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Old Quarter’s Night market – a must-stop destination in Hanoi

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The thousand-year-old city of Hanoi has long been a haunted destination for culture lovers. Talking about the tourist attractions in Hanoi, the Old Quarter is a cannot-miss name. After centuries, the Old Quarter still retains its nostalgic looks with narrow alleys, ancient buildings and lots of temples and pagodas.

And the night market every weekend night at Hang Dao – Hang Ngang streets are the must-visit attractions that you should never miss in Old Quarter tours.

The Night Market in Hanoi Old Quarter is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at the walking route of nearly 3km through the moss-covered ancient houses which still retain many antique features. The market space starts from Hang Dao Street (adjacent to Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square), runs through Hang Ngang Street, and ends at the gate of Dong Xuan Market.

Weekend night market in Hanoi Old Quarter

Weekend night market in Hanoi Old Quarter

From around 5 p.m., the vendors from the Old Quarter start to set up their stalls. Each stall sells different things: from normal clothes, phone covers, technical items, to souvenirs like traditional products, statues, paintings, and 3D origami items. The price is not too high, yet travelers still need to try bargaining to get a better deal.

The night market is always crowded with tourists

The night market is always crowded with tourists

Taking Old Quarter tours to the night market, besides exploring the ancient side of Hanoi that is close to the life of the locals, you will get lost in a fascinating food heaven. Walking along the streets, you will be totally overwhelmed by several stalls that sell the traditional foods, drinks, and snacks of Hanoi such as “pho” (the Vietnamese noodle), “xoi” (sticky rice), “che” (sweet soup), etc. There are also a lot of restaurants and eateries that serve both eastern and western-style dishes. Many even serve the famous specialties of other countries. At the night market, you can also find the traditional foods that are tied closely to the past of Vietnamese people and rarely seen nowadays such as “keo keo”, “ngo”, and “san” at very reasonable prices.

The market sells everything

The market sells everything

The market starts from 7 p.m. but it is not until 8 p.m. that it becomes crowded. You should go there early (before 7 p.m.) to find a good parking lot and leisurely enjoy the bustling nightlife in Hanoi. In the night market, you can find various delicious foods such as grilled pork, grilled corn, boiled corn, and grilled or boiled seafood like octopus, horn snail, scallop, etc. There are also many other appetizing cakes available here, from traditional dishes like sweet potato pancake, banana pancake, and corn cake to western ones like waffle and crepe. Different types of ice-creams are also favorite food here. The toothsome taste of street foods in the night market will absolutely whet your appetite. Additionally, just a few walks from the night market is Ta Hien Street – the famous beer street in Hanoi that is always crowded with people at night. Coming here to have a glass of Hanoi beer or dancing in a bar are also a great idea.

The night market is a food heaven

The Weekend Night Market is the favorite hanging-out destination for both Hanoians and tourists. Immerse yourself in the flocks of people to walk in the ancient space of the Old Quarter, you will feel the huge appeal of the old streets at night. A weekend night without no traffic noise, and no car exhausts will be wonderful for people to wander around the streets with families and friends, enjoy the fresh air, and sample the diverse culinary, listen to the live music, and feel the life of the Old Quarter’s inhabitants.

Foreigners play Mandarin Square Capturing on the walking street

Foreigners play Mandarin Square Capturing on the walking street

Especially, the walking street near the night market is also an interesting destination to visit in Old Quarter tours. Here there are live performances of different genres, from the traditional music like “tuong”, “cheo”, “ca tru”, and “xam” to the modern art forms like street dances. There are also the cultural spaces which enable people to get a deeper approach to the traditional Vietnamese games like Cat & Mouse game, Mandarin Square Capturing, Tug of War, Bamboo dancing, etc.

With the excitingly busy atmosphere and wonderful products, The Old Quarter’s Night Market is absolutely a wonderful destination for Hanoi trips. If you still do not know what to do in Hanoi at night, pay a visit to the night market. The exciting vibe here will never let you down. 

Author Since: Jul 02, 2018

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