The Most Popular Shopping Malls In Ho Chi Minh City

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People say Ho chi Minh đô thị (aka Saigon) is a true shopping paradise! Why is that? The biggest metropolis in Vietnam is filled with world-class local manufacturers standing beside local renowned brands in every single industry you can think of. From clothes, accessories, handicrafts, arts, food & beverage, scents & perfumes, Ho chi Minh đô thị has it all! An endless range of choices lượt thích this undoubtedly turns shopping into tourists’ favorite things to do. Yet there’s one thing I know many of you have faced but no proper solution can mix your mind at ease: an ultimate shopping guide. This article gathers the best spots in town where I shop for arts, clothes, coffee, and much more!

What khổng lồ Expect When Planning a Shopping Trip in HCMC?

Shopping is exciting! I know! Yet before jumping into my guide below, make sure you get your pen & paper ready for some crucial tips for a smooth shopping spree!

Bargaining

It happens everywhere in the tourist areas worldwide. If you’ve mastered the bargaining skill, skip this part! Otherwise, come closer & hear my secret! We locals normally start at 1/2 of the offered price và slowly workaround until both sides reach a happy agreement. Sometimes the sellers don’t give you a nod, walk away and try at another store. However, some stores are strict & no bargaining is acceptable. In this case, chances are they have a sign stating “KHÔNG TRẢ GIÁ” (for “No bargain”).

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Cash or cards?

Most of the stores in Vietnam only accept cash in VND except for those in tourist areas, high-end outlets, or shopping malls. My advice is lớn get some cash ready in your wallet before hitting the streets if you don’t have a certain siêu thị in mind và choose khổng lồ just wander around. Any banks in Ho chi Minh thành phố are available for money exchange, yet paperwork và documents are needed. I don’t go to lớn the ngân hàng since it takes time. The licensed gold stores are where we locals frequent lớn when needed. Ha Tam Gold Store on Nguyen bình an Street and ngân hàng xuất nhập khẩu việt nam Money Exchange Counter 59 on Dong Khoi Street are my vị trí cao nhất choices whenever I need to lớn change some bucks. They offer a better rate and convenient to stop by.

Language Barrier

Many shopkeepers don’t have a good command of English if they don’t work in tourist areas or luxury brands. Hence, having a native companion during the shopping trip is always advisable. Otherwise, why not pick up some handy Vietnamese words and try them out with the sellers? They love it và you may make some friends as well.

Sizes

Most of the clothing here is in Asian sizes which are limited from XXS to lớn M in the western standard. Yet it doesn’t mean finding large sizes is impossible. It’s hard to cửa hàng for plus sizes in the local boutiques where Vietnamese are repeated customers. The Russian Market I’ll mention later in the article is the best spot for those looking for all types of clothing made in big sizes. Otherwise, Saigon Square, Ben Thanh Market, and stores in the touristy areas are nice recommendations khổng lồ offer plus size clothes. If looking for a souvenir t-shirt, these are easily located in the center of the city.

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What lớn buy in Ho đưa ra Minh City?

If you are a newcomer to Saigon, this question probably pops up first in your mind, “What should I buy while visiting Ho chi Minh City”. Saigon is Vietnam’s biggest commercial hub, which means there’s nothing you cannot find when visiting this lively city. In this section, I’ll be covering 3 varieties of goods including clothes và accessories; food and beverage; homewares, and decorations.

Clothes và Accessories

Silks

Some people advise that Saigon is not the best place khổng lồ buy silk & they should save it for Hoi An where the best fabric traders are located. Well, it’s true! Yet what happens if you only have time for Ho bỏ ra Minh City? That’s why I’m here khổng lồ show you the best places to lớn hunt for silk! Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị has a huge variety of silk in good quality to export lớn high-demand countries lượt thích Japan, Korea, and Europe. A decent meter of silk can be a gift for family or turned into a gorgeous Ao Dai.

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Even though Yersin is phối right in the city center, not many people are aware of its existence since they are drawn to the bigger Ben Thanh Market. This makes Yersin an awesome off-the-beaten-path local market holding an interesting insight behind. The Yersin market is not touristy since visitors won’t be finding any ordinary goodies like clothes or food. The market is the locals’ favorite spot for construction materials and plumbing hardware. Tourists may not need an industrial chiến thắng on their vacation, but American war surplus items can be something cool they want to own. The section selling war surplus is located on the left of the entrance where an impressive exhibition of war memories và self-claimed authentic war antiques is displayed. These include personal belongings và military equipment that came from both the American và Vietnamese sides from the infamous Vietnam War. It can be a soldier uniform, gas masks, boots, binoculars, grenades, mines, helmets, flashlights, tents, or dog tags. Guess what the best seller is! The good old classic Zippo lighter. Some of the owners may even surprise you with their interesting wartime stories. Other than that, they are also friendlier & chattier than those in the touristy markets. Even though shop owners claim the authenticity of their goods with confidence, the question of their origin still needs khổng lồ be asked. The items offered here are mainly replicas. It’s so suspicious to find a huge amount of war antiques after 40 years. In this case, my advice is to go ahead & pick one as a cool souvenir, yet think carefully before paying a fortune for a huge collection!

Address: 104 Yersin Street, Nguyen thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC.

Shopping is not always an easy task, especially in another country. Understanding that struggle, this article is provided for a shopaholic to lớn save their time và money! Make sure to bookmark this article và share it with the besties if you’re about to lớn discover the mesmerizing shopping landscape in Ho chi Minh City!