Photo: Fly the flag for Vietnam by picking up some Hanoi souvenirs.

Shopping in Hanoi

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Hanoi offers superb shopping, from interesting Vietnamese tourist trinkets (or tat, depending on your perspective) through to stunning, world-class art, and almost everything in between: think historic propaganda posters, water puppets, traditional musical instruments, hand-crafted quilts, Bat Trang’s famous ceramics, coffee filters as well as coffee … the list is long. Buy that extra baggage allowance!

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Shopping locations in Hanoi vary widely too, from traditional markets and jam-packed holes in the wall, through to glass-fronted boutiques and air-conditioned malls. Consider the following merely an introduction to get you hunting. Places come and go, though some have been around for a few generations.

Who doesn't need a fridge magnet? Photo taken in or around Shopping in Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Who doesn't need a fridge magnet? Photo: Samantha Brown

For your basic tourist souvenirs, such as T-shirts, flags, silk scarves, lanterns, fridge magnets and so on, Old Quarter is packed to the gills with little shops. Prices may be marked or not; if they aren’t, you may haggle, remembering to keep it friendly and fun for the best results. In general, offer half the asking price; then expect to meet the vendor around half way between the two. One unusual item to keep an eye out for that we like are personalised stamps, an ideal gift for that someone who seemingly has everything.

Old Quarter’s Hang Gai, or Silk Street, is the place to head for good-quality silk and tailors. In particular along this stretch, you’ll find Tan My Design, one of the most beautiful standalone shops in Hanoi, its plate-glass frontage giving a glimpse of the treasures within its two storeys. Here you’ll find silk as well as a range of higher-end souvenirs. Opened in 2009, it's a genuine emporium, boasting an excellent selection of jewellery, clothes, lacquerware and tableware. Many of the items here have been created by some of Vietnam’s best designers. There’s an in-house cafe if you need a break (though to be honest our pick would be somewhere else Old Quarter with more atmosphere). Prices are quite high and fixed, so this is not for the ... Travelfish members only (Around 2,300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Popular attractions in Hanoi

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Hanoi.

Best places to stay in Hanoi

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Hanoi.

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