Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City is like eating a great dinner: you want to do it, you look forward to doing it and, to some extent, you really must do it. Tourists come from all over the world to experience Saigon’s chaotic Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square, to get lost in countless glistening tables of gold and gems, and for the very best of bargaining. And the city itself is renowned as the commercial hub of Vietnam.

Perhaps the most well known quirks of shopping in Ho Chi Minh City are the deals, bargains, cheap products and promotions it offers. Famed for its colourful markets and hundreds of souvenir dealers, it is the place to visit for cheap memorabilia from your trip to Vietnam. Prices are either ridiculously low or ridiculously inflated depending on the seller, and before spending it’s advisable to bargain ruthlessly for a local, rather than tourist, price. If you are looking for the best gift to bring back home to your family, read our article: Top Souvenirs in Vietnam.

Fashion is also a key aspect of the Ho Chi Minh City shopping scene, which features the finest of cheap knock-offs, internationally renowned designers and up-market clothing chains. It is easy to lose yourself among the many boutique stores, international brands and colourful bargain dens of this city. Whether it’s an impeccable Jimmy Choo that does it for you or a fluffy no-brand sweater, you will probably be impressed by the offer. Tailors are also key to Ho Chi Minh City shopping, and are often the best option in terms of price and custom cuts. You can read our guide: Finding a Good Tailor in Ho Chi Minh City for many great tips.

Jewellery is another popular product for Saigon’s shoppers and, beside the sparkly chains and chunky rings of Saigon Square, this city is a must see for high-end accessorising. Boasting a number of well-known chains and custom design stores, Ho Chi Minh City offers a host of colour to the jewellery buying scene.

Finally, for those who like to adorn their houses rather than themselves, Saigon offers a wide range of options for stylish houseware, arts and home deco. Lining the streets in District 1, talented local artists will paint excellent copies of well-known works, original designs and realisations of your family photos for a very reasonable price. With custom furniture design, ornate handicrafts and clean-cut modern fittings, you will find everything you need for your home among Saigon’s warehouses.

souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Quilts

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Mekong Quilts is  a social enterprise specializing in high quality, hand crafted quilts  and accessories. The Indo-Chine inspired quilt range uses ...

Mekong Creations

Mekong Creations is a non-profit organisation that specialises in unique locally-produced household and gift items, including rag rugs, papier mache, ...

Catherine Denoual Maison

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Minh Sang Ceramics

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Mekong Quilts

Mekong Quilts is non-profit organisation that specialises in high quality hand stitched bed covers. The organisation provides employment, training and ...

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Mekong Creations

Mekong Creations is a non-profit organisation that specialises in unique locally-produced household and gift items, including rag rugs, papier mache, ...

The House of Saigon

The House of Saigon is an all-in-one handmade goods, café and tea shop, featuring unique handcrafted items, a 1940s-Saigon-inspired décor ...

Straw Hats

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Propaganda Art

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Zippos

Once a faithful companion to U.S. soldiers during the War, Zippos can be found scattered throughout Vietnam and in select ...

Porcelain/Ceramics

Most Vietnamese ceramics created after the era of Chinese domination were influenced by Chinese art. In time, these porcelain works ...

Nga Art and Craft

Nga Art and Craft in Saigon designs and produces high quality Vietnamese products that blend innovative modern art with traditional ...

Nagu

A whole host of beautifully made souvenirs awaits you at Nagu. On display are countless hand-crafted accessories that make great ...

Model Boats

Boat modelling is a craft as old as shipbuilding, and dates back to the development of water transport. In Vietnam, ...

Dogma

Proudly advertising the sale of Vietnamese kitsch, Dogma stocks reproductions of old propaganda posters emblazoned on cards, jackets, souvenirs and ...

Buffalo Horn

There are a number of Saigon-based jewellers creating works with buffalo horn. Aside from jewellery, buffalo horn is used to ...

Catherine Denoual Maison

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Antiques

Le Cong Kieu Street, near Ben Thanh Market, is one of Saigon's best kept secrets. One hundred metres long and ...

Jewellery in Saigon

It is easy to be distracted by the jewellery shops with a mixture of precious and semi-precious stones including diamonds ...

Lacquerware

Vietnamese lacquerware is sought after by collectors for its beauty and durability. Some lacquer manufactories in Saigon host free tours. ...

Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth is a fast growing free-floating plant that has become a problem in the Mekong Delta where it clogs ...

Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass and renewable resource with a delicate grain that makes it distinctive and elegant. A large ...

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