SUPERMARKETS AND GROCERY SHOPPING IN HOI AN

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We spent almost 6 months living in Hoi An Vietnam, so we needed khổng lồ siêu thị at her markets regularly. We started with the Hoi An Central Market near the river in the UNESCO listed Old Town. As we found our feet we started to lớn use Tiger Market và other local food markets. The Hoi An Night Market is just for the tourists. More on where to cửa hàng in Hoi An, how, và for what in our guide lớn the markets of Hoi An.

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First light, around 6am, a solo walk into the market. There is activity down here way beyond the advertised opening hours.

Best Hoi An Markets

There are many markets in Hoi An. Most visitors will see the Night Market along the river & the Central Market in the old town.

The fish market & meat market in nearby.

For longer-term visitors, there are more “local” food markets which are better for shopping for food và provisions at good prices.

For many items, you will need to siêu thị in Danang. Our post is a guide lớn shopping in Hoi An.

We’re settling inkhổng lồ our rental house in Hoi An & loving it, but what’s the point of having a kitchen if you have sầu nothing to cook? Time to lớn brave sầu Hoi An Markets.


Morning Markets & Night Markets

The food and produce markets we mention below are all normally open early in the morning.

The night market starts around sunmix with stalls setting up from roughly 4 pm.

The morning markets mostly don’t close as the day wears on but certainly, some stalls vì chưng and fresh supplies sell out.

There are multiple morning markets but the Central Market, below, is the one most tourists will see unless they book a food tour with market visit in a more “local” market,

Hoi An Central Market, Cho Hoi An


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Hoi An Central Market Early in the morning as the stalls mix up for the day. The market stretches from the water’s edge inkhổng lồ the town, this over, closest to the well ( seen on the left) is where you can find the street food stalls.

Hoi An’s Central Market was the first one we tried, there are others not far away by bike, but Central Market is in the Old Town on the water’s edge and a fascinating place khổng lồ visit even if you’re not shopping for food.


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Eggs come in chicken, duck, quail & “What the heck is that?” varieties. Chef trying, & failing, to get a decent price.

Our local mini marts sell almost nothing other than soy sauce & beer.

That’s great, but we need some fruit, vegetables, cooking oil, rice and so on.

Time to lớn polish up our bargaining skills và head out shopping.

If you’d like to see this same market in times of flood, you need this post


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A separate market building houses non-edible goods, from plastic shoes, lớn hair accessories to lớn woven baskets. Continue on the road lined with produce stalls to find it.

Shopping in Hoi An Central Market

First, Breakfast at the Street Food Stalls Within the Central Market
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It’s easy to lớn order, every stall has a thực đơn in English and Vietnamese & the food displays are clean & attractive. You’ll often find us eating in the market.

The Central Market food court, if you can Call it that, is a decent spot for breakfast.

A multitude of small stalls, each serving almost the same thing at better prices than the local restaurants.

The food is good in the market but I’ve had better at stand-alone street stalls elsewhere in town.


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A breakfast bowl of cau lau, but you can take your noodles, rice, dumplings or Vietnamese pancakes just about any way you like at the Central Market street food hall.

This market food court is a sort of half-way house between for locals và for tourists.

You won’t find banana pancakes and omelettes here, you’ll find good Vietnamese food and it’s delicious at any time of day, the perfect way lớn get warmed up for some food shopping.

Vietnamese Street Food and Hoi An Specialities
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My lathử nghiệm obsession, Vietnamese pancakes, they are amazing! Cooked lớn order in Hoi An’s market. Rice flour makes them ultra crispy.

A full post on Hoi An’s food specialities and Vietnamese street food in general is here, but dishes to enjoy include:

White rose, delicate rice dumplings with a single piece of prawn, steamed.Bun Bo, soup noodles with beef.Spring rolls, fried and fresh, vegetarian và vegan friendly.

There are too many dishes to list!

Banh Mi is a more western friendly option, filled baguettes, even a simple cheese spread sandwich is taken to lớn a new cấp độ in Vietnam giới.

Try Madam Quang’s Ban Mi cửa hàng, east of the Hoi An market, it was made famous by TV chef Anthony Bourdain, be prepared to queue.

Hoi An Fish Market


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If you can get down khổng lồ the river early enough you might get the chance khổng lồ see the fish deliveries.

The market officially opens at 6.30 am and I’ve managed to get here at 5.30 am, but I haven’t seen a fishing boat delivery yet. I’ll keep trying.

Much of the fish on sale, from superb prawns to lớn tumãng cầu and small sharks, is ultra-fresh và often still alive.

Women work, cleaning, chopping và preparing the fish & crustaceans for sale.

The Meat Market


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It gets a little grisly in the meat section, but it’s much cleaner & smells better than most Asian or Central America meat markets we’ve sầu visited.

I doubt we’ll be buying meat in Hoi An, it’s easier và cheaper for my carnivores lớn just eat out 3 times a day, but this is where we’d have khổng lồ come if they want me lớn cook poultry, pork or beef.

Most of the other markets in Hoi An will also have sầu a meat section.

Fruit and Vegetable Market


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She’s laughing because she knows we’ve just paid double the price for our rambutans!

If you’re packing a nutribullet this is where you need lớn head lớn get the makings of an amazing smoothie! We filled our bike baskets with rambutans, passion fruit, mangoes, bananas and avocavày for just a few dollars.

I strongly suspect that we paid at least double the local price but we’re all under the weather with a respiratory virus và we just couldn’t face haggling over a dollar or two this morning.

Next time we’ll know better.


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Never mind the price, the fruit is awesome, we filled two xe đạp baskets for a few dollars khổng lồ keep us in fruit smoothies for a while.

Once we’d been buying fruit and veg from a particular lady at Tiger Market for a while, the price did seem to lớn come down somewhat without all the haggling.

Spices, Oil, Flowers, Incense & More


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The flowers are quite something khổng lồ see, most are grown nt far away in Hoi An’s own flower growing district, Tan An.

The market is a treasure-house & you could probably buy everything you need to lớn self cater in Hoi An.

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We’ve sầu bought a few basics, but it’s hard lớn know when to haggle (probably, all the time) when you’re buying basics like cooking oil.

We’re a bit worn down and tired at the moment, but we’ll figure out how to lớn shop soon & for now, there’s food available on the street every few paces, it’s cheap và it’s good, we’ll eat out.

We have coffee, smoothies & eggs và that’s plenty.

Buying Coffee in Hoi An


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We went with a more western style arabica, the local speciality coffees aren’t what we enjoy.

We cheated on the coffee, we headed to a western-style coffee shop we use often (Mia Coffee, they also do great carrot cake) khổng lồ buy a bag of their arabica beans which they ground for us on the spot.

That và a little cup-sized coffee filter is keeping us well caffeinated when we don’t want to lớn go out in the heat.

You can buy a 1 cup filter in the market for a dollar or two, we stupidly left our travel coffee makers at home page. The coffee they sell at the Central Market tends towards being chocolaty or caramel flavoured, the local beans are slightly sweet. We don’t like it and a lot of it is processed using civets (squirrel coffee is just a br& ).

It’s probably not nice to lớn furry creatures. My inner vegan tends to lớn avoid that sort of thing.

Hoi An Central Market Opening Times


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Parts of Hoi An market stay open well inlớn the night.

The official opening times for Hoi An Market are 8am khổng lồ 7pm but we know that much of the market is open well beyond these times.

Maybe those times refer khổng lồ the actual market buildings, I’ll check.

Hoi An Night Market

The Hoi An Night Market is on the far side of the river, we điện thoại tư vấn this the tiệc nhỏ side và you’ll soon see why.

Music bars & clubs pump music, seemingly competing lớn drown each other out. This disturbance is confined to a small area near the night market, the rest of the old town remains relatively peaceful.

Mostly the night market sells imported Chinese junk & souvenirs but there are plenty of food stalls too. It’s open from around sunmix every day.

On our most recent visit to Hoi An (2019) the Night Market had spread to lớn the near side of the river, next khổng lồ the Central Market.

Stalls on wheels appear from around 4 pm meaning this street has lost much of its charm along with its lovely sunmix views of the river. Hoi An is developing fast. We’ll be back in 2022 lớn cốt truyện more.

Tiger Market, Cho Tan An


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Tiger Market in Tan An is where we siêu thị now. There is a small supermarket selling western foods including olive sầu oil.

Tiger market is “our” market và we vì most of our shopping here, it’s easy khổng lồ buy fruit, vegetables, fresh rice noodles, tofu, meat & some homewares.

It’s a small market và the prices aren’t much different to lớn the Central Market but after a while, the ladies charge you less or throw in more không lấy phí gifts.

Right opposite Tiger Market there is a small supermarket that stocks a good selection of western foods, including vegan supplies.

Ba Le Market, Cho Ba Le

This local morning market serves the large expat và traveller community over in an Cam Chau và Cua Dai Rd.

This market is bigger than Tiger but otherwise same same. It’s near Dingo Deli.

Where lớn Buy Bread, Banh Mi in Hoi An

You can buy a plain banh mi from any of the banh mi stalls if you ask.

To get them fresh from a bakery you can go to lớn Ba Le Markat ( Cho Ba Le ). There is a bakery on the main street right opposite the fruit và veg market. It only sells bread in the mornings until it runs out.

Supermarkets và Mini Marts in Hoi An


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Our local mini mart is great for beer, wine và biscuits, little else.

The nearest supermarket is in Danang in one of the big malls there. In Hoi An you will find mini-marts like ours, above.

In all honesty, they sell very little, only dried, processed goods và drinks. You need to get your noodles, fresh from the markets.

Hoi An Mall

If you’re looking for a modern mall in Hoi An your best bet is khổng lồ go to Da Nang, where there are several.

While we were in Hoi An there was no mall of any kind, but there were plenty of electrical shops, clothes shops, sports shops, và an abundance of small outlets.

Even with these, we did find it necessary to lớn shop in Da Nang from time khổng lồ time. Here you’ll find malls with ice rinks, cinemas and food courts, although western food chains are few on the ground.

There is a very large Starbucks in Da Nang, or was, when we were there last.

To get to lớn Danang take the bus, a xe taxi, or a private oto. See our post on travel between Da Nang & Hoi An.

Are the Markets xuất hiện Over Tet (New Year)

No, almost everything shuts in Hoi An over Tet, but it’s only a few days. Some food outlets will still be open but expect higher prices.

Most shops and mini markets cthảm bại for Tet in Vietnam giới.

We found that the ex-pat mini market opposite Jim’s Snaông chồng Bar was open most during the Tet period.

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Where Are We Staying in Hoi An ?

After a few nights in a khách sạn after arrival from Saigon, we quickly & easily found the most beautiful house to lớn rent.

Our house is in a quiet residential street but modern and comfortable.

We have sầu 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a small kitchen, wi-fi, air-con, purified drinking water & a washing machine. We couldn’t be happier with it.

Book a Hoi An Cookery Course, Food and Markets Tour Here

You can easily pre-arrange a huge selection of foodtours & cookery classes in and around Hoi An và most will include a market tour. Choose from full-day, morning, evening or half-day tours & classes. Check some of the options here. Arranging them locally can be time-consuming và there are touts to avoid.

So shopping in Hoi An is a little tricky, even for us as long-term Asia lovers & expert hagglers. We’re good, we’re getting there. Hoi An Central Market, or any of the other markets are absolutely places you should visit if you’re in town. Try to get there early or late at night. The days are long and hot & the market is best in dawn light or lit up in the evenings. Want more on travel in Vietnam? Our full Vietnam Travel Blog và Guide is here for you, or you can visit things to lớn vị in Hoi An with kids.