This is the largest mall in HCMC and is made up of two parts. The main part is home to designer brands such as Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Hermes, while the other part caters to a more local budget and carries high street brands we all love.
Vincom Centre, (Vincom Center A) 171 Dong Khoi & (Vincom Center B) 72 Le Thanh Ton Street, +84 83 936 9999
This is where you go to bargain hunt. There is isle upon isle of small stalls selling t-shirts, men’s and women’s apparel, shoes, handbags, swimwear, luggage, jewellery, and textiles. Make sure you barter and don’t settle on the first stall you visit, competition is rife!
Saigon Square, 77 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Home to main stream brands this is where you come to get a proper shopping fix. the seven-storey shopping mall houses Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Levi's, Kappa, Geox, Ecco and Sketchers outlets as well as prominent Vietnamese brands such as Trong Nguyen and Thanh Long.
Zen Plaza, 54-56 Nguyen Trai, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City, +84 83 925 0339
This mall is housed in a beautiful colonial building and close to some of the main attractions. It covers four floors of cosmetics, apparel, toys, and accessories, you can shop for popular upmarket and street brands such as Estee Lauder, Coach, Crabtree & Evelyn, Levi’s, Converse, PUMA, Lego, and Samsonite.
Diamond Plaza, 34 Le Duan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, +84 83 825 7750
There are several outlets of this international department store in HCMC but the main one is here. It stocks cosmetics and perfumes, fashion for men and women, and homeware and dining outlets. It’s a great place to shop for mid-range and upmarket products such as Coach, Calvin Klein, Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Esprit, and Lacoste.
Parkson Plaza, 45 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, +84 83 827 7636
BEN THANN MARKET
The thriving market is the most famous in HCMC. If you want some proper local food head here. There are also coffee traders with various beans on display and stalls selling apparels, textiles, luggage, watches, handicrafts, and electronic goods.
Ben Thanh Market, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
Come here if you want to see the local Buddhist culture. There are several stores selling handicrafts, lacquer ware, textiles and fresh produce. Why not try some Vietnamese noodles, steamed buns and local sausages.
Cholon Market, 57 Thap Muoi, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
Located out of the city this is an indoor market. Make sure you still bargain though! They stock apparel, textiles, shoes, handbags, and accessories on the first two floors while the top floor is dedicated to quality woodwork, lacquer ware, knitwear and trinkets made by skilled local artisans.
An Duong, An Duong Vuong Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
DAN SINH MARKET
This is the war memorabilia market so history boffins should head here. Be sure to haggle and take a proper look as things are not always genuine. However much of it is and you can find uniforms, jackets, combat boots to binoculars, gas masks, helmets, zippo lighters and identification tags.
Dan Sinh Market, 104 Yersin, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
If you don’t mind trawling your way through piles of clothes and have a couple of hours to spare, then head here for bargain. There is branded winter gear, luggage, shoes, and sportswear that cost a fraction of what they do on the high street. Make sure you barter too, just to get the best possible deal.
Russian Market, 328 Vo Van Kiet, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City