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.
An oasis of classier Vietnamese souvenirs, including lacquerware and jewellery, amid the T-shirt overkill of nearby stores. Bamboo, stone and porcelain are also used to great effect.
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.
On the northeast corner of P Hué and P Tran Xuan Soan, this is a good general-purpose market and excellent for local fabric, if you plan to have clothes made.
Run by resident artist Mai, this is a good place to learn more about Vietnamese art before making a purchase.
Stunning, very unusual designer jewellery, including many delicate necklaces, which make special gifts.
Beautiful quilts handcrafted by rural women working in a not-for-profit community-development program.
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. Watch out for…
Located near the southwest edge of Ho Tay at the intersection of P Duong Buoi and Lac Long Quan, this market sells live animals like chickens, ducks and pigs, but also features ornamental plants.