty of articles for foreighners to purchase. Bargaining is fun. The traders give you a good discount if you are a genuine buyer/It is always crowded with locals and tourists. Everything under one roof.Whole sale and retail. If one has not been to this market he is missing half of the fun of visiting the Old Quarter.There are retail shops at the entrance inside the market selling all kinds of nuts and other dry fruits at a reasonable price. I always purchased my food items from one of there shops. This place is at walking distance from most of the hotels in the Old Quarter.
Written February 4, 2020
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Chris Borneo
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
I read a few bad reviews before going but end up going anyway. And I totally regretted my decision. The double story market was very packed, hot and smelly. The sellers were keen so sell and bargain though. But unfortunately, I found out that a lot of shops selling the same souvenirs outside are selling the same items at lower prices.
Written January 10, 2020
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is not a market for tourists at all. It’s in a building it’s cramped, messy and smelly but worst I’d all there nothing to buy from a tourist point of view.

Most stall holders speak very little English, only good think I did see was cashews nuts, dried fruit was nice.

I would most certainly give it a miss.
Written January 14, 2020
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Machigoh
Singapore, Singapore1,020 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A huge local market selling almost everything. This market can be confusing with its narrow path and loads of goods displaying back-to-back. It is not a place to browse around. Go there with a mind of what you want to buy and get out! We bought various types of nuts, tea and nail clippers. Prices are cheaper depending on our negotiation skill. Well, it was a good bargain! WAIT! Only when we returned home, we felt so cheated by the weight. We were shocked that the 1.5kg of cashew nuts actually weighs only 1.25kg. 500gm of lotus nuts weighs 390kg, etc. From our experience, we were short changed between 10-20% in weight! Dont ever trust their weighing scale. It is sad that they cheated the tourists in this manner thereby creating a bad impression of the market.
Written November 8, 2022
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drramanjett
Swindon, UK103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Get ready for some bargains . The things I would buy are dried mangoes , party / holiday/ Hawaiian shirts , cashew nuts , slippers , budget kids toys , souvenirs ... Get there before 4pm as after that the shut down process in the inside of market begins . Equally good bargains to be had outside the market such as belts / shirts / bags etc outside the market even at 10 to 11pm. Get ready to bargain down. Only pay for something that it's worth for you and not the suggested price and then bargain them down . Use a currency converter app such as XE. Bargain well and they will respect you for doing it but stay respectful.
Written June 4, 2023
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AnthonyM80
San Antonio, TX15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
Do not waste your time coming here or your money. There is nothing to see, it’s just a big filthy market. The vendors are rude. They are miserable people that hate tourists. They mostly sell things wholesale they do not sell to tourists. One lady shoved a sign in our face saying “no retail.” Atleast if you come here, you wont be hassled. They will just ignore you even if you ask a question. I don’t even know why this is recommended as a tourist attraction.
Written May 28, 2020
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Shannon
Suva, Fiji1,048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Most traveller videos label this Market as a bulk wholesale market, when it's just as regular as other markets. Prices are much cheaper than Ben Tanh in Ho Chi Minh and the variety is also better. The negatives are that alleys are very narrow and congested and that vendors sell at particular times so even if they're seated there and you're wanting to buy they won't sell which was extremely odd.
Written January 27, 2024
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CJ80k
Angaston, Australia95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Great fun exploring this market although pick a cooler day to go, if you can. We went on a particularly humid day and by the time we emerged from the building we were drenched in sweat! The market is an intricate criss cross of aisles displaying clothing, underwear, fashion accessories, spices, dried fish, stationery and fabric. Very interesting and a great place to pick up cheap mass produced items
Written August 23, 2022
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Daz B
Reading, UK32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I left this market bitterly disappointed and offended. I tried to buy from 5 different stalls and they all were rude and turned me and my girlfriend away because I am white. Surely people of Hanoi can realise that my Vietnam dong is worth the same as the locals. People of Hanoi if your reading this you are doing business all wrong!!!
Written February 3, 2020
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