Han Market Shopping Guide
Han market is one of the hot tourist spots in Da Nang city center that attracts hundreds of travelers, local and foreign shoppers, foodies every day. The market is divided into many different areas with the size of 28,000 square meters. Here you will find hundreds of stalls categorized into souvenirs, clothes, cooked food, fresh vegetables, fruits and meat, fish, etc. Coming to the Han market, you would feel like you are lost in colorful shopping heaven with thousands of items that it must take all day long for you to discover.
Worry about rip-offs– What to but in Han Market
As highly recommended by locals and previous travelers who used to shop at this market, you should only pay about 40-50% of the price offered. Take a moment to consider whether it is a reasonable price for such a thing, do not pay the seller immediately how much they tell you. As being one of the two biggest central markets in Da Nang since the 1940s, it has a specific historical role with a huge variety of local specialty goods sold and so many tourists visiting and shopping each day. For that reason, prices for nearly all things there would be slightly higher than other smaller and further-away from city center markets. That bargaining principle will helpfully save quite a decent amount of money of yours for other shopping plans for sure.
It is good to go take a look at a few different stalls before making your final decision on which item is offered with a better price and better quality shown that you prefer. One of the best points about it is that here gathers a huge diversity of goods that are considered “can-find-nowhere-else” by locals. How does that sound to buy for yourself a unique-styled set of outfit out of that cool distinctive collection upstairs of that market?
Make sure that you like the item much enough to be willing to pay for it before opening up to the seller and asking for how much it costs.
Because the merchants here welcome thousands of people a day, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of this marketplace all day long, all of them hope for a good business day with no first customers who ask for the price then leave without buying anything, that is considered bad luck. And if you let that happen to an impatient seller, he/she would give you a slightly upset look for bringing the first unfortunate to their stall.
That is why it is better not shopping at the market in the early morning or after their noon nap which is around 1 pm. Since again, these two times of the day are “opening hours” which is taken way seriously and a bit superstitiously as the sign of luck for the rest of the day in almost every market in Viet Nam (of course not at the supermarket). Also, if you are curious and just want to take a look, wander around the market for some photos, make sure that you do not stand too long in front of their “business area” so that you would not block the way and take all room of other potential customers.
Which souvenirs to buy at Han market
Different types of locally made fish sauces
Well, for those of you who like/ can take the authentic smell of Vietnamese fish sauce, there are so many choices for you here to choose from. All of them are in good quality, with ideal freshness and professionally packaged for the least possibility of spilling during your commuting. This can be a meaningful way to take some distinctive flavors of this coastal city back home with you for your cooking and dining later. The fish sauce here can be in liquid or thick, syrupy form depending on fish, seafood or vegetable types used such as anchovy, mackerel, shrimp, tiny river prawn, pickled white aubergine, and chili sauce. Each type of sauce here has its own flavor and is used in making/ eating with different dishes. You just come in the area with the sign “fish sauce”, the long lines of bottles and cans with a unique strong mixed smell will be waiting for you to taste and buy some home.
You can find delicious dried foods varied from fish, abalone, squid, shrimp, seaweed, marinated beef, pork, types of mushrooms to fruits like mangoes, roasted cashew nuts, macadamia nuts, etc. How great is that when you can taste all types of items before deciding whether you like their taste or not to buy. Da Nang people really know how to make these types of fish sauces with their unique recipes to impress you!
As these products are well-packaged and fixed price tagged, you don’t have to worry about the bargaining and just taste some pieces first then buy some for edible souvenirs to your friends and relatives at home
Dry sesame crackers (Banh kho me)
There are a few types of Banh kho me here, some of them are made from sticky rice flour or mung bean powder with roasted sesame toppings or completely from sesame. Da Nang has a true reputation for these kinds of traditional sesame cakes, especially the brand Madam Lieu’s.
Danang’s steamed beef sausage wrapped in banana leaves – Cha bo
Unlike Cha bo made in Hanoi and Saigon, beef sausage in Da Nang has its very local flavor from a different recipe. Cha bo is made from fresh ground beef seasoned with fish sauce, salt, garlic, pepper,… and wrapped in banana leaves then steamed for 1-2 hours. As this dish can last for 7-8 days in the refrigerator and to 3 months’ time in the freezer, you can buy it as a gift for your homies. You can find Cha bo here at the butchers’, they will offer you small pieces to try as well. One big roll of this beef sausage just costs 100,000 VND (less than 5 USD). Very good price for such a tasty dish, right?
Jewelry, sedge hats, grass-woven slippers
There seems like nothing else could reflect its “Danangish” as much as these types of souvenirs. Made by skillful local artisans with a variety of shapes and colors, jewelry and souvenirs here are all very eye-catching, in good quality, and also inexpensive. Lovely hats, sandals, bracelets, necklaces, etc made in Da Nang will be a good choice that your loved ones at home would cherish a lot.
What to eat in Han Market