The Absolute Best Shopping in Saigon
For the best shopping in Saigon, you have to get away from Ben Thanh Market and the tourist-gouging souvenir shops surrounding it. Those places aren’t all bad. They can be fun to visit. Before we knew better, we actually shopped at those popular places.
But after living in Saigon for several months, we’ve found the shops with cooler stuff, lower prices, and better atmosphere. All of these shops are also within walking distance of the main tourist area of Saigon and are easy to find on your own.Get away from the tourist-gouging souvenir shops.Click To Tweet
Hip Shopping in Saigon
Saigon Kitsch is our favorite spot for interesting gifts and souvenirs. They offer a wide selection of items, but the coolest are covered in vintage Vietnamese imagery.
These motifs are strong, evocative, AND look great. You can find them on a number of different products.
Another personal favorite at Saigon Kitsch are the “green” products made from recycled materials. You don’t see much of this in Vietnam.
The tote bags, phone cases, laptop cases, and more are cute and help the environment a smidge.
There are also pretty bamboo bowls everywhere. Bowls may not seem like a practical purchase for travelers, but the bamboo bowls are small, lightweight and durable.
We got some for friends in the US, they arrived safely, and our friends loved them.
43 Ton That Thiep St.
District 1, Ho Chi Minh
L’Usine is a combination Café and Boutique shop. The café is very nice (expensive for Saigon), but the Boutique is the real attraction for us. The décor is even more impressive than the merchandise.
There’s a lot of vintage wood and wrought-iron fixtures. Many old contraptions are used to display items or simply as decorations.
They create an atmosphere of industrial charm. L’Usine a lovely scene that makes you feel both hip and nostalgic for a bygone era.
Some of our favorite items here are scented candles and handmade silk scarves. Although simple window shopping is best at this beautiful hangout.
151/1 Dong Khoi St.
District 1, Ho Chi Minh
Bargain Shopping in Saigon
Saigon Square is where locals shop for bargains on clothes, shoes, and accessories. There’s good selection of gifts, souvenirs, and small electronics too.
If you actually want buy things, Saigon Square is 1000 times better than Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square is much smaller, but it’s a genuine shopping center, not a tourist attraction.
The sales people at Saigon Square are way more relaxed than those at Ben Thanh. No one will be grabbing your wrist or using aggressive sales tactics.
Although Saigon Square is smaller than Ben Thanh, the selection of things a traveler would want to buy is about the same. And the prices are better.
You’ll still want to negotiate, but they aren’t trying to take (as much) advantage of you as a foreigner. Haggling is how business is done here, even with locals.
77 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St.
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Taka Plaza is hidden down an alley off Le Loi St. This is a busy street in District 1 covered with visitors, but few venture into this alley seeking bargains.
Taka Plaza is smaller than Saigon Square and, being hidden, it’s 99.9% locals. The stalls almost exclusively offer clothes and accessories (lots of great purses), but there’s a fair amount of discount luggage and toys too.
Since few foreigners shop here, we often get stares, but they’re polite, questioning stares. We always feel welcome. Sometimes we get the feeling that the stares are saying, “How did you find this place?” We take it as a compliment.
Shopping here is pleasant and relaxed. The salespeople (most of whom are the shop owners) are extremely mellow and very nice. Most speak NO English, but communicating is easy using your calculator app.
There is some negotiating here, but less than at Ben Thanh or Saigon Square. We think the prices here are quite fair.
102 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St
District 1 Ho Chi Minh
Above is the address, but it can be a challenge to find using it. Start by finding 36 Le Loi St., which should be easy. If you look up, you’ll see signs for the stores in the alley, including Taka Plaza. Then enter the alley and walk about 50 feet. The door to Taka Plaza will be on the right.
Sadec District is a fashionable home goods store, popular with the new rich of Saigon.
Most of the items are really impractical for travelers. There are lots of dishes and such. But we wanted to recommend this shop because they have an exclusive line of handmade, hand painted products.
You’ll have to take extra precautions to carry or ship these home, but they are unique, lovely, and wonderful momentos of a Vietnam vacation.
The tea sets are our favorite. We love the simple lines and classic Vietnamese scenes.
There are lots of other great shops around Saigon, but these gems are our personal favorites. Sadec District covers most travelers needs for cool gifts, interesting souvenirs, and nice bargains.
Happy Shopping in Saigon.
What Saigon shops interest you most?
Vrithi PushkarPosted at 23:51h, 19 March
I wish i had read this post before our trip to Vietnam in January! While we didn’t really do much shopping at Ben than market, it was a very unique experience. I love the pictures from Saigon Kitsch! So colorful. Love it.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 23:55h, 19 March
Hi Vrithi. We agree Ben Thanh is better as an attraction than for actual shopping.
Ambuj SaxenaPosted at 00:07h, 20 March
I really like the idea of recycled products as gift/souvenir items! I guess the world will be a better place if such ideas are used.
Thanks for sharing!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 00:11h, 20 March
Hey Ambuj. Yeah those are a great idea.
RaquelPosted at 00:38h, 20 March
Nice compact Shopping guide for Saigon! I wish I had this a year ago when I visited! I sticked around the more touristy places and was wondering where all the nice vintage shopping was at. I would have loved to visit Sadec District as I am crazy about home deco! Thanks for sharing!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 00:44h, 20 March
Hello Raquel. We like Sadec District a lot especially since we lived in Saigon.
nehaPosted at 00:45h, 20 March
A very comprehensive guide for shopping in Saigon. I always pick a small souvenir from anywhere I visit. And I do some homework on where to shop from, relying on posts like these. I would love to buy some green products made out of recycled materials that you mentioned.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 00:54h, 20 March
Hey Neha. Us too. And they are really durable and cute.
CorinnePosted at 02:33h, 20 March
What a great shopping guide. I don’t shop, but I know that it is an integral part of traveling so I appreciate that you’ve put this all together. I do love the textiles with the images on them. So pretty!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 02:45h, 20 March
Hey Corinne. Vietnam has lots of great textiles too. Many hand made.
Torgeir LindlandPosted at 11:19h, 20 March
Lots of good tips about placed to shop here. Especially places off the tourist path. I would much rather go to the markets the local use than the tourist market. Experience the real deal.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 11:22h, 20 March
Hi Torgeir. Exactly the real deals are the best.
James SmithPosted at 11:45h, 20 March
Saigon Kitsch looks much better than the tourist area I would have gone otherwise to find authentic Vietnamese items. Saigon Square looks like a peaceful shopping experience at local prices. Great post, this information will save people money when they go shopping in Saigon!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 11:49h, 20 March
Hi James. Saigon Kitsch is one of our favorites for sure.
Christopher James MitchellPosted at 11:54h, 20 March
Saigon is definitely not he easiest city to navigate, so these sorts of posts are super helpful in figuring out how to approach the city. I bought a bunch of stuff while in Vietnam that I still love. I can’t wait to get back one day and get some more!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 11:55h, 20 March
Hi Christopher. Oh yeah we’re not big shoppers either, but Vietnam has lots of irresistible stuff.
JenniferPosted at 12:52h, 20 March
I love shopping when I’m travelling! It;s always a challenge to find the best shopping areas in a new city. People always want to send you to the tourist places. There are some great looking shops in Saigon!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 12:55h, 20 March
Hey Jennifer. We face the same challenge in new cities too. That’s why we wanted to share this post with one we know really well.
Kate StormPosted at 13:46h, 20 March
Looks like a great place to shop!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 13:47h, 20 March
Hello Kate. Yeah Saigon is great for a lot of things.
AnitaPosted at 13:49h, 20 March
I am not a shopper myself, makes me anxious but I know lots of people who would run crazy through all these markets you mentioned. Especially with all of the handmade and traditional items, my friends would love it.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 13:55h, 20 March
Hi Anita. The markets can get crowded but ones like Taka plaza are usually not.
KatiePosted at 18:03h, 20 March
Who knew there were so many amazing places to shop!!! We didn’t get much of a chance to shop when we visited HCMC but will definitely do some next time 😉
The Travel NinjasPosted at 18:11h, 20 March
Hey Katie. That’s true. Theres lot of them.
Heather @TravelationshipPosted at 19:40h, 20 March
Lots of good suggestions. Thanks for the info!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 19:44h, 20 March
Hey Heather. Sure thing. Glad you liked it.
Carol @ Get There | Get LostPosted at 21:12h, 20 March
OMG! Look at all those merch! 😍😍😍
The Travel NinjasPosted at 22:00h, 20 March
Hi Carol. Yup. So many great choices.
MelissaPosted at 22:07h, 20 March
We are visiting Vietnam this summer for the first time! Thanks for all the tips and addresses. I love that tea set. As impractical as it may be to purchase and try to pack in my suitcase home, I may actually go looking for it.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 22:11h, 20 March
Hey Melissa. Shipping is another option. Prices here are pretty reasonable.
chenPosted at 00:05h, 21 March
Love all the shops you listed. Went to Vietnam a few years ago and I never came across shops like those. Would definitely check them out if I go there again in the near future.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 00:10h, 21 March
Hi Chen. That’s great to hear. Hope it is useful.
Sandy N VyjayPosted at 01:15h, 21 March
Saigon seems like a shopping paradise! The bargain shopping is really tempting. I love the designs on those pillows. The hand painted tea pots were stunning! Everything captures the simplicity and daily life of Saigon and I love it.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 01:22h, 21 March
Hey Sandy N Vyjay. Saigon is shopping paradise. Many options and great prices.
Global Girl TravelsPosted at 02:44h, 21 March
Love this handy shopping guide. I always try to buy something when I go to a new country, especially items that we can use to decorate our home with. I need to explore these shops should I travel to Saigon someday!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 02:45h, 21 March
Hi Global Girl. Those little moments are hard to resist.
Kirsty MarrinsPosted at 03:34h, 21 March
I’m loving everything in Saigon Kitsch! My kind of shop! Those hand-painted teapots are beautiful too.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 03:44h, 21 March
Hey Kristy. We agree on that one for sure.
Jackie TaylorPosted at 04:55h, 21 March
Such a great guide! I especially enjoyed how you included places away from the main touristy areas. Local markets are so much more authentic. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 08:16h, 21 March
Hey Jackie. The authenticity is clear right away.
SuruchiPosted at 08:39h, 21 March
This is a very comprehensive and well compiled up guide for shopping in Saigon. I just fell in love with some of the mentioned products like handpainted teapots, scarves, home decor, and motifs. For sure, I will end up buying so much in Veitnam once I get a chance to visit this place.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 08:41h, 21 March
Hi Suruchi. We know exactly what you mean. We love them too.
CatPosted at 11:59h, 21 March
I love shopping in South East Asia – so many cheap, cute handmade product you can buy there! Thanks for the information on where to shop in Saigon. I will keep those places in mind!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 12:00h, 21 March
Hey Cat. Sure thing. The shopping in SEA is very tempting.
Abhinav SinghPosted at 16:11h, 21 March
This is so similar and yet so different from the market places of tourist destinations of India. I am not much of a shopper but ever since I have started international places, I have started picking up souvenirs. I like the T shirts on display here.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 16:22h, 21 March
Hi Abhinav. We’re not big shoppers either, but some momentos are great keepsakes. And since we lived in Saigon, we had to shop for daily life too.
MargePosted at 16:31h, 21 March
I’ve only been to Saigon Square. I would have wanted to check out L’Usine and Saigon Kitsch, how come I didn’t see them when I was there. Those bag and purses from Saigon Kitsch would have made an ideal souvenirs to take home to friends and family.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 16:33h, 21 March
Hi Marge. Yeah they have some cool stuff.
MaximePosted at 17:20h, 21 March
Cool article 🙂
Never been to Saigon yet, but it seems like you can find there some really cool shops, quite trendy!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 17:22h, 21 March
Hi Maxime. Thanks. Yes we like them for their cool stuff.
AnthonyJuryPosted at 20:08h, 21 March
Saigon is certainly great for shopping, I know we did a lot on our recent trip in January. Although I didn’t visit all these places but Saigon Square was certainly a delight. Was a fan of the overcrowded Ben Thanh Market too.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 20:11h, 21 March
Hi Anthony. Ben Thanh is a cool place to visit and maybe have a bite to eat, but the prices and experience are better at the other places.
Aldrick AgpaoaPosted at 20:49h, 21 March
Saigon is such a nice place! Would love to shop there all day! I heard that prices there are cheap and the finds are good!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 20:51h, 21 March
Hi Aldrick. Yup prices here are very low compared to western countries for sure.
EricaPosted at 00:31h, 22 March
Great shopping tips you have there! Thank you for sharing! I love purses so you just gave me an idea about good souvenirs other than ref magnets (that i usually buy)
The Travel NinjasPosted at 00:33h, 22 March
Hey Erica. Those ref magnets are tough to skip haha, but yeah those purses are really pretty.
Nidhi KMPosted at 02:17h, 22 March
This is great post on shopping details. I loved Tote Bags, scarves, bamboo bowls. I am going to refer back k to this post for my shopping in Saigon.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 02:22h, 22 March
Hi Nidhi. That’s good to hear. Glad it was helpful.
ChiaraPosted at 04:54h, 22 March
I really love this! Interesting shopping is hard to find so thank you for writing it 🙂 I’ll refer to this when I’ll visit Saigon
The Travel NinjasPosted at 05:00h, 22 March
Hi Chiara. Thanks. We hope it does help.
IndraniPosted at 07:40h, 22 March
Looks like they have understood the taste of customers well. All items look so good to grab.
I liked the place.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 07:44h, 22 March
Hi Indrani. Great point. Yes they do seem to understand their customers.
SonaliPosted at 09:46h, 22 March
Shopping is my all time habit. I am going to vietnam next week, looks like a bag full of new things is going to be filled. Love this colourful things.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 09:55h, 22 March
Hi Sonali. Thats so cool. Have a great time in Saigon and happy shopping.
KellynPosted at 22:17h, 22 March
Seems like the place for me. I love a bargain. Great post on what to expect in Saigon when shopping, seems very cheap and budget friendly.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 22:22h, 22 March
Hey Kellyn. Oh yeah, Vietnam in general is budget friendly and these shops in particular.
Gokul RajPosted at 01:51h, 23 March
Wow…that is some shopping area, such a wide variety of collection. That might have taken forever to buy something.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 02:00h, 23 March
Hey Gokul. There is lots to choose from.
Fábio InácioPosted at 08:53h, 24 March
Thanks for your list, I will be there in the two first weeks of November. It is not my first time in there but to be honest the other time I didn’t go shopping, I don’t like much shopping 🙂 But next time at least I will go to L’Usine, looks an awesome place even if we don’t want to buy anything, I love the vintage stuff!!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 09:00h, 24 March
Hello Fabio. L’Usine is a cool place just to hang out, have a coffee and enjoy the atmosphere.
Carola BieniekPosted at 22:50h, 24 March
Thank you for this! Great selection of different options. I’m going to Vietnam later this year so it’ll come in handy.
Happy continued travels!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 22:55h, 24 March
Hi Carola. Thanks, and you too. Have a blast in Vietnam.
Punita MalhotraPosted at 04:06h, 25 March
I would surely pick up some of those handmade, hand painted dinner plates in different pastel colors if possible. And maybe some of the kitschy, vintage souvenirs like the cushion covers. Would look great in my home.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 04:11h, 25 March
Hi Punita. Good ideas. I bet they would look great.
Adrenaline RomancePosted at 22:31h, 25 March
Shopping here would be great! Sheila loves trinkets, table sheets, accessories, and other items for our home. We would definitely visit here when we visit Saigon.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 22:33h, 25 March
Hi Adrenaline Romance. Yes, there are so many of those here are great prices.
divsiPosted at 03:00h, 28 March
I am planning a trip to Vietnam and I love shopping. What a wonderful and comprehensive guide. Love the pillow covers and the mugs! 🙂 Thanks for listing all the details. This is super helpful!
The Travel NinjasPosted at 03:11h, 28 March
Hey Divsi. Thanks so much. Its great to hear the post is helpful.
Ami BhatPosted at 06:18h, 29 March
I particularly love the teapots and those fabric bags. They are so lovely. Glad you shared where you can get the best choice and bargains. Cheers.
The Travel NinjasPosted at 06:22h, 29 March
Hi Ami. Those are pretty irresistible for sure.