Where to Shop and What to Buy in Hue
A must-buy item in Hue should include the Vietnamese Nón lá, the conical-shaped hat made by woven palm leaves.
The hat has been around almost as long as the country and is worn by men and women everywhere. The lighter the hat is the more elegant the look.
In Hue especially, the hat makers insert poems into the weaves and the poem can only be seen when the hat is held up to the sunlight, making it even more special.
Where to Shop in Hue
Dong Ba Market
Dong Ba market is on the north bank of the Perfume River, not far from where the Hue Citadel sits.
It has hundreds of stalls selling almost everything from clothing, house-ware items to souvenirs and all at reasonable prices. You will also find local food, fruit and Vietnamese wine sold here.
There are some really cool posh boutiques located near the junction by Trang Tien Bridge. To be exact, they are located between Duy Tan Hotel and Trang Tien Bridge. They are all tastefully decorated and usually accept credit cards.
The Gift Shops at the Pilgrimage Hotel
These gift shops are outstanding. Divided into four types of crafts, silk/fabric, woodwork, ceramics and rattan/wicker, they feature an assortment of tasteful, traditional and local crafts. There are also local craftsmen on hand to demonstrate their work. The quality of the merchandise is good and the selection and prices are reasonable.