Where to Shop and What to Buy in Hanoi
Hanoi shopping scene is renowned for its bustling markets and colonial shophouses, but there are a growing number of flash boutiques and shopping malls thanks to the city’s rapid modernisation. Traditional markets (outdoor and indoor) are scattered across the city with local vendors selling Vietnamese coffee beans, household supplies, and Vietnamese street food at attractive prices, while Hang Da Street is great for purchasing quality textiles and custom-made clothes.
Shopping malls in Hanoi are great options for when you need to escape the afternoon heat, catch the latest Hollywood films, and shop for internationally-renowned brands. Many of these establishments are also fitted with arcade centres, ice-skating rinks, and theme parks – perfect for travellers with young children. If you’re visiting the capital city of Vietnam for the first time, make sure you check out our helpful guide on what to buy and where to shop in Hanoi.
Other Shopping in Hanoi
Try to master key Vietnamese words such as "Bao nhiêu tian"? (How much is this? – pronounced: bow nyu thien) and "Dat quá". (Too expensive! – daht quah).
When you are given an initial price try a few "Oi Gioi Oi’s" (Oh my God! – pronounced: oi zoy oi) and you'll find things will go a lot better. Remember – keep things lighthearted.
Cho Hom Market
Cho Hom Market is renowned for offering the most extensive collection of fabrics in Hanoi, making it a popular shopping venue for local tailors and tourists looking to purchase materials for their very own custom-made clothing. Similar to most Hanoi markets, the ground floor is filled with stalls selling local food, fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, seafood, meat, and household appliances. The second floor is where you can find hundreds of stalls selling cotton, linen, wool, silk, tweed, brocade, and nylon materials, all of which are stacked up in piles. The prices here are also negotiable, where you can get up to 50% off the retail prices.
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 -17:00
- Address: 293 Tran Nhan Tong, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan is usually found on most visitors sightseeing list. It’s a sprawling traditional Vietnamese market best visited early or late in the day. There are plenty of trinkets, bags, t-shirts, homeware, art and fake good galore in this bustling, crowded space. The market is spread out over three floors with plenty of hawker stalls inside and out; it’s an interesting place to visit in the evening when it’s all lit up and certainly a great place to get some superb holiday photos. Dong Xuan is a three-storey market located in the Old Quarter, 900m north of the Hoan Kiem Lake. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
- Location: Dong Xuan Street, North part of Old Quarter
Hang Bac Street
Hang Bac Street is one of the oldest streets in Vietnam and has its roots in silver making dating back to the 13th century when silver casters where brought here from rural villages by request of Le Thang Tong. Silver goods are still produced here today with most of the work being completely original made by secret methods that have been passed down for generations. This is a charming street to explore, rich in history and culture in addition to jewellers selling beautiful Vietnamese pieces.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
- Location: Hang Bac Street, Hoan Kiem District
Set within a three-storey building, Hang Da Market is great for purchasing imported wines, second-hand clothing, and quality fabrics at very attractive prices. Not only are the preloved clothes come in pristine conditions, they are available in all sizes as most are imported from Japan, Europe, Korea and the US. The best time to visit this indoor market is in the early morning, where you can shop in a relatively quieter atmosphere as well as enjoy Vietnamese-style breakfasts such as pho xao (stir-fried rice noodles with beef slices) and bun cha (charcoal-grilled pork patties with vermicelli noodles). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 05:00 – 17:00
- Address: 1 Pho Hang Da, Hanoi
Hang Dau Street
Shoe shoppers will be in retail heaven with hundreds of shoe sellers lining Hang Dau Street. Western men may not find much over size nine but there is plenty of choice in women’s shoes. Most of the footwear consists of brand names made at Vietnamese factories that have been rejected as seconds, making them a great purchase with usually only a small imperfection. There are also plenty of fake reproduction bags where Hang Dau Street meets Lo Su.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00 (For most stores)
- Location: Northeast Corner of Hoan Kiem Lake, near the Lo Su intersection
Hang Gai Street is the best place in Hanoi to shop for high quality, fashionable silk materials, traditional Vietnamese apparel, and home furnishings. Also known as Silk Street, the entirety of this 300 metre-long street is lined with fashion boutiques and local tailor shops that have been operating for decades, where you can also order personally tailored suits and dresses that are made to measure.
Set on the edge of Hanoi’s Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake, Silk Street is renowned for its quality and choice of craftsmen though two of our absolute favourites on Hang Gai Street are Khai Silk and Tan My Design as both stores offer ready-to-wear pieces – perfect if you’re too pressed for time to get a tailor-made outfit during your holiday in Hanoi. Suits can be ready within 24 hours, though it’s best to allow more time for a second fitting to make sure that your outfit is perfectly tailored. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 20:00
- Address: Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Hanoi Weekend Night Market is a busy, bustling gathering of roadside stalls and local food vendors that brings huge crowds of locals and tourists. It runs through the Old Quarter district from 19:00 onwards, starting from Hang Dao Street and running north to the edge of Dong Xuan Market.
Pedestrian streets and historical sites within the area are illuminated with decorative lights, making this a popular spot for travelling photographers. Shopping-wise, the fashion items on sale won’t turn many head as you will find the usual array of inexpensive t-shirts, handicrafts, accessories, shoes, sunglasses and souvenirs at Hanoi Weekend Night Market. However, the overall environment is very lively and bargaining is a way of life here - a good start is to offer about 75 per cent off the opening price. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Friday - Sunday 19:00 - 23:00
- Address: Hang Dao Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
Hanoi has its fair share of niche gourmet retail outlets including Intimex which sells a good selection of imported foodstuff and wines on its ground floor. There is also a department store on the second level, small but well stocked - prices are fixed so there’s no need to bargain.
- Opening Hours: 07:30-20:30
- Location: 22-23 Le Thai To Street, West side of Hoan Kiem Lake
The shopping area of Little Hanoi covers Nha Tho Street or ‘Church Street’ and Xuan Dieu Street where more affluent consumers and tourists seek chic souvenirs and unusual pieces of home furnishings. There are also a few upmarket flagship shops in this area including Burberry and Esprit largely due to the area’s proximity to a few five-star hotels. Nha Tho Street is a good area to pick up silk, quality lacquer ware and art. Xuan Dieu Street is a great place to look for more quirky items including trinkets, propaganda objects and cartoon memorabilia.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00 (For most stores)
- Location: Nha Tho Street (close to the Cathedral) and Xuan Dieu Street, Tay Ho
Pho Trang Tien
Pho Trang Tien is the street to find art from the private galleries located between the Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake. Bargaining is expected here and art works worth looking out for include those from the up and coming artists quietly making a name for themselves in this great Old Quarter location.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
- Location: Pho Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem Lake
Quang Ba Flower Market
The Quang Ba Flower Market in Tay Ho district offers fresh flowers from all across Vietnam, including Dong Anh, Soc Son, Me Linh, Dalat, and Nhat Tan. Open as early as 02:00, you can find rows of colourful daisies, cherry blossoms, roses, orchids and sunflowers which can be purchased separately or arranged in bouquets. The market is especially busy during the annual Tet Festival, with well-dressed locals in mopeds passing through the narrow aisles. If you’re a flower enthusiast or an extremely early morning riser, make sure to include Quang Ba Flower Market in your travel itinerary.
- Opening Hours: Daily 02:00 – 12:00
- Address: Au Co Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
The Gourmand Shop
Exquisite wines from across the globe, gourmet cheeses, fine chocolate and a variety of other decadent deli treats to satiate the most refined palates. The Gourmand Shop is Hanoi’s vender of choice luxury foods and wines.
- Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
- Location: 56 Ly Thai To, East side of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Trang Tien Plaza
Imported brand names covering the world of fashion, apparel and electronic goods pack the three-storey upmarket Trang Tien Plaza, attracting a young trendy local crowd. Most products are in the luxury bracket at this thriving western-style mall with products including jeans such as Levis and Sony Cameras. The mall is situated on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake and features a supermarket on the top floor.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-21:00
- Location: Southeast Corner of Hoan Kiem Lake