The best places to go shopping in Hanoi are mostly traditional markets and narrow shophouses, but there's a growing number of independent boutiques and shopping malls offering a wide range of international brands, as well as dining and entertainment options. The best thing about shopping in Hanoi is that you can do it all on foot, with many streets dedicated to specific trades.

    This is particularly true in the Old Quarter, where Silk Street and Silver Street still retain their particular trades after hundreds of years. Whether you are looking for gimmicky souvenirs such as Vietnamese farming hats or a hand-made silk evening gown, we have compiled a list of great places to shop in Hanoi.

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    Hang Gai Street (Silk Street)

    Shopping street in Hoan Kiem district

    Hang Gai Street is a great place to pick up some high quality, fashionable silk items in Hanoi. Also known as Silk Street, the entirety of this busy 300 metre-long street is lined with fashion boutiques and tailors, as well as stores specialising in home furnishing. 

    Famous brands on Hang Gai Street include the colourful Tan My Design, offering ready-to-wear pieces. Squeezed in between the high profile boutiques are some excellent art galleries and narrow souvenir shops selling far cheaper items.

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    Hanoi Weekend Night Market

    Lively street market in Hanoi's Old Quarter

    The Hanoi Weekend Night Market is a busy, bustling gathering of stalls and vendors that brings crowds in droves. Taking place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 pm, the market runs through the Old Quarter, starting from Hang Dao Street and running north to the edge of Dong Xuan Market. 

    The fashion items on sale may not turn many heads, but many come to the market to enjoy its fun environment and street food.  The vendors have plenty of interesting and exotic things for you to try. Bartering is normal, even encouraged here. 

    Location: 8 Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

    Open: Friday–Sunday from 7 pm to 11 pm

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    Dong Xuan Market

    Large marketplace in the northern part of Hanoi Old Quarter

    Dong Xuan Market has a wide array of products for sale over 4 floors. Located on the northern edge of the Old Quarter, it is an imposing Soviet-style building, surrounded on all sides by merchant shops and stalls. 

    Dong Xuan Market is a rough-and-ready type of market, especially on the ground floor. Head upstairs and you will find printed tees, bolts of fabric, school uniforms, luggage stalls and much more, all available at wholesale prices. It is quite an experience, even if you only leave with a pair of cheap sunglasses and a Vietnamese conical hat.

    Location: Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 7 pm

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    Lotte Center Hanoi

    Popular shopping mall in Ba Dinh

    Lotte Center Hanoi offers approximately 250 fashion and lifestyle brands. This shopping spot also offers enough entertainment and dining possibilities that you could easily spend half a day here. 

    You can reach the 65-storey skyscraper from Hoan Kiem Lake by car within 20 minutes. This high-rise building that houses the Lotte Shopping Center Hanoi also has a hypermarket, a hotel, residential apartments, several restaurants, a gym, a spa, and an observation deck.

    Location: 54 Liễu Giai, Cống Vị, Ba Đình, Hànội, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 10.30 pm

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    Trang Tien Plaza

    Shopping mall in Hanoi’s French Quarter

    Trang Tien Plaza is where you can shop for luxury items and international designer goods in Hanoi. This shopping mall is spread out over 5 floors, with leading fashion brands such as Cartier, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna and Louis Vuitton occupying the ground floor. Electronics and home furnishings are available on the 2nd and 3rd floors, while a supermarket that stocks many international goods is on the 4th floor. 

    There are some excellent international restaurants on Trang Tien Plaza's highest floor. You can find this upmarket mall on Trang Tien Street, at the beginning of the French Quarter.

    Location: 24 Hai Bà Trưng, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)1900 3149

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    Hang Bac Street (Silver Street)

    Atmospheric street specialising in jewellery

    Hang Bac Street has been synonymous with jewellery (bac means silver in Vietnamese) for hundreds of years. This small yet atmospheric street still retains many small outlets of jewellers selling rings, necklaces and many types of inexpensive fashion pieces. 

    There isn’t a particular shop to check out – instead, take a wander from one end to the other and check out the many jewellers, handicrafts and propaganda poster shops along the street. To reach Hang Bac Street, start from the Water Puppet Theatre on the northern side of Hoan Kiem Lake and walk up Hang Be Street until you come to a T-junction.

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    Nha Tho Street (Church Street)

    Shopping street offering independent stores and restaurants

    Nha Tho Street is packed with small fashion stores and excellent restaurants – despite only measuring 110 metres. Located in front of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, it is very popular with the sophisticated set of Hanoi’s middle-class and expat community. 

    You can find independent boutiques selling Vietnamese-style fashion in western sizes, handmade jewellery and accessories at reasonable prices.

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    Hang Da Market

    Modern 3-storey market in Hanoi Old Quarter

    Hang Da Market occupies a modern and air-conditioned building on the western edge of the Hanoi Old Quarter. It has a collection of stalls selling clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. Prices are relatively affordable, and it’s possible to haggle, especially if you are buying in bulk. 

    On most weekdays, Hang Da Market is quite empty as most of the customers are Vietnamese. Visit on a weekend to enjoy more of a pulse to this sizeable shopping space. The complex is close to Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

    Location: Hàng Da, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)888 668 827

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    Hang Dau Street

    Shopping street specialising in shoes

    Hang Dau Street is quite unbelievable at first glance because of the sheer amount of shops selling 1 thing: shoes. There are hundreds of shoe-sellers lining the street, making it a great place to shop around for a nice pair of shoes or sandals in Hanoi. 

    Most of the footwear consists of brand names made at Vietnamese factories that have been rejected as seconds, making them a great purchase with usually only a small imperfection. 

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    Thanh Binh Gallery

    Art gallery near the Hanoi Opera House

    Thanh Binh Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery in the French Quarter of Hanoi. It's surrounded by 5-star hotels, fine-dining restaurants, and the Hanoi Stock Exchange. 

    Some of Vietnam’s most respected modern artists have pieces hanging in Thanh Binh Gallery. The range of lacquerware painting is especially good here. Pieces often sell to private collections and public institutions, so you can be assured of the quality of artworks in this gallery.

    Location: 25 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

    Phone: +84 (0)24 3824 5344

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