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Where to shop and what to buy in Hanoi

 

The popular and famous things to shop in Hanoi such as Silk, handicrafts, ethnic minority products, artwork and pictures, rice paper products, souvenirs, T-shirts, colorful bandanas, wooden carvings, Ao Dais (Vietnam's national dress) and much, much more; shopping in Hanoi is a veritable treasure trove and a riot of colors, tastes, smells and unfamiliar sights.

Have fun and remember to bargain prices down outside of established shopping malls.

Designer Boutiques

There are a good number of these in Hanoi, often dealing in silk creations catering to Hanoi's Beautiful people. However, tourists also buy Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional long dresses) to fit their size. Many young local designers cleverly mix Vietnamese and western styles which make the Vietnamese fashion industry even more attractive to travelers, especially women should buy at least a Ao Dai as gift to Vietnam.

Some famous designer boutiques :  Khai Silk at  96 Hang Gai Str; La Boutique and the Silk at  6 Nha Tho Street.

Famous Ao Dai Designer Boutiques at No.6 and 8 or 23 Luong Van Can street

Ethnic Minority Products

Vietnam has more ethnic minority groups (see Hanoi Museum of Ethnology) than any other Asian country (about 54). Most of them hail from mountain villages in the north.

Each ethnic minority group has their own style and colors of clothing, with distinctive embroidery and weaving patterns.

With the prompt surge of tourism, many of their handicrafts and clothes with various items are now sold in craft shops, especially in Hanoi.

Galleries

If there is one thing which cannot be shortage of it in Hanoi, it is art galleries and most are conveniently beautiful located in the old quarter. Young hopeful artists make full use of Hanoi's many private art galleries – most situated on Pho Trang Tien ( Trang Tien Street), between Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hanoi Opera House. But you can find art galleries at other streets of the old quarter as Hang Gai, Hang Bong, Hang Trong, Hang Buom Street.

Some places are highly recommended as :

Gallery 43 ( 43 Trang Tien ), Nam Son Gallery ( 41 Trang Tien), Van Gallery (25 – 27 Trang Tien), Trang An Gallery (15 Hang Buom), Thanh Long Gallery (15 Hang Gai), Hanoi Gallery (101 Hang Gai), Viet Fine Arts Gallery (96 Hang Trong), Apricot Gallery (40 Hang Bong)….

Typically the galleries are open until 21:00 and bargaining is also expected.

Rice Paper

Hanoi's ethnic greetings cards, watercolor and folk paintings, bamboo-bound notebooks and vogue table lamps are all made with 'Do' paper (rice paper) made from the bark of the Do Tree.

Rice paper cards with embroidered squares cost around some USD, bamboo bound notebooks and hemp covered notebooks are only some USD.  Famous Shops along Hang Gai and Hang Bac Street sell much  rice-paper products.

Silk

Hang Gai Street or called “Silk Street” is the best place to shop for silk in Hanoi. Located on the edge of the Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Gai consists of two or three blocks of small shops that all specialize in silk and embroidery. The merchandise at the various stores is similar but the prices, selection, quality and service is different.

Souvenirs in Hanoi

T-shirts, bandanas, wall hangings, tribal handicrafts and weavings – they are all to be had at the downtown of  Hanoi old quarter.

You will have to be willing to use your bargaining skills in most of these shops and stalls to get prices down.

Air-conditioned Hanoi Moment (101 Hang Gai Street) comes highly recommended.

Wooden Products

Visitors can be easy to find various Wooden Products in Hanoi, specially in Hanoi old Quarter. There are so many natural woods that this is the results in a broad range of handicraft products in Hanoi. These are transformed into carvings, statuettes, chopsticks and boxes.

Look out too for water puppet figurines, hand-carved for centuries in traditional artisan villages. All these are available in countless souvenir shops in the Old Quarter.

Hang Bac Street

Hang Bac Street is one of the oldest and most famous streets in Vietnam and has its roots in silver making dating back to the 13th century when silver casters where brought here from rural villages by request of Le Thanh Tong King. Silver goods are still much produced  with high quality here today with most of the work being completely original made by secret methods that have been passed down for generations. This is a charming street to explore, very rich in history and culture in addition to jewelers selling beautiful Vietnamese pieces.

Come here, visitors can be easy to select unique and beautiful items as the interest.

Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

Hang Dau Street

If you want to buy Shoes, this will be paradise for you to select. Shoe shoppers will be in retail heaven with hundreds of shoe sellers lining Hang Dau Street. Western men may not find much over sizes but there is suitable plenty of choice in women’s shoes. Most of the footwear consists of famous brand names made at Vietnamese factories that have been rejected as seconds, making them a great purchase with usually only a small imperfection. There are also a lot of fake reproduction bags where Hang Dau Street meets Lo Su street. The price is suitable for you to select.

Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00 (For most stores)

Location: Northeast Corner of Hoan Kiem Lake, near the Lo Su intersection

Hang Gai Street

This is a famous street for Personally tailored suits made to measure from superb quality silk are best bought from a tailor on Hang Gai Street, renowned for its quality and choice of craftsmen. Most stores take credit cards and you should start bargaining and asking price carefully. Suits can be ready in 24 hours and it pays to go to a better quality store and avoid the market street traders to guarantee the best quality silk. This is also a great street to buy rice paper products including paintings, notebooks, lamps and cards.

Do not forget to visit and shop here.

Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00 (For most stores)

Location: Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District

Little Hanoi

The big shopping area of Little Hanoi covers Nha Tho Street or ‘Church Street’ and Xuan Dieu Street where more affluent consumers and tourists seek chic souvenirs and unusual pieces of home furnishings. There are also a few upmarket flagship shops in this area including Burberry and Esprit largely due to the area’s proximity to a few five-star hotels. Nha Tho Street is a good area to pick up silk, quality lacquer ware and arts. Xuan Dieu Street is a great place to look for more quirky items including trinkets, propaganda objects and cartoon memorabilia.

These are famous places where visitors often come and discover best.

Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00 (For most stores)

Location: Nha Tho Street (close to the Cathedral) and Xuan Dieu Street, Tay Ho

Pho Trang Tien

Pho Trang Tien (Trang Tien Street) is a famous street to find art from the private galleries located between the Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake. Bargaining is expected here and art works worth looking out for include those from the up and coming artists quietly making a name for themselves in this great Old Quarter location.

This street is also famous for Trang Tien Creams store for a long time, almost Hanoian and Vietnamese visiting Hanoi, they come here and enjoy this famous creams, there is only a single store in this street to buy it.

This is an ideal place to visit and discover for visitors.

Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00

Location: Pho Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem Lake

The Gourmand Shop

This shop has exquisite wines from across the globe, gourmet cheeses, fine chocolate and a variety of others to satiate the most refined palates. The Gourmand Shop is Hanoi’s vender of choice luxury foods and wines.

Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00

Location: 56 Ly Thai To, East side of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

Trang Tien Plaza

Trang Tien Plaza is one of the first malls in Hanoi and it was also one of the biggest malls in asia during colonial time.

Here There are famous Imported brand names of fashion in the world, apparel and electronic goods pack the three-storey upmarket Trang Tien Plaza, attracting a young trendy local crowd and visitors. Most products are in the luxury bracket at this thriving western-style mall with famous products in Vietnam and the world. Nice area to go shopping for just about anything you would need or to enjoy food and drink here.

The mall is situated on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake and features a supermarket on the top floor.

Opening Hours: 08:00-21:00

Location: Southeast Corner of Hoan Kiem Lake

Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan is a three-storey market located in the Old Quarter, away about 900 meters north of the Hoan Kiem Lake. Dong Xuan is Hanoi’s largest covered market and It is famous associated with the life of Hanoian everyday, it is usually found on most visitors sightseeing list. It is a sprawling traditional Vietnamese market best visited early or late in the day. There are a lot of trinkets, bags, t-shirts, home ware, art, ……crowded space. The market spread out over three floors with plenty of hawker stalls inside and out, customers can enjoy delicious dishes here. it is an interesting and famous place to visit in the evening when it is all lit up and certainly a great place to get some superb holiday photos.  Do not forget to visit Dong Xuan Market when coming to Hanoi.

Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00 

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