Shopping in HanoiEdit This
Once you're in Hanoi, shopping can be an exciting adventure. There are plenty of places to pick up souvenirs or just daily necessities, from markets to popular shopping streets and districts. Locals and tourists both agree that shopping in Hanoi is preferable to other large cities such as Ho Chi Minh , so put on your walking shoes and head out to these places for a Hanoi shopping adventure!
- Dong Xuan Market - This is arguably the best market in Hanoi, consisting of 3 stories of excellent shopping in the Old Quarter. The market has everything that you might want to take home to remember your trip to Vietnam, from silk purses to wooden figurines. The prices are also among the cheapest in Hanoi, but don't forget to bargain where possible. The area surrounding the market also becomes a weekend night market, so venture this way when the light starts to fade on a Saturday. Just be wary of pickpockets.
- Hang Da Market - This marketplace is somewhat smaller than Dong Xuan , though it, too, consists of 3 stories of wares. A large part of the merchandise is food, wine and flowers, so it's popular with the locals as well. Upstairs you'll find everything from clothing to watches.
- Hang Gai - Silk Street is definitely the place to go if you're looking for tailor made silk dresses. The street stretches over several blocks and is packed with boutiques that specialize in silks and embroidery. Walk around a bit before buying, as you'll find that prices do vary.
- Hang Dao - This street is good for clothing and accessories, including watches, bags and shoes. Just don't confuse this shopping street with Hang Dau , which is another street that caters primarily to shoe addicts.
- Cau Gu - Along the blocks that make up Cau Gu you will find what is essentially hair heaven. The boutiques here specialize in hair accessories, from pretty hair pins to extravagant hair jewelry.
- Hang Ma - If you're looking for some household goods that will add to the ambiance of your home, look no further than Hang Ma. The shops on this street sell holiday decor, so you're sure to find some pretty things to dot about your house.
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping in Hanoi. Shopping in Vietnam always includes bargaining, but that is not a license to be rude. It's a general rule of thumb that vendors will charge foreigners more than locals, so it's a safe bet that you can try to negotiate for a lower price. But if the vendor won't budge, quickly decide how badly you want it and either purchase the item or smile and walk away. You should also practice safe shopping by only take out enough money to pay for the item, never displaying large amounts of cash. It's also a good idea to use a money belt or keep your money separated into different pockets or bags. If you do this, you're sure to have a great experience.
March 19, 2010 change by tiffanymparker
Good place for fashion clothing,beautiful colour.
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