Shopping In Ho Chi Minh - The Complete Guide

The busy Ho Chih Minh City, located in southeast Vietnam, is the largest city in the country and a hub for the fusion between cultural and contemporary times. With this fusion, the shopping scene here turns into a colourful affair where the tourists and locals alike can simultaneously experience the local culture and the high street's fashion. So if you love shopping and happen to find yourself in Ho Chi Minh City, you are in for a treat! The variety of places, from luxury shopping malls to beautiful flea markets, will surely please your shopping taste.

The most remarkable part of shopping in Ho Chi Minh isn't the boutiques, the malls or even the people that frequent these places; it's the sheer variety. There are so many different types of malls and markets in Ho Chi Minh City that you will be hard-pressed to choose one. So, to make it easier for you, we've listed some of the best places to shop in HCMC.

Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City is not always about the glamorous boutiques or the popular malls. A large part of Ho Chi Minh City shopping includes visiting a local market. Commonly known for their reasonable prices, shopping at traditional markets is easy on the pocket and fun, as these markets are great places to pick up clothes, souvenirs, and handicrafts.

1. Ben Thanh Night Market

Ben Thanh Night Market, Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City

As soon as dusk sets in, Benh Thanh rises. Multi-colour lights flick on, and stalls are set up alongside the main hall. People walk around, and the atmosphere is lively and enjoyable. With an affordable yet great variety of clothes, hats, bags, watches, lacquerware, bamboo goods, handicrafts, arts and crafts and textiles, you will find plenty. It also has some great food shops and cafes in and around, making it a great place to stop and grab a late-night bite.

Timings - 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM

2. An Dong Market

An Dong Market, Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City

The Dong Market is the largest textile market in Vietnam. With every textile of every color, shape, size, pattern, and material available, An Dong Market is your one-stop destination for all kinds of textiles. If you require a particularly eccentric type of fabric, you might have to look around a little, but you will most definitely find it. On the ground floor, you will find conventional articles such as fashion in Asian sizes, wholesale items, and food. The prices tend to be reasonable, but generally, bargaining is not encouraged unless you buy in bulk.

Timings - 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM

3. Nguyen Tri Phuong Market

Nguyen Tri Phuong Market, Shopping in Ho chi Minh City

Nguyen Tri Phuong Market is a less crowded version of Ben Thanh Market. With a wide variety of articles, from clothes to Jewellery and shoes to fresh fruits and vegetables, the Nguyen Tri Phuong market has all the diversity in goods you need to satisfy your shopping cravings. This market is primarily tourist-free. Right outside the market is a lady who sells traditional Vietnamese cakes, which are a must-try.

Timings - 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

4. Ho Chi Minh Flea Market


This market is one of Vietnam's oldest and busiest shopping places, where local artists display their beautiful and unique works. It is a place where fashion and décor enthusiasts should visit.

Timings – 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Shopping Streets in Ho Chi Minh City

Streets of Saigon (Source)

Ho Chi Minh City's Shopping Guide cannot be complete without explicitly mentioning the shopping streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Products vary as needs vary, and bargaining is an absolute must! Street stalls are generally active during the evening night hours.

1. Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street

Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City

Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street is unique as it is solely dedicated to footwear. The street is divided into different sections - one dedicated to women's, men's, and children's footwear, respectively. Shoes of every style, size, and shape are available here and are of exceptional quality.

Timings - 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM

2. Student Market

Student Market is the best place to visit if you want to explore the off-beaten track and explore something colorful, cheap, and stimulating. This market primarily caters to University students who cannot travel to the city. The market also offers excellent street food options - from crisp spring rolls to Ram Bap, crispy rice pancakes with corn, shrimp and herbs. The Student market is a new experience for those who prefer something different.

Timings - 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Shopping Malls in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon can pretty much be termed as the 'Paris of the East. With many malls springing up on almost every corner of every street, shoppers have many options. The malls play host to some international brands, available at affordable prices. Malls are areas filled with entertainment, food, and shopping, all encapsulated into one. Some of the best shopping malls in Ho Chi Minh City are below -

1. Vincom Center

Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City, Vincom Centre, Malls in Ho Chi Minh City

Vincom Center is the largest mall for shopping in Ho Chi Minh, with more than 250 retail outlets. The mall itself contains two complexes. Vincom Center A is built in a refurbished colonial-era building and includes electronics, home décor and upmarket brands such as Ralph Lauren. In addition, the mall has a food court, family-friendly games, a bowling alley and a cinema theatre. In comparison, the Vincom Complex B occupies a tall skyscraper on the opposite side of the road, which plays home to elite sports apparel and clothing brands.

Timings: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

2. Parkson Plaza

Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City, Parkson Plaza, Malls in Ho Chi Minh City

Parkson Plaza is your everyday mall with the standard arrangement -cosmetics and perfumes on the ground floor; women's and men's apparel on the first and second floors; home appliances and furniture on the third floor; and an enormous food court on the fourth. It is a great place to shop for brands such as Calvin Klein, Espirit, and Lacoste. The mall also has an exceptional Game Center with an arcade, air hockey, and basketball hoops.

Timings: 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM

3. Aeon Mall


Aeon Mall is a Japanese mall located in Tan Phu District. More than a shopping mall, Aeon Mall caters to everyday needs with a sprawling supermarket on the ground floor. However, you should visit this mall as it has a vast variety of Japanese items that are worth looking at, if not buying. The food section is an absolute dream, with the mall incontestably having the best sushi in town. The mall also offers free shuttle services from several downtown destinations, so you won't have to pay a penny to make the commute!

Timings: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

4. Takashimaya Vietnam

Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City, Takashimaya Vietnam, Malls in Ho Chi Minh CIty

Takashimaya Vietnam is a Japanese Mall but is entirely different from Aeon Mall because it caters to the rich and elite. Occupying five floors of a premium skyscraper, it houses jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrance brands from Europe, such as Clarins, L'occitane, Christian Dior, Bobbi Brown, Shiseido, and Estee Lauder; ladies' apparel from Banana Republic, Bebe, Bonia, and Braun Buffel and footwear from Clarks, Geox, and Cole Haan. The last floor houses upscale men's apparel, children's apparel and imported watches and belts, in addition to a sprawling food court.

Timings: 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM

5. Saigon Square

Saigon Square, Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Square is highly unconventional - it's not a traditional shopping mall, but neither is it a conventional market. It looks like a traditional market, but it is centrally located, air-conditioned, and has toilets. Saigon Square is known for its reasonable prices, high quality, and variety of merchandise. From cheap synthetic t-shirts to beautiful boutique designs, shoes, Jewellery, perfumes, cosmetics, you name it, you get it.

Timings - 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

6. Diamond Plaza

daimond plaza

The Diamond Plaza is a colonial-style building in Ho Chi Minh City with high-end brand stores of clothes, cosmetics, perfumes, watches, and accessories. This place is located near some major tourist attractions, making it a convenient shopping spot.

Timings - 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM


Things to Buy in Ho Chi Minh City

1. Ao Dai 

ao dai

The traditional costume of the country, Ao Dai, is a simple yet charming long-sleeved outfit worn by Vietnamese women. The design of this dress makes it unique and a beautiful sight to look at when adorned by women. Women mainly wear it during festivals and weddings.

Where to buy - Miss Ao Dai, Ao Dai Lien Huong, and Ao Dai Ngoc Chau are some places to buy this outfit. You can also order an Ao Dai of your choice and receive it within hours.

2. Non-La

non la

The Non-La is a conical-shaped traditional hat of Vietnam made out of bamboo and worn by the country's people. It works as a protection shield from the heat in summer, especially for the ones involved in farming, and has now become a symbol of Vietnamese culture. Women also wear the Non-La and the Ao Dai as traditional attire.

Where to buy – The Ben Thanh market has a variety of stalls that sell the Non-La.

3. Marou Chocolate

marau chocolate

The Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat was the dream that became a reality for the Frenchmen Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou when they took it globally. This dark chocolate originated in the Mekong Delta and continues to make its ingredients available from this very place. It has the bitterness of dark chocolate and is a handmade delicacy. So make sure you grab some to bring back home!

Where to buy – You can get this delicious chocolate at the Maison Marou Saigon.

4. Ceramics


Ceramic products are perfect for taking a Vietnamese souvenir back home. The ceramic handicrafts are available in various shapes and sizes, ranging from vases to small porcelain cups. They have formed an exquisite taste over the years, and tourists often search for authentic Vietnamese ceramic products.

5. Tea and Coffee

tea and cofee

If you want to get the feel of those early Vietnamese mornings once you get back home, remember to bring some packs of tea and coffee. You can also hand them out as souvenirs to your family and friends!

Tips While Shopping in Ho Chi Minh

  • Carry cash with you! Many small Ho Chi Minh City shops might not have cash dispensers or credit card machines.
  • If you have bargaining skills, this is the place to put them to use.
  • While shopping, make sure your belongings are safe. Keep your valuables like mobile phones and wallets close to you and check them at intervals.
  • Keep a check on the items you are buying, their quality, and quantity. The shopping experience in Ho Chi Minh City might be a bit overwhelming, so remember to keep a check!

Shopping is undoubtedly one of the major highlights of the trip to Ho Chi Minh City. The city has so many shopping hubs, some even undiscovered; hence, there are so many opportunities to explore Ho Chi Minh City and find your favourite shopping area. Shopaholics, you know the mantra - 'Shop till you drop!'

This post was published by Sitara Kumbale

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