Shopping malls in Ho Chi Minh City are the best places to be (after its vibrant street markets) for a satisfying shopping experience during your vacation. Easily accessible on foot or by cyclo, these shopping malls are also conveniently located near 5-star hotels and popular landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Benh Than Market, and Saigon Central Mail Office. While cosmetics, apparel, accessories, and kitchenware are sold at fixed prices, you can find an array of international brands and renowned local designs within these shopping malls.

    There are also plenty of dining outlets and entertainment centres to fill your time and tummy after you’ve shopped to your heart’s content. Whether you’re looking for one convenient stop for all your retail needs or a temporary retreat from Saigon’s scorching afternoons, here’s our list of Saigon’s most popular shopping malls.

    1

    Vincom Center

    Le Thanh Ton Street

    Vincom Center is split over 2 buildings with more than 250 retail outlets, making it the largest shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City. Vincom Center A occupies a charming French colonial building where you can shop for electronics, home décor, and upmarket brands such as Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Hermes. 

    Just behind it is the more modern Vincom Center B, which occupies the first 7 floors of a glass-fronted skyscraper, selling main street brands, sports apparel, and homeware. Vincom Center is also great for enjoying familiar food outlets such as Carl’s Jr, Seoul Garden, and Tous les Jours Bakery while the Games Center is fitted with air hockey, basketball hoops, bumper automobiles, and arcade games.

    Location: 45A Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 70000, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9

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    Saigon Square

    District 1

    A 5-minute walk from Benh Thanh Market, Saigon Square is a 2-storey wholesale fashion mall that offers some of the best prices in Ho Chi Minh City. Perfect for bargain hunters, there are seemingly endless aisles of small stalls selling T-shirts, men’s and women’s apparel, shoes, purses, swimwear, luggage, jewelry, and textiles. While the prices on the tags may be slightly inflated, bargaining is expected, so you should never accept the opening bid. As it’s also fairly easy to see stalls selling similar items; just browse around the shopping mall before settling for an asking price that you’re comfortable with.

    Location: 77-89 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

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    3

    Takashimaya Vietnam

    District 1

    Takashimaya Vietnam is the first Japanese department store branch in Ho Chi Minh City, carrying a wide range of products from Japan, Europe, and the U.S.. Appealing to mostly middle and upper-class shoppers, the 5-storey department store has a total retail space of 15,000 square meters.

    Location: 92-94 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm, Friday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +84 28 3821 1819

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    Diamond Plaza

    District 1

    Occupying a refurbished colonial building, Diamond Plaza overlooks prominent Saigon landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Mail Office, and 30-4 Park. Offering over 4 floors of cosmetics, apparel, toys, and accessories, you can shop for popular upmarket and street brands such as Estee Lauder, Motorcoach, Crabtree & Evelyn, Levi’s, Converse, PUMA, Lego, and Samsonite. After a day of shopping, there’s a food court as well as numerous dining outlets and family-friendly entertainment centres to enjoy, including a bowling alley, kids playroom, and movie theater.

    Location: 34 Lê Duẩn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +84 28 3825 7750

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    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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