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Hue Shopping

Where to Shop and What to Buy in Hue

Hue’s shopping scene consists mostly of local markets, art galleries, tailor shops, and boutiques. One of the best cities in Vietnam to purchase authentic handicrafts, a must-buy item here is the Vietnamese nón lá or 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. 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.

The city’s local markets are great for experiencing the local lifestyle and sampling Hue dishes. There are also several non-profit organisations and fair-trade outlets where visitors can learn how to made simple handicrafts in workshops as mementos of their holiday in Hue. If you’re unsure about what to buy for loved ones back home, this guide includes some of our favourite places to shop in Hue.

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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.  Read More...

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Gia Huy Silk Hue

Gia Huy Silk Hue is a tailor shop on Pham Ngu Lao Street that’s renowned for its efficient tailoring services and extensive collection of fine silk, cotton, cashmere and wool. After taking your measurements, its experienced staff can easily recreate your favourite designer suits, dresses, and jackets within 24 hours. You can either collect the finished Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 22:00
  • Address: 48 - 50 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hue
  • Tel: +84 54 383 1705
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Healing the Wounded Heart Hue

Healing the Wounded Heart Hue stocks a wide range of handicrafts, accessories and apparel made from recycled items. Founded in 2009 by NGO Spiral Foundation, this profit-free shop offers fair wages, medical insurance, housing, daily sponsored meal, and recreational allowance to a number of disabled artisans in Hue. Some unique items sold here include tote bags Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 22:00
  • Address: 23 Vo Thi Sau Street, Hue
  • Tel: +84 54 381 7643
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New Space Art Foundation Hue

New Space Art Foundation Hue is an independent art gallery by brothers Le Duc Hai and Le Ngoc Thanh, exhibiting their collection of unique folk paintings. Located on Pham Ngu Lao Street, the gallery occupies a two-story venue that’s fitted with a garden courtyard, lacquer and photography studios. In efforts of expanding the local art scene, New Space Art Foundation Hue also frequently hosts dinner events, communal cooking, and art exhibitions for upcoming artists. One of their previous installations, Bowls and Chopsticks, features 1,945 gilded bowls crossed with red chopsticks in lines on the ground to commemorate two million Vietnamese who have perished from famine between 1944 and 1945.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 22:00
  • Address: 28 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hue
  • Tel: +84 54 384 9353
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Posh Boutiques

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. 

Tay Loc Market

Tay Loc Market caters mostly to locals in Hue, but travellers can find plenty of shopping and snacking opportunities during their visit here. A five-minute drive from Hue Imperial City, expect the usual goods sold at any market as fresh produce, household items, and clothing. There are also several stalls selling quality souvenirs such as conical hats and wooden carvings, but be sure to bargain hard to get the best price. Tay Loc Market is best visited in the morning (and an empty stomach) as you can savour cheap local delicacies such as banh beo (steamed rice cakes), fresh spring rolls, and Hue beef noodle soup.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 - 22:00
  • Address: 209 Nguyen Trai Street, Hue
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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. 

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