Shopping in Saigon

Top Shopping Centers in Saigon


Shopping in other countries does not come as a shock to some travelers. It is a leisure or excursion time for tourists when they visit a specific city and Saigon is not exempted from anyone’s shopping bucket list. 

Saigon is a business hub in Vietnam with tons of colossal buildings and innovative infrastructures making it one of the fast-growing urban jungles in Asia.

With several signature shops to the best bang for the buck stores easily available in the city, it can be perplexing which route to take or which shop to check first.

1.The Iconic Ben Thanh Market

There are several reasons why Ben Thanh Market easily holds the top spot on one of the most popular search engines online when searching for the best shopping place in Saigon. Its prime location sits at the heart of District 1 with its sprawling size. With its colorful history that stood strong providing an array of goods for a century.

It houses several things – basically, almost everything from clothes, food, accessories, household goods, electric appliances and so much more. 

Ben Thanh is a go-to shopping attraction in Saigon with the most ecstatic vibe and an overwhelming range of goods for sale. Here’s an insider tip for when haggling! 

The locals normally start at 50% of the offered price and slowly workaround until both sides reach a happy agreement. Sometimes the sellers don’t give you a nod, walk away and 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”).

On the other hand, fame is also the downside of Ben Thanh Market. Since most visitors are tourists, haggling for the right price sometimes puts people off. Also, be mindful of your belongings since snatchers and pickpockets usually lurk around the crowded place.

If you can’t stand the heat of the day, check out Ben Thanh at night for its night market after 7:30 PM. Fewer goodies are offered, but it’s still an exciting corner in town to frequent, especially the yummy late-night bites, smoky BBQ, and hotpot.

Iconic Ben Thanh Market in Saigon, Vietnam

2. The Local Nguyen Trai Street 

If you are looking for fashionable finds in Ho Chi Min, Nguyen Trai Street is the place to be – a well known fashion hub in the city. Note that this isn’t an actual mall but it has a series of shops that offer a wide variety of merchandise. 

Basically, Nguyen Trai Street is a shopaholic’s haven. From skinny to tattered jeans, classic tops to fancy chic stilettos. Finest of luxury brands and international labels, from shoes to inner garments, suits to bicycles, phones to hats! Though Nguyễn Trãi Street is known as a fashion hot-spot it also has a number of shops selling gadgets, stationery, and gifts. 

Countless boutiques also offer unique pieces and cute jewelry, and a collection of makeshift stalls selling helmets and t-shirt lines on the pavements. Note that if you are planning to negotiate your way to some of these great finds some of the shops in this street have fixed prices ranging from VND 100,000 for a pair of pants to USD $100 for a designer dress.

There are also several bank outlets along this street and even an ABC bakery for when you’ve had enough of buying and want to do some eating. 

Parking is either in front of the shops or inside an alleyway at 8 Nguyễn Trãi for 5,000-10,000 VND  per motorbike.

To fully immerse and experience the fullest of Nguyen Trai Street, it is best to explore on foot – leave your rented bike or vehicles at the parking lot.

Local Nguyen Trai Street in Saigon, Vietnam

3. The Luxurious Takashimaya 

Takashimaya is a staggering five-story department store boasting a total space of 15,000 square meters. Set within Saigon Centre in District 1, its target customers are usually middle and upper-class. 

Takashimaya Vietnam is the first Japanese department store branch in Ho Chi Minh City, carrying a wide range of products from Japan, Europe, and the US. Its first level is occupied with jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrance brands from Europe such as Clarins, L’occitane, Christian Dior, Bobbi Brown, Shiseido, and Estee Lauder. 

Lancôme features a café-style boutique at Takashimaya Vietnam, where you can enjoy complimentary makeup lessons and gifts. Other brands available here include Laneige, Shiseido, Sisley, and Shu Uemura.

Takashimaya Vietnam also houses ladies’ apparel from the Banana Republic, Bebe, Bonia, Braun Buffel, and footwear from Clarks, Geox, and Cole Haan. 

The highest level of the building is dedicated to fashion and casual wear for men, children’s clothing and toys, and interesting imported watches and luggage.

Its lowest floor offers popular Japanese food outlets such as Gyumaru, Minamoto Kitchoan, Yamazaki, Azabu Sabo, and Suizan. Aside from quality sashimi and ramen offerings, Vietnam’s Phuc Long and Banh Mi Great, Singapore’s TWG Tea Salon and Nan Yang Restaurant, as well as Blue Chili Thai Restaurant are also available – perfect culinary dining experience for gastronomes.

Luxurious Takashimaya in Saigon, Vietnam

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