Mostly located in the centre of the city, shopping malls in HCMC are the place to hang out or simply kill some time. Luxury fashion, famous cosmetic brand names, diverse perfume companies, fine jewellery, souvenirs, gold, family needs, high-class decoration, furniture, DVDs, digital cameras, electronics, etc. are found in these malls. You should not bargain when shopping here and English is commonly used. Food courts can also be found in the buildings, which attract many locals to come and enjoy both good food and ambiance. Food courts are an essential part as they increase the number of visitors in the shopping mall due to the large amount of Saigonese that enjoy eating out or meeting for business, lunch, or coffee. Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, and western food are altogether served in these shopping malls – indeed something for everyone. Prices in the shopping malls are rather similar when compared to each other and more expensive when compared to the local markets. People also come to shopping malls to play coin games, bowl, watch films or to simply to enjoy the air conditioning on a particularly warm afternoon.

Shopping mall recommendations:

/An Đông Plaza

18 An Dương Vương, D5; +84 8 3832 3288; 7 days: 8am-10pm; Parking: available for bikes and cars

An Đông Plaza is situated next to Windsor Plaza and the An Đông Market. An Đông Plaza is mainly devoted to textile, clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags, jewellery, imitation jewellery, souvenirs, handicrafts, household items, telephones, and some electronics. You can find nearly anything inside this huge market, even fabric to make a traditional Vietnamese dress. The ground floor is mainly gold, jewellery, shoes, handbags, hats, cosmetics, souvenirs, etc. The mezzanine is a Co-op mart, the 1st floor has clothing, and the 2nd floor is for family electrical needs. Prices are reasonable here and there is also a food court on the ground floor. Chinese and Vietnamese speaking.

/Parkson Hùng Vương Plaza

126 Hùng Vương, D5; +84 8 2222 0383 Aside from fashion, cosmetics, and accessories, Hùng Vương Plaza provides an amazing food court on the third through sixth floors, a Megastar Cineplex on the seventh floor, and a California Fitness & Yoga Centre on the third floor.

/Parkson CT Plaza

60A Trường Sơn, Tân Bình District; +84 8 6297 1888

Fashion, cosmetics, accessories, electronics, etc. can be found here. In addition, Parkson CT Plaza provides an interesting food court on the fifth floor and a Megastar Cineplex on the tenth floor.

/Taka Plaza

102 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, D1 (or 36 Lê Lợi, D1); 7 days: 8am-8pm; Parking: available for bikes and cars

The centre combines a modern shopping space with a traditional market, thus guests are free to bargain. Taka Plaza has around 200 booths with diverse products such as clothes, shoes, jewellery, accessories, souvenirs, and many handicrafts, brocades, silk, and other fine arts products. Apart from home-made items, many goods are imported from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea. It is not a high-end market with prices ranging from only VND80,000- 350,000 for clothes whilst souvenirs are priced from around VND50,000 and accessories from VND10,000-30,000.

/Thuận Kiều Plaza

90 Hồng Bàng, D5; +84 8 3955 0913; 7 days: 9am-9:30pm; Parking: available for bikes and cars

Thuận Kiều Plaza consists of apartments, offices, and a supermarket. Most of the customers are locals from the surrounding area. Family needs, fashion, electronics, accessories, and home decor are sold here. Chinese and Vietnamese speaking.