Must see shopping in Hanoi

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    Craft Link

    A not-for-profit organisation near the Temple of Literature that sells quality tribal handicrafts, textiles and weavings at fair-trade prices. The bags…

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    Bookworm stocks over 20,000 new and used English-language books over two floors. There’s plenty of fiction and it’s good on South Asian history and…

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    Pheva Chocolate

    Pheva sells decidedly moreish artisanal dark and white chocolate produced from organic and free-trade cacao and stylishly wrapped. There's a tantalising…

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    A top spot for quirky ethnic-style gifts and excellent fair-trade coffee. There’s a great little cafe too, so you can choose your favourite Vietnamese…

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    Chan Con Cong

    This charmingly small vintage shop stuffed away beneath Loading T Cafe sells delightful vintage long dresses and classic togs. There's another, larger…

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    Tan My Design

    Stylish clothing, jewellery and accessories, with the bonus of a cool cafe when you need a break from shopping. The homewares and bed linen are definitely…

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    Cerender Ceramic Shop

    The truly delightful handmade ceramics on show here are a joy. Wonky, weird, winsome and wonderful; if ceramics are right up your street, this place will…

  • Dong Xuan Market

    This large, non-touristy market is located in the Old Quarter, 900m north of Hoan Kiem Lake. There are hundreds of stalls here and lots of the goods are…

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    Night Market

    This market runs north–south through the Old Quarter along P Hang Ngang (P Hang Dao near Hoan Kiem Lake). Content-wise there is spillover from the area's…

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    Thang Long

    One of the biggest bookshops in town, with some English and French titles, international newspapers and magazines, and a good selection of titles on the…

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    Mai Gallery

    With some very attractive, elegant and thought-provoking art hanging from its walls, this gallery, run by resident artist Mai, is a good place to learn…

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    Buoi Market

    Located near the southwest edge of West Lake at the intersection of P Duong Buoi and Lac Long Quan, this market sells live animals like chickens, ducks…

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    Hanoi Moment

    An oasis of classier Vietnamese souvenirs, including lacquerware and jewellery, amid the T-shirt overkill of nearby stores. Bamboo, stone and porcelain…

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    Three Trees

    Stunning, very unusual designer jewellery, including many delicate necklaces and beautiful brooches of insects and animals wrought from silver and opals:…

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    Cua Hang Bach Hoa So 26

    Come here to browse for hip vintage clothes – it's mostly American but there are some Vietnamese items too, including local designers who have refashioned…

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    Hom Market

    On the northeast corner of P Hue and P Tran Xuan Soan, this is a good general-purpose market that's also excellent for local fabric if you plan to have…

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    Modern and chic updates of traditional lacquerware and silk. The ideal spot to pick up stylish cushion covers, linen and accessories.

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    Things of Substance

    Tailored fashions and some off-the-rack items at moderate prices. The staff are professional and speak decent English.

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    Beautiful quilts handcrafted by rural women working in a not-for-profit community-development program.