The Dong Xuan Market is a massive non-touristy market that can be found in the Old Quarter. Having more than a hundred stalls selling a wide variety of local goods, from household items, spices and everything else, this is the best place for shopping in Hanoi while getting a taste of the typical Hanoian life.
With your local host as your guide, exploring the massive market should be a breeze. The area around the market is also lined with loads of bustling shops especially when nighttime comes. And if you ever get hungry after several hours of walking, your local host can take you to one of the food stalls to enjoy some local specialties such as Pho Cuon (rice noodle rolls), Bun Cha (grilled pork and noodles) and Xoi (sticky rice).