Hanoi is outstanding not only because of its spectacular cultural landscapes but also its omnipresent thousands of bustling markets, narrow vendors and boutiques full of lights.
Every year, thousand flocks of foreign tourists set their foot on Hanoi for travelling and most of them don't come back home without purchasing some meaningful handicrafts to keep traditional values of this land for themselves.
For those who are proudly shopaholics, shopping in Hanoi is one thing that tourists can never miss. Wandering along Hanoi shopping places does not only bring you a chance to purchase for a good but time to communicate with friendly locals and understand more their daily lifestyles.
Silk products are found everywhere in Hanoi and are offered with great value. A variety of silk products you can find from dresses, trousers, scarves to shoes.
Tailor clothes are another local speciality. Just only a few days, tailor shops will recreate designs and make high quality product according to your request.
Some of the best places to find high quality silk are:
Duc Loi Silk: 77 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Le Minh Silk: 79 – 111 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Van Phuc Silk Village: 10km southwest of Hanoi Old Quarter, Van Phuc silk village is the most ancient silk village which provides the best silk in Vietnam. The silk made in Van Phuc Village has been known for its smooth, light weight, and elegant appearance.
Location: Van Phuc Village, Ha Dong District, Hanoi.
Embroidery is a common cottage industry in Vietnam so it’s not hard to find yourself stunning embroidered cottons and linens. From the patterns of many ethnic minorities to the quality work found in galleries, beautiful embroidery can be found on any budget.
For the absolute best of the craft, I can only recommend you visit
Quoc Su: Established in 1958, Quoc Su was founded by embroidery artist Nguyen Quoc Su and now runs with more than 200 skilled embroiderers turning out almost photo-perfect stitched artwork.
Address: 2C Ly Quoc Su Street
Phone: +84 24 39289281
Tan My Design: The oldest embroidery shop in Hanoi. There are plenty of embroidered pillow cases, tablecloths, placemats, dresses, etc. All the products here are made by hands.
Address: 66 Hang Gai, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Phone: +84 24 39381154
Dong Xuan Market: A large selection of embroidered products is found in Dong Xuan Market. You can go from this stall to another stall to choose and shop for your favorite
Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Business hours: 7 am to 6 pm
Lacquerware or “son mai” in Vietnamese is one of Vietnam’s best known crafts. Vietnamese lacquerware is usually has higher quality than those in other Asia countries. These objects can come in the form of bowls, vases, boxes, and trays.
Unfortunately, the market now is flooded with low-quality mass-manufactured offerings. For the best lacquerware, you should visit lacquerware shops along Hang Trong Street, Hang Hom Street and Hang Manh Street in Hanoi Old Quarter.
Hanoia: Hanoia stakes its reputation on its quality wares but their prices reflect the premium materials and skills that go into their merchandise
Address: 38 Hang Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District; 87 Ma May, Hoan Kiem; No.1 Hoa Lo, Hoan Kiem; 56 Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem; 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Dong Da
MARENA Hanoi: a place that sells top quality products with a wide range of designs and colors.
Address: 28 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Minh Tam Lacquerware
Address: 2 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Shopping in Hanoi for some souvenirs? Don’t worry because Hanoi is full of interesting souvenirs.
VUI Studio: a cafe-cum-boutique offers a minimalist range of ceramics, soft home accessories and wellness products made by local creactives. Otherwise, you will find quirky tote bags, silk homewares natural soaps, candles and many other cute things here.
Address: 3C Tong Duy Tan Street
Opening hours: 9 am to 11 pm
Collective Memory: Collective Memory offers a wide range of goods including homewares (tea towels, cushion covers), posters, postcards, clothing and accessories, oils, handmade soaps, books, puzzles, etc. Not just normal souvenirs, everything sold here is designed to be integrated into your daily use back home.
Address: 20 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9 am to 8 pm
Vietnam has a more than fifty ethnic minority groups and each even has their own language, culture and tradition. Their handmade products are unique in pattern decoration and has high quality. If you’re making a trip to Sapa, you can find products of ethnic minority groups in these shops:
Craft Link: a not-for-profit organization specializes in fair trade products. Here sells woodwork, lacquer paintings, ceramics, textiles, carved Buffalo horns as well as a selection of clothes, bags and scarves.
Address: 43 Van Mieu, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Mekong Quilts: Not only selling products but Mekong Quilts also focuses on offering employment and developing the ethnic minority community. It now employs over 340 women of different ethnicity.
Address: 13 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
You can shop for homeware and ceramics if you don’t mind handling heavy luggage back home. Hanoi is full of interesting home decorations with reasonable prices.
Vietnamese House: visit for a nice selection of stone carved vases and boxes.
Address: 92 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Mosaique Decoration: this three-floor shop offers home furnishing from trinkets to bedroom furniture.
Address: 6 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Bat Trang Village: this is a famous village for porcelain and ceramics because of their quality and traditional designs. From the old days, this village is a pottery supplier for Ming Dynasty in China and even exported goods during the French colonial period.
Address: Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi
O Mai is a favourite snack and special treat commonly offered by Hanoians to guests during Tet holiday - the biggest holiday of the year.
O Mai is made from dried fruits and then seasoned with salt, sugar, ginger, chili which gives off a nice mixture with many flavors. In recent years, O Mai has been a popular souvenirs gift among travellers visiting Vietnam. There are some famous brands and you can find the best O Mai in
O Mai Hong Lam: Hong Lam is the most famous O Mai brand in Vietnam and also the birthplace of O Mai. Visiting the store, you get a chance to try the taste before buying so that is a huge plus
Address: 11 Hang Duong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Other O Mai store you can come are Tien Thinh at 21 Hang Duong Street, Hoan Kiem and Toan Thinh at 15 Hang Duong Street, Hoan Kiem.
Opened in 2015, Aeon Mall Long Bien is one of the first and largest Japanese shopping centers in the Hanoi. Located at 27 Co Linh, Long Bien District, Aeon Mall is about 8km and 20-minute drive from the Old Quarter. There are several shuttle buses which serve various routes to Aeon Mall on a daily basis and you can catch one. Otherwise, hail a taxi that costs around VND 130.000 to VND 150.000 to get to the mall.
Aeon Mall has a large area of 120,000m2 divided into 4 floors, which creates an entertainment center including over 100 retail outlets and a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment centres, attracting a good mix of locals and travellers.
Besides shopping, dining options are plentiful here, ranging from fast food joints and cafes to the expansive food court, where you can enjoy Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, and western fare at reasonable prices. There is also a variety of entertaining activities here. You can enjoy a round of bowling or catch the latest films at the cinema.
Aeon’s fashion areas are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors, near the dining area. It is completely possible to shop for and entertain the whole family for a while day with various fashion styles, attractions, and food.
Address: 27 Co Linh, Long Bien District, Hanoi
Business hours: 10 am to 10 pm
Lotte Shopping Center is the second tallest building in Vietnam after the Keang Nam Landmark in Hanoi. This high rise building is also home to a hypermarket, a hotel, residential apartments, restaurants, a gym, a spa and the city’s finest observation deck. It takes 2-hour drive to reach Lotte from Hanoi Old Quarter.
Lotte Shopping Center offers a broad range of approximately 250 fashion and lifestyle brands, featuring many brands famous around the globe. It also offers enough entertainment and dining possibilities that you could easily spend a day in this center.
First floor is the hypermarket; the second floor contains imported fashion, watches, jewellery and cosmetics retailers; the third floor have women's fashion, shoes & handbags and cosmetics; the fourth floor houses young casual, jeans & unisex, lingerie and casual watches; the fifth floor you will find men’s fashion and sports & golf; the sixth floor have home appliances and furnishings.
However, the most attractive part of the building is the observation tower located on the 65th floor of the building, where you can observe the stunning panoramic views of the city of Hanoi. This is a famous check-in location of Hanoians.
Address: 54 Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Business hours: 9 am to 10:30 pm
The system of Vincom Group includes a large number of leading shopping malls in many busy areas of Hanoi. These are some of a few that is close to the city center and easy to reach
Vincom Mega Mall Royal City is the first underground trading center in Vietnam. This is a modern and luxurious shopping center and entertainment complex. It has two subterranean floors that are home to many retail shops and also an indoor ice-skating rink, a waterpark and many restaurants.
Times City is located in the most populous urban area of Vinhomes with free water music for residents and visitors daily. Times City is famous in Southeast Asia for having the largest aquarium in Vietnam and being home to many animals such as salamanders, sharks, penguins and even pythons.
Vincom Ba Trieu is the first shopping mall in the whole in Hanoi, having opened on 23/11/2004 with 2 office towers and 1 apartment tower. Vincom Ba Trieu is a popular gathering place for young people.
Vincom Nguyen Chi Thanh is located in the center of the Cau Giay District, Dong Da District, near two major universities: Foreign Trade University and Diplomatic Academy. This is a romantic dating area that is frequently visited by university students.
Vincom Pham Ngoc Thach is the smallest Vincom shopping center in Hanoi. The trade center stands out with its unique design: The stairs are outside and the whole building resembles a boat going offshore.
Trang Tien Plaza is a luxurious and high-end shopping mall that is home to many famous and luxury international brands, such as Prada, Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Trang Tien Plaza was originally built in 1901 in the French colonial style design and was again renovated to become a commercial center of world-class fashion brands.
Trang Tien Plaza is located on a corner next to Hoan Kiem Lake. Its location can easily be reached from the Old Quarter in a five to ten minute walk.
Trang Tien Plaza consists of six floors. On the first floor you will find apparel and fashion; the second floor contains fashion and mobile phone outlets, the third floor contains household equipment, the fourth floor has a supermarket and some grocery retailers, the fifth floor houses offices and restaurants and the sixth floor is exclusively devoted to offices.
Address: 24 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Business hours: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
Mipec Long Bien is located at Number 2, Long Bien 2 street, near the historical monument Long Bien Bridge. Mipec Long Bien is designed as a modern six-storey commercial complex with an area of over 24,000 square meters, providing a diverse range of shopping, entertainment with reasonable price and professional service.
On the third floor of MIPEC Long Bien is modern recreation area, which is consisted of 5 play areas.
Address: Number 2, Long Bien 2 Street, Long Bien District, Hanoi
Business hours: 9:00 am to 10 pm
Considered as the largest outdoor market in Hanoi, Dong Xuan market is located on the 4-storey Soviet-style building, witnessing the bustle speed of life in Hanoi capital. Coming Dong Xuan market, visitors can observe hundreds of fashion shops and small stores displaying a variety of T-shirts, cloths, school uniforms, handbags and handicrafts with the wholesale prices.
Besides selling goods, Dong Xuan Market is also noted for special local cuisines with a reasonable price of no more than 15.000 VND. Tourists can try local specialties to enjoy its Vietnamese rural flavor such as banh mi, banh cuon (steamed rolled rice pancake) and pho (noodle soup).
Adjacent to Dong Xuan Market are some shops selling Bat Trang ceramic products, Dong Ho paintings, Binh Da embroideries, which are all favorite products to lots of foreign visitors. After shopping, you can take a evening stroll along Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in here.
Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 am - 7:00 pm
Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The market is very crowded so you should keep your eyes on your belongings.
The best time to go shopping is in the afternoon because someone has probably bought something in the shop. Otherwise, when you bargain for your stuff, the seller may guilt trip you into buying something. This can apply to shopping in other places, as well.
Most of the goods in Dong Xuan market are sold in bulk so it will be a bit tricky if you want to shop for retail goods. Ideally, when you want something, ask to buy with your friends or wait for the night market. If you are in luck, you could find the thing you like there.
Shopping in Hanoi with a low budget? You should come to Hanoi Night Market.
Although many other markets nowadays develop dramatically, shopping at weekend night market cannot be beaten with a plethora of stalls selling a large number of products including handicrafts, ceramics, porcelain, dolls and accessories.
Similar to other markets, Hanoi Night Market also offer local food, however, this pedestrian market is the place in which lots of fabulous performances from Western countries to Asia one, Vietnam included are displayed. You can both do shopping and watching musical performances. What an amazing idea, right?
Opening hours: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Address: Stretching from Hang Dao Street to the edge of Dong Xuan Market.
Quang Ba Flower Market is Hanoi’s busiest flower market. You’ll genuinely be amazed at the volume of flowers being packed onto single motorbikes.
You can find hundreds of flower species here such as sunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, orchids, gerberas, lilies, hydrangeas and various kinds of greenery being sold at the market. Quang Ba Flower Market opens all day but most lively between 2am to 4am.
Shopping in Hanoi can be easy and hard at the same time if you don't know where to find the products you want and the quality of products. Sometimes, you may have to use your bargaining skills to go shopping in Hanoi. Above are a complete Hanoi Shopping Guide with some of the most reputable places in Hanoi. Good luck in finding your favorite products.
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