The pedestrian street and night market in Hanoi’s Old Quarter always hold great appeal for local residents and tourists every weekend. It’s fantastic to stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake with friends and family, immersing oneself in the remarkable performances of street artists. Afterwards, you can continue with a short walk to the night market area, where you can indulge in street food delights and shop for a variety of affordable goods.
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Where are Hanoi’s Old Quarter Night Market and Hanoi Pedestrian Street located, and when are they open?
The Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market officially started operating in 2003 and opens from 18:00 to 23:00 on weekend evenings (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The night market is situated on the ancient streets of Hanoi, spanning a length of 3km, encompassing Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Duong, Hang Khoai, and extending to the entrance of Dong Xuan Market.
This bustling area brings together around 4,000 stalls offering a wide variety of different products, ranging from clothing, toys, and souvenirs to handicrafts and food stalls. The prices are relatively affordable, catering to all types of visitors.
Alongside the Old Quarter Night Market, Hanoi Pedestrian Street is also open on weekends in the area surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake and the adjacent Old Quarter. The only difference is that the pedestrian street does not involve any buying or eating activities. It primarily serves cultural and recreational activities.
What can you experience around Hanoi’s pedestrian street?
Just by walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, a central and famous location in Hanoi, you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and vibrant atmosphere of this place. You can hire a street artist to sketch your own portrait or find a spot to sit, admire the sculptures, enjoy a cup of coffee, purchase books, and one place you should not miss is to indulge in the famous Trang Tien Ice Cream of Hanoi.
Experience extraordinary folk cultural performances
Did you know that at both ends of Hanoi’s pedestrian street, every Saturday evening, there are organized performances of remarkable cultural and artistic acts by the Vietnam Musicians’ Association? Performances such as chau van (spiritual singing), cheo (traditional opera), ca tru (ceremonial singing), and more attract significant attention from both locals and tourists.
What makes Hanoi’s Old Quarter Night Market attractive?
When you arrive at the night market area, you’ll see rows of closely packed stalls offering a wide variety of goods. With approximately 4,000 stalls, you’ll find a vast range of products, including clothing, footwear, handmade crafts, artistic handicrafts, and accompanying accessories such as hats, fabric bags, handkerchiefs, and bracelets, all at reasonable prices.
Just 270 meters away from the Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market is the bustling “sleepless street” of Ta Hien. Here, visitors will be overwhelmed by the lively atmosphere, the bustling crowd, and the vibrant sound of pubs and bars. The sight of young people and foreign tourists engaging in lively conversations while enjoying cool beers leaves a strong impression on first-time visitors to Ta Hien. It seems that language and cultural barriers have faded away, and everything blends together in a lively and vibrant atmosphere, allowing everyone to enjoy the nightlife of Hanoi in every moment.
If you visit Hanoi without experiencing the pedestrian street and the Old Quarter Night Market, it would be a missed opportunity because most of the essence of Hanoi converges here as a way to promote Hanoi’s tourism.
In addition to Hanoi’s Old Quarter Night Market, visitors can explore nearby traditional, cultural, and historical attractions such as the Hanoi Flag Tower, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.