I live by the north side of the market or by the cửa bắc (north entry). When we first started living here, The Boyfriend asked me what cửa bắc meant. Not having started my Vietnamese lessons, I had no idea. Now it’s so obvious! My Vietnamese lessons are already paying dividends (unlike my currently underperforming stocks...)! By the cửa bắc are flower vendors and fruit vendors. I find the fruit vendors here though quite pricey so I never buy fruit from them. I love going through the doors because it smells like fresh flowers!
Cửa Bắc. The north side entry of Chợ Bến Thành.
Fresh flower merchants by the northern entry.
Fruit vendors on Lê Thánh Tôn St. always stack their fruit nicely but charge a lot.
Right after the flower section, on the right and left side is the fresh food market. This is my favourite section. They sell anything fresh you can think of (and some things you would never think of): vegetables, meat, fish, frogs, seafood, eggs, etc. It is most active in the morning. Customers look at produce and negotiate. Vendors clean fish. I’ve even witnessed passionate arguments with women on the verge of physical altercations. I could learn a few Vietnamese swear words from them. For this section, pictures are worth a thousand words!
Fresh green peppercorns. I love finding things I’m not used to seeing fresh!
The gac fruit is so amazing looking. Read all about it on Gastronomy!
Freshly grated coconut. You can find a lot of food here already prepped so you can save yourself the hassle: peeled potatoes, sliced onions, minced garlic, etc.
Tofu vendor. There’s a little girl who always helps her mom sell tofu.
Fish debris. Eewwwwww!
Don’t these crabs look beautiful with their bright blue coloured claws?
Poor Frogs. Before, and unfortunately after.
This vendor only sells fake flowers.
The meat and fish rows. It can get stinky in here!
I don’t know what these are but I was told they’re from the sea…