“Ham lam, ba lam, bon lam…” (meaning VND25,000;
VND35;000; VND 45,000). It is the voice of the sellers that you hear when you
visit Dalat market in the evening. We spent some late evenings in the market
listening to all the spruikers competing for the customers’ attention.
In the evening, after 6p.m. the market that locals call Hades market was
bustling with activities from selling woolen products such as coats, hats and
scarves, to the street food vendors. In the cold weather and light drizzling
rain that had people dressed in coats, the tourists could not resist the smell
of the grills or the cups of hot milk. Hades market is thronging every day in
the streets around the main market in Dalat.
Smack in the center of town, Da Lat market was built from 1958 to 1960. It was
designed by architect Nguyen Duy Duc. The market has a prime position in Hoa
Binh district beside Xuan Huong Lake. It’s a good place for tourists to bargain,
and there are some great products that are cheaper than HCMC. After going around
the market and filling your bags with bargains you should try one of the special
milk drinks made with soya beans, green beans, or peanuts before returning to
your hotel. Other great smelling local grill specialties are sweet potato, corn,
chicken’ legs or chicken’s wings. Woolen and brocade products also make great
gifts or souvenirs.
In the morning, you can buy beautiful flowers, vegetables, fruit, artichokes,
fruit jam, processed apricots, wines, syrups and a huge array of sweets made
from local fruit.