Although the western concept of a shopping mall is something which has yet to be taken up in Da Nang on the same scale, there are a few smaller multi-stores which could be given the name shopping mall. Below you will find information about the best of these.
Metro Cash & Carry
This is possibly the most western shopping experience to be found in Da Nang. Anyone who has visited a Makro or other type of budget supermarket will instantly recognize the way Metro Cash & Carry is laid out. The supermarket is located on Cach Mang Road and is open seven days a week.
This is a very strange hypermarket indeed. An entirely Vietnamese take on the western concept of a supermarket. This is a fairly small store, but it is one of the most popular in the City of Da Nang, especially with local residents. Many of the goods sold within the store are locally produce. Intimex Pastuer is located at 2 Pastuer, Hai Chau 1.
Zen Plaza is a proper western shopping mall, the newest in Da Nang. Everything from designer clothing to luxury goods are available somewhere within it’s comfortably air conditioned halls. Zen Plaza is located on Nguyen Trai Street.
Big C is a well-known hypermarket brand in South East Asia. Within the large Big C store in Da Nang you will find a full supermarket selling foodstuffs, as well as the hypermarket selling clothing and household goods. Big C is located on Hung Vuong Road.
As we can clearly see, the western style shopping experience is something which with the exception of Zen Plaza, is something that Da Nang has yet to adopt. However, if you prefer to shop under one roof, there are a few options available in Da Nang.
Han Market is one of the major markets to be found within the city of Da Nang. The market covers an area which encompasses four separate streets, and is located close to the city center. The streets which the market comprises of are Tran Hung Dao Street, Hung Vuong Street, Bach Dang Street and Tran Phu Street. With the market covering such a large area it is very easy for visitors to locate.
Han Market was originally a small trading port during the period of time Vietnam spent under French occupancy. Over the decades it has grown and now covers an area of almost 30,000sqm. The market is named after the Han River, the proximity of which has certainly been a major factor towards the success of Han Market.
Han Market was originally established some time during the 1940s, although it was entirely reconstructed in 1989, with almost all of the original market now gone. Unlike most markets in Da Nang, Han Market is actually partially enclosed in a building which has two floors. This makes the market much easier to explore, as the layout is a lot less chaotic than other street markets.
Many types of goods can be located in Han Market, from local food produce to cell phones. The market is most famed for its flower section, with thousands of blooms sold daily. With over 50 markets in Da Nang, it says something about how good Han Market is when it is mentioned in the top three. This is definitely a market which visitors to Da Nang will want to take in. Whatever you are looking for, from cheap designer clothing to an Apple iPod, you will find it somewhere within Han Market. Be warned though, it can take quite some time to explore the whole market, so come prepared to walk a fair distance.
Anyone who has ever experienced shopping in South East Asia will be familiar with the concept of an outdoor market. Whole streets are given over to a range of stalls selling everything from fresh local produce to bootleg CDs.
Con Market is the largest outdoor market in the city of Da Nang. It is located close to the San Chi Lang Stadium in Ong Ich Khiem. It really is easy to find, just follow the smell and the noise!
Con Market is only open in the daytime, but it is open seven days a week. You will find everything that local craftsman make somewhere within Con Market. The local produce section is a good place to pick up bargains such as locally caught fresh seafood. Although it must be said that Con Market is not Da Nang’s best fresh food market. Instead, Con Market is the place to go if you are looking for cheap clothes, household goods or any other types of small consumer product.
A note on clothes shopping in Con Market; beware the many stalls selling fake designer items. These are very easy to spot, if the price is just a few percent of what the item should really cost, then you can be sure that it is a fake. However, if you don’t mind walking around in clothes that you know are copies, the Con Market is a good place to pick up an entire new designer wardrobe!
Overall, Con Market is a noisy, smelly and entirely charming place to spend a morning or afternoon shopping. There are hundreds of colorful street stalls to explore, and you are bound to find something which perks your interest somewhere. In many ways Con Market is one of those don’t miss Da Nang attractions, especially for first time visitors to South East Asia.