Where to shop ‘til you drop? It can be difficult to decide as choices are endless in Hanoi. The best thing about shopping in Hanoi is that you can do it all on foot, with many streets dedicated to specific trades.
Walk around Hanoi shopping streets and get a taste of Hanoian life along the way. Right down here we list out some of the busiest shopping streets with some necessary shopping tips.
- Hang Gai Street
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Hang Gai Street has become one of the busiest commercial centers in the capital of Vietnam. The main product sold in this street is Silk.
There are more than 100 Silk shops here which are always crowded with customers. There are a variety of silk-made products that you can choose, from silk fabric to silk clothes, silk scarf,…
Silk fabric is soft, elegant and easy to wear. It makes a great present for your friends and families.
- Hang Bac
Hang Bac Street was the famous one in the 18th century. Located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, this street is where best jewelers in the city converge and create a wealth of fine and sophisticated jewelry.
Taking a Hanoi Free Walking Tour on this street, you can’t resist looking at all the blinking jewelry placed in glass show cases from the shops. These jewelry is considered to have the best quality and design in Hanoi.
- Nha Tho Street
Nha Tho Street is definitely a heaven on earth for food-lovers. This is also where St. Joseph Cathedral is located.
Around the Cathedral area there are many famous restaurants and street food vendors. There are all kinds of food you can choose, from Western food, Eastern food like Japanese food, Korean food to Vietnamese food.
- Hang Dau Street
Located near Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Dau street is easy to find. You might notice this street by hundreds of shoes displayed alongside the pavement.
Take a walk on this shoe-street and find good quality knock-offs that come in all kind of sizes, even Western size. It’s also a great place to get shoes repaired for cheap prices.
- Hang Duong
Duong means “sugar” in Vietnamese. Now you may know what kind of products sold here right?
In Hang Duong, they sell “Omai”, jams and others sweet food. Omai is salted dry fruit or sugared dry fruit and is a favorite traditional nosh for many Vietnamese people. There are several Omai brand such as: Hong Lam, Gia Loi, Tien Thinh,… But the most popular is still Hong Lam Omai.
It’s definitely a place for sweet food and snacks lovers.
- Dinh Liet Street
Dinh Liet Street is famous for selling scarves and hats, especially woolen hats.
There are a variety of scarves to choose: silk scarves, cotton scarves, woolen scarves,… Winter is peak time here, that is when people start shopping for woolen scarves and hats to keep warm in the cold weather.
- Luong Van Can Street
Luong Van Can Street must be heaven for children because it’s the street of toys. There are many shops and vendors selling toys in this street, from Vietnamese traditional toys to modern toys.
It is peak time here during holiday seasons such as Christmas, the International Children day on June 1st, the Middle Autumn Festival and the New Year as the street is always crowded during such time. If you come to Luong Van Can street during these time, you’d feel the holiday atmosphere all in the air.
- Hang Trong Street
Over the years Hang Trong is famous for its painting. Hang Trong painting has been known as one of the most typical folk paintings in Thang Long-Hanoi in particular and Vietnam in general.
Hang Trong Street today is the hub of painting workshops and luxurious galleries displaying various paintings of different genres. There are lacquer paintings, Quat Dong embroidered paintings, Hang Trong paintings, which have become main goods of the Street.
Apart from paintings, souvenir items such as brocade bags, wooden and stone statues, bamboo and rattan-woven products are also available.
With its cultural and historical values, Hang Trong is a must-visit destination for any visitor to the old quarter of Hanoi.
- Hang Dao Street
Hang Dao Street is one of the oldest street in Hanoi and was once popular for selling and dyeing cloth and fabric.
Hang Dao now specializes in selling clothes, travel products, consumer goods such as jewelry, fashion, watches,… The customers here range from local people to foreign tourists.
Shopping is a favorite hobby for some people. However, there are also many other things to do around Hanoi, such as go sightseeing some of the most ancient temples, go on a motorbike street food tour, enjoy nightlife in the Old Quarter, bike around West lake. For more information, here we have the list of what to do in Hanoi for you and for your amazing journey in Vietnam.