If you’re looking for a place to shop for clothes in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is definitely one of the best cities to do so. Not only is it Vietnam’s biggest city, it’s also a haven for shopaholics. You can find everything here, from big malls to local markets. Walking around in Ho Chi Minh, you’ll also see all the stylish Saigonese making their way to the coffee shops. If you’re wondering where they get their clothes from, look no further. Here’s a list of the the best places to go shopping for clothes in Ho Chi Minh City to help you out in this busy city.
Malls are a great place to go shopping if you’re looking for popular chain stores such as H&M and Zara. The big city has tons of good shopping malls that can be reached by foot or transportation, depending on where you are. There’s many benefits of going to shopping malls. One, there’s air condition, which is a life saver during the hottest hours in the city. Two, the prices here are fixed so there’s no need to haggle. And three, you can find everything in the shopping malls! There’s usually cinemas, restaurants, cafés, and of course – lots of boutiques! So when you feel like getting out from the busy streets, swing by one of these malls.
Opening hours: 09:00 – 22:00 daily
Address: (Vincom Center A) 171 Dong Khoi & (Vincom Center B) 72 Le Thanh Ton Street
One of the biggest and most popular shopping malls in the city is Vincom Center, with more than 250 retail outlets and a giant food court. There’s also a bowling alley, cinema and kids playroom in the shopping mall. Make sure that you spare a few hours if you’re going here since it’s a huge mall. After you’re tired of shopping, why not head to the cinema, unwind and watch a movie.
Opening hours: 09:30 – 22:00 daily
Address: 45 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1
This shopping complex is located right in the heart of District 1 and is the place to go if you want to shop more mid-range and upmarket products such as Calvin Klein, Lacoste and Esprit. They also have a Games Center where you can play arcade games.
Want to dive deeper into the shopping frenzy in Ho Chi Minh? Then you must check out the boutique shops. This is probably where all the fashionable, young Saigonese gets their clothes from. You can get further insight if you take a look at different social media outlets such as Instagram or Facebook shops. You can cover all the fashion boutiques in just one day if you want to, but we recommend you taking your time. There’s a lot to discover.
This incredibly popular clothing store opened up its doors in 2013 and has since become one of the most beloved stores for young Vietnamese. The style is more minimalistic and basic but with a twist. They aim to create clothes that are timeless and cool, to please the urban fashionistas in the city. Once you enter Libé, it’ll be difficult to come out empty handed, so bring your friend and shop til’ you drop!
Cute, wearable and feminine are probably the best words to describe this boutique. They have two locations in Ho Chi Minh City so you can choose the one that’s closer to you. The prices are reasonable here as well. You can find everything from floral dresses, skirts, loose pants and cool, printed t-shirts. It’s one of the underrated boutiques in Ho Chi Minh so make sure you pay a visit.
Both a boutique and a café, L’usine is one of the hot spots for both travelers and locals alike. On the bottom floor, you can find contemporary fashion, everyday T-Shirts from the brand Cheap Monday, handmade lacquerware from Indochine, and much more. Upstairs, you’ll find one of the best breakfast places in town. If you’re looking for a place to eat French toast, this is where you should go. But expect Western prices.
Want to have a more authentic experience in Vietnam? Hit the markets! There’s no such thing as fixed prices here so you need to brush up your bargaining techniques. But it’s usually a fun experience where you get to mix more with locals and buy souvenirs at the same time.
Ben Thanh Night Market
This night market is one of the more busy ones because it’s centrally located. You can literally get everything here – clothes, jewelry, hats, shoes, scarfs, etc. It can almost be a bit too overwhelming at times so make sure you rest. There’s plenty of street food stalls, restaurants and cafés where you can relax for a while before heading in to the market again. The night market opens at 18:00 to midnight, daily. Most of the items you can get here are negotiable, but some stalls have fixed prices.
Have you applied for your Vietnam visa yet? If not, make sure you apply in good time before you arrive to the country. If you’re not on the visa exempt list, or wish to stay in the country for longer than 15 days, you are required to apply for a visa. Depending on which country you’re from, you can apply for either three of these types of visas: Visa on Arrival, E-Visa, or go to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.