With a chic, cosmopolitan vibe as well as a strong sense of cultural heritage, Hanoi will bend over backwards to help you find what you're looking for. Whether you are on the lookout for high-fashion brand-name apparel, discount jewelry and accessories, or handicrafts like lacquerware and woodcarvings, this smart city is sure to fulfill your shopping needs.
Read on for our list of what items to purchase and where to go shopping in Hanoi, Vietnam. Ensure a hassle-free, memorable trip by traveling with Asia Highlights, and let our experts do the work for you!
- Visit Hanoi's most renowned markets, for a taste of local lifestyle
- Experience the lifestyle of the Hanoian elite, in modern shopping districts
- Find great deals on silk, handicrafts and one-of-a-kind souvenirs
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Where to Shop
With an enchanting fusion of Western influence and Eastern tradition, Hanoi offers a unique and well-rounded shopping experience.
Travelers can find longstanding marketplaces that have retained a sense of Vietnamese tradition, in a rapidly modernizing environment. This boomtown, however, is also packed with modern megamalls and boutique-lined pedestrian streets, due to recent economic development and a swiftly growing population.
Be sure to visit the popular ,on Hongdao Street in the city's friendly Old Quarter, recommended by any guidebook or seasoned traveler. With no vehicles allowed on the street after dark, shoppers can wander freely and browse through a selection of silk textiles, colorful clothing and eclectic souvenirs.
Don't forget to stop and sample a street dish, like fried spring rolls, sticky rice or stuffed pancakes, cooked up by a local vendor. The Weekend Night Market generally takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 7 pm and continues late into the night.
A stone's-throw away from the night market is the indoor Dong Xuan Market, located in the northern part of the Old City, the largest market in the whole of Hanoi.
See the fresh markets downstairs before heading to the upper levels for discount clothing, accessories and other interesting items. This market is perfect for finding special souvenirs such as specialty snacks, chopsticks, tea sets and more.
The Hang Da Market, on a street of the same name, is another indoor market considered to be a jackpot for cheap clothing, shoes and accessories - prices are even cheaper for those who buy in bulk. Follow the local practice and try your hand at haggling as you wander between stalls
Visit during the week for a quieter shopping experience, or on the weekend when the building is abuzz with locals on the prowl for trendy new wares. This air-conditioned building is a great place to cool off from the intense Vietnamese heat.
The 65-story Lotte Center is a contemporary shopping and lifestyle complex, complete with an observation deck that provides a magnificent view of the city. Something of a city within itself, this tower offers hundreds of brand names, entertainment centers and dining options. Visit the Center via car from Hoan Kiem Lake.
In the French Quarter, the cosmopolitan Trang Tien Plaza houses luxury fashion options including Cartier, Burberry and other celebrated names. The first floor primarily houses watches and electronic goods. Imported goods and international restaurants can be found on the fourth and fifth floors.
What to Buy
In addition to housing an array of world-famous shopping outlets, Hanoi offers many goods unique to the city. Due to its cultural diversity, there is an unlimited selection of wares available for you to take home. Check out the following suggestions for souvenirs, when considering what to purchase during your Hanoi holiday.
Fashion and Clothing
While traveling in the Paris of the East, shoppers love hunting for fashionable clothing from marketplace vendors or high-end boutiques. You will be amazed at the bargain prices for brand-name garments that would usually cost a fortune back home.
Shopping in Hanoi will keep your closet vibrant until your next vacation to Vietnam. Adventurous fashionistas should look for the traditional ao dai (long shirt) gowns, in order to add some Vietnamese flair to their wardrobes.
A long-time specialty item of the East, silk is another great purchase when visiting Hanoi. Don't miss Hang Gai Street, the heart of Hanoi's silk industry, for exquisite textiles and fashionable apparel at prices to suit any budget.
Guests may be fitted for customized suits, gowns or other garments, by one of the many experienced tailors who have set up shop on this street.
Handicrafts and Souvenirs
Lacquerware is a heritage craft across Vietnam, though the largest range of products, styles and prices can be found in urban centers like Hanoi. When perusing the marketplaces, keep your eyes peeled for intricate woodcarvings, embroidered artwork and locally-made crafts.
Hanoi is also home to a plentiful supply of gems and stones, with Hang Bac Street being the major hub for buying and selling jewelry. Silver is the specialty here, so don't leave without a necklace, ring or bracelet.
Food and Beverage
Don't forget to pick up a few signature Vietnamese snacks before returning home, to satisfy your appetite, and treat your friends and loved ones, who will enjoy sampling traditional treats like dried fish, snake wine and Vietnamese coffee beans.
Cooking ingredients like local spices and tangy sauces also make wonderful gifts for those back home. Luckily, these food items can be purchased at most any outdoor market or grocery store in Hanoi.
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