Are you planning to do some shopping in Ho Chi Minh City? Whether you’re looking for cheap clothes, electronics, or last-minute souvenirs, you’ll find it in these terrific markets. A visit to Saigon is not complete without a visit to one of its many bustling markets. Continue reading for our list of the ten best markets in Ho Chi Minh City.
The local markets perfectly capture what Saigon is all about, and a visit to at least one of them is essential when visiting this vibrant city. You can practically find anything you want in the Saigon markets, including traditional food, handicrafts, clothes, electronics, and anything in between.
Most travelers will have heard of the famous Ben Thanh and Tan Dinh markets, but there are also several others that we will list here in our top 10 list of the best markets in Saigon.
1. Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most recognizable landmarks and heavily mentioned in travel guides relating to the city. Opened in 1914, this is one of Saigon’s oldest markets, and today it is busier than ever.
Due to its vast notoriety, it has perhaps lost a bit of its local charm. The prices that the vendors put on items are also not an accurate reflection of local rates as they have begun taking advantage of jet-lagged foreigners wandering in there to buy simple souvenirs to take home. So don’t forget to bargain.
The market is divided into sections by categories, such as electronics, clothes, and souvenirs. Although the shopping experience here has become a bit underwhelming due to mass tourism, the building itself makes the market worth visiting.
The market opens up at 4 am on the North Gate with fruits and fresh produce stalls, and at around 9 am, the other gates open to the general market.
Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
2. Tan Dinh Market
The Tan Dinh market was constructed in 1926 and has since been a favorite for locals to find popular street food dishes. Offering a wide selection of food stalls, Tan Dinh Market is an absolute must-visit for food lovers. Aside from that, Tan Dinh is also the go-to-market to purchase affordable textiles. So travelers looking for a cheap cloth to bring home, this is where you’ll get it.
Some dishes worth trying at Tan Dinh Market include Banh Xeo, Bun Man, crab soup, crab noodles, and perhaps the most popular of them all, sticky rice and chicken.
Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
3. Soa Kinh Lam Fabric Market
There are roughly 500 stalls at Soai Kinh Lam Fabric Market, selling colorful and beautiful Vietnamese fabrics. For those looking for some material to make that perfect dress or suit, this is the place to visit. Walking through the market is quite the spectacle to itself as well.
Each stall at this market only sells one type of fabric but in various textures and colors. Anything can be found here from spandex, chiffon, khaki to fabrics for curtains, sheets, cushions, tablecloths, and more.
Note that vendors inside the market are all wholesale vendors, but the stalls that are just outside are the ones that sell retail for those looking to buy something to make just for themselves.
Address: 465-473, Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward 14, District 5
4. Eco Box Container Market
This market is a combination of shopping and dining spots all housed in old shipping containers. The containers all have their artistic decorations on it, giving it a unique flare. Eco box has around 600 containers selling various items upon completion.
This market is only open in the evening between 5 pm and 10 pm. Items for sale here include clothing, cosmetics, souvenirs, toys, dinnerware, along with things aimed for backpackers.
The Eco Box Container Market has events such as acoustic performances happening every night. These events are quickly gaining popularity and making the market hip amongst youths.
Address: 99 N1 Street, Son Ky Ward, Tan Phu District
5. Antique Collectors Market
For Antique enthusiast, this is the place to go. This market, founded in 2009, has a vast collection of antiques, some being sold for a couple hundred thousand VND up to a few thousand US Dollars. There is a small entrance fee of 30,000 VND required to enter, which also includes a free drink.
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Although the market located about a 30-minute drive from the tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City, it’s still definitely worth visiting if you have the time. This market is, however, only open on Sunday mornings between 6 am and 2 pm.
Address: Cao Minh Cafe, 311/27, No Trang Long Street, Ward 13, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
6. Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is the largest flower market in Ho Chi Minh City and is an absolute must-visit. Particularly for the flower lovers traveling in the region. The market is a colorful maze that play’s with the senses. The market, nested in a busy residential area, has been in operation since the early eighties.
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Most of the flowers sold on the market come from the southcentral mountain town of Dalat. You certainly will not see a flower market of this size in any other major city in the world. Note that some of the local food tours include a stop at the Ho Thi Ky Flower Market.
Address: Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
7. Hello Weekend Market
As the name implies, this market is only open on weekends. The Hello Weekend Market is known as a place to get some of the hottest local Vietnamese brands such as All’Bout him, Dottie, Libé, Liti, and Floral Punk. The market is located in a large amphitheater by Hao Lu Stadium.
Locals mainly visit the market, so expect to find very fashionable clothes at very affordable prices.
Address: 02 Dinh Tien Hoang, da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
8. Dan Sinh Market (Yersin Market)
Dan Sinh Market, also known as the American Market, is catered for war memorabilia as well as specialized gear for camping trips such as outdoor clothing, thick coats, combat tents, and mosquito nets.
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As well as finding a cool souvenir to bring home, this market offers you a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the painful history of the American Vietnam War.
Address: 104 Yersin, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
9. The New District
For a peek into what’s hip and happening among the younger generation, head to The New District to see the trendiest shopping names in the social media front in Vietnam such as Nosbyn, The Blue T-shirt, Heverly, Urbanista, Pop Birdy.
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The New District market is the place to be seen among Saigon socialites, and often they will have live DJ sets and other events going on, making it a lively place to visit.
Address: Queen Plaza Ky Hoa, 16A Le Hong Phong Str, Dst. 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
10. Binh Tay Market (Cho Lon)
One of the landmarks of Ho Chi Minh, Binh Tay is one of the must-visit places in Saigon. Constructed in 1930 makes it one of the oldest markets in Saigon that are still operating today. The unique Asian architecture of the market has also caught the eye of movie directors as the market has featured in several blockbuster films.
Located in the busiest commercial center of Saigon makes the action here relentless. The market is open from 2–3 am to 9–10 pm every single day of the year. Due to its proximity to Chinatown, you will find delicious Chinese delicacies such as roast duck and deep-fried fishcakes.
The prices at Binh Tay Market are also known to be very reasonable for both foreigners and locals.
Address: 57A Thap Muoi Street, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
Best Tours to Discover the Markets in Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant and exciting city with plenty of activities and things to do. Day tours are popular throughout the city, and there are abundant tours to choose from. Whether you are looking for food, culture, or history tour, you’ll find it in Ho Chi Minh City.
Saigon Scooter Food & Flower Market Tour
Travel the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the back of a scooter and feast on the city’s very best street food. Discover the hidden art behind the dishes and learn how food has shaped Vietnamese culture and history.
The Saigon Backstreet Scooter Tour
Jump on the back of a scooter and visit Saigon’s backstreets on an authentic culture tour. You will navigate the heart of the city, visiting local shopping streets, and picture-perfect areas filled with neighborhood food stalls. This tour is perfect for those who want to avoid the tourist hotspots and get a hands-on experience of the real Saigon.
Discover Central Saigon & Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
Join this full-day sightseeing tour of downtown Saigon. Explore the bustling Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, visit Chinatown, learn about the Vietnam war at a secret weapons cellar and the War Remnants Museum, and discover all the central landmark buildings of Saigon. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the whole of downtown Saigon in a single day.