Eat Your Heart Out at Hội An’s Night Market

Sample some of the city’s popular street-eats while taking in a lively atmosphere.

If there is one thing to do while travelling through Vietnam, it is eat. The country is a goldmine of flavours. Well known dishes such as bánh mì, phở and bún chả subtly change from region to region, creating a nuanced dining experience as one visits each new city.

Hội An, located in the Quang Nam province just south of Da Nang, is a particular hot spot for enjoying traditional Vietnamese cooking. While there are many noteworthy restaurants, particularly in the Old Town, the most adventurous way to sample what Hội An has to offer is through visiting its Night Market.

 

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The Night Market in Hoi An’s Old Town is the perfect opportunity for travellers to put their tastebuds to the test and get their hands on some affordable street-eats.

Not only is the Night Market a memorable experience — no matter what time of year, one can expect to see crowds of tourists flocking to the market; examining stalls selling trinkets for loved one’s back home and pursuing the many street food options — but it is also budget-friendly.

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Crowds gather to watch a young boy as he rolls ice cream. The clashing of his metal scrapers on the frozen table top — combined with his fast and deliberate hand movements — creates an impressive display.

Walking through the market, one can sample dishes such as bánh tráng nướng (a Vietnamese-style pizza on rice paper), cha gio (fried spring rolls), banana roti, and local beers such as Biere Larue — all for under $10.

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Spring rolls, or cha gio, are a popular favourite at the Night Market.

Whether you go for the food or for the ambience, visiting Hội An’s Night Market will certainly satisfy your senses.

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As the market begins to close, vendors pack up an array of goods — from fresh fruits and juices to savoury buns and spices — preparing to head home after a hectic night hawking their wares.

Photos and Text by Sarah Comber 

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