With shop-lined streets, alleys cutting out from every corner, and bustling outdoor markets, Ho Chi Minh City isn’t lacking in its shopping scene (nor in its drinking scene either). But the problem for time-pressed vacationers is: where to start? Skip the maze of stores with its displays of kitschy souvenirs – you’ll want to dive straight for the best shopping gems of the city.
Add a Londoner’s street-style edge to your wardrobe with pieces from Devon London. The collection draws inspiration from its founder, Devon Nguyen’s personal style – which is best described as modern and eclectic. Highlights include dresses fashioned in unique cuts, slogan tees and pieces coloured in vibrant hues.
Devon London is located at 151/13 Dong Khoi Street, D1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, p. +84 8 6684 6860.
Libé Workshop oozes minimalist chic with its neutral colours, striped pieces and basic cuts – all set within an affordable price range. It’s a refreshing alternative to the fashion scene in Saigon, where over-the-top colours and patterns are usually embraced. Beyond the basics, Libé also stocks a selection of colourful, funky designs if you’re looking for a statement piece that pops.
Libé Workshop is located at 1st Floor 26 Ly Tu Trong St. D.1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, p. +84 90 940 81 69. Open Mon-Fri 10am-9pm and Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm.
Valenciani By Adrian Anh Tuan
With its floral patterns, lace dresses and soft, flowy fabrics, Valenciani is a label made for the woman who enjoys figure-flattering pieces and an ultra-feminine style. Add variety to your style with pieces from a range of collections – look pretty in pastel colours from the Magnolia collection, stand out in a brightly coloured piece from the SUPERSTAR series or don a structured dress from the newest collection, It’s A Man’s World.
Valenciani By Adrian Anh Tuan is located at 89 Mac Thi Buoi, D1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, p. +84 9 0878 3788. Open 8.30am-9.30pm daily.
Vietnam Designers House
As its name suggests, Vietnam Designers House aims to support and promote emerging and established local designers by offering a venue where they can display and sell their pieces. Here you’ll find a wide-ranging collection of clothing – like daring, fashion-forward pieces, stylish asymmetrical cuts and bright colours. Perfect for the fashionista who wants to stand out from the crowd.
Vietnam Designers House is located at 161A Hai Ba Trung St, D3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, p. +84 8 3521 0641. Open 9am-9.30pm daily.
While there isn’t a lack of stylish indie womenswear boutiques in Ho Chi Minh City’s fashion scene, the same can’t be said for menswear. That said, it looks like things are set to change with the emergence of brands like SSStutter, which stocks a good selection of tees, jackets, buttoned shirts and accessories in its finely appointed store.
SSStutter is located at 26 Ly Tu Trong Street, D1, The New Playground, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnma, p. +84 8 6993 6266.
Antonio De Torres
Previously known as Massimo Ferrari, the label has been rebranded as Antonio De Torres before its international expansion. But the luxury brand stays true to its original style and quality with bespoke tailoring, handcrafted shoes and colourful menswear and accessories for the modern metrosexual.
Antonio De Torres is located at 42A1 Tran Quoc Thao Street, Ward 7 D3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, p. +84 9 3930 6212. Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm and Sun 10am-7pm.
Anupa Eco Boutique
Founded by Londoner Anupa Horvil, Anupa Eco Boutique isn’t your typical leatherware store. Each and every piece – from the velvety soft leather bags to simple clutches and wallets – is designed and crafted with careful thought to detail, and an emphasis on ethical production and sustainability. Apart from leather goods, Anupa also stocks a unique collection of jewellery and silk accessories.
Anupa Eco Boutique is located at 9 Dong Du, D1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, p. +84 8 3822 2394. Open 9am-8pm.
The beautifully decorated L’Usine is a boutique, art gallery and café in one. Designed to showcase local talents, the art gallery displays works from painters, sculptors, designers and graphic artists. Step out to the central retail area to browse through racks draped with stylish, well-made clothing, or shop from a fun collection of homewares, shoes, ornaments and quaint vintage bicycles. Round out your shopping spree with tea and cupcakes at the bright and airy L’usine Cafe.
L’Usine is located at 151/5 Dong Khoi St, D1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, p. +84 (0)8 6674 3565. Open 7.30am-10.30pm daily.
Gingko Concept Store
Featuring a range of quirky knick-knacks, t-shirts, stationery, organic products and fair trade goods, Gingko is a great bet for your souvenir shopping needs – particularly if you’re seeking to avoid the mass-produced, somewhat kitschy finds of the outdoor markets. You won’t go wrong with items like the artisanal, award-winning Marou chocolate, Marrakesh leatherware, Nam Long Coffee or brightly coloured Eugenie Darge accessories.
Gingko Concept Store is located at 254 De Tham Street, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: (+84) 28 6270 5928 Open 8:00AM – 10:00PM and 92 – 96 Le Loi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: (+84) 28 38234099 Open 8:30AM – 10:00PM.
Espace Michèle de Albert
Located within an eye catching red and white building, Espace Michèle de Albert is worth stopping by if you’re seeking out unordinary homewares. The sprawling interior houses numerous items, so set aside ample time to pore through its extensive collection – from oriental ornaments, to ceramic plates, teapots and intricately detailed Moroccan trays.
Espace Michèle de Albert is located at 6/39A Tran Nao Street 12, Ward Binh An, D2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, p. +84 8 3740 6009.
Cover image: Valenciani By Adrian Anh Tuan