From bargaining with street vendors to purchasing designer items at high-end boutiques, a variety of Ho Chi Minh shopping experiences are on offer for you to enjoy. You'll need at least a few hours for the best retail therapy session, though!
Start your morning by visiting one of the city's open-air markets for fresh produce and handmade souvenirs. Then you can beat the heat at the historic Diamond Plaza Department Store or the modern Saigon Centre. When the sun goes down, drop by one of Ho Chi Minh's retail streets to score a bargain.
Ho Chi Minh markets have something for everyone, whether you're looking for affordable souvenirs to take home to loved ones, artwork for your home, or a little present for yourself. Check out Ben Thanh Market in District 1, Binh Tay Market in Chinatown, and An Dong Market in District 5. Refuel with food from the Vietnamese hawker stalls when you feel you need a break.
If you're looking for the latest in Ho Chi Minh fashion, head to Vincom Centre. Spanning two buildings, it’s the largest shopping centre in the city. The first building is a French colonial building that houses high-end boutiques as well as electronic home decor stores, and the second is a more modern skyscraper with its first five floors housing eateries as well as local and international brands.
Saigon Square Shopping Mall is actually made up of two buildings located a couple of kilometres apart. Both are indoor markets with similar stallholders selling a variety of goods – pick up everything from chocolates to clothing and much more. You'll need to practise your bargaining skills to get these goods at really affordable prices!
Nguyen Trai Street connects District 1 to Chinatown, making it quite busy. However, this doesn't deter many of the locals from their shopping quests. The street is lined with kerb-side vendors as well as fancier boutiques. You'll find clothes, footwear, bags, and jewellery at very affordable prices. Come at around 7pm with cash on hand and expect to haggle with the friendly vendors.
Wondering what else to buy in Ho Chi Minh? Well, you can head over to Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street to find fresh produce and cheap electronics. It has plenty of bakeries and street food stalls selling fresh sugar cane juice and snacks that will prepare you for another round of exploring the city.