Must-see shopping in Vietnam

  • Handmade lacquerware at Nhu Y

    Nhu Y Oriental Lacquer Wares

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Gorgeous collection of eye-catching handmade boxes, Chinese lacquered couplets, inscribed pictures and more.

  • Old Market

    Can Tho

    Roofed with terracotta tiles edged with ceramic decorations, this atmospheric French-era market building is the centrepiece of the city’s attractive…

  • Ao Dai House

    Ho Chi Minh City

    This boutique adds pizzazz to Vietnam’s national tunic dress. The ao dai is reinterpreted by six different designers, in styles ranging from traditional…

  • Neyuh Leather

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Vintage-inspired Neyuh combines beautiful Italian vegan-tanned leather with high-quality Vietnamese crafting in its gorgeous bags and accessories for men…

  • Kokois

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Set in a renovated warehouse, Kokois concept store stocks Vietnam-themed games, artsy gifts and home decor items downstairs, and trendy clothing and…

  • 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…

  • Central Market

    Can Tho

    Can Tho’s local market sprawls over four buildings and several blocks abutting the Cai Khe Canal, which many local farmers and wholesalers still use to…

  • Dan Sinh Market

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Also known as the War Surplus Market, head here for authentic combat boots or rusty (and perhaps less authentic) dog tags among the overflowing hardware…

  • Phu Quoc Pearls

    Phu Quoc Island

    For black, yellow, white, pink or any other colour of pearl, Phu Quoc Pearls is a requisite stop. Displays feature all manner of jewellery made from said…

  • Mai Handicrafts

    Ho Chi Minh City

    A fair-trade shop dealing in ceramics, ethnic fabrics and other gift items that, in turn, support disadvantaged families and street children. To get here,…

  • Yaly

    Hoi An

    Hoi An is bursting at the seams with tailors; get something made to order at this popular shop offering some of the best service, with three branches…

  • Lotus Jewellery

    Hoi An

    Lotus has very affordable and attractive hand-crafted pieces loosely modelled on butterflies, dragonflies, Vietnamese sampans, conical hats and Chinese…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Saigon Centre

    Ho Chi Minh City

    A sleek multi-level mall with flashy international shops, cafes and a Japanese-style food court in its basement level. On the 4th floor, tiNiWorld has a…

  • Annam Gourmet Market

    Ho Chi Minh City

    This large, fabulously stocked deli sells imported cheeses, wines, chocolates and other delicacies over two floors, with a fine cafe-restaurant crammed…

  • Hanoi Moment


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

  • Three Trees


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

  • Phuc Dat

    Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

    Cool and quirky T-shirts, caps and souvenirs all feature at this interesting store along Son Trach's main drag. Popular with motorbike fans exploring…

  • 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…

  • In The Mood

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Head to this little store in District 2 for fine-quality basketry, carvings, linen and cotton cushions and bags, copper water bottles, natural soaps and…

  • 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…

  • espace Michele deAlbert

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Designer homeware and furniture store combining European and Asian influences. Across the river in the expat area of District 2 in a stylish whitewashed…

  • Vincom Center

    Ho Chi Minh City

    The Vincom Center is divided into two towers, with upscale shopping, luxury brands (Dior, Hermès, Omega etc) and a popular food court in the basement of…

  • Ginkgo

    Ho Chi Minh City

    With two branches in the PNL area, this fun upmarket shop sells exuberant, brightly coloured T-shirts and hoodies, with a quirky Asian and Vietnamese…

  • Mai Lam

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Mai Lam is inspired by Vietnamese street style; head here for vibrant, innovative (but pricey) hand-stitched men's and women’s clothing and accessories.

  • Avana

    Hoi An

    Stylish boutique run by a European fashion designer that stocks fab off-the-peg dresses, blouses, shoes and accessories (including great hats and bags).

  • Xom Chieu Market

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Non-touristy local market worth browsing for inexpensive clothes and cheap street eats. Tons of fresh fruit and veg are traded here on a daily basis.

  • Bambou

    Nha Trang

    Casual clothing from natural materials (like bamboo and raw cotton) for men, women and kids. Many have Vietnamese motifs and prices are affordable.

  • A Dong Silk

    Hoi An

    Hoi An is bustling with tailors; get something made up to order here. Traveller feedback is very positive. A Dong Silk has three branches in town.

  • XQ

    Nha Trang

    At this place, designed to look like a traditional rural village, you can watch the artisans at work in the embroidery workshop and gallery.

  • Dong Ba Market


    Just north of Trang Tien Bridge, this is Hue’s largest market, selling anything and everything from vegetables and fruit to clothing.

  • Mosaique


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

  • Diamond Department Store

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Four floors of sleek, Western-style shopping topped by a very American level of 10-pin bowling, arcade games and a food hall.

  • Fahasa Bookshop

    Ho Chi Minh City

    An alternative location of the government-run bookshop with dictionaries, maps and general books in English and French.

  • Things of Substance


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

  • Jibes

    Mui Ne

    Good-quality watersports gear for kitesurfers and windsurfers, surfers and SUP enthusiasts. All clothing is original.

  • Lon Market

    Quy Nhon

    A bustling central market where street sellers spill over into the surrounding roads. Great for photo opportunities.

  • Tuoi Ngoc

    Hoi An

    One of the older shops in town, this family-owned business has been making Chinese-style lanterns for generations.