What to shop in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is truly a paradise for shopaholics. In this bustle and hustle financial centre of Vietnam, travelers can find a countless of interesting goods to buy such as gems, jewelry, handicraft, clothing, ect. 

1. Handicrafts


Handicrafts of Vietnam are extremely unique and well-crafted. Vietnam is particularly known for coconut dinnerware and lacqueware. chopsticks, Bowls, spoons and plates make nice gifts and decoration. Tourist can also find excellent fabric creations with meticulous threatwork and pathwork embroidery. And yet, if you like wood items, you might be attracted the handcrafted wooden boat and small statues that are usually sold at the markets.

An Dong plaza near Cho Lon or Ben Thanh market is the best address to find a huge variety of lacqueware at the best haggling prices.

2. Paintings


Ho Chi Minh City is known for a lot of art galleries which host the most talented local artists. However, for for initial painting or copies of well-known pieces of art by lesser known artists, visit the “painting street". There are not one but two streets that are chock-a-block full of painting stores. More locals buy at the painting shops in District 5 than the one in District 1. 

3. Vietnam traditional dresses (Ao dai)


Vietnamese traditional dress (Ao dai) makes fashion enthusiasts around the world can not miss out when shopping in Ho Chi Minh city. This Vietnamese national costume has gained great reputation universally thanks to its elegant and beautiful design. Tourists can visit many custom-made boutiques along the city and choose your best-liked pattern of Vietnam authentic silk. The tailor will make Ao dai as your preference after jotting down carefully the measurement of your body. 

4. Dried Food


Dried food is another thing that can be bought home with you. There are various different types of dried food from the sweet, the salty, to spicy ones. Dried beef, dried squid and many different types of dried fruit such as coconut, banana or jack fruit is the most probably common in Ho Chi Minh City. However, you should note that your home country might not allow animal-related products upon your return.

In Ho Chi Minh City, there are many different brand names for dried foods. When you are in a supermarket or market, you can come across many of them. Most of them are good but you should get advices from the shop owners to choose the best one. Another shopping place you can get tasty food or snacks to nibble is Ben Thanh Market. Unlike what is often sold in supermarket, dried food in this market is usually sold in bulk and not pre-packed. You can buy in grams and the sellers will measure and pack all later. This is a great idea for a special gift because it brings you the opportunity to enjoy the taste of Vietnamese dried food. 

5. Antiques


Try to visit the antiques street (otherwise known as Le Cong Kieu street), locates just outside of Ben Thanh market. People have commented that the shops are riddled t imitations but you may find a rough diamond. Items comprises stamps, war memorabilia, money, figurines made of bone or ivory and more. 

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