Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Shopping
Where to Shop and What to Buy in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City’s shopping scene offers more than just boutique outlets and generic shopping malls. Great for experiencing the local culture, traditional street markets are scattered across the city with local vendors selling fresh produce, Vietnamese coffee beans, household supplies, and Vietnamese street food at attractive prices. Must-visits include Ben Thanh Market, Cholon, and An Dong Market.
For a more unique shopping experience, there are also marketplaces that specialise in niche items such as war memorabilia, quality silks and hand-woven fabrics, as well as authentic woodwork, ceramics and lacquer. If you’re a first-time visitor, make sure you check out our helpful guide on what to buy and where to shop so that you get only the best buys during your Saigon holiday.
Art Galleries and Antique Shops in Ho Chi Minh City
An Dong Market (aka Craft Market)
This three-story market (both a retail and wholesale market) is not at all fancy but it has some modern architecture including escalators. Located in District 5 (Chinatown), it is a must for handicrafts enthusiasts. Just go directly to the top floor and spend time hunting for good quality woodwork, lacquer ware, knitwear and various type of Vietnamese crafts. An Dong is also famous for fabrics. Prices are cheaper than other bigger markets, especially those downtown.
- Location: conveniently located right by the An Dong Plaza and Windsor Plaza Hotel
- Remarks: Best time to go is early in the morning
Le Cong Kieu Street, otherwise known as the major antique market of HCMC features many small shops selling antiques and original arts objects (as well as fake and imitation products) within the range of the 100-metre long street. Among the goods found here are vases, ceramics, Buddha images, ivory, Asian-style food carriers, vintage coins and money and old electronics items such as radios, TVs and lamps. Take the camera.
- Location: Opposite Ben Thanh Market and not far from the Fine Arts Museum
Features a range of local artists whose paintings display unmistakably distinctive Vietnamese flavour – idealised landscapes and dreamy portraits in soft hues.
- Location: 50-52 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1
- Tel: +848 3822 7062
Lac Hong Gallery
The best of Vietnamese fine art finds its home at Lac Hong Gallery (located inside the Ho Chi Minh City Art Museum), which offers a large selection of unique paintings and sculptures from both local masters and up-and-coming artists. A must for any art lover.
- Location: 1A Le Thi Hong Gam, District 1
- Tel: +848 3821 3771
A very special store for modern lacquerware gift items. You will not find traditional Vietnamese lacquerware here as the shop is full of brightly-coloured and funky decorative pieces.
- Location: 47 Ton That Thiep, District 1
- Tel: +848 3821 4521
Go to MH Craft to appreciate the skills and innovation of the Vietnamese craftspeople at turning humble materials such as buffalo horn, bamboo and even eggshells into unique and beautiful decorative items and art.
- Location: 33 Ton That Thiep, District 1
- Tel: +848 3821 4459
Clothing Shops in Ho Chi Minh
Cashew’s collection features young, playful and vibrant fashion for the young and not-so-young urbanites.
- Location: 38 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
- Tel: +848 668 39 669
A themed café showcasing exquisite Vietnamese traditional dresses in a lavish opium den-like setting, have coffee while trying on yem dao (a halter-top bra) or ao dai (girl's tunic).
- Location: 115 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
Khaisilk is part of a large and successful corporation that started life as a high-class tailor shop. While it is a well-known fashion house among Vietnamese elites and internationally for its ready-to-wear line, Khaisilk will still make clothes to order.
- Location: 107 Dong Khoi, District 1
- Tel: 848 3829 1146
Mai Lam Tailor House
Managed by the young Vietnamese designer Mai Lam, who recreates new and unique fashion from vintage and traditional styles.
- Location: 132-134 Dong Khoi, District 1
- Tel: +848 3827 2733
There are two locations for this popular beachwear boutique brand offering casual clothes, sandals, sneakers and shoes at reasonable prices.
147 Bui Vien, District 1, Tel: +848 3920 7442
123A Bui Vien, District 1, Tel: +848 3838 0019
Minh Hanh sells one-off designer fashions, elaborate hats, embroidered scarves and dresses. It’s a favourite of local celebrities as well as foreigners.
- Location: 24 Dong Khoi, District 1
- Tel: +848 3824 5774
Minh Khoa is known for exquisite cocktail and formal dresses. The talented local designer Minh Khoa will custom-make pieces for any special occasion.
- Location: 39 Dong Khoi, District 1
- Tel: +848 3823 2302
T-shirts with attitude. Papaya stock a wonderful array of cotton T-shirts all made in Vietnam, and gives part of its profits to charities such as the Endangered Asian Species Trust.
- Location: 232 Bui Vien, District 1
Computer Shops in Ho Chi Minh
Authorized Apple reseller stocking all of its latest products. Friendly staff.
- Location: Ground floor, Kumho Asiana Plaza, 39 Le Duan, District 1
Long Binh Computer
Specializes in PC-type notebooks and desktops and other accessories.
- Location: 50 Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1
- Tel: +848 3836 0639
Shopping Centres in Ho Chi Minh
Situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, bustling Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much. Read More...
Cholon (Binh Tay Market)
Cholon, also known as Binh Tay Market, is located at the edge of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5. Great for experiencing the local Buddhist culture, the market offers a vibrant atmosphere, opulent Chinese architecture, as well as a fascinating assortment of handicrafts, lacquerware, textiles and fresh produce. There’s also an open-air food court at the back of the market where you can enjoy tasty treats such as Vietnamese noodles, banh bao (steamed bun with pork filling), and Chinese sausages. Market shopping – especially in Southern Vietnam’s notorious humidity – can get tiring; for a quick breather, head to the breezy central courtyard and check out the alter and stone plaque honouring Binh Tay’s founder.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00
- Address: 57 Thap Muoi, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
Dan Sinh Market (War Surplus Market)
Dan Sinh Market caters to a niche clientele, selling a wide array of military memorabilia from the Vietnam War. Also called the War Surplus Market, it is a short five-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market and Pham Ngu Lao, which is the city’s backpacking district. Military buffs can find almost anything here, from uniforms, jackets, and combat boots to binoculars, gas masks, helmets, zippo lighters and identification tags. Do note that almost everything here is not an authentic war relic, so make sure you haggle with the vendors to get a decent price.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00
- Address: 104 Yersin, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Diamond Plaza is a beautifully renovated department store in a Ho Chi Minh City surrounded by many of the city’s most attractive sites, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, and the April 30th Park – a charming open space with tall trees and greenery. The department store is housed in a charming colonial-looking building, with an attractive glass-fronted office block rising up into the sky just behind the shopping centre. There are many reasons to visit Diamond Plaza, not least for the world class shopping: cosmetics, perfumes, watches and jewellery occupy the first floor, both men’s and women’ wear on the second, including formal attire and most major sporting brands, and on the third floor there is a convenient collection of electronic products and mobile phones. Read More...
- Tel: +848 822 5500
While there are numerous outlets of Parkson Plaza within Ho Chi Minh City, the most popular one is set along District 1’s Le Thanh Ton Street. Found just behind Vincom Center B, this international-standard department store houses cosmetics and perfumes on the ground floor, fashion for men and women on the second and third floors, and the fourth floor hosts homeware and dining outlets. It’s a great place to shop for mid-range and upmarket products such as Coach, Calvin Klein, Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Esprit, and Lacoste.
- Opening Hours: Daily 9:30 - 22:00
- Location: District 1
- Address: 45 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 83 827 7636
Located next to Sunland Hotel Ho Chi Minh City, the Russian Market attracts a steady following of expats and tourists from northern Eurasia. Set within an air-conditioned building, you can find lots of branded winter gear, luggage, shoes, and sportswear at a fraction of the price you’d get at typical retail outlets. Do note that the merchandises are often stacked up in piles, so you may need to spend some time at Russian Market to rummage around. However, it’s often well worth the effort as high-quality winter jackets sell for about VND 950,000 while women and children clothing cost between VND 20,000 and VND 80,000.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 20:00
- Address: 328 Vo Van Kiet, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon Duty Free Shop
This store is at 102 Nguyen Hue Blvd in District 1, and specialises in the usual duty-free items such as perfumes and colognes. It is open from Monday to Friday.
- Tel: +848 823 4547
Anyone looking for bargains while in Saigon should head to Saigon Square on the corner of Nam Kỳ Khởi and Le Loi in District 1. This shopping arcade is packed with stalls on two levels selling fashion, accessories and jewellery – be aware of forgeries though, and remember the old adage that if it seems too good to be true it probably is. Even though it’s always bustling with shoppers, Saigon Square is air conditioned and under cover so it is far more pleasant than shopping in the nearby Ben Thanh Market and it’s generally accepted that prices are far better here. Read More...
Saigon Tax Trade Centre (Thuong Xa Tax)
The Tax Department Store is a mall with air conditioning and escalators. It has cheap CDs and DVDs, and other goodies such as lacquer ware, silk scarves and T-shirts, along with a supermarket on the second floor.
- Location: 135 Nguyen Hue, District 1
With more than 250 shops, Vincom Center is Ho Chi Minh City’s biggest shopping mall – so big in fact, that they have separated it into two separate buildings just across the street from each other. Vincom Center A is housed in a delightful French styled period building connected to The Continent Hotel, while Vincom Center B is just behind it, occupying the first five storeys of a modern, glass-fronted skyscraper. If you are looking for international products then this should be your first stop as this is where most international luxury brands have their flagship stores, right in the tourist heart of the city. There are also some convenient restaurants and cafes serving food from most regions including many international franchises. Read More...
Modern shopping mall in the city centre. This is where you go to buy Vietnamese designer clothes as well as well-known Western brands. But this is not a place to catch bargains. There are food courts (Pho24 is here too) and a well-stocked photo studio on the 7th floor.
- Location: 54-56 Nguyen Trai, District 1
- Tel: +848 3925 0339