6 famous Saigon markets where you can go shopping

Markets in Saigon still take very important roles in trading activities of the local people. A market is a typical place where you can explore the daily business culture. Do not miss visiting one of them to learn more about local life.

Here are the top popular markets in Ho Chi Minh City…

1. Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market | © Mai Lan/flickr

Arriving in Saigon, tourists cannot miss Ben Thanh market. This market with an age of more than a century is the soul and the local people.

Located in a vibrant central location, Ben Thanh Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. The market offers a wide range of products from clothing, shoes, textiles, food, fruits and fresh flowers to traditional items such as embroidery, oil paintings, ceramics, and bamboo and rattan.

The most attractive point of Ben Thanh market is probably the food court. This is an ideal place to discover typical Saigon cuisine and many famous dishes from all over the country. Right from the first steps to the market, visitors can feel the aroma emanating from the noodle soup, Hue beef noodle bowl or Nam Vang noodle bowl, Quang noodle bowl, Vietnamese flavour dishes.

You can see more bustling and vibrant activities when the night comes. This time seems to show the real life that the lively nightlife around the market still happens at midnight. Many trade activities, many tourists and the local people come to this area to spend their night.

Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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2. Binh Tay Market

With a nearly 100-year-old history, Binh Tay Market is a city-level relic, also known as Cho Lon. The architecture of the market is in the style of Chinese houses with curving roof corners, dragon and phoenix motifs, and intricate patterns often found in Eastern temples.

Binh Tay Market
Binh Tay Market | @rocketto_boy

The market trades a variety of products for everyday consumption such as food, spices, confectionery, clothing, household appliances and other categories. This site is also the most crowded place for the Chinese community in Saigon, they have been with Binh Tay market for many generations.

And if you want to enjoy true Chinese food, this market is an ideal place although you can find Vietnamese dishes at the Southern food corner to taste young bamboo vermicelli, well-cooked duck, wet rice paper.

If you come here at night, Binh Tan Market becomes more romantic and sparkling with prominent red lanterns. Walk around the market and choose to buy yourself the Mien Tay specialties such as Vinh Long rambutan, Nam Roi grapefruit, Hoa Loc mango.

Address: 57A Thap Muoi Street, Ward 2, District 6, HCMC

3. Ba Chieu Market

Ba Chieu Market locates at the corner of Bach Dang – Phan Dang Luu – Le Quang Dinh crossroads. The market is a popular site with an age of more than 7 decades. As a place to keep the old features of the city, the market is always crowded with people, not just weekends or holidays.

ba chieu market
Ba Chieu Market | @haquockhai

Products for sale here are available ranging from clothing, fabrics, shoes to fruits, dry food to meet the shopping needs of the people and visitors. With affordable prices, guests can freely select their favourite items without fear of being out of pocket.

Ba Chieu Market is a good place for both shopping and to visit, and the market has attractive food stalls with countless choices. With many bustling restaurants, this place has become an eating paradise regardless of day or night.

You can enjoy a platter of steamed rice, sticky rice with chicken, a bowl of Bun Mam, sweet soups or southern-style cakes of pancakes, Banh khot …

Address: 40 Dien Hong, Ward 1, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City

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4. Hanh Thong Tay Market

Hanh Thong Tay Market is the shopping paradise of young people in Saigon with cheap, diverse and up-to-date goods. Although the market sells quite a lot of items, fashion clothes is still a staple here.

Hanh Thong Tay Market
Hanh Thong Tay Market | @piyatravels

The market opens all day, but it is fewer guests. As soon as the night falls, the whole street lights up when the market becomes busier. Fashion items sold at Hanh Thong Tay market are imported from Thailand, Hong Kong, and China (the most). You can find some domestic products in Vietnam. It mainly serves the ordinary class and students, the price is very affordable.

T-shirts, shirts, jeans, suits … for both children and adults are priced from VND 30,000 to VND 300,000. Fashion accessories such as belts, handbags, glasses, hairpins also cost from 20,000VND to a few hundreds of thousand. It can be seen that this place supplies all kinds of beauty items for women.

Address: 10/2 Quang Trung Street, Ward 11, Go Vap District, HCMC

5. Ho Thi Ky flower market

Ho Thi Ky flower market situates right in the heart of District 10. The market is famous for the largest flower market in Saigon. It is considered as the Little Dalat in the city centre. It was established in the 1980s, and this market has become the largest place in for wholesale flower dealers.

Ho Thi Ky  flower market
Ho Thi Ky flower market | @thaotran_301

Every day at the market, hundreds of flower species comes from Dalat city and some southwestern areas to here for sale. Depending on the season, the types of flowers will vary, from orchids, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, gerberas, roses, lily, lotus… All show off their radiant beauty. The colourful and fragrant scent of flowers at Ho Thi Ky market brightens up a whole corner of Saigon.

Although the flower market opens both day and night, the busiest and most crowded are still from 0 am to 3:00 am. This is the time when the flowers are gathered to the market, so it is more exciting and bustling, especially on the occasion of Tet, Valentine, 8 March (Women day), 20 October (Vietnamese women’s day), 20 Nov (teacher’s day), the market becomes more crowded, so exciting with buyers and sellers.

Besides, the market also sells items specializing in flower arrangements, baskets, lovely flower baskets woven from bamboo and rattan.

Address: Alley 52 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, HCMC

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6. Tan Dinh Market

Tan Dinh Market built in 1962 is on the bustling Hai Ba Trung street. The market has been considered as the rich market of Saigon people. 

Tan Dinh Market
Tan Dinh Market | @heidi.truongg

Going through up-and-down time, Tan Dinh market and the pink church nearby still retains the ancient architectural style living in the life of the city.

Tan Dinh market is bustling with fabric shops and clothing shops, and also famous for the food. Vermicelli, crab soup, mixed fruit and especially chicken sticky rice dish attracts a lot of guests, making the food stall in this market always appreciated by customers.

You can also come here at night to try some food on the pavement in front of the market. The attractive and delicious dishes have created a reputation for Tan Dinh night food court. Sitting and eating at a sidewalk restaurant, visitors can enjoy the food and the natural atmosphere to spend the whole night with Saigon.

Address: 48 Ma Lo Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh

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If you have the opportunity, you try to visit markets in Ho Chi Minh City to experience a different culture of life in this city. With the share above, Exotic Travel Vietnam hopes you will have more details about Saigon to plan your holidays perfectly.