From cheap deals and souvenirs in mid-class shopping centers to high end merchandise in luxury malls, Ho Chi Minh City's shopping scene has something for everyone. In fact, spending is dangerously easy! As a veritable economic volcano, Saigon boasts a thriving mercantile network. With endless choices in international brands and imports, a range of local fashion labels, tourist products, quality electronics and both imported and local foods, Saigon is your oyster of commerce.
To stock up on snacks, necessities and kitchen supplies make a visit to BIG C, one of Saigon's most reputed supermarkets, which is known for it's reasonable pricing and quality service. On a daily basis, you can also easily find a variety of other chains such as the Co.opmart and Citimart around the city. All supermarkets stock a range of products both imported and locally made.
Great for experiencing the local culture, traditional markets are all over the city. They are full of local vendors selling fresh products, Vietnamese coffee beans, household supplies, and Vietnamese street food at attractive prices. Must-visits include Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Square, An Dong Market and Cholon.
Located in the centre of town, Ben Thanh Market is a vibrant traditional Vietnamese market that most travelers visit while in Ho Chi Minh City. You may want to wake up early to shop for fresh products and have local breakfast inside the market before wandering around to shop for fashion items and souvenirs. From evening to 11 p.m. an exciting night market will be set up alongside the main hall. It can be hot and crowded with travelers, and people selling clothing, apparel and souvenirs along with interesting pop-up street food stalls, but this is an amazing experience that you don't want to miss.
You can find possibly everything you need in Saigon Square from clothes, jewelry, shoes and souvenirs of good quality, and at some of the best prices in town. Bargaining is expected, so you should never accept the opening bid. A five-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market, anyone looking for a great bargaining experience should make Saigon Square their first stop.
Only 4km away from the city center, An Dong Market is well-known as a fashion wholesalers for locals, especially those who live around District 5. There are many craft stores on the top floor of the building. Here you can find authentic woodwork, ceramics and lacquer from skilled artisans.
Binh Tay Marketin District 5 is well-known as Vietnam’s largest market in Chinatown (Cholon). Not only having an interesting historical and cultural aspect, Binh Tay Market is a fascinating choice for those who are looking for handicrafts, lacquerware, textiles and fresh goods. Binh Tay Market is chaotic, hot and exciting.
Modern Shopping Malls
Shopping can be an exciting experience. In a fascinating, fast-growing city like Saigon, that statement is especially true. The variety of experiences once can have is actually the most exciting thing about shopping in Ho Chi Minh City.
If you're looking for quality rather than quantity, there are many upscale shopping centres scattered throughout the city. These include Diamond Plaza, Crescent Mall, Vincom Center, Zen Plaza, VivoCity and Aeon Mall. These are very popular among expats and young office workers. You can shop for electronics, home decor, sports apparel and international upmarket fashion brands and styles, such as Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Hermes. Designer labels are also widely available, all within the cool, beautiful setting of some of Saigon's finest shopping centres. All malls in Ho Chi Minh City have food courts and plenty of cafes.
Zen Plaza is set along Nguyen Trai - one of Ho Chi Minh City’s popular fashion streets. Here you can shop for international brands like Nike, Levi’s Diesel, Ecco, Tommy Hilfiger, Kappa, Geox and Sketchers outlets, as well as prominent Vietnamese brands such as Trong Nguyen and Thanh Long. There’s a massive food court on the top floor, offering great views of Saigon.
Vincom Center is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s biggest shopping malls. If you are looking for international luxury brands, this should be the perfect stop for you. There are also some convenient restaurants and cafes for you to enjoy familiar food outlets such as Carl’s Jr, Seoul Garden and Tous les Jours Bakery, while the Games Center is fitted with air hockey, basketball hoops, bumper cars and arcade games.
Occupying a refurbished colonial building, Diamond Plaza is surrounded by prominent Saigon landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, and 30-4 Park. Both of these malls offer many popular upmarket cosmetics, fashion, accessories, toys and homeware. Once you finish shopping, there are numerous dining and family-friendly entertainment venues to enjoy, including a bowling alley, kid’s playroom and cinema.
Aeon Mall is a bit far out from the city centre - about a 30-40 minute taxi ride. But this Japanese mall is noticeably different from the others. While many of these malls end up empty showrooms most days, Aeon is crowded, well laid-out, has a nice food court, and very much feels like a mall you can spend a day at. The drive over is a bit of a turnoff, but for those looking for a proper weekend shopping spot in Ho Chi Minh City, look no further than Aeon Mall.
3A Alternative Art Area
If you are keen on a more hipster style of shopping, come to 3A Alternative Art Area. Here you will see street art, galleries, interesting homeware shops and a growing range of hip cafes and bars.
Annam Gourmet Market
It can be hard to find a better place to shop for fabulous cheeses, wines, chocolates and other delicacies than Annam Gourmet Market. They also have a fine restaurant upstair, if you want to sit down and enjoy your meal.