Local Crafts, Hanoi

40 Reviews

Know about this? Rate It!

hide
  • Shopowner Hoa (left)
    Shopowner Hoa (left)
    by stardeenaw
  • Local Crafts
    by Ewingjr98
  • Local Crafts
    by victorwkf
  • dunearn20's Profile Photo

    A Dong Art Gallery: Paintings

    by dunearn20 Written Jul 27, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Bui Huu Hung

    Very good paintings of rather unknown artists, therefore affordable.
    Not the US $ 3000 range as elsewhere (see photo, bought last year in Saigon) but US$ 200 - 300.
    Bought three paintings there, very happy now!

    What to buy: Everything!

    Was this review helpful?

  • yuet29's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Ceramic Vietnamese Girl

    by yuet29 Written Nov 29, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Many shops try to overcharge the foriegner. I was walking street by street asking the price for this small ceramic vietnamese doll. The price range from 10,000D to 15,000D.

    Finally I got this good deal in a shop in Cao Go, 5,000D. The shopkeeper mistaken me as a vietnamese because I was using vietnamse to ask her the price.

    "sin cao"(hello)
    "mot gai baun nyiur" (how much for one)

    Some of them can easily recognise you are outsider, some dont. I am just lucky.

    Was this review helpful?

  • gypsysoul73's Profile Photo

    Tan My: Hanoi's Finest Embroidery

    by gypsysoul73 Written Jun 30, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Tan My prides in being the oldest emrbroidery shop in Hanoi. Their embroidered pieces are made of the finest silks, cotton and linen.

    Make sure you go to the one on Hang Gai as there are 2 others (spin-offs) not far from the original.

    What to buy: The tablecloths, pillow cases, placemats, bedsheets, pyjamas, dresses, shoe bags, lingerie bags, table runners are all exquisite!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Applelyn's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Handicraft products

    by Applelyn Written Apr 26, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Stoneware and ceramics
    1 more image

    I like its pottery. The quality of its product is good and the prices are reasonable for its quality. The earthly and pastel colours can soothe your senses. You can consult them on how to decorate your gardens and homes.

    What to buy: The stoneware especially the fountains. It is very unique.

    What to pay: Depending on the products, from USD2.

    Was this review helpful?

  • akikonomu's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Silk lanterns / Lacquer ware

    by akikonomu Updated Aug 9, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you fancy some local silk lanterns or lacquerware as non-pricey souvenirs, head to the Old Quarter. Remember to bargain hard.

    What to pay: About 5,000VND for small lacquerbowls. Up to US$15 for quality stone lacquer / lacquerware (box about size of palm)

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • mizzzthanggg's Profile Photo

    many around town: Local Vietnamese Oil Paintings

    by mizzzthanggg Written Jan 9, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    local vietnamese art

    You may wish instead of buying repros to buy great original art by the local Vietnamese painters... scenes of villages, schoolgirls in their white ao dai and triangle hats, landscapes and waterscapes are of very high quality.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • on Pho Nha Tho Street: Pottery, silk garments, laquer ware,

    by tina_vietnam Written Feb 4, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are some nicer but more expensive shops on Pho Nha Tho Street.
    They offer very good quality and more Western oriented kind of Hoem Furnishing and Clothes.

    Also check out the Moca Cafe and visit the beautiful French cathedral. Not far from Haon Kiem Lake.

    What to buy: Laquer ware, Bamboo, Silk, hand bags, shoes, skirts, evening dresses, Chop sticks,......

    What to pay: more than average!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Annette98's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Art in Hanoi

    by Annette98 Written May 16, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The area around Hoan Kiem lake has a wide variety of shops offering paintings and embroidery. You can get some great deals on a wide variety of art. Many local shops offer local Vietnamese art or replicas of famous works. In addition, the embroidery shops have framed art work and linens. There are a lot of different places so you should shop around before you buy to get familiar with the variety and quality that is available as well as an idea of the prices.

    What to pay: Oil painting of local scene (approximately 8x10) - US$5

    Full size table emroidered table cloth with napkins - $15

    Was this review helpful?

  • myspices's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Of smiling masks and more...

    by myspices Written Feb 7, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Trays with cute faces
    1 more image

    All along the Old Quarters, you will find small shops selling local crafts - good as souveniers - magnets, bookmarks, handbags, trays, little key chains, embroidery pouches, wood carvings, small marble statues, T-shirts, dresses ... so many to choose from.

    What to buy: All local crafts

    What to pay: Ranges from 500dongs to...... unlimited

    Related to:
    • Study Abroad
    • Arts and Culture
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tattugran's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Silk Scarves

    by Tattugran Written Jun 23, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    beautiful colors.lovely to touch

    Silk is a big thing in Hanoi and you will find shops that sell these wonderful hand embroided silk scarves at a very reasonable price. SOmething every lady would want

    What to buy: the beautiful silk scarves

    What to pay: reasonable price.between $10 and $30 US

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Women's Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tattugran's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Colourful Lanterns

    by Tattugran Written Jun 23, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    very colourful
    1 more image

    you will find these colourful Lanterns everywhere in the Old Quarter...they are made of a light material. I thought they were paper ..I was wrong :)

    What to buy: these would make a nice ornament in any room at home....they woudl look good in a childs room I think

    What to pay: They are cheap

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Shopping around Hoan Kiem Lake

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 9, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    2 more images

    The area around Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi has dozens of shops full of nice souvenirs. In this area, I purchased a hand-stitched scene of the sunset over a Vietnamese lake. The designs in this type of art are made with individual strands of thread, beautifully arranged to form a landscape design. The price was around US$3 or 4.

    The other souvenir I bought in this area was an egg shell painting that I purchased from a nice little shop where the owners spoke French rather than English. I think this cost about US$5.

    Was this review helpful?

  • stardeenaw's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Want to buy clothes, get them here

    by stardeenaw Updated Apr 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Shopowner Hoa (left)

    You will see alot of shops selling silk within Old Quarter, apart from silk, the shops sell other things too, like handicraft, lacquer ware etc. Those shops are targetted at the pockets of tourists.

    In contrast, N Silk sells one and only item - clothings. The quality of silk is good. And the price I was quoted is much lesser than other shops, in fact, it was what I paid in the end. Save your effort of trying to bargain for 50% of the quoted price like in other shops.

    A humble shopfront with a friendly and honest shopowner, Hoa (she calls herself Flower too) who speaks good English. She is only in the shop from 830am-7pm, from 7pm -9pm it will her dad manning the shop.

    When I was at the shop, I met a lady from UK who said she visited this shop 3 years ago and is here again. I saw her paying Hoa hundred of Euros to tailor make 2 tops and 2 bottoms.

    This is definitely a shop I will visit again.

    What to buy: Silk Clothing, ethnic flavoured clothings.

    What to pay: I bought two tops for 100,000VND each and 200,000VND for a silk jacket.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Women's Travel
    • Singles

    Was this review helpful?

  • shrimp56's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: Vietnamese silk is lovely!

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 28, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You can find silk scarves and other local crafts in shops in many of the bigger hotels. You'll pay a premium, but you can still bargain.
    .
    The scarf on the left was purchased in a hotel shop. The one on the right was purchased at Craft Link -- see my "support local artisans" . I can't remember which place the middle one came from :)))

    What to buy: Silk scarves are wonderful purchases -- they are fun to wear and give as gifts AND they don't take up much room in your luggage:)
    .
    Vietnamese silk is usually much softer and more supple than Thai silk -- but it depends:) The scarf on the right is "raw silk" and has little more "body" than the other two.

    What to pay: Depends on the quality -- from $6 to $20 USD??

    Was this review helpful?

  • TonyBagnall's Profile Photo

    Local Crafts: The budding artists of hanoi

    by TonyBagnall Updated May 30, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are stacks of art galleries that will paint you a version of an old master. You can have any of your favourite paintings reproduced in oils for you to take home. Beware the quality of some places is dubious. Look around because some galleries have highly skilled artists that will paint you a very good version of a Monet, Van Gogh etc. There are also some nice galleries that do original works.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Hanoi

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

92 travelers online now

Comments

View all Hanoi hotels