Hanoi Shopping

Whether they’re selling clothing, pottery, silks, or souvenirs, shops in Hanoi can do some serious damage to your spending account. Tackle your wish list in Old Quarter, where 40 colonial streets offer every type of product imaginable, and then some. This fashion hub is a good place to find silk dresses and skirts, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, a local tailor will certainly

offer to create something for you. Hanoi is a good place to pick up a traditional ao dai, as many local women still wear these fitted silk tunics that drape over elegant pants. Throughout the city are galleries and shops selling ceramics, lacquer and silk paintings, and traditional embroidery.

Souvenir shops are easy to come by, with the best ones located in Old Quarter and near the Temple of Literature. When buying art in Vietnam, be careful of fakes. Paintings by Vietnam's most famous painters—Bui Xuan Phai, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, and Le Thiet Cuong—are the most widely copied. Serious art collectors should consult the well-respected high-end galleries.

It's possible to have clothes made to order with enough time—one day to three weeks, depending on what you want made and the tailor's schedule. You may also need to return a couple of times to have the clothes fitted.

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54 Traditions Gallery

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Vietnam's amazing ethnodiversity is highlighted at this gallery/antique emporium. Craft works and cultural antiques obtained from the...

Apricot Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Even if you have no intention of shelling out thousands of dollars for a painting, this beautiful gallery is still worth visiting. It's...

Art Vietnam Gallery

  • Art Galleries

To really appreciate Hanoi's art scene this is the ideal place to start. Gallery director Suzanne Lecht is one of the leading experts...

Bat Trang Ceramic Village

  • Shopping Neighborhoods

At this traditional pottery-making village just outside Hanoi you can purchase ceramics made by local artisans or participate in a pottery-making...


  • Books/Stationery

Owned by avid reader Hoang Van Truong, this is by some distance Hanoi's best bookshop. There's over 10,000 books in stock and Truong...

Cao Minh

  • Clothing

With branches in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the tailors here are very well respected and their services are engaged by top executives...

Chula Fashion Showroom

  • Clothing

This fashion boutique is Hanoi's best clothing store for finding a blend of classic and modern fashions, including European- and Asian-inspired...


  • Clothing

This nonprofit organization benefits local artisans by selling their handmade crafts—such as textiles, bags, scarfs, clothing, and...


  • Household Items/Furniture

Well-designed, modern home furnishings—linens, furniture, lamps, candles, and more—are for sale here. Simple, curved designs in wrought...

George's Fashion Boutique

  • Clothing

Established by two former English teachers, this boutique in the expatriate enclave of West Lake caters to larger Western figures. Although...


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