Shopping Areas, Hanoi
It's not just one shop, it's a whole street full of silk shops. Each one sells silk clothes as well as the fabric itself so that you can have a shirt or a dress tailored somewhere else. I guess that there are about 60 shops.
What to buy: I propose buying the fabric only - it's possible to have a shirt or anything else tailored in Van Phuc village, but if you know a tailor, go to him or her. However, buying a silk scarf for your mother or a silk tie for your father cannot be wrong.
What to pay: It's a matter of bargaining - there are not too many tourists in Van Phuc, so prices have stayed relatively low. For the amount of silk that you need for a shirt expect to pay between 50,000 and 80,000 VND. It's best to come with a Vietnamese friend as they might bargain more successfully. Also, most of the vendors do not speak English.
I have an order on hand with Zeds Threads for six more made to measure shirts which I will pick up on my next visit to Hanoi in the Spring of 14.
Thus far they have made some great safari short sleeve shirts for me, simply from an old shirt I mailed out to them. From there they followed my instructions exactly giving me a unique design which I am very pleased with in both high quality cotton and also in linen in colours of my choice,
They mailed them back to me in Canada and are a perfect fit. Their Mr Zoran Rakovic (Mr "Z") is a great guy to deal with. As an added bonus, their employment policy favours workers from disadvantaged backgrounds for whom they provide training and housing
I would thoroughly recommend this company for many items of clothing including shirts, shorts and jeans all made to measure or copied from a sample
What to buy: Why in fact not be a true VirtualTourist and send a sample, together with modifications by mail, direct to Zeds of your clothing requirement as I have done with my shirts or jeans, and have had them returned by mail direct to home
Once they have your measurements taken from a sample item sent to them, they can accurately copy, improve or adapt and return by mail.
I have done this and found my new shirts to be perfect and far better than those made to measure in N America. Now they have my details, I can simply place further orders, one of which I will collect next time I am in Hanoi in 2014
What to pay: Around $30 for specialist made to measure shirts in best quality cotton or linen.
Bargaining is a "must"! nothing fancy shopping in the street of Hanoi. But everything you need you'll find it here.
The bargain shops in Hanoi is different than Ho chi mihn. In Hanoi every street focus to their own products such as: if you only need a flip-flop, you'll have the whole street selling flip-flop
I need new pair of flip-flop and seems the price are all the same from the first store to the last store
I started haggling, the first store I went, do not give the price I want, so, I continue shopping till I went to the fourth store, and here I got the flip-flop of the price I haggle
In the city of Hanoi is a lot better to shop than in Ho chi minh. The vendors are not so pushy and they leave you alone without saying anything until you need to ask something
What to buy: Many,many,many. I bought tablecloth, souvenir and more stuff. And I bought a new luggage, to put up the stuff I bought
What to pay: From 5 and up
This is a very chic and cool shop, situated near Hanoi's most happening district (where Vincom Towers stand). It caters to young women's needs of finding a beautiful garment of fine quality at a reasonable style. Their pieces follow classic and retro trends, with a modern twist. Young women in Hanoi love this shop...3
What to pay: USD20-USD100
Hanoi is one big sprawling shopping experience although funnily enough, we found it very difficult to find things we wanted to buy and take home (to Australia). It was fun to wander through the streets, looking, touching, feeling - but the shopping was really quite uninspiring and not in the least bit compelling. Hanoi is more about the hustle and bustle - but if you want to actually buy stuff - you're better off in Bangkok or Shanghai to tell the truth.
What to buy: Catfish and Alcohol infused with Snakes - if your're not into either of these things, then Hanoi is not the shopping destination for you.
it is quiet difficult with the communication, because mostly people cannot speak English.. so for buying mineral water , i will buy in the small mart like 7 eleven then all prices are printed on its item. but for woman clothes and my sons shoes then i have to use calculator to show them and bargain even i have learned how to speak from 1 to 10, 1000-10,000 or 100,000 etc.. but still difficult for me..
You can find anything you want in the old quarter. There are so many shops around this area. Depends on how you an be fast you can walk from street to street to shop for whatever!
Some suggestions for you:
Hang Gai street: Silk tailoring, souvernirs...
Hang Ma street: Decorations for the holidays
Hang Dao street: Cloths, Watchs, Bags, Shoes...
Hang Dau street: All kind of shoes
Cau Go street: Hairpin, jewellery for hair
and many other streets around!
What to buy: Almost everything!
This is Trang Tien Plaza. Located just across from Hoan Kiem Lake (on the south eastern corner), it's one of the more 'flashy' shopping places in Hanoi. There are a number of floors (5 or 6 if i remember correctly). Located on the first floor are watches (quite a few well known brands) and also electronic equipment (cameras, etc) with a supermarket and other places to buy food located on the top floor.
The first floor is quite nice, but i don't think much of the somewhat bland top floor. It's a bit tacky, really.
What to buy: souvenirs like silk,ceramics,wooden handicrafts
What to pay: if you want to buy something for souvenirs,look around first so that you'll get an idea of how much the real cost is, we found most vendors quote higher prices to tourists.Be prepared to haggle/ bargain, usually they'll ask you what you are willing to pay,if you don't like the final price just smile and walk away,but don't bargain for things you have no intention of buying.
NGUYEN ART GALLERY is one great gallery in Hanoi, where you can find differently art style from most others gallery in Hanoi, main artworks are representing in there is modern contemporary fine art of vietnam, we can trust with thier brand name. NGUYEN follow the chinese mandarin characters mean is original and happy, NGUYEN with wave mark above stand for biggest vietnamese family name in cross the country. The manager in there he is speaking very good english and so keen in on vietnam fine art, he said the gallery direction is focus on discovering the young and telant artists and for sure they will be emerging artist in near future, absulately worth to stand for vietnam contemporary fineart, that also can aviod from copy.
every single piece of art you buy they isue the authencity certificate, for sure they are very reliable address to trust for valuable art you buy.
What to buy: if you intend to collect some authentic vietnam contemporary fineart such as abstract, impressionism, feguritive, expressionism, with material of oil paintings and abstract lacqure ware paintings NGUYEN ART GALLERY is trustable let check it out
What to pay: from 100,00 USD to 2500,00 USD
This is quite a large shopping complex with over 100 shops. There are two floors, on the lower level is where all the different retail shops are located, on the upper floor there is a MASSIVE retail/food store.
The Old Quarter is an amazing array of streets filled with tourists, hotels, cafes, markets, bia hois, and traffic. This area is also packed with local shops filled with craftsmen and sales people. You can spend hours here walking around, shopping, eating, and chatting with the locals. Our hotel was in this area, and here we spent much of our time.
The Old Quarter is located just north of Hoan Kiem Lake.
in Hanoi there are so many reproductions painting shop which close by Hoan Kiem Lake
it is cheap but not good and no art valuable at all, there are alot people anoying about that stuffs beacuse there are no proper law to protective copyright for those artworks, if tourist would love to collect some really art works from vietnam should becareful otherwise you will feel regret, for axample some kind popular painting in vietnam such as, very colorfull painting which only have value for decoration
What to buy: vietnam contemporary fine art in NGUYEN ART GALLERY base in 40 Hang Manh Street, is one my favorist art gallery in vietnam, they are representing great fineart and very uiniqe of emerging artists in Hanoi and vietnam, price is not high, the manager speak so good english,
very friendly atmophere, it is really worth to pay visit
What to pay: big abstract painting of ancient streets 175 x 150 cm oil on cavas is just 2500 usd
that pretty afforable
There is a wide variety of items at this narrow market. Fruit, grains, meat, and they also have prepared food dishes that the locals will eat at. You can also find clothing and souvenir items here as well.
Our van stopped at this place on the way to Halong Bay (and back). Normally I would be wary of shopping at such a place because often they overcharge to give commissions to the tour agent or guide but since our schedule at Hanoi seemed pressing, I decided to buy the aodai here. I bought two silk ones beautifully embroidered and with beads for US$25 each. The shop assistants were helpful and gave good advice. One of them also helped me put on the aodai which can be quite confusing as it has many press studs to do up. Later when we did go shopping around Hoan Kiem area in Hanoi, I was pleased that I had bought my aodai earlier at this place because they cost more there and there wasn't any like what I got.
My friends who chatted with the staff later told me that the items in the shop were made by the disabled. I have just checked on the net and found that it is true. In fact, the shop was set up with the help of the Red Cross. So do buy at this shop if you find things you fancy especially since they are cheaper.
What to buy: They sell many popular items that can be found in Hanoi city like lacquer ware, porcelain, scarves and shawls, paintings etc.