Shopping in Hanoi is first class, a cornucopia of local and international goods that fulfils any shopaholic's wildest dreams. At a more relaxed pace than the fevered browsing in Saigon and other Asian metropolises, shopping in Hanoi allows you take your time to find the perfect piece to bring home. The clothing scene is limited, especially for foreign sizes, but specialty outlets cater to silk lovers, fashionistas and casual browsers alike. For those who wish to blend in with the locals, try a custom tailored ao dai, an elegant tunic that leaves just enough to the imagination. For all your shopping needs in Hanoi, head first to the Old Quarter, a maze of colonial streets that houses every product under the sun. If you don't find what you're looking for, you're sure to find something better!

To accompany Hanoi's booming tourist scene, souvenir shops have stepped up their game and offer a wide range of unique products to commemorate your stay. From traditional embroidery and handicrafts to stylish ceramics and housewares, there is something for everyone. You'll find that most paintings are reproductions; however, there are genuine works of art created in Hanoi and the pieces are stunning. Galleries full of lacquer paintings and cultural touchstones are widespread and a burgeoning contemporary scene toes the line between gentle subversion and impressive artistry.

Where to Shop in Hanoi

Tan My Design

Tan My Design

The First Shop on Silk Street It was 1969, in the midst of wartime. Men were sent off to fight, while women were left home. The wives, daughters, friends and lovers of those sent into enemy lines wanted to gift the troops handkerchiefs and pillowcases, and suddenly a market was born. Tan My, then a small shop in a narrow ...

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Mekong+

Mekong+

Mekong+, incorporating Mekong Quilts and Mekong Creations, is  a social enterprise specializing in high quality, hand crafted quilts  and accessories. The Indo-Chine inspired quilt range uses patchwork, piecing and intricate stitch detail to create a contemporary aesthetic. We use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful vintage ethnic embroideries in our products. Our accessories range combines the ...

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Huong’s Jewellery

Huong’s Jewellery

Huong has been in the business of jewellery making since she 18 years old, when she took over the family shop in Hanoi. Before the the showcase that it is today, Huong’s Jewellery was part souvenir shop and part jewellery shop. As years went by and Huong took charge, the shop began to focus all resources on creating jewellery pieces. ...

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Minh Long

Minh Long

Minh Long was founded in 1970 by Mr. Ly Ngoc Minh, a young man devoted to creating exquisite porcelain. A family owned company, Minh Long has developed a characteristic style passed down through generations. From functional dinner sets to sculptures and spectacular hand-painted vases, the attention to artistry is legendary. Many of the pieces have a distinctive Vietnamese flavour and ...

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Metiseko Hanoi

Metiseko Hanoi

Metiseko showcases a print collection and a selection of homeware and clothing made from organic cotton and natural silks. Each print is an original and tells a different story of Vietnam. Enter a world of 'eco-chic' style that features a mix of flower prints and colours and materials with a soft hand and gentle drape. Metiseko in Hanoi is open ...

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Ipa Nima Hanoi

Ipa Nima Hanoi

Ipa-Nima Hanoi, now an international fashion label, originated in Vietnam. Their products feature eye-catching bags and accessories adorned with unique designs and hand made embellishments. Fancy a handbag festooned with metal grommets and rhinestones? You'll find it at Ipa-Nima. In Hanoi browse their flagship shop on Han Thuyen and smaller outlet near St. Joseph's Cathedral. Ipa-Nima also has a presence ...

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Mekong+

Mekong+

Mekong+, incorporating Mekong Quilts and Mekong Creations, is  a social enterprise specializing in high quality, hand crafted quilts  and accessories. The Indo-Chine inspired quilt range uses patchwork, piecing and intricate stitch detail to create a contemporary aesthetic. We use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful vintage ethnic embroideries in our products. Our accessories range combines the ...

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Ginkgo T-Shirts Hanoi

Ginkgo T-Shirts Hanoi

Ginkgo has been producing and selling high-quality clothing from their fashion stores in Vietnam since 2007. Established in Ho Chi Minh City, they have branched out and now have establishments in Hoi An, Hanoi and Nha Trang. Their Hanoi shop sells superbly designed and fashionable t-shirts for men and women. Creative designs incorporate images like the country’s famous five pointed ...

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Tan My Design

Tan My Design

The First Shop on Silk Street It was 1969, in the midst of wartime. Men were sent off to fight, while women were left home. The wives, daughters, friends and lovers of those sent into enemy lines wanted to gift the troops handkerchiefs and pillowcases, and suddenly a market was born. Tan My, then a small shop in a narrow ...

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Tailors

Tailors

Though Hoi An is where most travellers head to get their new wardrobe made, Hanoi offers a decent number of tailors for anyone on a tight schedule. Bring your favourite suit to get copied or a picture of the dress you've always wanted and get it made from scratch. You can even stop by the fabric market on Hanoi's Hom ...

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Propaganda Art

Propaganda Art

Propaganda is commonly a form of political influence, but has also been used for campaigns to promote public health and safety. Vietnam's propaganda art truly came to light during the American War. Take note that most of the propaganda posters sold in Hanoi's Old Quarter are reproductions; the real stuff will drain your bank account and come with no guarantee ...

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Minh Long

Minh Long

Minh Long was founded in 1970 by Mr. Ly Ngoc Minh, a young man devoted to creating exquisite porcelain. A family owned company, Minh Long has developed a characteristic style passed down through generations. From functional dinner sets to sculptures and spectacular hand-painted vases, the attention to artistry is legendary. Many of the pieces have a distinctive Vietnamese flavour and ...

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Porcelain

Porcelain

The Chinese perfected porcelain in the 10th century, but the Vietnamese soon adopted it. Produced using kaolin, a type of white clay, and then fired at blistering temperatures, porcelain products are generally more delicate, fragile and expensive than their ceramic counterparts. Vietnam now produces high quality porcelain household items from teapots to large bowls. Often cobalt blue and white, but ...

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Big C Supermarket Hanoi

Big C Supermarket Hanoi

Big C is a family-oriented shopping mall and supermarket focused on providing customers the top-notch service and quality at the lowest prices. You can find a wide variety of domestic and imported products and services including household goods, cosmetics, wine, and organic products.To offer further savings, Big C’s own private brand is priced significantly lower than the leading brands. Offering ...

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Ceramics

Ceramics

While not famous for the high quality of its ceramics, Vietnam is an excellent place to stock up on everyday household items. Most items are painted in the traditional white and blue pattern, but as tourism has increased, shops have begun to stock more variety. Shoppers can pick up a full tea set for as little as VND100,000. The most ...

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Lacquer Painting

Lacquer Painting

Introduced into Vietnam from China, lacquer paintings are created by coating wood with several layers of resin, each of which must be sanded and allowed to dry before more colours are added. These complex and beautiful works often take months to create. In 15th-century Vietnam lacquer was used to gloss pagodas, palanquins, wood panels and other valuable objects, especially religious ...

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Traditional Art

Traditional Art

Hanoi's artisans produce stunningly decorative work including lacquerware, woodblock prints, silk paintings, embroidery and Vietnamese calligraphy. And while Vietnam's lacquer paintings may be more famous to Western travellers, the country also has a rich tradition of painting on canvas that combines European and Asian influences. After making the rounds of Hanoi's galleries, you may find yourself saturated with bicycles, monks ...

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Clothes

Clothes

Shopping for Western clothing sizes can often be an exercise in futility in the capital city, with shop owners breaking into fits of raucous laughter when you ask for anything larger than an extra small! Luckily, a few shops in Hanoi cater those of more ample body proportions who don't necessarily equate haute couture with pink sequins. Check out the ...

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Khai Silk

Khai Silk

Khai Silk is the largest silk retailer in Vietnam and provides an impressive selection of high quality silk. The retailer sells Western styles along with traditional oriental garments. Looking for unique threads? Locations and outlets throughout Hanoi and Vietnam offer tailoring services to create everything from suits and hand bags to accessories and housewares. The designs are one-of-a-kind and the ...

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Zippos

Zippos

Once devoted companions to US soldiers during the American War, Zippo lighters tell unique stories through the messages and symbols carved into the lighters' metal casings. Be forewarned though: profanity is common in many etched messages; they were written by homesick, disgruntled, weary soldiers after all. Most Zippos still work and only require a top up of lighter fluid or ...

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Huong’s Jewellery

Huong’s Jewellery

Huong has been in the business of jewellery making since she 18 years old, when she took over the family shop in Hanoi. Before the the showcase that it is today, Huong’s Jewellery was part souvenir shop and part jewellery shop. As years went by and Huong took charge, the shop began to focus all resources on creating jewellery pieces. ...

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Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Hanoi's contemporary art scene has exploded in recent years, with galleries popping up faster than mushrooms and many of Hanoi's top artists exhibiting outside Vietnam. Witness this art revolution in everything from music and painting to more traditional mediums like lacquer. Often works have a bit of political bite. Many galleries ...

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Kana

Kana

From simple silk dresses to brightly printed headbands, Kana in Hanoi has something for every size and taste. The line of flattering basics arranged by cut and colour make shopping at Kana a breeze, for yourself or someone else. Browse the large selection of embroidered handbags and cotton, linen and silk clothing emblazoned with traditional Vietnamese designs. With two stores ...

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Bookworm

Bookworm

A comfortable and cosy bookstore and cafe, Hanoi's Bookworm caters to the literary minded with their vast selection of volumes. Initially a book exchange centre for Hanoi's expatriates, the store has since swelled to include over 10,000 titles. Staff is well-trained, fluent in English and willing to help with any of your requests regarding new reading material. Bookworm supports several ...

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Lacquerware

Lacquerware

A practice dating back to the 18th Century, Vietnamese lacquerware is sought by collectors for its beauty and durability. Lacquer, a natural varnish from a tree in the cashew family, is applied to everything from paintings to dishes. It can take more than 12 stages of production to create one lacquered piece. Lacquerware in Hanoi is available in a range ...

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Tan My Embroidery

Tan My Embroidery

A storied Hanoian tradition with roots in fashion, design and houseware, Tan My Embroidery is one of Hanoi's oldest shops that produce embroidered goods. From pillow cases, clothes, linens, table cloths and pyjamas, you'll find everything you need to outfit you and your home. Choose from stylish patterns, classic designs and bright colours that add a touch of boldness to ...

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Minority Handicrafts

Minority Handicrafts

Famous for quilts that blend ancient techniques like batik printing with embroidery in garish neon colours, Vietnam's ethnic minority handicrafts have become a big hit in recent years. To ensure the craftspeople are earning a fair wage for their products, buy from one of Hanoi's fair trade shops. The gift shops at the Ethnology Museum and Craftlink on 43 Van ...

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Embroidery

Embroidery

Vietnam is famous for its handmade quilts and delicately embroidered tablecloths, and Hanoi's Old Quarter is an excellent place to stock up on gifts and housewares. Equally impressive are the embroidered scenes of local animals and village life, which are so intricate they often appear to be paintings until you see them up close. Larger pieces take more than a ...

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Chula Fashion House

Chula Fashion House

Open for 9 years, Chula has become a not-tobe missed destination Hanoi. Quietly located beside the famous West Lake, Chula is not only an ideal shopping venue with uniquely designed dresses, but also a fascinating and stylish exhibition space which blends culture, arts, religion, and architecture of Vietnam. Founded by two Spaniards Diego and Laura, Chula is perfect for adventurous ...

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Apricot Gallery in Hanoi

Apricot Gallery in Hanoi

Featuring works by some of the most prominent modern artists in Vietnam, Hanoi's Apricot Gallery holds a diverse collection spread over three floors. The oil paintings and lacquered woods range across many different subjects and a browse through the premises offers insight into the current state of Hanoi's art scene. Apricot Gallery has hosted several international customers including former U.S. ...

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Buffalo Horn

Buffalo Horn

Often combined with lacquer to make hair ornaments, cutlery and jewellery, buffalo horn can be found all over Hanoi's souvenir and houseware shops. Items range from blinding white to tar black, depending on the horn used, but these differences in colour make each item unique. Animal lovers rejoice: to collect buffalo horn does not require the creatures to be harmed ...

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Masks

Masks

Found hanging in shops throughout the narrow winding lanes of Hanoi's Old Quarter, these faces painted on woven round bamboo trays evoke the characters in Vietnam's traditional theatre, cheo. Each of the masks is painted in the theatrical makeup style and is meant to represent a single emotion. Embrace your inner drama queen and buy a mask for every day ...

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Green Palm Gallery

Green Palm Gallery

Occupying prime real estate in Hanoi's Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem District, Green Palm Gallery houses one of the finest collections of art available in the capital city. Established in 1996, critics and collectors alike can discover the best of contemporary Vietnamese art in a stylishly modern space. Whether you are there to browse or pick out a unique piece, ...

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Metiseko Hanoi

Metiseko Hanoi

Metiseko showcases a print collection and a selection of homeware and clothing made from organic cotton and natural silks. Each print is an original and tells a different story of Vietnam. Enter a world of 'eco-chic' style that features a mix of flower prints and colours and materials with a soft hand and gentle drape. Metiseko in Hanoi is open ...

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Mekong Quilts

Mekong Quilts

Specialising in high-quality, hand-stitched bed covers, baby quilts, accessories and giftware, Mekong Quilts' products are handmade by rural women from Vietnam and Cambodia. The company's profits enable women to remain in their communities to care for their families. Additional proceeds are distributed through their NGO, Mekong Plus, to raise the quality of life in these remote areas. There are three ...

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Wood Carving

Wood Carving

Most of the larger-than-life sculptures of Buddha are intended for Hanoi's temples and altars, but small ornate carvings make great gifts and souvenirs. Especially impressive are the carvings made from entire tree branches where the curvature of the wood is incorporated into the piece; dynamic fusions of nature and craft. Price and durability depends on the type of wood. Ironwood ...

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Water Puppets

Water Puppets

While the water puppets you see in Hanoi's souvenir shops may not date back to the 11th century Red River Delta, the art form does. After watching these wooden marionettes glide effortlessly across the water, we can guarantee you'll want a set for your bathtub. The puppets perform classic Vietnamese folk tales and stories, and the performances are accompanied by ...

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54 Traditions

54 Traditions

If you are hunting antiques in Hanoi and want to bring home some unique objects, 54 Traditions is the place to start. The gallery presents craft works and cultural antiques obtained from 54 peoples of Vietnam spread over four floors in their Hang Bun Street store. Shipping and delivery service is also available. 54 Traditions is the only gallery in ...

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Silk

Silk

Originating from the cocoon of the silk worm, this luxurious fabric was once reserved for those of noble blood. Luckily, nowadays anyone can pick up a candy-coloured silk scarf or even sleeping bag along Hang Gai Street in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Bring a lighter along to make sure you're getting the real deal: 100% silk will burn, while cheaper silk/acrylic ...

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Ipa Nima Hanoi

Ipa Nima Hanoi

Ipa-Nima Hanoi, now an international fashion label, originated in Vietnam. Their products feature eye-catching bags and accessories adorned with unique designs and hand made embellishments. Fancy a handbag festooned with metal grommets and rhinestones? You'll find it at Ipa-Nima. In Hanoi browse their flagship shop on Han Thuyen and smaller outlet near St. Joseph's Cathedral. Ipa-Nima also has a presence ...

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