Markets in Ho Chi Minh city – Tan Dinh market

Tan Dinh was an important place in the hub of Saigon – “The Pearl of the Far East”. In 1960s and 1970s, people came to Tan Dinh to buy famous French coffee such as Jean Martin, Meilleur Gout coffee. Stylish men and women came to this area to order custom shoes at Trinh Shoes on Hai Ba Trung street – the main road in Tan Dinh area. Through the years, the shop has become a retail store which sell luxury brands. Opened in 1950, “Cam Hang Bac – Hanoi” medicine store (also called Nhan Phong Duong medicine store) was famous for pediatric aphthous ulcers treatment. The old house of the store with tile roof has been replaced by a modern house.

Tan Dinh Market In Saigon

Thu Huong cafe, Van Hoa cafe, Dinh Cong Trang Vietnamese pancake, Phu Huong pork pie… in Tan Dinh were well-known by everyone in the past. Things have been changed but there are some things still remain. Dinh Cong Trang becomes Vietnamese pancake street where visitors can find the best Vietnamese pancake. Just sit on a plastic chair around plastic table, people can enjoy the amazing street food – Vietnamese pancake and experience the life of locals in Tan Dinh area.

A noteworthy in this area is Tan Dinh market (1 Nguyen Huu Cau Street, District 1), which was one of the busiest markets in Ho Chi Minh city. It was built in 1926 and one of historic sites in Ho Chi Minh city. The market has 4 gates, the main gate was designed dedicatedly and uniquely with ancient style.  The market hasn’t changed and been a popular place to shop in Saigon over the years.

You can find anything in the market: fresh products (fruits, vegetables, meat, chickens, fishes, eggs…), commodities, dried foods, clothes, shoes… The price is a little higher than other markets in Saigon.

The most special thing in Tan Dinh market is material. There are arrays of shops that sell material such as silks, cotton, denim, tartans, corduroy… Most of the material has marked prices and the vendor will help you to buy enough material to make your item (shirts, long dresses, curtain…). It’s safe to go to the market because the security guards work well.

There are many food stalls in the market with countless of delicious Vietnamese dishes from noodle soups to desserts. Tan Dinh has become a familiar destination for Saigon foodies during the day and at night.

Things to do in Tan Dinh market is unlimited. If you have chance to come to Ho Chi Minh city, do not miss visiting Tan Dinh market. Let’s walk around to see how people sell, bargain and buy products. Let’s see strange things and eat the best Vietnamese dishes at street food stalls in the market.

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Tan Dinh Market In Saigon Tracy 1

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Street foods at Tan Dinh market:

  • Sweet soup: sương sa – hột lựu, read bean, black bean, white bean, beans, lima bean, lychee, Chinese water chestnut, lotus root, dried longan, chin bo leung, ginkgo nut, cocktail, lotus seed, almond panna cotta lychee…
  • Other desserts: flan,”sương sâm” jelly, Asian grass jelly, green leaf cake;
  • Snails: stir-fried ốc lon and ốc dừawith coconut milk,  stir-fried ốc cà na with shacha sauce;
  • Green leaf cake;
  • Crab soup cake;
  • Congee with pork chop;
  • Won ton soup, Pho, cellophane noodle soup with crab, noodle soup (clear rice noodle with pork or beef ball, Quang style noodle soup, Hue noodle soup, noodle soup with fish pie, noodle soup with bamboo shoot, crab noodle soup, rice noodle with saturated shrimp or fish paste), ;
  • Rice noodle with grilled pork, clear rice noodle with special sauce;
  • Broken rice;
  • Pork brain;
  • Century egg;
  • Fermented pork roll;

Best places to eat around Tan Dinh market:

  • Vietnamese spring rolls (Gỏi cuốn) at 124 Trần Khắc Chân street, District 1
  • Crab soup cake (Bánh canh cua) at 87 Trần Khắc Chân street, District 1
  • Rice noodle with Vietnamese meat ball (Bún mọc) at 60 Trần Khắc Chân street, District 1
  • Vietnamese sweet soup without sugar (Chè không ngọt) at 124 Trần Khắc Chân street, District 1
  • Hue Cake (Bánh huế thập cẩm) at 22A-22B Nguyễn Hữu Cầu street, District 1
  • Rice paper in mist with boiled pork (Bánh tráng phơi sương thịt luộc) at 1 Nguyễn Hữu Cầu street, District 1
  • Sponge cake with egg and floss meat (Bánh bông lan trứng) at 263 Trần Quang Khải street, District 1
  • Goat hot pot (Lẩu dê) at 141 alley Trần Quang Khải street, District 1
  • Broken rice with grilled pork chop (Cơm tấm sườn) at 100 Thạch Thị Thanh street, District 1
  • Broken rice (Cơm tấm) at Bụi Sài Gòn restaurant (100 Thạch Thị Thanh street, District 1)
  • Steamed rice with fish cake (Cơm chả cá) on Hai Bà Trưng street, District 1
  • Broken rice (Cơm tấm) at Tứ Quý restaurant (Hai Bà Trưng street, District 1)
  • Yogurt with red sticky rice (Sữa chua nếp cẩm) at 37 Nguyễn Phi Khanh street, District 1
  • Broken rice with crab cake (Cơm tấm chả cua) at 113 Nguyễn Phi Khanh street, District 1
  • Vietnamese rainbow drink (Chè ba màu) at crossroads of Nguyễn Phi Khanh street and  Trần Quang Khải street, District 1
  • Hue cuisine at O Xuân restaurant (222A-22B Nguyễn Hữu Cầu street, District 1)
  • Trảng Bàng cuisine at Hoàng Ty restaurant (01 Nguyễn Hữu Cầu street, District 1)
  • Hue cuisine at O Xuân 2 restaurant at 18 Nguyễn Hữu Cầu street, District 1

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Tan Dinh Market In Saigon Tracy 1

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It’s great to drive on  motorbike to Tan Dinh market to see, eat and smell. Let’s join our Morning Saigon Street Food Tour by Motorbike to enjoy Saigon in a different way.

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