The best markets in Ho Chi Minh City are must-visits for shopping enthusiasts and first-time visitors looking to experience the daily lives of the local population. Mostly set within the tourist-friendly District 1, these traditional markets open as early as 06:00 with local vendors selling fresh produce, household supplies, and Vietnamese street food at attractive prices.
If you’re looking for a more unique shopping experience, there are also marketplaces that specialise in niche items such as war memorabilia, authentic woodwork, fashion wholesale outlets, and branded sportswear. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day of retail therapy or immerse yourself in the local culture, Ho Chi Minh City’s most popular street markets are not to be missed on your travel itinerary.
Ben Thanh Market is one of the must-sees when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Located in District 1, this bustling street market gets really packed in the mornings as locals come here to shop for fresh fruits, spices, nuts, seafood, and household supplies. Throughout the day (and night), you can see rows of coffee traders with various beans on display and stalls selling apparels, textiles, luggage, watches, handicrafts, and electronic goods until 24:00. Ben Thanh Market is also a good place to get your fill of inexpensive street food such as pho noodles, spring rolls, and banh xeo (crispy pancake). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 –24:00
- Address: Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00
- Address: 57 Thap Muoi, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
An Dong Market (Craft Market) is a four-storey indoor market that houses mostly fashion wholesalers and handicrafts stalls. A 10-minute drive from downtown Ho Chi Minh City, fashion enthusiasts can find an extensive collection of apparel, textiles, shoes, handbags, and accessories on the first two floors while the top floor is dedicated to quality woodwork, lacquerware, knitwear and trinkets made by skilled local artisans. Best of all, you can still bargain for lower prices even though items sold here are much cheaper than Ho Chi Minh City’s more renowned markets. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 14:00
- Address: An Duong Vuong Street, District 5, 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
The Russian Market, located next to Sunland Hotel Ho Chi Minh City, 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