Aeon Mall Hanoi is a Japanese-owned shopping mall in Long Bien District, about eight kilometres east of Old Quarter. The four-storey venue is home to over 100 retail outlets and a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment centres, attracting a good mix of locals and travellers looking to escape the city’s often sunny climate.
Interior-wise, Aeon Mall Hanoi features a sleek and modern design with a well-spaced walking space, while its English-speaking staff are friendly and professional. As with its many branches across Asia, you can find cosmetics, apparel, jewellery, shoes, and accessories by international brands such as Adidas, Yves Rocher, Dr. Martens, and New Balance.
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.