10 Best Shopping in Hanoi Old Quarter

Great Places to Shop in Hanoi Old Quarter

The best shopping in Hanoi Old Quarter can be found along narrow alleyways close to Hoan Kiem Lake, where you can find retailers that have managed to retain their particular trades for generations. Street markets and roadside vendors are also plentiful in this atmospheric area, attracting travellers looking to experience the local lifestyle and enjoy authentic Vietnamese dishes during their holiday in Hanoi. Bartering is normal here and, as with all busy markets, be aware of your belongings.

As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi also has plenty of modern boutiques and art galleries housing breathtaking paintings, photographs and sculptures by renowned artists from across the country. Whether you’re looking to purchase a cheap conical hat or splurge on a valuable artwork, our list of great places to shop in Hanoi Old Quarter caters to just about any budget level.

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    Hang Gai Street is one of the most frequently visited area in Old Quarter and is great for picking up some high quality, fashionable silk items, such as dresses and home furnishings, as well as other fashion items. Also known as Silk Street, the entirety of this busy 300-metre-long street is lined with boutiques and fashion stores offering professorial tailoring services. Squeezed in between the high profile boutiques are narrow souvenir shops selling far cheaper – and lower quality – items, as well as a few excellent art galleries. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 20:00
    • Location: Hang Gai Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
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    The Weekend Night Market in Hanoi is a busy, bustling gathering of stalls and vendors that brings crowds in droves. Taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 19:00, the market runs through the Old Quarter, starting from Hang Dao Street and running north to the edge of Dong Xuan Market. The fashion items on sale won’t turn many heads and the souvenirs can all be found in the surrounding stalls, but it has a fun environment and the endless food vendors have interesting and exotic things to try. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Fri – Sun 19:00 – 23:00
    • Address: Hang Dao Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
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    Dong Xuan Market is the largest market in Hanoi and has a wide array of products for sale over four floors. Located on the northern edge of the Old Quarter, it is an imposing Soviet-style building, surrounded on all sides by merchant shops and stalls. It is a rough-and-ready type of market, especially in the ground floor wet market area. However, the upstairs section is where you can find cheap printed tees, bolts of fabric and luggage sold at wholesale prices. It is quite an experience, even if you only leave with a pair of cheap sunglasses and a Vietnamese conical hat. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 19:00
    • Address: Dong Xuan Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
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    Hang Bac Street (Silver Street)

    Hang Bac Street has been synonymous with jewellery (‘bac’ means silver in Vietnamese, after all) for hundreds of years, and this small, atmospheric street still retains many small outlets of jewellers selling rings, necklaces and many types of inexpensive fashion pieces. There isn’t one particular shop to check out; instead, take a wander from one end to the other and check out the jewellers, handicrafts and propaganda poster shops that are dotted along the street. To reach Hang Bac, start from the Water Puppet Theatre on the northern side of Hoan Kiem Lake and walk up Hang Be Street until you come to a T-junction.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 21:00
    • Address: Hang Bac Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
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    Hang Dao Street

    Hang Dau Street is quite unbelievable at first glance because of the sheer amount of shops selling (almost) just one thing: shoes! There are hundreds of shoe-sellers lining the street and, while larger western men may not find much to fit, there is plenty of choice in ladies 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 retailers selling fake reproduction bags, especially where Hang Dau Street meets Lo Su Street in Old Quarter.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 20:00
    • Address: Hang Dau Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
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    Khaisilk Boutique Hanoi

    Khaisilk Boutique Hanoi is Vietnam’s largest silk retailer, offering a vast collection of high quality silk as well as tailor-made clothing and accessories. Set along Hang Gai Street, you can opt for a traditional Vietnamese outfit or bring a design of your favourite suit or dress and have it tailored within 24 hours. If you’re pressed for time, the store also offers several ready-to-wear pieces, as well as silk ties, bags, shoes and belts. Due to its popularity, Khaisilk Boutique also has several branches in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00
    • Address: 113 Hang Gai Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    • Tel: +84 43 928 9883
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    Royal Silk Hanoi

    Royal Silk Hanoi is a locally owned establishment in Old Quarter, where travellers can purchase clothing made from high-quality natural silk and cotton at reasonable prices. Open daily, the store houses an assortment of shirts, dresses, scarves and sundresses, but you can also opt for a tailor-made outfit if you’re staying in Hanoi for a couple of days. Daisy, the owner of Royal Silk Hanoi, is very friendly, fluent in English and can easily customise your design according to your style and preference.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00
    • Address: 59 Hang Trong, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    • Tel: +84 46 270 0465
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    Ajisai Hanoi

    Ajisai Hanoi offers travellers a wide range of local souvenirs that would make ideal gifts for loved ones back home. Occupying a three-storey building along Nha Tho Street, standout items at this quaint retail outlet include silk-embroidered bags, handwoven wallets and Nguyen ceramic products. Ajisai Hanoi also stocks local foodstuff such as cashew nut cookies, wines, Vietnamese coffee and tea, as well as dried seeds and fruit jams. Unlike most shops in Hanoi, you can take your time in browsing through the souvenirs as the staff here are very patient and helpful.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00
    • Address: 12 Nha Tho Street, Hang Trong Ward, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    • Tel: +84 43 938 0219
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    Thang Long Art Gallery

    Thang Long Art Gallery, founded in 1996, is a family-run venue that features breathtaking paintings by talented artists across Vietnam. Set within a two-storey colonial building, there’s also an exhibition of propaganda posters depicting war, peace, industry, agriculture and Vietnamese culture, most of which date back to the 1970s. Located along Hang Gai Street, Thang Long Art Gallery is a 15-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple in Old Quarter.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00
    • Address: 41, Hang Gai Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    • Tel: +84 43 825 0740
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    Art Vietnam Gallery

    Art Vietnam Gallery was founded by Suzanne Lecht in 2002, where you can find a collection of contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs by established local and international artists in Hanoi. Set along Yen Lac Street, this art gallery is only open by appointment, but you’ll get to enjoy a tour by Suzanne herself, who’s more than happy to share stories of each artist and how their pieces came to be.

    • Opening Hours: Open by Appointment
    • Address: 2, Alley 66, Yen Lac Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
    • Tel: +84 43 862 3184, +84 90 475 1001
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