Ben Thanh Traditional Market is the most famous shopping destination for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City's Ben Thanh Market sells everything in a packed grid of retailers. Clothes and fabric in front give way to kitchenware and souvenirs, backing on to food and produce. Be prepared as sellers here are particularly intense. There are cheaper markets in town, but Ben Thanh's history and central Saigon location make it the most popular stop for travellers. You can always get lower prices if you bargain or if you purchase several items at once.
There is no doubt that Ben Thanh Market is one of the best tourist attractions in HCMC. There are over 3000 vendor stalls in Ben Thanh. Everything from ceramics, clothes, watches, lighters, t-shirts, coffee, handbags, shoes, conical hats, custom made suits and dresses to noodle soup and fruit smoothies is sold here. Both vendors inside and hawkers outside Ben Thanh Market are somewhat aggressive so you should get used to politely decline or ignore their frequent terse sales pitches. It is always best to explore the different shops first instead of buying at first sight.
If you are looking for an authentic gift or a souvenir to bring back home, you can also read our guide about the Top 5 Souvenirs to Buy in Vietnam.
The market moves outside in the early evening, a great place to have a dinner in one of the numerous street food stalls.