Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City is like eating a great dinner: you want to do it, you look forward to doing it and, to some extent, you really must do it. Tourists come from all over the world to experience Saigon’s chaotic Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square, to get lost in countless glistening tables of gold and gems, and for the very best of bargaining. And the city itself is renowned as the commercial hub of Vietnam.

Perhaps the most well known quirks of shopping in Ho Chi Minh City are the deals, bargains, cheap products and promotions it offers. Famed for its colourful markets and hundreds of souvenir dealers, it is the place to visit for cheap memorabilia from your trip to Vietnam. Prices are either ridiculously low or ridiculously inflated depending on the seller, and before spending it’s advisable to bargain ruthlessly for a local, rather than tourist, price. If you are looking for the best gift to bring back home to your family, read our article: Top Souvenirs in Vietnam.

Fashion is also a key aspect of the Ho Chi Minh City shopping scene, which features the finest of cheap knock-offs, internationally renowned designers and up-market clothing chains. It is easy to lose yourself among the many boutique stores, international brands and colourful bargain dens of this city. Whether it’s an impeccable Jimmy Choo that does it for you or a fluffy no-brand sweater, you will probably be impressed by the offer. Tailors are also key to Ho Chi Minh City shopping, and are often the best option in terms of price and custom cuts. You can read our guide: Finding a Good Tailor in Ho Chi Minh City for many great tips.

Jewellery is another popular product for Saigon’s shoppers and, beside the sparkly chains and chunky rings of Saigon Square, this city is a must see for high-end accessorising. Boasting a number of well-known chains and custom design stores, Ho Chi Minh City offers a host of colour to the jewellery buying scene.

Finally, for those who like to adorn their houses rather than themselves, Saigon offers a wide range of options for stylish houseware, arts and home deco. Lining the streets in District 1, talented local artists will paint excellent copies of well-known works, original designs and realisations of your family photos for a very reasonable price. With custom furniture design, ornate handicrafts and clean-cut modern fittings, you will find everything you need for your home among Saigon’s warehouses.

Where to Shop in Ho Chi Minh City

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. The diverse products are highlighted in a new HCMC showroom that spans two floors. From functional dinner sets to sculptures and spectacular handpainted vases, the attention ...

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Mekong Plus HCMC

Mekong Plus HCMC

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. They use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful vintage ethnic embroideries in their products. Their accessories range combines the use ...

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Authentique Home

Authentique Home

Since its foundation in 1995, Authentique Home has dedicated itself to celebrate and uphold the fine craft traditions of Vietnam with refined design, selected materials and masterly craftsmanship.

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Saigon Square

Saigon Square

Historically speaking, Saigon Square was originally located at the Kumho building in Le Duan, but has since moved to two outlets, the largest of which is Saigon Square 1 on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. Though by no means a monument in Vietnam, Saigon Square has become a shopping landmark of sorts – an icon of Ho Chi Minh City commerce. ...

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The House of Saigon

The House of Saigon

The House of Saigon is an all-in-one handmade goods, café and tea shop, featuring unique handcrafted items, a 1940s-Saigon-inspired décor and yummy treats. Also available are homemade spices, a personal tea master that brews up savory samples for guests and handmade jewelry – all at reasonable prices. It’s not hard to find souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City. They’re on ...

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Ginkgo T-Shirts Ho Chi Minh City

Ginkgo T-Shirts Ho Chi Minh City

From their Ho Chi Minh shop, Ginkgo sells quality products inspired by Vietnamese culture. The shop uses high quality and sometimes organic cotton fabric. Each article of clothing is manufactured in-house, by dedicated local people. No matter what the Ho Chi Minh City weather, you will look great in their terrific t-shirts, made for both men and women. They source ...

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Savon de Saigon Workshop

Savon de Saigon Workshop

Savon de Saigon handcrafts its own beauty care products using the best flora Vietnam has to offer. The hand-cut soaps are created from botanical extracts and natural oils such as rice bran oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil. The shop ensures everything it makes, from the aromatherapy candles that double as body oil, to the100% natural lipstick, are free from ...

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Mekong Plus HCMC

Mekong Plus HCMC

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. They use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful vintage ethnic embroideries in their products. Their accessories range combines the use ...

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Minh Sang Plaza

Minh Sang Plaza

Looking for premier shopping and dining just outside of Saigon? Try Minh Sang Plaza located 30km from downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Minh Sang Plaza is home to a collection of upscale shopping and dining venues. The highlight is the first floor, dedicated to Minh Long, one of the premier porcelain makers in Asia. For a bite to eat, step ...

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Akuruhi Japanese Supermarket

Akuruhi Japanese Supermarket

Akuruhi is a Japanese supermarket located District 1, where many Japanese expatriates live. If you want to cook Japanese food and need ingredients, it is the place to go to in Saigon. They also have some ready-to-eat sushis and sashimis.

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Mekong Quilts

Mekong Quilts

Mekong Quilts is non-profit organisation that specialises in high quality hand stitched bed covers. The organisation provides employment, training and benefits to women from rural Vietnam and Cambodia. Profits are reinvested into the community through its NGO, Mekong Plus. Quilt styles range from traditional to contemporary, using patchwork, piecing and various stitching techniques. The shops stock a wide selection of ...

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Minh Sang Ceramics

Minh Sang Ceramics

In Saigon you can buy elegant pre-made ceramics from Minh Long and you can also do it yourself at their ceramic centre. Pick a design, grab some colours and make your own souvenir to take back to your friends at home. They'll love it.

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Gomo Furniture

Gomo Furniture

BIENVENUE À GOMO ! Their French style will seduce you. Gomo Furniture is synonymous with both modern and  colonial styles and they invite their respected clients to revel in a contemporary and original lifestyles that places design first; a place that attracts interior designers & architects. For your convenience, you may shop with Gomo via their online store which has ...

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Vin Gallery

Vin Gallery

VinGallery was created to spread awareness of the modern and contemporary art that is emerging in Vietnam. Exhibitions are dedicated to the work of modern and contemporary artists. We help support many of the influential and distinctive artists working today in Vietnam. Our artists come from diverse cultural backgrounds, work with various mediums, come from different art educations, and have a spectrum of life experiences. Being very active in the art scene, we have ...

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Nosbyn

Nosbyn

Ladies fashion shop, operating since March 2013, product lines mainly focus on simplicity and minimalistic styles. Top selling items like crop tops and basic pants are aimed at young trendy female fashionistas with an eye for the cool. Nosbyn also operate two other outlets in the city.

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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. The diverse products are highlighted in a new HCMC showroom that spans two floors. From functional dinner sets to sculptures and spectacular handpainted vases, the attention ...

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Mekong Creations

Mekong Creations

Mekong Creations is a non-profit organisation that specialises in unique locally-produced household and gift items, including rag rugs, papier mache, silk, bamboo and water hyacinth products. Mekong Creations also produces items for luxury French brand Terre d'Oc and sells these products throughout HCMC. Mekong Creations is a project of NGO Mekong Plus, supporting community development programmes in remote villages in ...

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Authentique Home

Authentique Home

Since its foundation in 1995, Authentique Home has dedicated itself to celebrate and uphold the fine craft traditions of Vietnam with refined design, selected materials and masterly craftsmanship.

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We Visit Vincom Dong Khoi

We Visit Vincom Dong Khoi

Opened in 2010, Saigon’s Vincom Center is a commercial, business and living complex located between Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House. Known best for its large mall (open 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.), the center is split into two buildings - Vincom Center A and Vincom Center B - located in Le Thanh Ton & Dong Khoi Street ...

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H&D Tailor

H&D Tailor

Stocking high quality fabric imported directly from Italy, H&D is one of the finest tailors in HCMC. In as little as three days, their professional, internationally trained staff will design and stitch a suit to perfectly complement your stature. The preferred choice of the well heeled traveller, H&D's off the rack labels include Ermenegildo Zegna, Reda, F. Lli Cerruti and ...

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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. Trumpeting everything from fighting to industrial production, this socialist style now has a very hip retro feel and can be found on items from old posters to handbags ...

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Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth is a fast growing free-floating plant that has become a problem in the Mekong Delta where it clogs waterways and chokes river life. That's the bad news. The good news is that the plant is being harvested to create weaved ornamental and functional products ranging from table mats and picnic hampers to sofas and chairs. Water hyacinth products ...

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Traditional Art

Traditional Art

Saigon's artisans produce stunningly ornate work including lacquerware, woodblock prints, silk paintings, embroidery and Vietnamese calligraphy. In the past, calligraphers used Chinese characters but these days Roman script is used to write poetry, folk sayings or hopes for future good luck. The technique of making lacquerware was once veiled in mystery with families passing knowledge down through the generations. Vietnamese traditional art is widely available ...

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Buffalo Horn

Buffalo Horn

There are a number of Saigon-based jewellers creating works with buffalo horn. Aside from jewellery, buffalo horn is used to create eating utensils, pipes and hair care tools and decorations. Colours range from pale cream to ebony. It is said that the spirit of the buffalo resides in the horn, thus it has immense power that can be transferred to ...

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Silk

Silk

Saigon has a centuries-old tradition of silk weaving and embroidery. Vietnamese silks drape beautifully and are blessed with enough body that they are easy to sew. Diverse in colours, weave and quality, various kinds of silk products highlight a distinctive feature of Vietnamese culture. From clothing to shoes to silk paintings, you're bound to find something silk-related in HCMC that ...

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Life Impress - An Tuong

Life Impress - An Tuong

Find the perfect souvenir or gift at Life Impress - An Tuong in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Choose from a range of beautifully made products that breathe sophistication and beauty. Everything in the shop is factory made by the owner, who guarantees the quality of the items. Peruse through a selection of crockery, photo albums, jewellery, picture ...

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Embroidery

Embroidery

Vietnamese hand embroidery is a tradition that dates back over eight centuries. Find a stunning piece in one of Saigon's many stores that sell embroidery. Historically, girls are taught to embroider pillowcases and tablecloths, but since the 1960's hand embroidery has been raised to the level of high art. Majestic sceneries and detailed portraits unfold under the steady hands of ...

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Modern Furniture

Modern Furniture

Whether you desire clean lines and modern design or the artistry of oriental antiquity, you'll find it in Saigon. From expansive wardrobes to wine cabinets, there is a variety of items carved from rare wood accented with precious stones or ceramics. No big yellow and blue Swedish furniture store in HCMC yet, but there are a number of international showrooms ...

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Zippos

Zippos

Once a faithful companion to U.S. soldiers during the War, Zippos can be found scattered throughout Vietnam and in select shops in HCMC. Each Zippo tells a unique story. Most are still functioning and only require a top up of lighter fluid and a new flint. They are priced according to the year, design, quality and condition. Many are priced ...

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Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass and renewable resource with a delicate grain that makes it distinctive and elegant. A large range of bamboo products are produced in Saigon and Vietnam including vases, trays and platters, as well as larger furniture items. With the plant growing abundantly around HCMC and Vietnam, prices are reasonable. Bamboo is also used as the mould ...

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Fashion

Fashion

From high end brands to the timeless grace of Vietnam's traditional dress or modern pieces by chic young designers, Saigon's fashion scene offers a wealth of diversity. The Vietnamese are not shy when it comes to colour. Most local shops only carry local sizes that may not fit many Westerners. Nonetheless, outlets such as the Russian Market stock Western sizes.HCMC's ...

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SC VivoCity

SC VivoCity

SC VivoCity offers a wide range of services across its five floors. CGV Cinemas has opened their first IMAX theatre in Vietnam here on the top level of the mall, with an available 3D option. There is also a nice sky park with a children’s playground on the rooftop. Across all floors you will find a variety of fashion shops, ...

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Labella Green Fashion

Labella Green Fashion

This boutique is the darling of discerning Saigonese, expats and tourists. Westerners love being able to look fabulous in Vietnamese designs, available in larger sizes. Labella displays evening gowns, casual wear, accessories and shoes. Featuring both simple and sophisticated patterns and cuts, shoppers of any taste will leave with a full bag and a satisfied smile. Labella is located on ...

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Parkson Paragon

Parkson Paragon

Parkson Paragon provides a wide range of luxury fashion choices and food options with a supermarket on the ground floor as well as a CGV Cineplex on the fifth floor. It is the smallest of D7’s three malls. English is spoken.

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Lacquer Painting

Lacquer Painting

Nowhere in the world is the diversity and availability of lacquer arts more evident than in Vietnam, with a range that spans Saigon museum pieces to holiday ornaments. Following a French lacquer painting class in 1930, lacquer painting in Vietnam developed into a technique that combined both traditional Asian and European styles. The Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh ...

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Saigon Square

Saigon Square

Historically speaking, Saigon Square was originally located at the Kumho building in Le Duan, but has since moved to two outlets, the largest of which is Saigon Square 1 on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. Though by no means a monument in Vietnam, Saigon Square has become a shopping landmark of sorts – an icon of Ho Chi Minh City commerce. ...

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Viet Artisans

Viet Artisans

Check out their beautiful gifts, handmade bags and notebooks that reflect the richness of the Vietnamese culture and make great gifts for your loved ones. Their products are available for online purchase and ship internationally.

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Dogma

Dogma

Proudly advertising the sale of Vietnamese kitsch, Dogma stocks reproductions of old propaganda posters emblazoned on cards, jackets, souvenirs and t-shirts. Inject a little socialist reality in your wardrobe and home decor. With morale from the Ministry, Dogma fuses retro Vietnamese propaganda art with urban fashion and comrade souvenirs, all brilliantly updated.   The Dogma Poster Collection in HCMC is ...

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Miss Ao Dai

Miss Ao Dai

Based over three floors, Miss Ao Dai is the ultimate in souvenir shopping. Products are carefully selected and are of the highest quality. Peruse the whole range of handmade goods including bags, jewellery and replicas of antique Chinese furniture in a hassle-free environment. Remember to check out the workshop where you can see or have an ao dai tailored within ...

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Lacquerware

Lacquerware

Vietnamese lacquerware is sought after by collectors for its beauty and durability. Some lacquer manufactories in Saigon host free tours. Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum at Pho Duc Chinh is home to many fine pieces of vintage lacquerware. The art galleries along Dong Khoi feature modern lacquer pieces. It can take more than 12 stages of production to ...

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Diamond Plaza

Diamond Plaza

If you want to go ten-pin bowling, see a movie or simply cruise a Saigon mall in air conditioned comfort, Diamond Plaza is the place to be. The shopping centre hosts a range of cosmetics, branded clothing and toys as well as a noisy arcade and ubiquitous food court full of fast food options. The Family Medical Centre is here ...

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Takayuki Boutique

Takayuki Boutique

Takayuki Boutique is the Saigon flagship store of Japanese designer Taka Sawamura. Located next to La Fenetre Soleil, this select shop offers its audiences high quality designer goods from the world over. Here you can find designer handbags made from top quality materials in both functional and appealing designs. Sawamura showcases his amazing artistry with two main fashion handbag brands: ...

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Mai Lam

Mai Lam

A continually evolving boutique underneath Saigon's Hotel Continental, Mai Lam features pieces made with passion and dedicated to her family and the history of Vietnam. The designer is inspired by her culture and background along with the energy of Ho Chi Minh City. Her work is a poignant reflection of her extraordinary life that takes sad reminders of the war ...

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L'Usine

L'Usine

HCMC's L'usine is a haven for everything the rest of the world forgot. A loft cafe, vintage racing bike and Lomo heaven, L'usine also sells clothes to go along with your espresso. Don't know what Lomo is? Visit L'usine. The Champs-Elysees meets Bleeker Street in classic Saigon style. While away the hours or buy some hip gear. Whatever makes your ...

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Khai Silk

Khai Silk

For pieces ready to rock or custom tailored outfits matched to your taste, Khai Silk provides some of the foremost examples of silk clothing and accessories available in Ho Chi Minh City. With locations scattered throughout Saigon and Vietnam, their flagship store is on Dong Khoi. The Khai Silk corporate empire has expanded to include stores, restaurants and even a ...

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Deco

Deco

If you can imagine it, you can create it in Ho Chi Minh City. From luxurious silk bedcovers to handmade paper lamps, knick-knacks to fill your cupboards, easy chairs, scatter cushions, teak tables and majestic marble statuettes, everything you could see in your mind's eye can be found or custom made in Vietnam. Combining functionality and finesse, Vietnam's tailor-made furniture ...

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Traditional Furniture

Traditional Furniture

In many Saigon homes, you'll find ornately carved and stained dark wooden pieces inlaid with exquisite scenes created with mother of pearl or even eggshells. The final finish is usually a shiny coat of lacquer, a natural resin taken from the rhus tree. Ho Chi Minh City's fine craftsmen can turn out expertly carved work in addition to building bucolic ...

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Woodcarvings

Woodcarvings

Woodcarving is a thriving craft in Ho Chi Minh City, from trinkets to wood figurines to burled furniture. Elaborately designed wooden items flaunted in Saigon's streetside shops will surely pique your interest. Choosing the type of wood is important: hardwoods are more difficult to shape but have greater longevity, while softer woods are easier to carve but more vulnerable. Vietnamese ...

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Bambou Company

Bambou Company

Since 2001 this unique fashion company has been offering travellers sustainable, high quality clothing with designs inspired by the vibrant sights and sounds of Vietnam. These chic shops offer a full line of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing ranging from casual t-shirts and polo shirts to stylish skirts and dresses. Their local factory uses modern manufacturing techniques to create clothing ...

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Saigon Centre

Saigon Centre

Saigon Centre is a tall building with offices, serviced apartments and a shopping center. The builiding is currently under renovation. Centrally located in HCMC with three retailing levels, this upscale centre caters to the high end office workers who inhabit the building. It's a great place to buy electronics, clothing and handicrafts. Formerly the tallest building in Vietnam, Saigon Centre's ...

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Cau Vong Art Studio

Cau Vong Art Studio

Cau Vong Art Studio, located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, specialises in oil paintings. Anything that your imagination can conjure up can be realised here. Come to them with a photo, a design or an idea and see it materialise into a fantastic work of art. Pieces are made to order and can be painted on canvas, ...

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Big C Supermarket HCMC

Big C Supermarket HCMC

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. ...

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XQ Hand Embroidery

XQ Hand Embroidery

Step away from modern stresses and enter a world where things are done the way they always were. XQ Hand Embroidery employs, trains and supports over 2,000 women in Saigon and Vietnam. Steeped in tradition, you will be struck by the beauty and quality of their work. Delicately handwoven fabrics are lovingly produced by skilled technicians. A demure entrance disguises ...

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Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art

Ho Chi Minh City has a number of art galleries, but finding real bargains can be difficult as there is a roaring trade in knock-offs and replicas. While some works still reflect the historical and turbulent past, new styles and methods have been adopted by artists. Saigon's mostly underground contemporary art scene still provides opportunities for art collectors to find ...

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CAO Fine

CAO Fine

Sophisticated, beautiful and confident describes CAO Fine Jewellery and the discerning and successful women who wear the designs. CAO Fine Jewellery, based in HCMC, uses the highest grade stones and precious metals to produce stunning pieces. The collections are limited edition designs with many one-off pieces. Famous for premium jewellery in Saigon, CAO Fine Jewellery offers unique products to the ...

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Duc Tien Jewellery

Duc Tien Jewellery

In the lobby of the Catina Saigon Hotel, a multitude of gems are available as stand alone pieces or as gaudy additions to a necklace, bracelet or ring. The variety of styles here is endless and the creative cuts are simply stunning. The jade designs, fashioned into wearable works of art, are particularly eye catching. For fine gemstones and luxurious ...

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Lotte Mart (Mall)

Lotte Mart (Mall)

South Korea's leading department store operator is now in Saigon. With a well-stocked grocery, all varieties of designer clothing, a cinema and everything else you'd need or want from a department store, Lotte Mart will make you feel like a Seoul suburbanite. For a break from the Ho Chi Minh City heat, hit the bowling alley, catch a movie at ...

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Zen Plaza

Zen Plaza

Located on Nguyen Trai in central Ho Chi Minh City, Zen Plaza is home to many foreign fashion brands such as Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Levi's, Kappa, Geox, Ecco and Sketchers as well as a number of Vietnamese designers. In addition to their boutique shops, Zen Plaza organises fashion shows for designers to show off their latest designs. The centre ...

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Jess Optics

Jess Optics

Jess Optics is a chain of sleek and professional optometry boutiques in Ho Chi Minh City that provides international standard eye care services in Vietnam. Using modern equipment, Jess Optics's qualified optometrists offer comprehensive eye tests including cataract, glaucoma and retinal assessments. Jess Optics is a retailer of frames from top international designers. Pick up a pair of high quality ...

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The Crescent Mall

The Crescent Mall

Ho Chi Minh City's newest shopping centre, The Crescent brings unique design, fantastic customer service and an array of upscale retail outlets together under one roof. In addition to international brands, some of which are opening their first store in Vietnam, every category of shopping is covered and a variety of food and drink options is sure to satisfy. The ...

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Catherine Denoual Maison

Catherine Denoual Maison

Catherine Denoual's light airy boutique is a haven of beauty in Ho Chi Minh City that elevates soft furnishings to haute couture. The shop stocks Catherine's range of hand-embroidered bed linens, tableware and soft furnishings, all made from the highest quality materials. All Catherine's sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases are a luxurious 500 thread count Egyptian cotton-satin. Be certain ...

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Designer Brands

Designer Brands

There was once a scarcity of international brands available in Saigon, and you had to make do with sketchy counterfeit items at the markets. Today, fashionistas can shop until they drop at Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Versace in HCMC's upscale malls and designer boutiques. If you don't want to shell out for the real deal or have a thing for ...

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Es'thetic

Es'thetic

Specialising in manufacturing solid wood interior and exterior home furnishings in a classical style, Saigon's Es'thetic makes both large and small pieces in a variety of woods, cuts and finishes. They have more than eleven years of experience, great customer care and worldwide shipping, adding the extra touch of comfort and convenience to your Ho Chi Minh City window shopping.

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Tailors in HCMC

Tailors in HCMC

Ho Chi Minh City's tailors can whip up a haute couture number or something for everyday wear in as little as two days. Tailors offer their own designs and have magazines and pattern books with the latest styles. You can create your own masterpiece, too. Bring your own fabric or pick something out from the tailor's collection. In Saigon, the ...

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Parkson Plaza

Parkson Plaza

With locations throughout Ho Chi Minh City, Parkson boasts a thorough selection of cosmetics and a wide range of clothing. It is the place to go for quality kitchenware and appliances. The small in-store supermarket also boasts imported products.   Parkson is the retail arm of The Lion Group, an international conglomerate which has its beginnings in manufacturing and trading operations ...

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Nga Art and Craft

Nga Art and Craft

Nga Art and Craft in Saigon designs and produces high quality Vietnamese products that blend innovative modern art with traditional styles. Every piece is handmade by skilled artisans, creating beauty beyond function. Lacquerware pieces range from wall decorations to plates and trays and decorative lamps to illuminate the night. For something extraordinary, exquisite original lacquer furniture adds colour to any ...

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Ipa Nima HCMC

Ipa Nima HCMC

A colourful arrangement of fashion and function, Ipa Nima Boutique shop is the brainchild of Christina Yu and has been creating accessories full of invention and flair since 1997. Focusing on purses, the design-first mentality leads to pieces that reflect style and symmetry, all steeped in a heavy dose of soul. Their support of Saigon non profits brings social responsibility ...

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The House of Saigon

The House of Saigon

The House of Saigon is an all-in-one handmade goods, café and tea shop, featuring unique handcrafted items, a 1940s-Saigon-inspired décor and yummy treats. Also available are homemade spices, a personal tea master that brews up savory samples for guests and handmade jewelry – all at reasonable prices. It’s not hard to find souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City. They’re on ...

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Gallery Vinh Loi

Gallery Vinh Loi

One of the most well known art hubs in Vietnam, Gallery Vinh Loi displays famous works by Nguyen Sang, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Nguyen Thanh Binh, Hong Viet Dung, Thanh Van and many others at their Saigon gallery. Exhibits have been held around the world including shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Britain and the United States. For a well-deserved art ...

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Ao Dai

Ao Dai

Before buying an Ao Dai, the traditional clothing of Vietnamese women, you should know  a certain number of things.  One doesn't have to travel far in HCMC to see woman dressed in long, snug fitting shiny dresses. The form fitting but flowing ao dai (say 'ao yai'), worn over silk trousers, is said to flatter every figure. Ao dai translates ...

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Model Boats

Model Boats

Boat modelling is a craft as old as shipbuilding, and dates back to the development of water transport. In Vietnam, model boats hail from a woodworking village in Dong Nai, and there are hobby stores in HCMC where you can buy the boats. Replicas range from miniatures to complex, full-masted scale models. The time to complete a model boat ranges ...

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It's happened to be a closet ( Ethophen )

It's happened to be a closet ( Ethophen )

It’s Happened to be a Closet is a boutique where you can get a manicure and pedicure, and flip through some cookery books whilst your boyfriend sits around sipping a bespoke coffee, watching movies and surfing the internet. The venue multi-tasks as a clothing shop, a nail parlour and coffee conner. Once you step through the door, you will be ...

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Cincinati Leather Boutique

Cincinati Leather Boutique

Need a new handbag or purse while in Ho Chi Minh City? Look no further than Cincinati Leather Boutique, a local brand of genuine leather bags and personal goods created by skilled craftsmen for customers looking for classic and vagabond beauty. Cincinati Leather Boutique uses only the finest leather made from the skins of cows and goats. Prices are reasonable ...

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High Street Fashion

High Street Fashion

Ho Chi Minh City is opening up to international brands, and Esprit, Accessorize and Mango, among others, are already in Saigon. The stores along Nguyen Trai and inside the big shopping centres stock a range of trendy clothes. There a number of shops in HCMC that cater to buyers of mid-range threads - just don't expect cutting edge designs and ...

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We Visit An Dong Plaza

We Visit An Dong Plaza

An Dong Plaza is a historical traditional market and one of the most popular shopping malls in HCMC. Once you finish wading through Ho Chi Minh City's overcrowded markets, try An Dong Plaza at the Windsor Hotel. It is a multi-story shopping mall that sells clothes, jewellery, footwear, accessories, souvenirs and furniture in a traditional market layout. With large floor ...

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NOWZONE Fashion Mall

NOWZONE Fashion Mall

This is not just a shopping mall - this is a fashion mall, and NOWZONE aims to be at the top of its category among fashion malls in Saigon. See what's hot in women's and men's clothing, accessories, shoes and more. All the latest trends and styles from the US, Japan and Korea are at NOWZONE, which is open from ...

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Galerie Quynh

Galerie Quynh

An internationally renowned contemporary art gallery showcasing Vietnam's most important artists and foreign talents, Galerie Quynh is a must visit for anyone interested in the Saigon art scene. Starting with abstract painters shunned by the state for their nonconformist work, the mediums employed now range from drawing to sculpture, photography, video and installation.   Founded in 2000 by Vietnamese-American art ...

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Nagu

Nagu

A whole host of beautifully made souvenirs awaits you at Nagu. On display are countless hand-crafted accessories that make great gifts and are quite unlike anything else you will find in Ho Chi Minh City or Vietnam. A lovely range of comfortable children's clothes with material from Japan will transform any child into a darling prince or princess. Choose from ...

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Antiques

Antiques

Le Cong Kieu Street, near Ben Thanh Market, is one of Saigon's best kept secrets. One hundred metres long and packed with more than 60 antique shops, every store is in turn jam packed with hundreds of items. Rummage through the treasure trove of stone statues, lamps, ceramic pots, clocks and coins and you unearth a rare find. Be aware ...

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Porcelain/Ceramics

Porcelain/Ceramics

Most Vietnamese ceramics created after the era of Chinese domination were influenced by Chinese art. In time, these porcelain works evolved into something distinctly Vietnamese. Vietnam now produces high quality ceramic household items, from teapots to large bowls. Often cobalt blue and white, but available in a variety of colours, pieces can be used decoratively and functionally. In HCMC a ...

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Jewellery in Saigon

Jewellery in Saigon

It is easy to be distracted by the jewellery shops with a mixture of precious and semi-precious stones including diamonds and sapphires paired with silver gold or white gold. Jade is the most popular stone as it is believed to bring luck. The cost of raw materials can be higher in Vietnam but the price of items is often lower ...

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Straw Hats

Straw Hats

There is no more iconic souvenir than the Vietnamese non la, or 'leaf hat'. Even as Saigon climbs the rungs of modernity, the humble leaf hat can still be seen atop many a head around HCMC. This distinctive lid has become a national symbol representing the hard-working spirit of Vietnam and its people. The conical hat is fashioned out of ...

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