Hoi An Central Market is definitely worth a visit for a glimpse of authentic Vietnamese life. Set along the banks of the Thu Bon River, it stays busy throughout the day with locals and tourists bargaining purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, handicrafts, and street snacks. With a section dedicated to Asian silk and textiles, the marketplace is also renowned for offering inexpensive silk tailoring services. At 07:00, local fishermen drop their catch off at Hoi An Central Market, where you can witness market vendors and local buyers fervently negotiating over the best fish.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 20:00
- Address: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets, Hoi An
Hoi An Silk Village is a good option for those looking to shop for luxury Vietnamese textiles, handmade lanterns, high-end suits and dresses. Surrounded by mulberry trees, ancient houses, and lotus ponds, the traditional craft village is located two kilometres northwest of Hoi An Ancient Town, where you can learn about traditional silk manufacturing process. Visitors can also get a hands-on experience of harvesting mulberry leaves, feeding silkworms, and deciphering between true and synthetic silk. Due to the superior quality of its products, the price range at Hoi An Silk Village is higher than most silk shops in Hoi An but it’s well worth the extra expense.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 21:00
- Address: 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 510 392 1144
Cocobox Café Farm Shop is a charming juice bar, teahouse, and farm shop in the middle of Hoi An Ancient Town. Sourcing only organic and fair-trade products made in Vietnam, expect a diverse range of coffee, teas, homemade jams, honey, chocolate bars, local dipping sauces, body lotions, and massage oils in attractive packaging. Great for unwinding after a day of exploring Hoi An, Cocobox Café Farm Shop also offers Vietnamese coffee, homemade coconut milk, cold pressed juices, smoothies, ice-creams, cakes, tarts, and freshly-made sandwiches. Cocobox Café Farm Shop is just around the corner of Fujian Assembly Hall and Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 21:00
- Address: 94 Le Loi Street, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 510 3862 000
Metiseko specialises in ready-to-wear women’s apparel, stylish accessories, and eco-friendly homeware, all of which made with high quality cotton and silk. Founded in 2011, this retail outlet is set within a yellow-hued heritage building nearby the Japanese Covered Bridge. The brand combines Vietnamese traditions and landscapes with modern fashion trends, resulting in one-of-a-kind designs that can be worn any time of the day. Priced at USD16 onwards, all products sold at Metiseko are certified organic, ranging from silk scarfs, jumpsuits, and dresses to handmade quilts, keyrings, and cushion covers.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:30
- Address: 3 Chau Thuong Van Street, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 510 392 9278
Aobaba Hoi An
Aobaba Hoi An is family-owned tailor shop in Hoi An Ancient Town that’s gained massive popularity amongst travellers for its extensive textile collection and impeccable tailoring services. You can either choose a design from its up-to-date catalogue books or bring a picture of your favourite designer outfit and have it made to measure here. Most suits, dresses, and jackets can be tailored within 24 hours but if you’re pressed for time, Aobaba Hoi An can deliver the finished product to your hotel. Set along Tran Phu Street, the tailor shop is a five-minute walk from the Fujian Assembly Hall.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 21:00
- Address: 148 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 510 392 0666
Lifestart Foundation Workshop
Lifestart Foundation Workshop is a non-profit charity organisation, retail outlet, and workshop in Hoi An Ancient Town, where you can purchase beautiful handicrafts made by impoverished and disadvantaged locals. A five-minute walk from the Japanese Covered Bridge, visitors can also get to know partake in lantern-making and traditional painting classes for USD33 per person. Among the unique products available here include woven handbags, hand painted tee-shirts, and vases made from chopsticks. As shop overheads and running costs are taken care of by the foundation, all profits from the sold handicrafts are given to the locals who made them.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 19:00
- Address: 77 Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 167 355 9447
Lotus Jewellery Hoi An
Lotus Jewellery Hoi An features an extensive collection of quality jewellery designs made with semi-precious stones, pearls, sterling silver, and gold. Set along Le Loi Street, it’s one of the most established local brands in Hoi An so you’ll be sure to get excellent customer service and value-for-money rings, necklace, broaches, and bracelets. Most of Lotus Jewellery Hoi An’s handmade pieces are inspired by Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups, with its trademarked lotus flower pendant being the most popular item. Due to its popularity, Lotus Jewellery Hoi An has another outlet located along Tran Phu Street.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:30
- Address: 53A Le Loi Street, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 510 3917 889
Reaching Out Arts and Crafts
Reaching Out Arts and Crafts is a fair trade gift shop that’s set next to Tan Ky House, featuring handmade products made by disabled and disadvantaged Vietnamese. Founded by a Vietnamese disabled couple, all proceeds from the sold handicrafts go toward retraining and subsequent employment of disadvantaged locals in Hoi An. There’s also a tranquil café and garden courtyard, where you can also enjoy tea, coffee, and local sweets in a peaceful setting. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, jewellery, ceramics, lacquerware, stationary, toys, and embroidery, Reaching Out Arts and Crafts is a definite must-visit in Hoi An Ancient Town.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
- Address: 103 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 510 3910 168
Hoi An Fine Art Gallery
Hoi An Fine Art Gallery is set within a refurbished colonial building in Hoi An Ancient Town, where quality prints by French photographer Etienne Bossot are displayed for sale. A five-minute walk from Hoi An Central Market, the studio utilises imported archival photography paper, resulting in high-quality prints of Bossot’s travel photography work. After placing your order, the photographs are printed in Australia, placed in a sturdy PVC tube, and sent to your address within seven working days. As the office of Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop. Hoi An Fine Art Gallery also hosts art exhibitions by prominent artists and photographers from all over Vietnam.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00
- Address: 42 Phan Boi Chau Street, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 90 567 1898
Friendly Shoe Shop Hoi An
Friendly Shoe Shop Hoi An boasts 10 years of experience in producing made-to-order shoes in local and international designs. Set along Tran Phu Street, this humble-looking retail outlet is around the corner from Hoi An Central Market. Priced at USD35 onwards, there are over 600 models on display, ranging from sandals and sports shoes to leather slippers and boots. You can also browse through numerous catalogue books or simply look it up online. Unlike most tailor or shoe shops in Vietnam, Friendly Shoe Shop Hoi An offers 100% reimbursement if you are not satisfied with the finished product.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 21:00
- Address: 18 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An
- Tel: +84 93 521 1382