Sharpen your bargaining skills and head south east to Hoi An Central Market, one of Vietnam’s best, offering an unmissable shopping experience. Rich in the smell of fragrant herbs and spices and the vibrant colours of Vietnamese silk, delve deep and you are guaranteed a bargain. Prices tend to be more inflated at the stalls closest to the entrance so head right in for the best buys. There is a vast array of foodstuff for sale including spices such as saffron and cinnamon which are superb purchases as are the exotic fresh fruit and vegetables on display. Due to its riverside location there is also a huge selection of fresh fish available. The marketplace is renowned for its tailors who have a section of the market all to themselves. Fine silk tailoring is cheaper here than anywhere else in Hoi An with garment makers running up a dress, shirt, jacket or full suit usually within 24 hours. Souvenir and local handicraft hunters will also find plenty to browse through at the Central Market.
Shopping in Hoi An promises an unforgettable experience for any first-time visitor thanks to its plethora of quality yet affordable tailoring services. As one of the best places for made-to-measure clothing in the world, this quaint town is teeming with renowned tailors who can easily produce custom made dresses, suits, shirts, and shoes at a fraction of the price you’d pay for back home. The pedestrian-friendly streets of Hoi An Ancient Town are lined with quaint shophouses and makeshift stalls selling handicrafts, jewellery, traditional apparel, and shoes while its central marketplace is bustling with locals bargaining hard for fresh produce and foodstuff. You can also find plenty of fair-trade shops and non-profit charity organisations in Hoi An, with all proceeds funding impoverished families and disabled locals. Read on to discover where to shop in Hoi An.
When it comes to shopping in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne, the local markets are must-visits for travellers looking to experience the local lifestyle of this seaside town. Open from dawn onwards, you’ll find marketgoers bargain for the freshest seafood, meat, vegetables and fruits while food stalls prepare mouth-watering Vietnamese dishes such as fish pho, banh xeo, and spring rolls. Due to its beachside locale, Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are also great for purchasing local and imported beachwear brands as well as essentials such as sunscreen and sunglasses if you’ve forgotten to pack some from back home. Handicraft stores selling textiles, embroidery, paintings, blankets, scarves, and handbags can also be found along Mui Ne Beach, so just take your time and browse through the extensive collection and you might just find one that is to your liking. Read on for a comprehensive guide on where to shop in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne.
The best shopping in Phu Quoc Island can be found at the island’s street markets, where visitors can find a wide range of handicrafts, regional specialities, and fresh produce. Open daily, local markets are also great for sampling authentic Vietnamese dishes and fresh seafood at affordable prices. As the island is best known for its agricultural industries, we highly recommend stocking up on the bounty of locally resourced products, such as prepacked mushrooms, fish sauce, pepper and cashew nuts as well as authentic pearls and fine jewellery. Phu Quoc Island is also filled with quaint boutiques and local supermarkets, most of which are located around Duong Dong Market and Long Beach. Great for experiencing the daily life of the local population, read on for our guide on where to shop on Phu Quoc Island.
Shopping in Nha Trang is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture during your Vietnam holiday. Offering a laidback experience, Nha Trang is filled with humble-looking shops and local supermarkets where vendors sell a wide array of local produce, handicrafts, clothing, and jewellery. While goods here are sold at relatively low prices, you can still exercise your bargaining skills to get better deals. Nha Trang’s street markets are also vibrant and fascinating places to enjoy a day of retail therapy. Packed with marketgoers as early as 04:00, you can find a variety of seafood freshly caught from the sea. As Vietnam’s most popular coastal towns, dried delicacies such as seaweed, shrimp, and squid are must-buys in Nha Trang. Read on to discover our list of the top places to shop in Nha Trang.
Shopping in Hanoi is most famed for its traditional markets and narrow shophouses, but there are a growing number of flash boutiques and shopping malls offering a wide range of international brands, as well as dining and entertainment options. The best thing about shopping in Hanoi is that you can do it all on foot, with many streets dedicated to specific trades.
This is particularly true in the Old Quarter, where Silk Street and Silver Street still retain their particular trades after hundreds of years. Whether you are looking for gimmicky souvenirs such as Vietnamese farming hats or a hand-made silk evening gown, we have compiled a list of great places to shop in Hanoi.