These best places to go shopping in Da Lat can add some fun experiences during your getaway in Central Vietnam. This French-built town is known for its colorful flower gardens, fruit farms, and lush forests. While you won’t find immense shopping malls selling the latest in international fashions here, you will discover vibrant markets and fruit farms where you can easily spend several hours observing the local lifestyle.

    For one, Da Lat’s city market is a great go-to for locals due to the vast array of wares on offer. There’s also a unique handicraft village not far from the French Quarter. Here you can spend an afternoon admiring and shopping for local paintings, photographs, and embroidered clothing. If you’re looking to buy some great souvenirs while vacationing in Da Lat, read on for ideas on where to shop in Da Lat and what to buy.

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    Da Lat Market

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    Da Lat Market is an interesting place to spend a few hours and get a feel for the vibe of 'real' Vietnam. Known to locals as Cho Da Lat, it is similar to many of Vietnam’s city markets. It is made up of more than 1,000 shops in a few multi-storey buildings.

    The busy market offers interesting goods, especially local produce. The variety ranges from wine to flowers, cosmetics to strawberry candies, meat to handicrafts and even household appliances. You can find almost everything here, including cheap winter clothes (in case you're not prepared for Da Lat’s cool weather). Don’t forget to check out the food court here for some delicious (and unusual!) local specialties.

    Location: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Da Lat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

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    Da Lat Night Market

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    Da Lat Night Market offers a diverse shopping experience for visitors hunting for great bargains. Open daily from 5 pm through dawn, the streets in this part of Da Lat City Center are lined with colorful stalls selling local snacks, second-hand clothing, and souvenirs. 

    If you’re visiting during festivities such as Da Lat Flower Festival, Tet, and Christmas, there are numerous exhibitions, street parades, and performances by Vietnamese celebrities. You can also see local youths showcasing modern more modern art forms, such as busking, hip-hop dances, and skateboarding. Weekends are the best time to explore Da Lat Night Market on foot as all roads in the city centre are closed off to motorcycles, taxi cabs and buses.

    Location: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Da Lat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 5 am

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    L’angfarm

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    L’angfarm is a modern retail outlet in Da Lat City Center where you can find high-quality food items in beautiful packaging. Open daily, some of its most popular products include artichoke tea, dried persimmons, fermented rice wine, and sugar-coated mulberry candy. 

    The store also has a rustic-themed cafe that serves an extensive buffet of Da Lat specialties. Diners can enjoy over 50 kinds of food and beverages here, including gelato, sweet potatos, cakes, dried fruit, herbal tea, and pizza.

    Location: 6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 1, Da Lat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)263 351 0520

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    XQ Historical Village

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    XQ Historical Village is a massive gallery dedicated to Vietnamese paintings, abstract photography, and hand embroidery. Located near the Valley of Love, an entry fee applies and there's an additional fee for guided tours of the picturesque village.

    The village is also a popular spot for photography as there are plenty of flower gardens and ponds and the local artisans are often dressed in traditional costumes. After a few hours of sightseeing, enjoy authentic Vietnamese dishes and teas at onsite cafes, or purchase embroidered silk, clothes, and accessories at the gift shop.

    Location: 258D Mai Anh Dao, Da Lat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

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    Da Lat Flower Gardens

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    Da Lat Flower Gardens can be found on the northern side of Xuan Huong Lake, covering an area of 7,000 square meters. As Da Lat is well known for its variety of colorful flowers and plant species, the park is one of the town’s most popular attractions. 

    Da Lat Flower Gardens was established in 1966 with orchids, hydrangeas, roses, pansies, mimosas, and peach blossoms among the 300 types of flowers grown there. With such a wide variety of species, no matter what time of year you visit, there will always be a dazzling display of flower blossoms to enjoy. You can also buy beautifully arranged bouquets at the gardens.

    Location: D. Tran Quoc Toan, Ward 8, Da Lat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)394 064 367

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    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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