- Sat, Aug 19, 2017 03:00 PM
Latitude: 10.8231, Longitude: 106.63
If you wonder what do the Saigonese do on daily basis, the answer is simple. We work, play, eat and shop, just like people who are living in any modernized city. While high-end and international brands are too luxurious for most of people, Saigonese still find a way to make shopping a fun dose of stress relieving therapy without going over budget. Local markets, weekend flea markets, concept malls or apartment fashion boutiques are where affordable yet stylish local brands gạther. These should be on your radar in the hunt for the best shopping experiences. The Shopping Tour experience will take you to locals favorite hidden shopping spots. Depending on your needs, whether it's foods, home decor, clothing or accessories, your local guide will accommodate. Between different shopping experiences you can do a little bit of sightseeing, or grab a coffee at a local coffee shop. Remember that you can customize the experience as much as you like to have an unique trip just for you. Below are some popular places for your references, but don't forget to ask your local insider for more interesting venues that fits with your style and your need. Now, let's go shop! BINH TAY MARKET (CHO LON - THE GREAT MARKET) Established in the 1920's, Binh Tay Market is 17,000 square meters large and is built in an Asian architectural style. Binh Tay Market now has more than 2,300 vendors, selling over 30 categories of goods. It's a must visit for travelers, who are interested in exploring a local market and shopping activities of Vietnamese middle and working classes. The market is gradually becoming an attraction with 120,000 visits per year from travelers. Spending a few hours here gives you a chance to understand more of the history and culture. SAIGON SQUARE The strength of this premium market is clothing, fashion accessories and tech products (ie.chargers, smartphone cases, headphones, etc.) with decent quality and an affordable price. Products mostly come from Vietnamese manufacturers, some with limited quantity. Chances are you can treat yourself to a unique item with at a great price, just remember to bargain! With 3 centers located in District 1, Saigon Square has become a popular shopping place for many locals and travelers alike. OLD APARTMENTS While the monthly renting cost for main street location is still very pricey, an apartment is an alternative for local brands who cannot afford a centrally located venue. Many stores with different decor concepts gather in one apartment create a mini shopping mall, offering lots of opportunities in style choice and Instagram-worthy photos. You can easily find cool fashion boutiques from retro, vintage, sporty chic to minimalist style, prices also varied for every budget. In addition to shopping, you can stop by any hidden restaurant, pub, coffee shop or tea house inside those buildings to give yourself a truly chilling moment during nonstop shopping time. Some noteworthy apartment buildings are ones at 42 Nguyen Hue (the famous coffee building at walking street), 42 Ton That Thiep (next to Bitexco tower), 26 Ly Tu Trong and 14 Ton That Dam, all stay in District 1. WEEKEND FLEA MARKETS Each weekend, there are many flea markets that pop up all over the city which locals are excited to visit. Each flea market follow an unique concept that aligns with their personal branding. These Flea Markets gather best local shops with new decor themes, collecting them all into one place. Each flea markets has advantages in selling some certain types of products, but mostly focus on clothing, accessories, house furniture and decor. Sellers here are usually young entrepreneurs and small business owners. In addition to shopping, these market also offer food, henna painting or even music performances. We highly recommend you to visit Saigon Flea Market (D7), The New District (D4), Hello Weekend Market (D1) or Saigon Urban Market (D2) for a fun shopping experience. Sample Itinerary Below is a sample itinerary that we have created for you to reference for a few ideas when creating your own. Creating your own itinerary really depends on your preferences and the local insiders’ recommendations, meaning you can personalise the trip 100%. A 4 hour shopping experience in the morning: Meet up with you local insider at your agreed meeting point. Head to Binh Tay market to observe local shopping and have authentic Vietnam breakfast there. Walk around to the market, shop and learn about the Asian architecture Back to District 1 and start your shopping hunt inside an old apartment building. Stop by a restaurant in the old apartment for lunch and coffee. If you're in luck, you can find yourself a table with astonishing view. Say goodbye to your local insider. For more information and direct booking: https://goo.gl/PtkUo2 Special Note Transportation are best arranged based on group size. If you travel in a bigger group, let your local insider know for better arrangements. Wear comfortable clothes and footwear as you will be walking a lot. Some shopping places (local market, Saigon square) allow bargain while other don't. Ask your local insider for more detail about this. Share with your local insider about your shopping style, so he/she can recommend suitable venues.