Located in the historic city of Da Nang, Han Market has been a staple of the city for almost 100 years. A place to shop for food, home goods, clothing, and a range of other items, this once high-end location has become a retail site for a myriad of goods at competitive prices.
First established during Vietnam’s French regime, the market offers a candid insight into the lives of Da Nang’s locals and can be considered a smaller version of Ben Thanh Market.
French colonists founded Da Nang Market in the early 1940s, deriving its name from the nearby Han River. In the early days of French rule, Han Market would’ve served as both a shopping destination and a place to be seen.
Back then, Han Market would’ve been opulent and grand as it was often frequented by the upper-class citizens who used it as a platform to trade valuable imported goods. Well-off ex-pats would sell fine clothes, examine plush upholstery, and discuss contemporary life.
In 1989, the market went through a major renovation, adding more stalls and an extra story of space, making it the largest market in Da Nang. As time went by and the French left, the market’s original ‘fancy’ reputation was gradually chipped away. As more locals began to claim retail space in the market, its prices became incredibly competitive.
Today, Han Market is considered the cheapest market in the city.
Walking into Han Market is a true sensory experience. The sounds of the chattering locals and bartering vendors are all-encompassing, while the smells of the food on display will draw you in. One of the first stalls on display sells cheesy, yet charming, Vietnamese souvenirs and trinkets for you to take home. There are also thousands of shoes and trainers on display, all in differing sizes.
The food court, however, is arguably Han Market’s main attraction. With its litany of fresh meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and deliciously spicy pastes and marinades, food-lovers will relish exploring Han Market’s famous food section.
The market’s uppermost level primarily sells homeware items like appliances, electronics, beauty products, and clothing. If you’re looking for somewhere to purchase a smart shirt or dress, Han Market’s quality products and affordable prices make it a great option. You can even try and put your haggling skills to the test to make sure you get a bargain.
Han Market is very easy to get to as it lies right in the heart of Da Nang and can be found along the banks of the Han River, around 1.7 miles away from the city center. A detour to the Dragon Bridge is only a few minutes, so you can always head there after your shopping trip has concluded.
The market gets very crowded, so it’s best to visit between 6 AM and 11 AM. If you’re a fan of pulsating, bustling crowds, then head there after 5 pm and the market will be heaving.
Address: 119 D. Tran Phu, Hai Chau 1, Hai Chau, Da Nang, Vietnam
Hours: Daily | 6 AM – 7 PM