In Part II of our series on the amazing Ho Chi Minh City, our Vietnam team shares its recommendations for shopping and a relaxing cuppa…
Best Shopping Areas
Looking for air-conditioned luxury?
Vincom Center A – 171 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1.
One of the most luxurious shopping centers in HCMC, Vincom A (pictured) has six basement levels and nine floors with a wide selection of restaurants.
Crescent Mall – Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Phu My Hung, Dist. 7
Crescent Mall has six retail levels of shopping, dining and entertainment. The west end overlooks Crescent Lake, and the fifth floor has a Megastar Cineplex, food court and a game centre.
Diamond Plaza –34 Le Duan St., Dist. 1.
For family-fun entertainment like bowling, games and billiards, head to the 4th floor of Diamond Plaza. The mall also has a Cineplex on the 13th floor.
Or visit HCMC’s street markets and stalls for locally made clothing, accessories, backpacks and shoes…
Nguyen Trai Street Shopping, stretching from District 1 and 5
Lower part of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street (below Cat Mang Thang Tham Street (CMT8)
Le Van Si Street and Saigon Square on Nam Ky Khoi Nhia Street
Ly Chinh Thang Street —lined with shops selling shoes in a variety of sizes and styles.
3 Best English Language Bookstores
Tri’s book : 158 ED Dong Khoi, Dist 1
For English language books, magazines and travel guides, check out Tri’s books.
Nguyen Hue Fahasa Bookstore :40 Nguyen Hue Str, Dist 1
Find both Vietnamese & English novels, magazines, stationary, and souvenirs at this shop located right at the city center.
Xuan Thu Bookstore : 391A Tran Hung Dao, Dist 1
Visit this modern bookstore for books and magazines in English, French and other foreign languages.
3 Nice Coffee (and tea) Shops
After all that shopping, it’s time to recover…
Khanh Casa Garden: 66 Le Loi, Dist 1
Enjoy delicious tea from the northern province in this shop’s new open-air garden balcony or vintage-styled interior.
I.D café: 34D Thu Khoa Huan, Dist 1 or 61B Tu Xuong, Dist 3
Looking for a “hidden gem?” Try one of the I.D cafés, which serve yummy coffee in surroundings that are designed to complement their surroundings.
L’USINE: 70B Le Loi, Dist 1
Hang out with a mix of hip locals, tourists and expats in this airy and stylish café serving good food and drinks.