- 1. Where is Hoi An Market?
- 2. The long-standing history of Hoi An Market
- 3. Top 3 interesting experiences at Hoi An market
- 4. Useful tips for your visit to Hoi An Market
- 5. Other renowned markets in Hoi An to visit once
During your Hoi An travel journey, Hoi An Market is an attractive destination that you should not miss out on. Here, you can savor the local cuisine, purchase special souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Hoi An Ancient Town. Read on to discover more interesting things about this bustling market.
1. Where is Hoi An Market?
Address: No. 19, Tran Phu Street, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province
Located at the intersection of three main streets including Tran Phu, Bach Dang and Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An Market has been one of the most important trading points of Hoi An for a long time. The market is also located near many other tourist attractions such as Sa Huynh Culture Museum, Cau Pagoda, Tan Ky Old House and Cantonese Assembly Hall. Owning a prime location, Hoi An Market can be easily reached from all parts of Hoi An Ancient Town.
Hoi An Market, like other Hoi An Ancient Town‘s architectural works built during the French colonial period in Vietnam, features spectacular characteristics of French architecture with mustard yellow painted walls, arched doors and windows, and decorative columns. The market is organized into separate sections for fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits, and souvenirs so that tourists can easily find what they want at the market.
2. The long-standing history of Hoi An Market
Between the 16th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was one of the most thriving trading centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Western merchants in Southeast Asia. In the early 18th century, Hoi An Market was founded to serve as a distribution hub for foreign items. The market was originally erected near Ong Voi communal house before being relocated to the area near Bach Dang River.
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3. Top 3 interesting experiences at Hoi An market
Here are the three most fascinating experiences waiting for you at Hoi An Market:
3.1. Enjoy the bustling traditional market atmosphere
The vibrant and bustling atmosphere of Hoi An Market is in stark contrast to the peaceful, quiet, and contemplative Hoi An Ancient Town that people often see. Walking around the market while immersing yourself in the hustle and bustle is a very interesting experience that tourists should not miss out on.
3.2. Explore the rich cuisine of Hoi An
Being widely regarded as a culinary paradise in Hoi An, tourists can enjoy delectable Hoi An street food at this destination. Here are 5 must-try dishes that you should enjoy at the market:
- Cao lau
The main ingredients of cao lau are yellow noodles, thinly sliced pork, dried shrimp, pork broth, and bean sprouts. The signature yellow noodles are painstakingly made with freshly harvested local sticky rice and then cooked three times over wood. Before being stir-fried, the pork is marinated with star anise and cassia bark. It is highly recommended that you eat cao lau with lots of herbs and vegetables to enhance its flavor.
- Quang noodles
Quang noodles is an exquisite Vietnamese dish comprised of flat yellow noodles, pork belly, chicken, shrimp, fish, boiled eggs, roasted peanuts, and fish crackers. The dish is typically prepared with a savory broth made from pork or beef bones, together with some spices such as cinnamon, anise, and cardamom. Crispy fresh vegetables and herbs such as banana blossoms, lettuce, cilantro, scallions, and Vietnamese coriander are available for diners to add.
- White rose dumplings
Thanks to their beautiful and rose-like shape, Hoi An dumplings are affectionately referred to as “white rose dumplings” by diners. This dish could be enjoyed as a quick snack, a light meal, or a full-fledged main course. While enjoying white rose dumplings, you can feel the sweetness of stir-fried shrimp, the amazing flavor of white rice powder, and the typical taste of roasted onions.
- Steamed rice rolls with grilled pork
Steamed rice rolls with grilled pork or “banh trang cuon thit heo” in Vietnamese is a specialty that can satisfy even the most demanding customer. The pork must have an ideal ratio of lean meat to fat in order to make this dish. It is often served with cucumbers, perillas, lettuce, green bananas, and a small bowl of salty dipping sauce.
- Sweet soup
Sweet soup is a special kind of dessert that tourists should not miss out on in Hoi An. The main ingredient of this dish is corn, which is planted along the riverbank in the Cam Nam region. It is exceptionally sweet and aromatic thanks to the fertile alluvium. Sweet soup is traditionally served in a small bowl, filled with ice, coconut cream, pearl tapioca, and topped with shredded coconut or sweet roasted coconut.
3.3. Take stunning photos in front of the market
Having idyllic architecture, Hoi An Market wins tourists’ hearts with its mossy tiled roofs and time-stained yellow walls. Each area of the market can be a beautiful background for your pictures, so don’t forget to bring your camera and take tons of appealing photos.
4. Useful tips for your visit to Hoi An Market
Before visiting Hoi An Market, take note of the following:
- Check prices carefully
- Mind your belongings
- Bring some medicines in case of food allergies
- Check weather forecast beforehand
- Wear sneakers or sandals for the most convenience
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5. Other renowned markets in Hoi An to visit once
5.1. Hoi An market for women only
- Address: The intersection of Phan Boi Chau Street and Hoang Dieu Street
- Opening hours: 1.00 am – 4.00 am
This market was given such an intriguing name because the majority of the traders here are women. Vegetables, corn, mussels, fish, and shrimp can be easily purchased at this market at reasonable prices.
5.2. Thanh Ha Fish Market
- Address: Duy Tan Street, Thanh Ha Ward
- Opening hours: 3.00 am – 8.00 pm
Thanh Ha Fish Market is an excellent place in Hoi An to buy fresh seafood, such as fish, crab, shrimp, and squid. The best time to visit is between 4.00 – 6.00 am, when the sellers have just finished laying out their items.
5.3. Nguyen Hoang Night Market
- Address: Nguyen Hoang Street, Minh An Ward
- Opening hours: 4.30 pm – 1.00 am
As the most prominent night market in Hoi An, Nguyen Hoang Night Market attracts a considerable number of tourists. Coming here, tourists should buy high-quality Thanh Ha Village’s ceramics. This market also offers colorful traditional lanterns, silk, clothing, and specialties.
Besides Hoi An Market, tourists should also visit Hoi An Night Market and many other attractions, such as Japanese Bridge Hoi An, Quan Cong Temple, Cantonese Assembly Hall, Tra Que Vegetable Village, My Son Sanctuary, etc.
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Hoi An Market, one of the oldest markets in Hoi An Ancient Town, is a paradise for food lovers and shopaholics thanks to the wide range of exquisite dishes and appealing products. If you are visiting Hoi An on the next holiday, don’t forget to include this destination into your itinerary!
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