Top 7 Shopping Places in Hanoi
As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has not only the crowded small shops, flea markets, but also medium and high-end shopping malls. Here, the 36 streets in Old Quarter is the oldest streets in Hanoi; Trang Tien Plaza is the largest and the most upscale shopping mall; Dong Xuan Market is the largest indoor market. This is a list of top shopping places worth visiting in Hanoi.
1. 36 streets in Old Quarter
36 streets in Hanoi has a history of a thousand years and is still one of the most vivid and unusual places in Vietnam and the best place to stay in Hanoi. For many years, all the domestic and foreign tourists here have regarded it as a special cultural heritage in Hanoi. There are ancient houses, courtyards, temples, markets, streets, and buildings at various stages of development in Hanoi, which have become an important part of Hanoi's development history.
The 36 streets in Old Quarter are intricate, and each street has its own “single job”, basically selling only the products of the same industry, such as Shoes Street, Hats Street, Silver Street, Leather Street, Cookware Street, etc.. Unique craft shops can be found on every street. All kinds of handicrafts and tourist souvenirs are almost the cheapest in Vietnam. On the 36 Streets, it is worth buying Vietnamese silk products, national costumes, special decorations, three-dimensional handmade paper cards and individual paintings.
Location: 36 Pho Phuong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
2. Cho Dong Xuan
Just 600 meters north of Hoan Kiem Lake, Dong Xuan Market is a very lively old market in the heart of Hanoi’s old quarter. It is known for its high quality and low-price goods, and is the main place for locals to shop. The market has three floors and more than one hundred stalls sell a variety of snacks, specialty fabrics, handicrafts and so on. People in Hanoi like to go shopping here, so the market will be crowded with locals from the opening hours of 6 am to 10 pm. Now even foreign tourists will reach to Dong Xuan Market and experience the most authentic Vietnamese culture. Dong Xuan Market is also famous for its national cargo distribution center in Vietnam. It is not only the largest wholesale market in Hanoi, but also the mainstream channel for Chinese goods to enter the urban and rural areas of Vietnam.
Location: Dong Xuan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
3. Craft Link
Craft Link is located opposite Temple of Literature, where you can buy high-quality tribal handicrafts, costumes and ceramics at reasonable price. It is good choice for collecting or giving as a present. More importantly, the store is opened by a non-profit organization and all the profits will be used as charitable funds to train craftsmen and help the community in the country. So, when you are shopping in Craft Link, you also contribute to the public welfare.
Open: 9:00-18:00 (noon break at 12:15-13:15)
Location: 43-51 Van Mieu, Hanoi, Vietnam
4. Khai Silk
Khai Silk is a chain of high-end silk fabrics with branches in all parts of Vietnam and a high-profile popular fashion brand. Khai silk include high-quality silk products such as men's and women's clothing, apparel accessories, home accessories, and bedding. The costumes here are excellent in both design and materials. The boss smartly designed the traditional Vietnamese costumes into more modern styles and increased the size for the tall Westerners.
Open: Daily 09:00 – 21:00
Location: 96 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
5. Trang Tien Plaza
Trang Tien Plaza is said to be the largest and most fashionable department store in Hanoi. It has 6 floors and is stationed in the first-line brands such as LV and Dior. Visitors who want to buy luxury goods can go and see. This shopping mall is superb in location. After eating and drinking in the shopping center, you can go to the nearby Hanoi Opera House to listen to music, take a walk to Hoan Kiem Lake, and enjoy the crowds of the ancient streets and feel the rich leisure life of Hanoi people.
Location: So 24 Hai Ba Trung, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi 110116
6. Lotte Center Hanoi
Located in the old quarter of Hanoi, Lotte Center Hanoi is a comprehensive building integrating hotels, large supermarkets, department stores and offices. It covers an area of 14,000 square meters and has a building area of 253,000 square meters, including 65 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. The first underground floor is a supermarket. The first floor to the fifth floor are shops, the sixth floor is food street, and then the restaurants, bars, offices and apartment hotels. It offers a broad range of approximately 250 fashion and lifestyle brands. If you like Korean items, you may be able to buy something you want.
Location: 54 Lieu Giai | Cong Vi, Ba Dinh, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
7. Hanoi Weekend Night Market
Hanoi weekend night market, also known as Cho Dem Dong Xuan, is located on the road in front of Dong Xuan Market, extending from Hang Giay to Hang Dao. Various small commodities such as pirated DVDs and traditional ornaments are sold in the market. Shopping needs to be bargained, and the price for foreigners is high. You should also pay attention to thieves when shopping here. It brings together local people and is one of the most lively places in Hanoi at night.
Open: 19:00 – 23:00 from Friday to Sunday
Location: Hang Duong, Hanoi, Vietnam