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.