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Han Market: The humming heart of the busy city

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Joanna Horanin

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Last updated at 24/05/2024, 01:00

Hi, I'm Joanna, the author of The Blond Travels. In the worlds of Thailand and Portugal, I feel like a fish in water - and it's no coincidence! I've been exploring Thailand for over a decade, and I've settled in Portugal for 6 years now. My mission is to support Dreamers - just like you - in discovering these fascinating countries and helping those in love with them find their own place on Earth, preferably for good! Let's uncover these unique corners of the world together.

At 8 in the morning Da Nang is already buzzing with life. People speed through on their mopeds, rushing to work and driving their children to school. This is also the time of the day when  the biggest market in the city opens its doors to visitors and buyers. Han Market is conveniently located at the banks of the River Han, in the city centre. It was opened in 1940s and it has been bustling all day with shopkeepers and local customers ever since.

There are two reasons why you should visit Han Market in Da Nang: to find some great bargains on souvenirs, clothes and fresh produce, or to observe the local life.

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Here you will find everything you need to prepare a Vietnamese meal, including dried shrimp

There are four basic sections, spread over two floors. Start your visit from the riverfront. Here you will find local produce farmed on the outskirts of the city: red dragon fruits lay next to oranges and pineapples and the smell of dried spices will make you feel dizzy. The other half of the first floor is filled with dried goods. If you like dried fruit you will be in the right place. The stalls also offer dried shrimp and squid as well. You can also stock up on some delicious fresh bread, nuts, cakes, candies and coffee.

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Stock up on some vitamins at Han Market!

It wouldn’t be an Asian market if it didn’t have a dining section. If you would like to try some fresh and cheap street food then Han Market is the place to go. Just below the staircase you will find rice noodles with marinated beef and pork and buns steamed in banana leaves. Yum!

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You can not only eat fresh food here, but try some coconut or sugar cane juice

The second floor is the clothing section. Silk, shoes and other garments hang from the beams of the shops. The prices are affordable and the clothes are of good quality. If you would like to design your own outfit, or have something to repair, then walk all around the floor until you find women sitting at the sewing machines. On the opposite side of the floor men will repair or make shoes just for you.

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Han Market is a great place for shopaholics

Han Market in Da Nang is one of the places not to be missed, especially if this is your first time in Vietnam. Spend some time walking around, observing the local life and if you want to buy something, don’t forget to haggle as this is the Vietnamese tradition and the locals think that it makes the shopping experience more fun.

Location: 119 Tran Phu, Hai Chau 1, Da Nang

Open: from 8 am to 6 pm