Complete Shopping Guide In Ho Chi Minh City: All You Need To Shop Like A Local

     

People say Ho bỏ ra 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 and beverage, scents and perfumes, Ho chi Minh thành phố has it all! An endless range of choices like this undoubtedly turns shopping into tourists’ favorite things lớn do. Yet there’s one thing I know many of you have faced but no proper solution can phối your mind at ease: an ultimate shopping guide. This article gathers the best spots in town where I siêu thị for arts, clothes, coffee, và much more!

What to 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 và 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 and 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 và try at another store. However, some stores are strict and 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 cửa hàng in mind và choose to just wander around. Any banks in Ho đưa ra Minh city are available for money exchange, yet paperwork & documents are needed. I don’t go khổng lồ 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 Money Exchange Counter 59 on Dong Khoi Street are my vị trí cao nhất choices whenever I need khổng lồ change some bucks. They offer a better rate and convenient to lớn 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 & try them out with the sellers? They love it and you may make some friends as well.

Sizes

Most of the clothing here is in Asian sizes which are limited from XXS lớn M in the western standard. Yet it doesn’t mean finding large sizes is impossible. It’s hard to shop 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, và stores in the touristy areas are nice recommendations khổng lồ offer plus kích cỡ 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 lớn 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 & beverage; homewares, and decorations.

Clothes and Accessories

Silks

Some people advise that Saigon is not the best place lớn 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 chi Minh City? That’s why I’m here lớn show you the best places to lớn hunt for silk! Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố has a huge variety of silk in good chất lượng to export lớn high-demand countries lượt thích Japan, Korea, & 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 mix right in the thành phố center, not many people are aware of its existence since they are drawn lớn 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 thành công 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 and self-claimed authentic war antiques is displayed. These include personal belongings và military equipment that came from both the American & 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 and chattier than those in the touristy markets. Even though siêu thị owners claim the authenticity of their goods with confidence, the question of their origin still needs to 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 lớn 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 khổng lồ save their time và money! Make sure lớn bookmark this article and share it with the besties if you’re about lớn discover the mesmerizing shopping landscape in Ho bỏ ra Minh City!