Mary Ann Issac
The ONLY Shopping guide you need for Hanoi!
Updated: Aug 27, 2020
Hanoi is a shopaholic’s paradise! There are so many unique things here that even a window shopper will be compelled to buy something! Also, the variety of merchandise available here will appeal to everyone’s tastes.
The following are my favourite places to shop in Hanoi.
1. The streets of the Old Quarter
Walk around the streets of the Old Quarter for colourful lanterns and light fixtures at reasonable prices. The lantern/light shops have a whimsical feel to them, so it’s worth a visit even if you are just window shopping.
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2. Hang Gai Street
It is a traditional shopping street with shops that sell silk material, clothing, scarves, ties, and more. There are a few tailoring shops here as well.
3. Kim Ma street
This is a few kilometres away from the tourist area of the Old & French Quarter. It is a street lined with boutiques that sell clothing from local designers. I went into almost every shop on this street, though the clothes were nice, they were quite expensive for my budget, but do check them out.
4. Cau Giay Street
This street has some very good homegrown labels, at unbelievably low prices! It is almost 7km away from the Old Quarter, but if you are looking to shop for clothes, this street is a must visit!
5. Quan Thanh Street
This is an entire street dedicated to men’s fashion!
6. Dong Xuan Market
Shopping in Hanoi isn’t complete if you don’t shop here. This is a one stop shop for all your needs-clothing, bags, shoes, cloth material, souvenirs, packaged food, & much more! This is a traditional marketplace where haggling is accepted, and don’t go in looking for designer labels.
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7. Shops beside St. Joseph’s cathedral
The cathedral is located at 40 Nha Chung, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
After quickly checking out the church walk to the shops on the right side of it. I don’t remember the name of the road, nor could I find it online, so, apologies for not giving an exact location.
There are many shops down this road that are worth checking out. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, the shop fronts here are so pretty, that they make great backdrops for photographs!
I really liked the quirky selection of locally designed clothes in the shops on this street. But my favourite find here was the handmade ceramics shop! There is a huge selection of beautiful rustic and quirky ceramic ware here, and if you walk down this road, you will definitely spot it!
8. Cerender Ceramic Shop
Though this is not the shop I just mentioned above, this is an equally good shop that sells ceramic ware. This shop is near Hoan Kiem Lake.
They have beautiful, delicate, handmade, hand painted ceramic bowls, cups, plates, decorative platters, and everything else that you can think of! The best thing about these ceramic shops here in Hanoi is that the designs are so vibrant and quirky! They are unique finds, which I had never seen before! Ao it isn’t much of a surprise that I bought a few for myself from here!
Address: 11A Trang Thi Street, Hanoi 10000
9. Mode: On
This is a store I did not visit, but, I found them online, and absolutely loved their collection of cute notebooks, other quirky stationery, cups, flower pots, and everything else! Do check this place out if you are in Hanoi!
Address: 30 Hang Voi, Hoan Kiem W, Ha Noi
10. Hanoi weekend Night Market
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6-11PM, the roads to the Old Quarter are cordoned off limiting access to motorised vehicles. Makeshift stalls come up in the middle of the roads and vendors selling clothes, jewellery, shoes, household appliances, & crafts.
11. The shopping malls
Shopping malls like everywhere in the world, offer a range of homegrown and international brands. I did not go to any of them because I did not have the time, nor was I interested, but the following are the malls/shopping centres in Hanoi that you can check out if you are looking for the mall experience in Hanoi.
Trang Tien Plaza
Address: 24 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem Ward, Hanoi
AEON Mall Long Bien
Address: 27 Co Linh, Long Bien Ward, Hanoi
Lotte Shopping Centre
Address: 51 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh Ward, Hanoi
Address: 191 Ba Trieu, Hai Ba Trung Ward, Hanoi
12. Bat Trang Pottery Village
This 14th century ceramic pottery village near Hanoi is where all the ceramics are handmade! This is an interesting place to visit if you are interested in seeing how the pottery is made. To get here, you can take the #47 bus from the city centre which will cost only about VND15000, join a tour- cost will depend on the tour, else, you can get a taxi which will cost VND150000-200000.
The Bat Trang village is 13km away from Hanoi.
Hope you liked my list of places to shop in Hanoi.
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