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Tan Dinh Market Review

In the years of development, Ho Chi Minh City has gradually become a shopping paradise for locals and foreign visitors worldwide. To some people, the local markets are the best highlight of Vietnam. They emerged historically with the city’s growth, and among the oldest ones is Tan Dinh Market or Tan Dinh Fabric Market.

How to Get to Tan Dinh Market

Located at 48 Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Tan Dinh Market stands at one corner of the crossroad of Hai Ba Trung and Nguyen Huu Cau Street. The market is opposite the famous 150-year-old pink Tan Dinh Church. Regarded as a landmark, some bus routes to this market are 38, 10, and 54. A convenient option is to go by taxi.

Opening Hours

The market opens from 5 AM to 5 PM daily. People shop here for ingredients for every meal, from breakfast to dinner. It will be best if you visit early in the morning because some goods such as vegetables, fish, and fruits will be fresher.

The History of Tan Dinh Market

Tan Dinh Market was originally Phu Hoa Market, which is said to have been around since the 1880s in Phu Hoa Hamlet. Traders and buyers came to the market for local goods. The residents were relatively affluent, so the market had been known as the one reserved for the rich. It was not until 1926 that the French officially constructed the market in just one year. People started to call it by a new name, Tan Dinh Market, when Phu Hoa Hamlet and another hamlet were combined to become Tan Dinh Ward.

Many generations of locals have witnessed the growth of the city and the solid standing of Tan Dinh Market. In their memory, there are some minor changes between the market in the past and the one you see today.

The Structure of Tan Dinh Market

The French constructed Tan Dinh Market, so the architecture has a strong European influence. The most recognizable feature is the three small bell towers on the roof, with only one bell installed in the central one. The roof is tiled with red bricks, and the pillars are made of concrete, painted in a lighter tone than the rest of the building.

The parking lot is just next to Tan Dinh Market, with a few guards keeping their eyes on the transport. If you just come for the food, you may not need to go inside the market. Several food stalls line up outside the market building, serving authentic Vietnamese dishes, drinks, and fabric shops.

But there is more to Tan Dinh Market than just foods to explore. You can enter the market through gateways on the 4 sides; the main entrance is on Hai Ba Trung Street, where you can see the three bell towers and a clock in the middle. The market layout has separate areas based on the type of goods, like dry food, wet food, jewelry, and clothes, with many sellers in booths of about 1.2m in width.

Entering from the Hai Ba Trung Street gate, you will see the jewelry booths first and a large fabric area just behind it. But if you want to look for ready-made clothes, find them at the sides’ gateways on Ba Le Chan Street and Nguyen Huu Cau Street. Dried food, groceries, and kitchenware stalls are at the back gate, opposite to the one on Hai Ba Trung Street. Besides, you can find many products like foods, flowers, and fruit all around the market.

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The front of Tan Dinh Market
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The standard scale guarantees fair weight

What You Can Find in Tan Dinh Market

Like other markets, Tan Dinh Market offers different goods, from clothes to food and jewelry. It would take you about an hour to go around and discover all the things displayed. But you should see the items that made this market so well-known to the locals. That is food and Vietnamese fabric.

Some fabric retailers and wholesalers trade fabric of different kinds, like those to make shirts or Ao dai. The patterns on the fabric are diverse, mostly with Vietnamese images like the farmers, rivers, and flowers. But what should catch your eye is the color, ranging from neutral to many vivid shades. Because of the excellent quality and the long reputation of its fabric trading, the market is the favorite of many silk lovers like tailors, culture enthusiasts, or just people who want to buy fabric as gifts for loved ones.

Read more about the biggest fabric market in Ho Chi Minh City.

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The fabric in one booth in Tan Dinh Market

As for the food, there are a lot of stalls offering famous dishes like hu tieu (clear rice noodle soup), sup cua (crab soup), or Vietnamese street eats like Banh mi, sea snails, and Che (Vietnamese sweet soup). Many businesses have been passed down from generation to generation and become not only signature dishes of this market but also a part of the memories and childhood of many locals.

However, it is essential to note that the prices are much higher than those of other markets, so you should know how to bargain to avoid being overcharged.

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Food stalls serving Vietnamese dishes in Tan Dinh Market
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Fresh seafood sold in Tan Dinh Market

Conclusion on Tan Dinh Market Review

Tan Dinh Market has its own featured items and beauty that have been around for almost 100 years. Therefore, visiting this market is a way to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and lifestyle. It is an even more special attraction to shopping lovers and street food explorers. The long history, easy-to-access location, and many goods make the market a top choice for your Ho Chi Minh City tour.

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