A taste of local life
Chau Long Market is a great example of an everyday Hanoi wet market. Come early for the full experience, or a little later in the morning for a more relaxed wander.
Chau Long is a traditional wet market, selling predominantly (very) fresh meat, fish and vegetables. Despite the growth of supermarkets, most Vietnamese still do the bulk of their shopping at wet markets, either at covered places like Chau Long, or less permanent streetside set-ups.
The environment is dark and wet, and you will need to keep your eyes peeled to dodge the motorbikes zipping along the narrow aisles, but it’s also atmospheric, eye-opening and educational. In one tucked away corner you'll find a few workers cleaning and prepping frogs, day in, day out. You'll find freshly plucked chooks and ducks, an array of seafood, and all kinds of meat cuts, along with colourful fruit and veggies. Stalls brim with groceries such as noodles rice, oils and sauces as well.
Although you may arouse some interest, the stallholders here are used to foreigners: Hanoi Cooking Centre is just up the road and Chau Long is the market they visit at the start of a cooking class or street food tour, plus it’s a popular spot with expats.
You’ll also find a parade of similar stalls outside on Chau Long Street, along with a shop grinding grains. Walk further around the market and you’ll come across some food stalls, selling the usual array of street food dishes like com binh dan and bun cha.
Similar markets include Cho Hom on Pho Hue, which is a bit larger and more spread out, and Yen Phu market off Nghi Tam.
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