Particularly good buys here include clothes, textiles and handicrafts, while lovers of fine food and wine will want to visit Hanoi's Han Da market. Another great place to pick up a bargain is at the large and vibrant Dong Xuan Market.
Shopping malls have recently become popular in Hanoi and some of the best known and loved examples include the Parkson shopping mall, which is a huge hit in Malaysia, and BigC.
The Old Quarter
These winding lanes contain a large number of shops selling souvenirs and a wide range of other items. Shoppers in this district should head to Hang Gai and Hang Bong, which features a number of tailor and silk shops.
The Dong Xuan Market
Located on Dong Xuan Street about 900 meters north of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Dong Xuan Market is Hanoi's largest wholesale and retail center. Top buys here include clothes and souvenirs such as wooden bowls, silk and shoes.