With its main entrance crowned by a belfry and a clock, Ben Thanh Market has become an emblem of the city. A strategic meeting point for travellers and Saïgonnais alike, this hall, with an area of 11,000 square metres, invites discovery. New stalls have appeared aimed primarily at the local trade.
Jade jewellery, traditional silk clothing, rattan baskets, and so many evocative memories of Vietnam, such as conical hats and chopsticks, crowd the small alleys, through which it is sometimes difficult to make one's way. Basic foods as well as fruits and vegetables occupy the back of the hall.
At the close of the market, small vendors set up to offer authentic Vietnamese cuisine. It is a great opportunity to experience the charm of this old colonial town at night.