Looking for the best places to go shopping in Ho Chi Minh?
We’re here to help.
This city has plenty to offer, whether you’re a fashion-lover, bargain-hunter, or someone on the lookout for a new laptop.
This guide has collected the best places to shop around depending on your needs:
Whether that means shopping in tourist districts or online.
Ben Thanh Market
No other place in Saigon embodies the city’s energy as much as Ben Thanh Market. Visitors to this tourist trap are quickly acquainted with pushy stall-owners and knock-off goods.
It’s worth a visit for its unique atmosphere though.
If you’re looking for some local coffee, a small knick knack as a souvenir, or a sports top, Benh Thanh market will have plenty to choose from. There are some nice bargains if you search long enough, but you’ll definitely have to work for them.
The key to walking away from a purchase without getting ripped off:
The prices will usually start at three times their actual value, so be strict with yourself and your hard-earned money before buying that ‘North Face’ bag.
Walking away is fine, and will even be enough to reveal the true value of some of these trinkets.
The market is open from 7am and the main market closes at 7pm. Shoppers can still shop around when it closes though, as a nightmarket opens up around it.
You can find Benh Thanh market here: Chợ, Đ. Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
This more local-friendly alternative to Benh Thanh market is slightly less intimidating for visitors. Saigon Square is less historical than the previous entry on this list, though you’ll not need to deal with an onslaught of with overly-aggressive shop owners.
Bargaining is still necessary to purchase something at a reasonable price, but you’ll not have to work as hard. Saigon Square is the unsung star of cheap shopping in Vietnam.
Shopping in Ho Chi Minh: Shopping Centres
Ho Chi Minh has a few shopping centres for a shopper-friendly environment. There are a few to choose from in a range of different districts. While HCMC is not as shopping centre-centric as Thailand’s Bangkok, it still has plenty of prominent offerings across each of its districts.
Vincom Centre – Đồng Khởi
The largest shopping centre in Saigon belongs to Vietnam’s largest company – Vincorp. It sits in the heart of the city in district 1 as a huge 28-story skyscraper that houses international fashion brands and restaurants. The average consumer will be familiar with most of the fashion labels, such as H & M, Zara, Topshop and Pull&Bear can be found across its floors. After you’ve finished shopping around, you could treat yourself to a viewing in the cinema on the top floor, or perhaps a meal at the food court which has a range of Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese restaurants.
Address: Số 72 Lê Thánh Tôn, P. Bến Nghé, Q.1, Tp. HCM
A second store is located in Vietnam’s tallest building – Landmark 81 – which can be found here: 208 Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh, Vinhomes Tân Cảng, Hồ Chí Minh, 700000, Vietnam
Takashimaya, a Japanese shopping center, takes a more luxurious approach to shopping in Ho Chi Minh than most others: as seen by its collection of Dior,Gucci, Desino, Michael Kors and Moschino stores. There are also a few casual clothes brands, too.
Do you like Japanese food? If so, head down to the food court downstairs in the basement (B2) for a wide-selection of Asian restaurants. There’s even an Annam Gourmet supermarket in case you’re in the mood to treat your taste buds at home.
Address: 92-94 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
VinCom centre – Building A
For fashion conscious shoppers who are looking for luxury international brands, Vincom’s second store in district 1 is an effective option.
VinCom centre has two buildings in district 1, building B is for the majority of shoppers, while building A consists of designer label brands, such as Gucci and Chopard. As opposed to the modern architectural look of Vincom’s flagship store, this centre consists of traditional Baroque-style architecture which matches the fashionable aesthetic of the brands it represents.
Shopping in Ho Chi Minh for Electronics
The mecca of computer stores in Saigon. If you can’t find it here, you’ll struggle to find it anywhere else.
As one of Saigon’s largest computer retailers, Phong Vu has an ample selection of computer accessories, laptops, monitors and more. They also have a dedicated technical crew on the upper floor in case you need some additional assistance.
Need someone technical to upgrade your laptop or PC?
They’ll have this covered for no additional fee (as long as you buy the parts from them). Very impressive considering how reasonable the prices are in the first place.
If you’re looking for a custom-built PC, you can take a look at their department dedicated to creating the computer of your dreams.
There are a few Phong Vu stores around the city, though its flagship store can be found here:
264 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Dedicated towards gaming enthusiasts, GearVN makes custom-built computers for gamers. They’ll be able to help you with any particular needs regarding gaming, and the prices of their computers are reasonable.
It’s quite far out, but worth the trip if you’re serious about buying a powerful video editing or gaming machine.
You can find their store here: 78-80 Hoàng Hoa Thám, Phường 12, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Best places to buy Apple products
Those in need of a shiny new laptop from the world of Apple have a few boutique and affordable options to choose from. In place of Apple stores are a wide selection of Apple authorised resellers. The Apple products here are close in price to in the US, and can even match prices for certain products.
F.Studio by FPT
Created by one of Vietnam’s largest telecommunications company, F.Studio has all the latest Apple products. It’s the most expensive option, but it’s also the most reputable. You can find F.Studio in VinCom centre or near BenThanh market at this address:
121 Đ. Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
Price of an iPhone 11 Pro Max : 30 million VND / 1300USD
Price of a MacBook Pro 2020 (entry-level model): 34.99 million VND / 1520 USD
Not to be confused with the cosmetics brand, Mac 24h is a service-centre for Apple products. They also sell Apple products at more affordable prices than F.Studio. If you’re looking for even cheaper products you can also check out their range of certified pre-owned products.
They also sell other computers such as Microsoft’s Surface Line of products, as well as Dell laptops.
Mac 24h can be found via their website https://mac24h.vn/ or at their local address at 376 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Price of an iPhone 11 Pro Max : 26.7 million VND / 1160 USD
MacBook Pro 2020 (entry-level model): 30.99 Million VND / 1350 USD
There are a number of retailers selling Apple products here: Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 70000, Vietnam.
Within walking distance of Mac24h are several other Apple certified retailers.
Best place for Entertainment
Halo is an entertainment store that focuses on providing video games, consoles as well as Apple and other computer products. It’s the largest of its kind in Ho Chi Minh. The unfortunate side of gaming in Vietnam is that games and consoles are quite expensive compared to most other countries. For example, a Nintendo Switch console will cost 10.5 million VND (452 USD). A PS4 Pro on the other hand is more affordable at 7.38 million VND (320USD) with a game.
Halo can be found at the following address: 92 Pasteur, P.Bến Nghé, Q.1, TP.HCM (ngã tư Pasteur – Huỳnh Thúc Kháng)
Online shopping in Ho Chi Minh
Shopping in Ho Chi Minh doesn’t always require a trip down the road.
In fact, ecommerce is one of the best ways to shop around thanks to cheap delivery costs and plenty of sites to choose from.
Vietnam has a ton of online retailers which act as suitable replacements to Amazon and other western online stores. Some even have noteworthy features such as Tiki’s 2-hour delivery service.
These retailers are similar in nature, so it’s worth browsing around each one to see which one offers up the best price.
One of the added benefits of living in a cash-based society is that you can pay with cash on delivery, as well as use card payments. This can be useful if you haven’t got your banking information set up just yet.
The three online shopping websites that we recommend are:
Lazada – A Singaporean online retailer backed by the world’s 2nd largest e-commerce company: Alibaba. It provides an impressive array of goods. The website is available in a half English form, with the majority of labels being in Vietnamese, while categories are in English and Vietnamese.
Tiki – Vietnam’s homegrown e-commerce giant offers 2-hour ‘Tiki Now’ delivery, as well as a wealth of different product options. It is not natively in English, though if you’re using Google Chrome the website reliably translates.
Shopee – Another Singaporean e-commerce company. Since starting in 2015, it has become a hugely popular option across South-East Asia thanks to its integration with a variety of social tools which makes buying and selling easy.
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