Dong Xuan is a street market spreading over a surface of 600 square meters covering Dong Xuan and Khoai streets. Approximately fifty businesses are operating the forty stands selling food, artifacts, souvenirs and tour packages among others.
Unlike other Hanoi night markets selling agricultural products in Long
Bien and Quang Ba, Dong Xuan Night Market has been mainly created for
tourists. With its eleven stalls, the brightly lit food zone is the
most animated, serving late night guests until early morning.
you can find real Hanoi food, as favored by true-blue Hanoians. The
dishes might cost a little more than elsewhere but, you have to taste
it to believe it, they are truly delicious. A steamy hot dish of Pho
cuon (beef wrapped in long wispy strips of rice vermicelli, served
with aromatic herbs and spicy sweet-sour fish sauce) costs a mere
You might have your curiosity and appetite
titillated as you try to choose from a wide selection of exotic Hanoi
dishes: fried frog or fish meat pastes, rice
duck meat soup, fried rice, tiet canh (duck blood uncooked, only if you
have a brave heart and strong stomach!), rice vermicelli and beef
cooked in the south Vietnamese style and even just beefsteak and bread.
In artifact shops on Dong Xuan Street you will find traditional Dong Ho drawings, Bat Trang ceramics
Binh Da embroideries and laces, and sand paintings, the new craze of
Hanoiâ€™s young people. For a modest sum of VND2.000 - 9.000 you can
choose one of those â€˜rawâ€™ pictures with different designs and patterns.
peel off the sheet of paper and using the multi-colored sand you are
provided with, you paint and create your own masterpiece following a
model or â€˜ad libâ€™ following your own inspiration or fantasy.
Like other markets (cho) such as Sapaâ€™s Cho Tinh
Nam Dinhâ€™s Cho Vieng, Lang Sonâ€™s Cho Ky Lua and Can Thoâ€™s Cho Tay Do,
Dong Xuan Night Market has been set up to meet the needs of locals and
tourists. Dong Xuan Night Market is only one of Hanoiâ€™s many efforts to
develop tourism and attract international visitors.
and two books on Hanoi, and two annual Tourism festivals are planned to
open new paths and boost tourism in Hanoi. The Hanoi Service of
Communications and Public Works plans to expand and turn Dong Xuan
Night Market into a no-vehicle zone to lure more visitors to the place.
Two more no-vehicle zones are being delimited round Sword Lake, along
Khay, Trong and Le Thai To streets and along Ngang and Dao streets.