Where to Shop in Hanoi
Collected by Tommy Alexander , AFAR Staff
25 Hàng Thiếc, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For an occasionally harrowing (but always interesting) peek into traditional Hanoi, spend an afternoon navigating the maze of the Old Quarter markets. Traditionally, certain streets were named after the product that was sold there (i.e. shoes,...
1st Floor, 254 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Vietnam's Ginkgo delivers what no crank-it-out-cheap silkscreen operation can: lycra and organic cotton. With high-quality, locally designed and made clothing, Ginkgo is the dream T-shirt shop. While the iPho and "What the pho?" T-shirts sold on...
Hàng Quạt, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I loved the Old Quarter. Each street's name corresponds to the wares in its shops. It was mind-boggling that the Vietnamese would be so rigid & organized, which is not the first impression you have (or even the 10th) when you visit this country....
Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Intricately stacking and securing goods onto the back of a bike was a fairly common, but always fascinating, sight in Vietnam. Next time I visit, I'll find a place to sit with a better background (probably on the side of the main road which is...
Chợ Đồng Xuân, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the best parts about visiting Hanoi as a traveler is the food—so fresh, so delicious, and so abundant that you can literally trip over it when trying to navigate the city's notoriously crowded sidewalks. This vegetable vendor outside Dong...
14 Phan Huy Ích, Nguyễn Trung Trực, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Part exhibition space, part cafe-bar, this gallery is housed in a gorgeous early 20th century villa and is one of the main hubs for Hanoi's small but robust art scene. Works by emerging and established Vietnamese artists are shown throughout the...
1A Vietnam, Xuân Diệu,Xuan Dieu Road, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Hanoi wouldn't be the obvious place to do some wine shopping. However, prices are very reasonable in Vietnam compared to other countries in the region, such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Of the wine wholesalers in the city, Vine is one of...
84 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The growth of Vietnam's skateboarding community is reflected in the emergence of outlets such as Boo Skate Shop. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, it is a hub for the city's skaters and stocks a good selection of equipment and skater...
61 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
If you don't get the chance to visit Bat Trang -- a village just outside Hanoi famous for the quality of its ceramics -- a visit to this long-established shop should do the trick. Colorful crockery, ceramic lamps, and other products are among the...
Hồ Tùng Mậu, Phúc xá, Ba Đình, Mai Dịch Cầu Giấy Hà Nội, Vietnam
You need to be an early bird indeed to catch the worm at Long Bien Market. Most of the action happens around 3-4 a.m., when all of the produce from north of Hanoi lands here before being distributed throughout the city.
Số 24 Hai Bà Trưng, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 110116, Vietnam
These days Hanoi is replete with high-end consumer durables with the upper-class toting Gucci handbags, sporting Chanel sunglasses and being scooped up in sleek supercars. Trang Tien Plaza, housed in a historic French building near Hoan Kiem Lake,...
31 Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For an organized introduction to Hanoi's thriving contemporary arts scene, book a tour through bespoke tour operator Backyard Travel with art scene "It Girl" Do Tuong Linh. During a day out with Linh, guests will visit the homes of renowned local...
30 Hàng Bông, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Russian art expert Natasha Kraevskaia has been a leading advocate of art in Vietnam since arriving in Hanoi in the 1980s. At Salon Natasha, the artist's Old Quarter home, she continues to hold fort on the country's art scene as well as hosting...
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