Saigon Square is one of the best shopping centers in Saigon to buy affordable products and to find great bargains. Famous among locals and tourists alike for its good deals, friendly atmosphere and wide range of clothes and souvenirs, this is the market of choice for shopping addicts. Take a breath, brace yourself, and step into the wonderland ahead...
This in-door retail tangle fuses the comforts of air-conditioning and clean amenities with the chaos and colour of a real market experience. Make a visit to this commerce mecca, one of the key attractions of the Saigon shopping scene. With quality products ranging from fashion and accessories to DVDs and electronic goods, you will find anything in Saigon Square: I even found a toy shop! Need a teddy bear for your cousin? It is the place for you.
Historically speaking, the Square was originally located at the Kumho building in Le Duan, but has since moved to three current outlets, the largest of which is Saigon Square 1 on Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa. Though by no means a monument, the Square has become a landmark of sorts – an icon of Ho Chi Minh City commerce. It belongs to the Phan Thanh Company and stallholders must liaison with them to hold a shop this popular market.
According to TripAdvisor Saigon Square is the hassle-free bargain centre of town. It is noted that prices start high so bargaining is a must, though some stalls have fixed prices on their items. The air-conditioning is also a winning attribute of this market, allowing for a more relaxed atmosphere, a pleasant browsing experience, and an all round great opportunity to shop till you drop.
If you're looking for a real, Saigon experience then a few hours at Saigon Square could easily tick all your boxes. With it's endless promotions, bargains and deals, stylish fashion, shining accessories, electronic goods and buzzing atmosphere, this market combines local and traveller interest in a colourful mix of spending and selling!
While mass-produced products are certainly on offer here, Saigon Square is known for it's collection of boutique style stalls and niche fashion options. A far cry from nearby souvenir hub Bến Thành Market, the Square is an all round classier and more comfortable place to shop.
Expect a lot of clothes, shoes and jewelry, with a vast range of watches, and phones lining the Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa entrance. Bags are best found at the front, facing the famous Lê Lợi strip. Winter coats and sports wear are also on offer, and there are even some second hand stalls selling locally donated tops and trousers.
Being a Saigon market, prices at Saigon Square vary. But as a general rule of thumb you can expect to pay 150,000 VND to 200,000 VND for a pair of jeans, around 8-10,000,000 VND for an iPhone 5 and about 300, 000VND for one of those lovely knock-off bags. Be nice, but bargain hard! Stallholders tend to be more reasonable in their pricing than at Bến Thành Market, but it is still wise to negotiate for your purchases.
Also, bear in mind the relationship between price and quality. Yes, a bargain is exciting, but try to get a balance - if that Gucci bag cost you 70,000 VND, chances are it will fall apart before you've made it home. If in doubt ask around – many stalls in the Square sell the same products, so ask at a few to gage the right price.
Nice, paid toilets can be found upstairs. Handing over 2,000 VND to a friendly lavatory lady allow you to enjoy a basic but clean bathroom experience.
Drinking water is not available inside the market and not particularly common on the street nearby, so bring a bottle if you're the thirsty type.
There are Sacombank and Commonwealth ATMs at both entrances to the market, taking Visa, Plus, Maestro, Mastercard and Cirrus, and parking on-site for motorbikes or bicycles is a tidy flat rate of 5,000 VND.
All in all, Saigon Square is one of the top attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. Go shopping at this exciting market for the best deals, quality and colour on offer, and enjoy the buzz of a popular Saigon commercial hub! Relax and re-charge in a nearby cafe, take a pit stop at the upstairs market toilets and remember to take many interesting photos. This famous city attraction is officially all yours...go!
Go before 9 a.m. to watch the stallholders setting up. No bargains to be had at this point but many interesting pictures and a deceptively quiet labyrinth of clothes racks and yawning vendors.