There is no lack of choices when it comes to shopping in Hanoi, the one-thousand-year old capital of Vietnam. The city offers you a wide variety of items from authentic silk, ethnic minority souvenir to wooden products
DONG XUAN MARKET: a large non touristy market located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, 900m north of Hoan Kiem Lake. There are hundreds of stalls here, and it’s a fascinating place to explore if you want to catch a flavor of Hanoi – a street life.
There is also a NIGHT MARKET: running north to south through the heart of the Old Quarter, starting on Hang Giay and heading down to Hang Dao. Content wise it’s something of a spillover for the area’s shop, but at least the streets are closed to traffic. Hanoi night market is opened every Friday and weekend nights, from 7PM to 10PM.
HANOI 36 STREETS: as known as Hanoi’s Old Quarter. These streets are packed with family-owned shops selling silks, stuffed toys, artwork, embroidery, food, coffee, watches. There are plenty of great bargains to catch in the Old Quarter. Each street sells distinctive merchandise. You can buy silk at Hang Gai Street, lacquer ware and bamboo at Hang Hom, shoes at Hang Dau and so on. Some of those products are only available in Vietnam.