Best Places for Shopping in Hanoi
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Hanoi is the center of culture, history and also the economy of the country. As a result, you can easily find nice souvenirs in the capital during your travel to Vietnam. Today, Excursion Vietnam will share with you some of the best places for shopping in Hanoi.
1. Hang Gai Street – Van Phuc Traditional Village (Silk Products)
The Silk Street or Hang Gai Street is a great location to buy silk goods in Hanoi Old Quarter. A lot of shops trading clothes, accessories and so on made from silk on this street. Suits and traditional dress such as Ao Dai can be made within 24 hours, but if you are short on time, feel free to try the clothes already on sale. We recommended you to make a bargain for suitable prices unless the prices are fixed.
Silk Shops on Hang Gai Street
Otherwise, you can combine your shopping with the trip to Van Phuc Traditional Silk Village in just minutes from the center of Hanoi. Unlike Hang Gai Street where silk may be imported from other countries such as China, local in Van Phuc has made silk for thousand years. Here you can trade raw silk or products made from Vietnamese silks. Moreover, you may see the traditional weaving machines of the local and learn about the tradition of the village.
Beautiful Silk in Van Phuc Village
2. Hanoi Weekend Night Market
Ever since the Hanoi Old Quarter became pedestrian streets from Friday to Sunday, tourists have the perfect opportunity to go shopping for the very cheap price at the night market. Along with the local on the streets, you will find yourself surrounded by clothes stores (Shirts, T-Shirts) and accessory shops (glasses, caps) and even food vendors. Cultural performances may occur during your travel in the night market, so it is a plus for doing shopping there. Overall, if you are budget tourists, you may want to venture around this destination.
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Unique Products in the Night Market
3. Hang Bac (Silver Street)
Hang Bac is well-known for the jewelry while other local products are being sold as well. Nice, cheap accessories here such as rings, necklaces or bracelets is located everywhere on the street. Hang Bac Street is also one of the most ancient streets in Hanoi Old Quarter. Some shops make jewelry by the secret techniques from their ancestors, thus this will be a little trip to both shopping and discovery.
An Old Craftsman Working
4. Trang Tien Street (Books and luxurious items)
If you are a kind of bookworm, then visit Trang Tien Street in which many stores selling all kinds of books. You may not only find a great selection of books in Vietnamese but also in English as well. On Trang Tien Street, visitors can visit one of the private galleries showing unique Vietnamese arts. Additionally, Trang Tien ice-cream is extremely famous among Hanoian attracting hundreds of young people every day.
Trang Tien Plaza at Night
The most luxurious mall in Hanoi is Trang Tien Plaza, a place selling all kind of high-quality products from the leading international companies. However, not all goods in Trang Tien Plaza are designed for the rich as some stores offer items for middle-class citizen.
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5. Bat Trang Pottery Village
For those who love to discover the long history and culture of Hanoi, it is advised that you should take a Bat Trang Village Tour from Hanoi to contemplate the ancient arts of pottery maker. There are Bat Trang Porcelain and Pottery Market where you can buy beautiful ceramics made by local people. Tourists will not be disappointed by a wide variety of products, including teacups, vases, jars, plates or statues.
Outstanding Traditional Art
Not only that, visitors are allowed to try making pottery at a reasonable price and bring the product to home. No souvenir is a better gift than the one you make by yourself.
6. Nha Tho Street
Many fashion stores are located around the famous St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Tourist will explore both domestic brands and international brands are available for tourists to explore. For example, there is a shop called Nagu offering Japanese teddy bears wearing Vietnamese cone hats or the jewelry shop Three Trees of a Vietnamese-Belgian couple. This location is a wonderful location to explore the boutiques of Hanoi.
Nha Tho Street
7. Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Market has long become one of the main attractions in Hanoi. This market presents a great number of products from the first floor to the third. There will be most common items like glasses, shoes, and electronic devices on the first floor of the market. The second floor is packed with clothes raw silks and other related items. Both outside and inside Dong Xuan market are lots of shops with paintings, ceramic and so on.
Inside Dong Xuan Market
After a while venturing, tourists can rest at one of the street stalls and enjoy delectable local street foods in Hanoi like bun cha (marinated grilled pork served with noodles), and banh cuon (rolled cake).
8. Hang Dau Street
There is only one prominent product from the start till the end of Hang Dau Street which is shoes. Hang Dau Street is truly a “Shoes Heaven” for budget travelers. Finding an ideal pair of shoe is easy, although the difficult thing here is your preferable size. All the shoes here are at low prices and bargain is still possible. Food stalls and other kinds of shops are available if you are interested.
Shoes Literally Everywhere
That concludes our article on where to go shopping in Hanoi. There are a lot of more good spots around Hanoi but this is your turn to go and check them out. For more useful tips and blogs about Hanoi travel please feel free to read our Hanoi Travel Guide.
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