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Dong Xuan Market

Browse hundreds of stalls in Hanoi’s biggest marketplace in the heart of the Old Quarter.

Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi’s biggest marketplace, is a cavernous building full of tiny aisles. Built by the French at the end of the 19th century, the covered market today has stalls selling anything from household items and food, to clothes and shoes. Tourists visit the market mainly for the experience rather than the shopping.

The building features five arched roofs and covers more than 1.6 acres (6,500 square meters) of space. Squeeze down the narrow walkways as you make your way through the building. In the aisles you’ll find a huge range of clothing, plastic children’s toys, household appliances and traditional Vietnamese fabrics.

Hear store holders promote their cheap goods and see them chat with the locals. If you intend to buy something, be aware that not all clothing and jewelry brands are authentic. If there are no fixed price signs, don’t be afraid to ask for a better deal when purchasing your goods. Offer a lower price with a smile and you’ll often be rewarded with a good deal.

Dong Xuan Market is aimed at the residents of Hanoi more than it is to tourists. While a visit to the market is a fun experience for foreigners, many of the goods sold here are of more practical use to those who live locally. However, there are a few stalls that sell souvenirs and traditional Vietnamese cultural items.

Dong Xuan also runs a night market that spills out onto the streets around it on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings. On those nights you’ll find more tourist-oriented wares and souvenirs. While browsing, try some traditional North Vietnamese dishes from street stalls.

Dong Xuan Market is in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Entrance to the market hall is free and you can visit all day; however, during lunchtime many stallholders will be away for lunch or asleep in the back of their stores. During weekend nights, it is best reached by foot.


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Imperial Hotel & Spa ¥2,380
Imperial Hotel & Spa

Imperial Hotel & Spa

44 Hang Hanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Gai Street, and Hanoi Old Town Night Market. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 15 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 22 minutes.

    Hanoi Horse Hotel ¥2,006
    Hanoi Horse Hotel

    Hanoi Horse Hotel

    9 Hang Muoi, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi Old City Gate, and Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple and Dong Xuan Market are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 12 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 28 minutes.

      JM Marvel Hotel & Spa ¥1,774
      JM Marvel Hotel & Spa

      JM Marvel Hotel & Spa

      16 Hàng Da Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Oldquater
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old City Gate are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 14 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 15 minutes.

        Melia Hanoi ¥10,030
        Melia Hanoi

        Melia Hanoi

        44b Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoa Lo Prison Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Hanoi Opera House and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 25 minutes.

          Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa ¥3,510
          Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa

          Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa

          23-25 Nguyen Sieu, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is steps from Bach Ma Temple and Hanoi Old City Gate. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 7 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 25 minutes.

            Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa ¥1,898
            Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa

            Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa

            12 Bao Khanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, and Ngoc Son Temple. Hanoi Opera House and Hanoi War Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Long Bien Station is 16 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 21 minutes.

              Golden Rooster Hotel ¥1,407
              Golden Rooster Hotel

              Golden Rooster Hotel

              No 17 Hang Ga, Hang Bo Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dong Xuan Market and Hanoi Old City Gate. Hoan Kiem Lake and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 8 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 20 minutes.

                Hanoian Elite Home Hotel ¥1,462
                Hanoian Elite Home Hotel

                Hanoian Elite Home Hotel

                35 Hang Ga, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hang Ma Street, Hanoi Old City Gate, and Dong Xuan Market. Hoan Kiem Lake and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 20 minutes.