Con Market in Danang (Chợ Cồn)

Although Con Market is not the oldest market in Danang, it is the biggest market in the city for many years. There are about 2,000 vendors, selling thousands of products at the market. It is not only the favorite place of not only local people but also visitors for buying commodities, souvenirs, foods, etc. Tourists who would like to immerse into the local life love to explore this market where there are hundreds of interesting things to see and do.

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General information

Location: 269 Ong Ich Khiem Street, Hai Chau 2 Ward, Hai Chau District, Danang. The market is located at the crossroads of Ong Ich Khiem and Quang Trung Streets.

Opening hours: 7:00 – 19:30. Some food stalls on the streets open until the late night.

History of Con Market

The market was established in 1940s, it was located on an islet (“cồn” or con in Vietnamese) so that it is called Con Market. Those days, the vendors are local people and people from Dai Loc, Que Son, Thang Binh (Quang Nam Province). Products were mainly fresh vegetables and poultry.

In December 1984, the old market was dismantled and rebuilt. After 100 days, on 29th March, the construction was completed and inaugurated. It was the 10th anniversary of the Danang Liberation Day. The market consists of two two-story blocks, one one-story block and one three-story block. The two two-story blocks cover a total area of 1,5623,480 m2, one one-story block has a total area of 8,828 m2, the three-story block has a total area of 3,480 m2. The market was renamed to Danang Commercial Center.

In 2012, Danang Commercial Center was renamed to Con Market.

In the recent, Con Market has a total area of 14,000 m2. They are planning to rebuilt and expand the market while keeping its soul.

Con market in the past

Con market in the past. Image:

Con Market – paradise of Danang food

Most of the Vietnamese foodies fall in love with this market thanks to hundreds of amazing foods, most of which originated from Danang and Central provinces. There are dozens of food stalls selling delicious and sweet tasting foods including sweet and savory cakes, soups, noodle soups, other noodle dishes, snail dishes, dried foods, rolls, congees, sweet soups, agar agar, fresh juices, milk from beans.

The prices are relatively cheap, most of the portions of foods cost about $1 USD. Spending less than $10 USD, you will be full.

Highlights of the food and beverage areas include food safety and tidy food stalls. Foods are always warm or piping hot, stored in glass food display cabinets or covered with plastic wraps.

Food stalls inside the market are open from 7:00 to 15:00, food stalls on the streets open from 15:00.

food stalls at Con Market

Food stalls are always crowded with local people and visitors. Image:

What to eat at Con Market?

At food stalls inside the market: sweet soups such as banana sweet soup, mung bean and fake pomegranate sweet soup, smoothies, pickled ambarella, tamarind drink, fermented fish noodle soup, grilled pork and noodle salad, Quang noodles, clear rice noodle soup, soup cake, dried beef salad, balut, steamed rice plate, “ram” roll,  snail dishes, bloating fern shaped cake, tapioca dumplings with pork and shrimp, Vietnamese pancake, Can cake.

Cakes at Con market.

Cakes at Con market. Image:

What to buy at Con Market?

At this market, local people buy fresh foods, prepared foods, household items, kitchenware, cosmetics, clothes, accessories, etc. Tourists usually buy dried seafood, dried fruits, tea, coffee, nuts. Clothes and accessories are made in Vietnam and some Asian countries. You can not find luxury outfits and accessories but medium quality and reasonably priced items here.

Prices are not high, but you must haggle for the best bargain. Most of the vendors are friendly but they speak limited English. It is better if you have a local guide or local friend to go with you to the market.

Fruits at Con market

Fruits at Con market. Image:

Dried foods at Con Market

Dried foods at Con Market. Image:

clothes at Con market

Clothes at Con market.

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