The three story, indoor/outdoor market in Da Lat has it all. The market most definitely specializes in food with lots of vendors selling the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats and of course intestines. You can purchase a new outfit with a pair of shoes and then go upstairs and eat lunch before grabbing all your ingredients for dinner that night. The Da Lat market has remained one of my favorites for wandering and taking in the sights and sounds.
There seemed to be a never ending supply of fresh chicken at the Da Lat market with several vendors proudly displaying their naked chickens feet out. Most of the meat was sold outside, which helped with the smell and allowed for plenty of room to display every part of the animal including the blood. Chicken blood seems to be of particular interest to Vietnamese shoppers.
The fresh vegetables were all beautiful and sold in large quantities. Fruit was also available at several stalls. We bought a kilogram of longans for less than a dollar, which is a favorite Asian fruit of mine. It is a sweet and succulent grape-like fruit with a small seed inside.
The highlight of the market was watching the motorcycle traffic as people purchased items and delivered things to sell to the market. We also really enjoyed the food on offer at the market and ate there several times from a few different food vendors. Below is one of the many food stalls in action.
One of the unique features of the Da Lat market was the fresh flowers, being that Da Lat is the honeymoon capital of Vietnam you have to sell fresh flowers. Due to the cool climate in Da Lat it seems that it wouldn’t be the best place to grow flowers, but greenhouses abound and keep the hotels and lovers supplied with fresh flowers.
The Da Lat market is in the center of town and not to be missed, head there for lunch and take a look around.