Looking for an exquisite gift? Well, you’re right about thinking that shopping in Hue, Vietnam will result in finding a rare kind of souvenir! Sure, you can also find souvenir items in other parts of Vietnam, but Hue people are known for the intricate workmanship of their handicrafts and other interesting products.
Hue is definitely the best place to shop for gifts you can bring back home with you. It is famous for handicraft products like silk paintings and silk embroideries, all kinds of knick knacks made of silk, lacquer wares, antiques and all kinds of unique products that you’ll only find in the city.
Check out the list below for the best places to shop in Hue and be amazed by their offerings.
- Chu Van An Street
From the Tu Do Stadium to the Perfume River, the Chu Van An Street is lined with stalls and shops on both sides. The stores sell a huge selection of souvenir items, local handicrafts and artwork by local artists. It is most famous for silk paintings, although you can also find clothes, jewelry, shoes, bags and all kinds of accessories in the market.
- Le Loi Street
The Le Loi Street market can be found along the shore of the Perfume River, running the length of an entire bridge. Here, you’ll find many shops selling gift items. There are also bookstores and galleries as well as restaurants and cafes you can rest and dine in after a shopping exploration of the city. If you’re looking for miniature models of different subjects made in wood, silk paintings and artwork reproductions made by local artists, the Le Loi Street is the best place to head on to.
- Tran Hung Dao Street
The market at Tran Hung Dao Street can be found along the Perfume River on the Southern part of Citadel. Aside from the usual souvenir items, you’ll find a great variety of the Non la, Vietnam’s traditional hat, in this market. These conical hats are a must-have if you’re traveling in Vietnam. The most sought-after Non la are the ones with poem inscriptions that can only be read when the hat is turned up to the light. You will also find restaurants, bars and stalls selling fruits, delicacies and all kinds of local foods.
- Dong Ba Market
The Dong Ba Market can be found in the Citadel. In this market you can buy absolutely anything: from combs to pets. It is the oldest market in the city and is the largest food market in Hue. There are souvenir items as well as local foods and fruits available in this market.
- Mai Thuc Loan Street
Your shopping in Hue, Vietnam will not be complete if you don’t visit one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city. Situated on the East side of the Citadel, the Mai Thuc Loan Street market stretches from the Imperial City to the Dong Ba Canal. You’ll find a great variety of artwork by the country’s most talented artists. There are art galleries selling originals as well as reproductions of famous artists of the country.