5 Best Places for Shopping in Hanoi
29/12/2017 26 Views 0 Comments Brian Vu
Whenever you come to another country, one of the very first things you might think about is shopping. Indeed, exploring things to buy of a country is a great idea to discover its culture and characteristics. Depending on range of prices and what kind of stuff you want to buy, Hanoi is home to many unmissable shopping centers during your visit, read our post to find out:
1. Trang Tien Plaza
Officially opened in 2001, Trang Tien Plaza should be the oldest luxurious shopping mall in Hanoi. In spite of limited spaces (up to 5 stories), the block, celebrated 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of the South of Vietnam, plays an important role in the lifestyle of Hanoi people.
Influenced by French architecture, Trang Tien happens to be not only a charming building at the heart of the city but also home to a wealth of luxury products. You can easily recognize many famous brands here such as Adidas, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Dior, Rolex, etc; pricey international designed goods, as well as some nice restaurants and well-known eateries like Dunkin Donut, Lotteria. If you are keen on looking, you can find some nice shops for affordable-priced items.
Definitely the one-and-only nice place for pricey items near Hanoi Old Quarter for shopping enthusiasts and the rich and famous, however, if you are budget travelers, this is also a great place for you to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for a couple of hours as it is really quiet, clean and elegant inside.
2. Dong Xuan Market
In contrast to luxurious stores in Trang Tien Plaza, Dong Xuan Market is a local modest spot where you can find nearly all kinds of things to buy in Hanoi.
Built by French Administration in 1889, Đồng Xuân Market is the largest covered market of Hanoi where the wholesale traders sell everything from clothes, household goods to foods and drinks.
Visiting the market, you will have a chance to see the bustling trading scene of Vietnamese people as well as a wide range of products at reasonable prices.
3. Hanoi Night Market
During the trip in Hanoi, you might be interested in buying some gifts for your friends and family or some unique souvenirs to keep at home, why don’t you pay a visit to Hanoi Night market – home to various local products?
There, you will be amazed by the massive ranges of things to buy: from local silk clothes, traditional Vietnam dress – ao dai, conical hat (symbol of Vietnam), to silver accessories, jewelry etc.
In spite of opening on weekend nights only, Hanoi Night Market promises to be a great spot to not only go shopping but also experience a lively Hanoi nightlife.
4. Hang Da Market
One of the most popular shopping centers in Hanoi is Hang Da market, where you can easily search for necessary family stuffs at reasonable prices. Each floor of Hang Da market specializes in provinding different kind of stuff, depending on what you are looking for:
First floor: Foods, drinks, fruits, food stalls, secondhand stuff, worshiping objects.
Second floor: Space for events, ceremonies, groceries, beer shops.
Third floor: Luxurious items, brand names.
You can also find some nice vintage shops on the 1st floor including clothes, shoes, bags etc. Don't forget to bargain after purchasing anything.
5. Hang Gai Street
Possibly nowhere in Hanoi you can find the best silk products as Hang Gai Street or the Street of Silk. In spite of its modest length of 250m, the street has about over 120 silk shops of all types including some famous names such as: Cu Thanh, Hoa Silk, Kelly Silk, Khai Silk, De Maison, etc.
Visiting one of the shops in Hang Gai, you will have a variety of silk clothes to choose. Or you can ask the shop owner to take your measurement for a new one. You can also buy a lot of products to decorate your house or give it to your beloved friends and family after your trip to Vietnam.