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One of the best-stocked supermarkets in the centre of town.
Arts & Crafts
Beautiful quilts handcrafted by rural women working in a not-for-profit community development program.
Book exchange and lots of second-hand titles, though the categorisation is nonexistent.
For tribal ethnic-minority garb and handicrafts head to P To Tich or P Hang Bac where there are a dozen or so places, including Pan Flute which has an excellent selection including some old textiles.
Renowned for its exquisite lace creations, including clothing and homewares.
An enormous warehouse of antiques, paintings, furniture and handicrafts, including rattan creations that are very cheap.
Small, attractive shop dealing in a mix of old and new treasures.
Markets, Streets & Arcades
A large, nontouristy market located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, 900m north of Hoan Kiem Lake...
Souvenirs & Gifts
For communist-propaganda art posters there are several good places on Hang Bac in the Old Quarter, including Hanoi Gallery .
This market runs north to south through the Old Quarter, from P Hang Giay to P Hang Dao. Content-wise it’s something of a spillover for the area’s shops, but at least the streets are closed to traffic...
One of the biggest bookshops in town with English and French titles, international newspapers and magazines, and a good selection of titles on the history of Hanoi.
After something pretty gruesome to impress your mates at home? Forget Mescal, this rice-wine store has bottles marinated with all kind of exotica including geckos, snakes and scorpions.
Fashion & Accessories
Stylish clothing, jewellery and accessories, with the added bonus of a funky cafe when you need a break from shopping. The homewares and bed linen are definitely worth a look.
Gallery dedicated to showcasing innovative paintings from talented young Vietnamese artists. Features regularly changing exhibitions.
An oasis of classier Vietnamese souvenirs, including lacquerware and jewellery, amidst the T-shirt overkill of nearby stores. Bamboo, stone and porcelain are also used to great effect.
One of the biggest silk shops on (appropriately enough) ‘silk street’, with a terrific choice of designs.
Upmarket, nationwide store offering stylish, fashionable silk clothing, as well as more classical creations.
Lots of stylish, organic and eco-friendly spins on clothing, homewares and accessories. Both cotton and silk are harnessed for Metiseko's chic collections.
Tailored fashions and some off-the-rack items at moderate prices. The staff are professional and speak decent English.
Stunning, very unusual designer jewellery, including many delicate necklaces, which make special gifts.
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