Dong Xuan Market, at the northern edge of Hanoi’s Old Quarter is the city’s oldest market, originally built in 1889. However, in 1994 a fire destroyed much of the original building.
The market sells everything from dried mushroom and seafood to clothing, cloth, housewares, electronics, fresh produce and more. The market area sprawls down the street from the massive market building.
I walked up there this morning to have a look around and to buy some rice paper for fresh rolls to bring home.
I was amazed st the size of the sticks of cinnamon – close to 3 feet high – being sold. The odor was remarkable when I passed heaps of dried wood-ear mushrooms, and dried shrimp.
The aisles are tight and the whole place is a little overwhelming. If you shop here, negotiation is expected and the vendors are experts.