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Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi

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Built in 1889, Dong Xuan Market serves as the biggest covered market in the city. Located in the center of the city's Old Town, this market traces its roots back to a French administration. Though it was destroyed in a fire in 1994, it has since been completely rebuilt. Today it stands as a popular place for local retailers to buy wholesale items and for tourists to explore food and artisanal items. As you walk through the stalls, you will discover local cuisine, fashions, household goods, electronics, and even plants. Dong Xuan Market is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Hanoi Edition.
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  • It is difficult to say what couldn’t be found here, if one were prepared to look. There is little room to manoeuvre, as everything is so tightly packed in. Food, clothes, novelties, leather goods, ele...  more »
  • This is definitely a place that you need to visit when you are in Hanoi. They got everything you need to buy: souvenir, food, etc and the price is really affordable. Of course, you can bargain with th...  more »
  • If you like shopping this is the place to go but I found it very loud and crowded and there was cheap stuff piled to the roof.  more »
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  • The market is fully packed with stuff. The rows to get by each shop can only fit one person at a time. I also didn't like that none of the shop owners I talked to wanted to bargain. It seemed that everyone had stiff prices. Go elsewhere if your looking for a good deal and more room to shop.
  • Street Market is awesome, make sure to see it at night it is amazing! WARNING! There is an electric car tour company found on this street, it is a tourist trap type of scam... No tour they just drive around in the block. Other than that though this is one of the coolest things to see in Hanoi
  • Great place to explore around, feel the local culture. This market were so packed that only left a narrow pathway for you to walk around. Shops here mostly sell clothes, cooking ingredients and snacks. One good things is that you don't have to worry about bike honking at you from behind.
  • Night Market only starts at around 730pm. The stalls would be placed in the middle of the street and cars would not be allowed to enter. If you come too early (6pm), the stores would not be set up yet and there'd be tons of motorbike navigating the cramped roads which makes it impossible to walk along the stores. Recommend to come only after 7pm to fully enjoy the night market.
  • One of the biggest local markets. Inside they have clothing stores mostly. But around the building is the fresh market where local buy the ingredients for their food. Really great experience to go with a local to explain what they buy there. it's very crowded and a little bit messy though, so it's not for people who don't like to experience the local life

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