Ho Chi Minh City Shopping

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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3A Station

  • Crafts

A collection of designer clothing boutiques and handicraft and jewelery shops, 3A (Alternative Art Area) Station is located alongside...

Antique Street

  • 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...


  • Jewelry/Accessories

Beatifully soft handmade leather handbags and accessories here are all one-of-a-kind, often featuring unusual intricate details, such...

Authentique Home

  • Household Items/Furniture

Nearly hidden down a little alley, Authentique Home sells a range of ceramics, tablewear, embroidered purses and handbags, and cushions,...

Ban Co (Chessboard) Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

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

Ben Thanh Market

  • 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-orientated,...

Binh Tay Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

This Cholon market carries wholesale items that can be purchased in small amounts by anyone: kitchenware, baskets, plastic goods (barrettes...

Cat Moc Spa

  • Spa/Beauty

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

Catherine Denoual Maison

  • Textiles/Sewing

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

Craig Thomas Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Regularly hosting exhibitions of painting, sculpture, and mixed media by emerging and mid-career Vietnamese artists, this gallery also...


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