Hanoi’s ‘bánh kẹo capital’ suffers as people rush to buy for Tet holiday

With just over a week left until Tet Giap Thin, Hang Giay Street (Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi) is buzzing with excitement as a constant stream of people flock to buy traditional sweets and snacks.


People Rush to Buy Tet Cakes

Hang Giay Street is where many shops sell all kinds of Tet cakes. In the days leading up to Tet Giap Thin 2024, this small street is crowded and there is no empty space because consumers rush to go shopping.

Even early in the morning, many people have come to choose cakes, nuts, wine…

According to the introduction of the seller, the cakes here have all kinds, including imported ones from France, Korea, China… and local ones. Many buyers admit that because there are so many types, they feel like stepping into a “matrix” and don’t know what kind to buy.

Aside from boxed cakes, the stores also sell by weight, which is very attractive to buyers.

According to the survey, although it is close to Tet, the prices of Tet cakes on Hang Giay Street have not changed much compared to normal days, ranging from 150,000 – 350,000 VND/kg. Tet gift baskets, priced from 250,000 – 1,000,000 VND, are also preferred by many. Premium types, on the other hand, can cost up to several million VND.

A shop owner said: “These days, I have to open my store from 7am and close it at 10pm, the closer to Tet, the later I have to close because there are so many customers. The forecast is that 5 days before Tet, people will shop even more.”

Buyers keep coming, making the sellers busy, they have to constantly check their records to avoid mistakes.

Traditional products are not inferior to imported ones, they appear in almost every store and are quickly consumed.

Boxes of cakes with the pattern of this year’s dragon mascot are favored by many people.

Ms. Thu Hang (Long Bien District, Hanoi) said: “Every year, I come to Hang Giay Street to buy cakes for Tet. The cakes here have many different designs and varieties, which helps me save time thinking about what to buy”.

The scene of bustling buying and selling from morning till night has been going on for many days on Hang Giay Street.

Goods are continuously transported from the warehouse to the store for display and sale.

The large number of people has made this small street even more crowded.

Many times, Hang Giay Street becomes completely congested.

“Sea of people” bustling shopping in preparation for the upcoming Tet Giap Thin.

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