Ho Chi Minh City

There's a growing trend in Ho Chi Minh City’s shopping scene of in-the-know locals and expats opening up enticing boutiques selling fair trade items, housewares, and very stylish locally made items, ranging from fashion to coffee cups.

Considered a traditional fine art of Vietnam, lacquerware is beautiful, long-lasting and—best of all for those with luggage weight restrictions—light. Most tourist shops and markets hawk the same kind of budget lacquerware. Higher quality items come at a price and are usually found in specialty shops. Some of the newer high-rise shopping complexes in downtown Ho Chi Minh City are home to high-end international brands, such as Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Prada. On the other end of the scale, markets offer a cheap and cheerful experience. They are generally open from sunrise until sunset, although some vendors just outside the markets stay open later.

By law, all transactions should be completed using dong, even if prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

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  • 1. Galerie Quynh

    District 1 | Art Galleries

    Vietnam's best-known contemporary art gallery showcases various art forms, from drawing and painting to video and installation art, in a large...Read More

  • 2. Gallery Vivekkevin

    District 1 | Jewelry/Accessories

    The founder of Gallery Vivekkevin presents his own luxurious contemporary jewelry, as well as collections from artists from around Asia, in...Read More

  • 3. L'Usine

    District 1 | Clothing

    This chic, capacious boutique stocks stylish international brands of casual clothing for men and women, like summer dresses by Trois Filles...Read More

  • 4. Antique Street

    District 1 | Antiques/Collectibles

    The vendors in this short street crammed with shops might claim their wares are genuine, but the truth is they're mostly replicas—interesting...Read More

  • 5. Anupa

    District 1 | Jewelry/Accessories

    Beautifully soft handmade leather handbags and accessories here are all one-of-a-kind, often featuring unusual intricate details, such as fish...Read More

  • 6. Authentique Home

    District 1 | Household Items/Furniture

    Nearly hidden down a little alley, Authentique Home sells a range of beautifully crafted products from three workshops: Cam Kim carpentry, Cam...Read More

  • 7. Ban Co (Chessboard) Market

    District 3 | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    A great example of a local wet market selling fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, and housewares. The aisles are narrow and crowded and...Read More

  • 8. Ben Thanh Market

    District 1 | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Built in 1914 and renovated in 1985, the sprawling Ben Thanh Market has 3,000 booths. The outlets at the front are tourist-oriented, selling...Read More

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  • 9. Cat Moc Spa

    District 1 | Spa/Beauty

    A calm and peaceful day spa a short distance from Ho Chi Minh City's backpacker district, Cat Moc Spa specializes in half-day pampering packages...Read More

  • 10. Catherine Denoual Maison

    District 1 | Textiles/Sewing

    French fashion editor-turned-designer Catherine Denoual creates soft and luxurious hand-embroidered bed and table linens in elegant neutral...Read More

  • 11. Couleurs d'Asie by Réhahn

    District 1 | Art Galleries

    A permanent gallery featuring the work of French photographer Réhahn, who has been based in Hoi An since 2011....Read More

  • 12. Craig Thomas Gallery

    District 1 | Art Galleries

    This gallery regularly hosts exhibitions of painting, sculpture, and mixed media by emerging and mid-career Vietnamese artists. ...Read More

  • 13. Crescent Mall

    District 7 | Shopping Centers/Malls

    One of Ho Chi Minh City's newest shopping complexes, Crescent Mall, in the Phu My Hung expat area, has just about everything you could want...Read More

  • 14. Diamond Plaza

    District 1 | Shopping Centers/Malls

    One of the first modern department stores in town, Diamond Plaza has several floors of shopping as well as restaurants, a bowling alley, and...Read More

  • 15. Duy Tan - Saigon Artisan

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    This innovative little souvenir shop sells quality bags, shoes, artwork, ceramics, and household items. Do check out Very Ngon home products...Read More

  • 16. Flower Market

    District 10 | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Ho Chi Minh City's flower market is a vibrant and colorful affair. Busiest early in the morning when the bulk of the wholesale trade is conducted...Read More

  • 17. Ginko Concept Store

    District 1 | Crafts

    A tiny little T-shirt shop that opened in 2007 has grown into a concept store promoting natural, organic, and sustainable souvenirs. As well...Read More

  • 18. Ipa Nima

    District 1 | Local Specialties

    The beautifully embellished handbags here, which are sold at high-end boutiques around the world, are considered by some to be the ultimate...Read More

  • 19. Jasmine Total Body Wellness Spa

    District 1 | Spa/Beauty

    This boutique spa offers a range of face and body treatments, waxing, manicures and pedicures for men and women. There's also a small hair salon...Read More

  • 20. La Maison de l’Apothiquaire

    District 3 | Spa/Beauty

    Down a romantic leafy lane, this is an elegant day spa in a beautifully renovated colonial villa. The spa has a full range of face and body...Read More

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