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 in District 1. Conveniently close to the tourist strip, this massive shopping center is Ho Chi Minh City’s best option for buying international fashion brands, beautiful jewelry and surprisingly, fresh meat, vegetables and fruit. This is not a center for top bargains, good deals, cheap souvenirs or the kind of produce you would expect at a Vietnamese tourist market - for that, visit Ben Thanh Market or Saigon Square. The Vincom Center is the epitome of up-market shopping in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vincom Center A (commonly known as Union Square) is the smaller and prettier of these two high-end shopping complexes. Set in a Baroque style French period building, the center is home to the top brands in world fashion and a must-see for any tourist with plenty to spend and an eye for class. It also makes for some great window shopping! There are a small number of electronics and home decor stores here on the higher floors.

Vincom Center B is a mall in one of Saigon’s most striking glass skyscrapers, comprising of the first seven floors of this 26 floor high-rise. This side of the two-building complex holds more than just fashion.

It houses 41 eateries on its basement level, ranging from low-end noodles to fancier dining options and everything in-between. City chains are abundant, including Fanny Ice Cream, Wrap & Roll, Highlands Coffee, Pho 24 and more. The mall’s middle floors are home to the best of international designer fashion - think Jimmy Choo, Mango and DKNY.

Covering the top two floors is a quality supermarket, VinMart, selling anything from fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy, to crabs, oysters and cuttlefish half-buried in crushed ice. The produce here is reasonably priced, and we recommend a visit to replenish your household supplies. VinMart doesn’t sell bread however. Fortunately, there is a Tous les Jours bakery on the basement level.

A Games Center in Vincom B offers air hockey, video games, bumper cars, basketball hoops and more. The entertainment is affordable, and most games are fun, even if you're above the age of 12. It's a decent haven if you get tired of shopping. The Vincharm Health Club on L3 and L4 has recently reopened, now with a high-end gym, pool, jacuzzi and sauna.

Parking consists of three floors. The narrow access road makes it harder for cars to squeeze in, although motorbikes will have no problem. The parking closes at 10 p.m. The fees are as follows: VND 20,000 for two hours for cars (VND 120,000 for overnight parking); VND 4,000 for four hours for motorbikes (VND 20,000 for overnight parking); VND 2,000 for four hours for bicycles (VND 5,000 for overnight parking).

For a complete list of shopping centers in Ho Chi Minh City, please read Malls in Saigon.

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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.

Japanese Supermarket in Saigon

Akuhuri in Ho Chi Minh City

Ready to eat sushis and sashimis in Saigon

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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 their modern cinema or grab a bite in the food court.

Lotte Mart, the megalodon of South Korean retailers, is now operating in Saigon. The store comprises three areas: the supermarket and department store on the ground floor; the cinema, bowling lanes and children's play area on the second floor; and the dining and food court area on the third floor. If you've got a craving for coffee, pizza, electronics, grocery items and big screen excitement, then head over to Lotte Mart.

There are several other popular malls in HCMC. You can check the following: Saigon Square, An Dong Plaza, Parkson Paragon, Crescent Mall, Diamond Plaza, Parkson Plaza and Vincom Center.

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