Top 10+ Ho Chi Minh Markets for Local Shopping Experience
One of the best ways to get a true, authentic travel experience in Ho Chi Minh City is to visit a local market as the local market in Vietnam is not only a trading place but also a place reflecting the life of the community. To get the best local experience while shopping, do not miss your chance to visit at least one market in the list of 13 Ho Chi Minh Markets for Local Shopping Experience below.
1. Ben Thanh Market
- Opening hours: 18:00 –24:00 daily
- Address: Le Loi, Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh
Ben Thanh Market is one of the most popular markets for shopping in Ho Chi Minh City among the locals and the tourists, which is busy both at night and throughout the day. Local people come here to buy fresh produce in the morning, while tourists consider it a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art, and other souvenirs.
Moreover, tourists have the chance to taste the best Saigon street foods such as fresh seafood, beer, noodle, hotpot... until midnight. You should take care of your belongings when shopping here are it is heaven” of snatching and pickpockets. Do not forget to use your bargaining skill, and the seller will be happy to offer you some discounts.
Things to buy at the market:
|No||Things to Buy||Suggested prices|
|1||T- Shirts||100,000 VND - 160,000 VND|
|3||Elephant print pants||80,000 VND -100,000 VND|
|4||Ao Dai (Long Dress)||250,000 VND - 500,000 VND|
|5||Silk||120,000 VND - 150,000 VND per metre|
|6||Vietnamese coffee and filter||100,000+ VND|
|7||Lacquerwares||100,000 - 300,000 VND|
|8||Conical hat||30,000VND - 100,000 VND|
|9||Jewellery||From 30,000 VND|
|10||Dried and packaged specialities, Embroidery, Coconut candy, fresh fruit.||From 50,000 VND|
Ben Thanh market
2. Binh Tay Market
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00
- Address: 57 Thap Muoi, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in the centre of Vietnam’s largest Chinatown district, Binh Tay Market, also known as Cholon market, is a place not only for shopping but also for experiencing great historical and cultural importance, especially local Buddhist culture. The market is divided into 2 different parts: the outside and the inside section. The inside part has up to 600 stalls selling all kinds of products especially items with a Chinese flavour while the outside is at the back of the market, mostly along Phan Van Khoe street, where you can buy everything in the pavements, enjoy the authentic Chinese atmosphere.
Things to do at the market and the surrounding area:
- Shop assortment of handicrafts, lacquerware, textiles, and fresh produce
- Enjoy food: Vietnamese noodles, dumplings, wonton, or duck noodles
- Have fun at Lantern street on Luong Nhu Hoc Street: buy lanterns or drums, to take pictures, or enjoy the bustling atmosphere
- Visit the Chinese medicine pharmacies at drugs stores like s Dai Hung, Thien Phuoc Duong, Thuan Thien Duong, etc.
- Admire the architecture at Thien Hau Pagoda at Nguyen Trai street, pray for fortune or the peace of your families and loved ones.
- Visit Ha Chuong Assembly hall which has a vivid decoration with the statues of dragons, phoenixes, soldiers, castle models, and houses
Binh Tay market
3. Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
- Opening Hours: All day, best time to visit: 00:00 – 3:00
- Address: 52 Alley, Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
Along with Saigon Floating Flower Market, Ho Thi Ky is the two most famous flower markets in Saigon, which is home to abundant fresh and beautiful flowers at quite low a price for the city and some provinces in the South of Vietnam. The market is open all day, but the most crowded is early morning and evening.
In the morning, you will see many sellers in the region come to buy in large quantities. Visiting the market, you can also pick up your favourite flowers, dip into a peaceful and romantic atmosphere. Besides, you can experience Cambodian local life and specialities as there is the Cambodian community near the market, and various products from Cambodia from dried fish, dried frogs,s and vegetables to traditional foods are on sale.
Flowers on sale at the market: chrysanthemum, marigold, gerbera, auspicious flower to orchid, rose, sunflower…from Dalat, Mekong Delta, Hanoi and other countries such as Japan, Italy, China, Hungary, and the Netherlands.
Ho Thi Ky flower Market
4. Russian Market
- Opening Hours: 9:00 – 20:00
- Address: 328 Vo Van Kiet Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The Russian market is another interesting market in Ho Chi Minh City to visit. From the name of the market, you can get it is all about Russia, from the signboards to the music, sell things… All belonging to Russia are imported and sold here. The market reminds people who have lives in Russia about the country. It is also a favourite place to buy clothing and accessories for the winter. The market provided a good price, quality and has great location, good service so it attracts thousands of customers every day
Things to buy at Russian market:
- Russian clothes and accessories such as winter jackets, winter boots, sweaters, socks, scarfs, winter hats
- Russian food and beverages such as famous Raffaello chocolates, sunflower seeds, canned foods including salted herring and canned peach, Russian dumplings, BBQ shashlik marinate spices, caviar, cured pork fat, ketchup, etc.
- Russian souvenirs such as Matryoshka dolls or nestin dolls
5. An Dong Market
Opening Hours: 5:30 – 20:00
Address: An Duong Vuong Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
An Dong market is probably the biggest clothing market in Vietnam. An Dong market sells all styles of textiles in various colors, forms, shapes, patterns, and designs. More importantly, the items in the market keep up with the latest fashion trends and are much cheaper than other markets in Ho Chi Minh City. Apart from buying and selling stuff, there are food stalls on the ground where you can taste refreshments, sweetened dried fruits, snacks, and bulk foods.
Things to buy at An Dong market: woodwork, lacquerware, knitwear, jewelry made with gemstones such as amethyst and jade… …
An Dong market
6. Dan Sinh Market
- Opening hours: 7:00 – 18:00
- Address: 104 Yersin, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Dan Sinh Market is the so-called War Surplus Market. It sells a wide range of war surplus and camping items, as well as industrial-sized electrical appliances. The main stalls in Dan Sinh Market sell both genuine and fake objects relating Vietnam War. Besides, the market also sells a series of hardware shops including industrial and motor vehicle tools, nuts and bolts of all sizes, welding equipment, light, and forklifts. A few shops sell ladies' clothing and kitchen utensils. The price in the market can be incredibly cheap, or unbelievably expensive.
Things to buy at Dan Sinh market: Military equipment and war memorabilia such as hats, boots, suppliers for American soldiers
Dan Sinh - War Surplus Market
7. Ba Chieu Market
- Opening hours: 24 hours a day.
- Address: Bach Dang Street, Ward 1, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in a beautiful and convenient location, Ba Chieu market is one of the oldest retail markets in Saigon. The market attracts a large number of customers to visit daily. The market sells clothes, shoes, fruits, and food at a quite reasonable price. When the night falls, the market becomes beautifully adorned by the vibrant colors of many flowers under the yellow light.
The market is an ideal place to enjoy and feel the atmosphere of bustling but colourful Saigonese daily life both during day and night time.
Things to buy at Ba Chieu market: clothing, jewelry, shoes, bags, fresh produce, fresh and dried fruits.
Ba Chieu Market
8. Hanh Thong Tay Market
- Opening hours: 6:00 – 23:00
- Address: 10/2 Quang Trung Street, District Go Vap
Hanh Thong Tay market is a typical night market in Ho Chi Minh City. It is famous for cheap clothes, accessories, phone gear, local snacks, and home goods. You can buy 3 shirts with only 100,000 VND, or other clothes with only 60,000 – 120,000 VND. The market becomes extremely crowded at night when students come here for cheap accessories. Besides, shopping, you can try delicious local cuisine at remarkable prices.
Things to buy at Hanh Thong Tay market: clothing, handbags, footwear, cosmetics, foods.
Hanh Thong Tay Market
9. Tan Dinh Market
- Opening hours: 05:00 – 17:00
- Address: 48 Ma Lo Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tan Dinh Market is one of the oldest and biggest markets in Ho Chi Minh City. The market has stunning French-style architecture with a yellow facade and three bell towers. The market sells commodities to locals and tourists, it specializes in Ao Dai fabrics. In the past, the Phú Hòa Market was one of the most popular markets in the north of Saigon. After nearly 100 years of existence, the Tan Dinh market has remained a prominent commercial center in Saigon thanks to its good location, safety, high-quality products, and reasonable prices.
Things to buy at Tan Dinh market: groceries, clothing, footwear, fruits, textiles, accessories, fresh produce, household items.
Tan Dinh Market
10. Ba Hoa Market
Opening hours: 2:00 - 20:00
Address: Tran Mai Ninh, Ward 11, Tan Binh district
Named after the Quang Nam-bred founder, Ba Hoa market is famous for its trading area specializing in Quang Nam food. Therefore, the market is a place not only for trade but also for people to gather, especially those who come from Central Vietnam. Coming inside the market, you can enjoy a wide range of specialities of the Quang area which can not be found anywhere else in Saigon such as crispy dry pancakes baked on the spot or thuẫn cakes (made from flour and egg) a pretty yellow color fresh from the oven.
Things to buy in Ba Hoa Market: black sugar, cu nen, Ly Son Island garlic and dried potatoes, fish sauce.
Ba Hoa Market
11. Minh Phung Market
- Opening hours: 18:00 – 6:00
- Address: 122 Minh Phung, District 6.
Cay Go Night Market, also known as Minh Phung Night Market, is one of the top 5 best night markets in Ho Chi Minh City. The market sells an abundance of goods at remarkably low prices on the small stalls and along the street sides. The sellers here often offer fixed prices for their items; therefore, you can not bargain. Besides goods, you can enjoy the traditional cuisine in this famous night market.
Things to buy at Minh Phung market: clothing, designer knock-offs, handbags, jewelry, children’s clothes, and home furnishings.
12. Thu Duc Market
- Opening time: 5:00 - 19:00
- Address: 1 Vo Van Ngan, Thu Duc district,
Thu Duc market is considered the largest wholesale market in Vietnam, built-in 2002. On average, the amount of goods entering the market is more than 2,800 tons per day. On the full moon and the first day of the month, the number of goods arriving at the market can reach from 4,000 to 4,500 tons/day. The wholesale market sells agricultural products from the western and southeastern provinces. It has become a typical and famous symbol of the Thu Duc district. The market is always crowded and busy during day and night time.
Things to buy at Thu Duc market: clothes, food, household items, etc
Thu Duc Market
13. Kim Bien Market
- Opening time: 6:00 - 21:00
- Address: Van Tuong, Ward 13, District 5.
Kim Bien Market was set up in the 1960s to exchange and sell foreign currencies and commodities used in the army. However, after 1975, traders have been allowed to sell other commodities such as telephone accessories, computers, sunglasses, cosmetics, toys, labor protective clothing, and chemicals. Just like in other wholesale markets, the prices of these items are surprisingly cheap.
Things to buy at Kim Bien market: all kinds of accessories, especially beauty accessories for women such as hair jewellery, glasses, souvenirs, all kinds of phone cases, sunglasses, bags, teddy bears, etc.
Kim Bien Market
With the 13 best markets in Ho Chi Minh for the local shopping experience, hope that you were able to pick up at least one for your trip to Ho Chi Minh City. We provide Ho Chi Minh full-day tour which can include any market above in, so do not hesitate to contact BestPrice Travel for a customized tour.