Among many local markets in Hanoi and Northern Vietnam, Long Bien is considered as the biggest fruit wholesale market providing products to Hanoi and many nearby provinces. The market was first opened in 1990s with small scale but until now, it is even not big enough for trading demand. At present, there are totally 1200 shops trading fruits and vegetable there within an area of 27000 square meters.
The busiest time at Long Bien market is from 22:00 to 05:00 when gathering hundreds of trucks carrying fruits and vegetables from many provinces to the market. Then it is also good time for you to go and see the busy trading scene as well as catch amazing photos. The market has just been voted as one of the 7 best street markets in the world by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine thanks to its colorful appearance and bustle and hustle.
For visitors, it is very easy to walk from the Old Quarter to Long Bien market as it is located at the northern edge of the Old Quarter and takes place at the base of the Long Bien Bridge across the Red River. You just need to get out of your hotel and find Yen Phu Road where you can easy see the market.