BEST Shopping in Hanoi | Shop Till You Drop with Hanoi Shopping Guide!

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 30, 2018

For those who are proudly shopaholics, shopping in Hanoi is one thing that you can never miss. This post will provide you most popular shopping attractions as well as some secret shopping tips to contribute to your trip.

With all these tips and guide, let's shop till you drop!

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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 traveling and most of them don't come back home without purchasing some meaningful handicrafts to keep traditional values of this land for themselves.

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.

That's why it is considered as one of the best Things to do in Hanoi besides visiting main attractions and joining FREE tour with locals. Now let's take a look!

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1. Shopping In Hanoi - What To Buy

Silks and Clothing

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.

Silk products are high quality and variety in style and color

Silk products are high quality and variety in style and color

Tailor clothes are another local specialty. Just only a few days, tailor shops will recreate designs and make a 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: 10 kilometers 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, lightweight, and elegant appearance.

Location: Van Phuc Village, Ha Dong District, Hanoi.

Van Phuc Village is also one of the popular day trips from Hanoi. If you wish to visit and shop there, you can get your own FREE CUSTOMIZED ITINERARY for the fullest exploration!

You can find numerous silk shop in the Old Quarter, especially in Hang Gai Street

You can find numerous silk shop in the Old Quarter, especially in Hang Gai Street

Embroidery and Craft 

Embroidery is a common cottage industry in Vietnam so it’s not hard to find yourself stunning embroidered cotton and linens. From the patterns of many ethnic minorities to the quality work found in galleries, beautiful embroidery can be found on any budget.

Various beautiful embroidery products can be found from clothes, pillowcases to notebook

Various beautiful embroidery products can be found from clothes, pillowcases to notebook

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 pillowcases, 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: 7:00 to 18:00

Don't forget to bring home these products for memories and gifts

Don't forget to bring home these products for memories and gifts

Lacquerware 

Lacquerware or “son mai” in Vietnamese is one of Vietnam’s best-known crafts. Vietnamese lacquerware is usually had 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.

Known as one of Vietnam’s best crafts

Known as one of Vietnam’s best crafts

Where to buy? Here are some suggested places:

  • 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

Lacquerware comes in the form of bowls, vases, boxes, and trays.

Lacquerware comes in the form of bowls, vases, boxes, and trays.

Souvenirs 

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 creatives. Otherwise, you will find quirky tote bags, silk homewares natural soaps, candles and many other cute things here.

Even if you don't have any intent to shop, it’s still a good idea to visit Vui Studio to take a cup of coffee just for chilling and taking "instagramable" photos while traveling.

Address: 3C Tong Duy Tan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Opening hours: 9:00 to 23:00

Shopping in Hanoi at Vui studio

VUI Studio is a coffee shop full of beautiful little souvenirs. Sometimes, you can join a workshop here too!

  • 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.

20 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Come to Collective Memories, you can find some “touchable” memories of Vietnam for gifts.

Address: 20 Nha Chung street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Opening hours: 9:00 to 20:00

  • Mode:On

Turn on your shopping mode at Mode:On, a concept store in Hanoi. It is hard to resist entering the shop once you see it while wandering around the street. What attracts you is the super cute pink store and a wide range of lovely products such as phone case, flowers, purses, notebooks, postcards, teacups and so on. I’m sure you will bring home some things there or at least a nice photo!

Hanoi shopping in Mode:on

Everything is in pink color and cute tone

Address: 30 Hang Voi, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Opening hours: 9:00 to 21:00

Product of Ethnic People

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 have 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

Necklace of ethnic minority groups has unique pattern decoration and high quality

Necklace of ethnic minority groups has unique pattern decoration and high quality

  • 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

Houseware and Ceramics

You can shop for homeware and ceramics if you don’t mind handling heavy luggage back home. Hanoi is full of interesting home decorations at reasonable prices.

Spoons are not only for using but also decorating

Spoons are not only for use but also for decorating

  • 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

If you don’t mind handling heavy luggage back home then it's a perfect gift

If you don’t mind handling heavy luggage back home then it's a perfect gift

  • 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 the Ming Dynasty in China and even exported goods during the French colonial period.

Address: Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi

Bat Trang is always on the Hanoi wishlist. Not only shopping, but you can also experience a pottery workshop to make a cup or a vase on your own.

For a visit to Bat Trang and other preferred places in Hanoi, get your own FREE ITINERARY PLANNING here! 

Snack Food

O Mai is a favorite snack and special treat commonly offered by Hanoians to guests during Tet holiday - the biggest holiday of the year.

VUI Studio is full of beautiful little souvenirs

O Mai is a popular souvenirs gift among all travelers

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 travelers 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 stores you can come are Tien Thinh at 21 Hang Duong Street, Hoan Kiem and Toan Thinh at 15 Hang Duong Street, Hoan Kiem.

>>> Before bringing those gifts home, you may want to have the best days in Hanoi with our local experts! 

2. Best Hanoi Shopping Malls - Where to shop in Hanoi

Aeon Mall - Best shopping mall in Hanoi

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 8 kilometers and a 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 130.000 VND to 150.000 VND to get to the mall.

For the transportation details, check out [2019] Best Guide To Get Around Hanoi 

Aeon Mall has a large area of 120.000 square meters divided into 4 floors, which creates an entertainment center including over 100 retail outlets and a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment centers, attracting a good mix of locals and travelers.

Aeon Mall - Best

Aeon mall is an entertainment center including over 100 retail outlets and a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment centers

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: 10:00 to 22:00

Lotte Shopping Center - Shopping mall Hanoi

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 - Shopping mall Hanoi

One of the highest building in Hanoi

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.

The first floor is the hypermarket.

The second floor contains imported fashion, watches, jewelry and cosmetics retailers.

The third floor has 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 has 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: 9:00 to 22:30

Vincom Shopping Malls in Hanoi

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 Shopping Malls in Hanoi

There are numerous Vincom shopping malls in Hanoi, some in the busiest areas of the city

  • Vincom Mega Mall Royal City – 72 Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan District 

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.

  • Vincom Mega Mall Times City – 458 Minh Khai Street, Hai Ba Trung District

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 Center Ba Trieu – 191 Ba Trieu Street, Hai Ba Trung District

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 Center Ba Trieu – 191 Ba Trieu Street, Hai Ba Trung District

Vincom is the most famous shopping mall chain in Vietnam up to now!

  • Vincom Center Nguyen Chi Thanh – 54A Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Dong Da District

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 Center Pham Ngoc Thach – 02 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, Dong Da District

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

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.

The place 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

Trang Tien Plaza is special in luxury and high-end products

Nowadays, Trang Tien Plaza is located on a corner next to Hoan Kiem Lake and 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.

The sixth floor is exclusively devoted to offices.

  • Address: 24 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

  • Business hours: 9:30 to 21:30

Mipec Long Bien

Mipec Long Bien is located at Number 2, Long Bien 2 street, near the historical monument Long Bien Bridge.

It 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 a 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 to 22:00

>>> Hey shopaholics, don't forget your FREE ITINERARY PLANNING to shop and make the most of Hanoi 

3. Hanoi Markets - Best Local Shopping at Hanoi

Dong Xuan Market

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, clothes, 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 flavors such as banh mi, banh cuon (steamed rolled rice pancake) and pho (noodle soup).

Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market - the largest indoor market of Hanoi

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 an evening stroll along Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in here.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 - 19:00

  • Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Pro Tips for Shopping Hanoi at Dong Xuan Markets in 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 shop 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.

Pro Tips - Markets in Hanoi

Goods at Dong Xuan Market are cheap and variety but don't forget to bargain before opening your wallet!

Hanoi Night Market

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.

Hanoi Night Market

A cannot-be-missed place when it comes to shopping in Hanoi 

Similar to other markets, Hanoi Night Market also offers local food, however, this pedestrian market is the place in which lots of fabulous performances from Western countries to Asia one are displayed.

You can both do the shopping and watching musical performances. What an amazing idea, right?

  • Opening hours:  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 19:00 to 23:00

  • Address: Stretching from Hang Dao Street to the edge of Dong Xuan Market.

Quang Ba Flower 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.

Lotus season is from May to July 

Lotus season is from May to July

Quang Ba Flower Market opens all day but most lively between 2:00 to 4:00 in the early morning

  • Opening hours: All day 
  • Address: Au Co Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi 

Quang Ba Flower Market

Come here in the early morning to buy the freshest flowers

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 is 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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