Shopping Areas, Hanoi
Come every Sunday, the main road in the Old Quarters are closed to traffic at night and it becomes a giant shopping street! Even if you don't buy anything, it is a quite a treat to watch the locals shopping at night.
What to buy: Look out for Chinese Brush Paintings and Vietnamese Silk Bags.
What to pay: Don't be a sucker and pay more than USD20 for these items
While you're shopping at Dong Xuan, you'll be wondering why this spanking new 3 storey complex is standing in the middle of the Old Quarters. Here's why in 1994, the market was destroyed in a fire. 5 sods rushed in to save their goods and died...
A majority of the street names in the Old Quarter start with the word hang. Hang means merchandise or shop. It used to be that if you were looking to buy a certain craft, you could head to the street with the name of what you were looking for and find it. Today, this is no longer the case. However, if you look hard enough, you will find what you’re looking for.
What to buy: Silk is an excellent item to buy here.
What to pay: How good are you at bartering?
Before the TET festival, locals are busy buying up everything they will need during the actual festival days. Prices go up the closer you go to TET and during TET, you are at everyone's mercy so stock up.
What to buy: We bought five liter bottles of water and refiled our smaller bottles to carry around with us. This saved us a lot of money and if you have a fridge in your room, buy some fruits and snacks in case you find yourself with no food during TET.
What to pay: Pay 15,000 dong ($1) for a five liter bottle of water.
This market is basically a general all purpose market catering to locals. There are the odd stalls that might interest tourists like ripp off bags, hats and clothes.. but generally it's just a place to look at the crowds...... (if you can handle them...)
What to buy:
In the area around St Joseph's Cathedral there are many small boutiques with a range of high quality goods, more expensive than the shopping to be found in the Old Quarter, but beautiful.
Homewares, clothing (if you are a size 8!), antiques. While many of the good have markedprices, there is generally some room for negotiation.
General shopping for all sorts of wonderful things is also available in the Old Quarter.
Lacquerware comes in all sorts of qualities: that available in the Old Quarter is generally modern and mass produced, but very fetching.
What to pay: It is hardto remember specific prices, but I recall a silk sleeping bag liner for about $4 US, a carved standstone musician for about $10 US andlots and lots of small thingsat incredibly cheap prices.
'Pottery Village' lies some half an hours travel by car east of Hanoi. This 'village' consists of two small roads full of crafft shops, workshops and even small 'factories'. They all are producing and selling only ceramics - and with almost ridiculous prices! If this place was almost anywhere elsi, it would be a big hit. It will be also in Hanoi after some time, so hurry up!
What to buy: Ceramics in all shapes.
What to pay: Less than you ever can image.
Seems most every store in Hanoi specializes in some merchandise, whether it is tin boxes, trophies, tools, etc. This store specializes in birdcages. There is a whole street in the Old Quarter where you can find goods made of bamboo, and a street for just birdcages.
What to buy:
Silk, paintings, handicraft, etc
What to pay: For traditional outfit made from silk cost around US$ 50, paintings cost like US$50, depends how much you can bargain on it!
Location: Hang Dao - Hang Ngang - Dong Xuan market
Time: 6pm onwards (Fri - Sun only)
Things available for sale: Clothes, accessories, shoes, souvenirs, food, etc.
Opening hours: 7am - 6pm
Things available for sale: household goods, dried food, cloth, souvenirs, etc
During the weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening) a number of streets are closed off to through traffic and people set up stalls to sell their wares.
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