Souvenir Shops in Hanoi
Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam with over a thousand years of history. This beautiful capital city won’t disappoint any visitors when it comes to finding cultural gifts to bring home. A stroll along the streets of Hanoi Old Quarter will give you an insight into the city’s life – architecture, people, street pulse, cuisine, and even the products belonging to it. Most of the best souvenir shops in Hanoi has to offer can be found in the Old Quarter – the heart of old Hanoi. In this blog, we would like to provide you with some advice about the many souvenir shops in Hanoi.
1. Vietnamese silk products – Souvenir shops in Hanoi
When it comes to Vietnamese silk, Hanoi has the best silk villages and textiles. Its famous Van Phuc silk village (aka Ha Dong silk village) with a thousand years of history is where people can find the highest quality of Vietnamese slik.
This village is just 8 kilometers south-west of Hanoi, making it convenient for a half-day visit. Take a visit here and learn about the weaving process and buy the products that your heart desires at the original prices. Otherwise, customers can get silk at specialty shops on Hang Gai (the silk street of Hanoi) like Khai Silk and Duc Loi Silk.
Besides, you can buy the raw fabrics and ready-to-use stuff like scarves, Ao Dai, dresses, ties, cosmetic bags, and underwear bags in many of the souvenir shops in Hanoi.
PRICES: From 150,000 VND ($6.50) per meter of silk fabric; 480,000 VND ($21) per scarf; 240,000 VND ($10.50) per cosmetic bag; the famous Khai Silk ties are from $30 to $50 per item
1. Khai Silk at 113 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
2. Duc Loi Silk at 77 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
3. Le Minh Silk at 79 – 111 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
2. Vietnamese hand-embroidery
Souvenir shops in Hanoi are a great place to buy embroidered products in terms of selection, quality, and price. There are a large number of available products including embroidered bed sheets, quilts, bed throws, pillowcases, napkins, place-mats, table runners, cosmetic bags and clothes.
Don’t forget to pay close attention to the different materials that the embroidery pieces are created on. Nevertheless, some of the best items are found on special Vietnamese cotton and linen. Besides, some of the best designs to look for are the majestic dragons and lotus flowers.
PRICES: From 100,000 VND ($4.50) to 300,000 VND ($13) per handkerchief; from 30,000 VND ($1.30) to 130,000 VND ($5.70) per cosmetic bag; from 180,000 VND ($8) per napkin set (two pieces)
1. Tan My Designs at 61 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
2. Chi Vang store at 17 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
3. May store at 7 Nha Tho, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
4. Ngoc Van store on the 2nd floor of Hang Da Market, Hang Da, Hoan Kiem Hanoi
3. Do paper products
Do paper is a traditional type of paper, made from the bark of the Rhamnoneuron balansae, a wild plant found on the local riverbanks. Moreover, this durable paper has been used in the folk art for hundreds of years. The famous Dong Ho paintings are often seen on this kind of paper.
A stroll along the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter will introduce you to various craft stores where paper products like greeting cards, postcards, notebooks, and stationery sets shine with their beauty.
PRICES: From 35,000 VND ($1.50) to 45,000 VND ($2) per item.
You can find in every souvenir shops in the Old Quarter.
Address: Craft Link at 43 & 51 Van Mieu, Dong Da, Ha Noi, Vietnam
4. Bamboo shops in Hanoi
Bamboo, a plant that has long been referred to as a symbol of Vietnamese traditional old villages, now can be widely seen in Hanoi in forms of souvenirs of many kinds. In addition, they could be baskets, trays, bowls, hats, decorative items, chopsticks or even furniture.
Moreover, one of the cutest bamboo gifts to take home is the beautiful dragonfly that is able to stand on its mouth on any surface, making them the ideal little ornament.
Additionally, if you want a good bargain on bamboo souvenir shops in Hanoi, check out the bamboo shops along Quang Trung Street.
PRICE RANGE: From 15,000VND ($0.70) – 500,000VND ($50)per item
1. Bamboo Village Shop at 108 Xuan Dieu street, Tay Ho district, Hanoi
2. Bamboo Shop at 4B Hang Hang Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
3. Viet Craft 1/194 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi
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5. Products of ethnic minorities
There are more than 20 ethnic minority groups living in the northern mountain villages of Vietnam and each provide their own distinct culture, which can be recognized through their weaving patterns and clothing styles.
Besides, the products made by those people like scarves, bags, clothing items, textiles, paintings, woodwork’s and ceramics are impressive and culture-rich. Therefore, those who can’t make a trip to Sapa or other destinations in the northwest of Vietnam can easily get the products of the ethnic minorities in souvenir shops in Hanoi.
PRICES: From $50 per item
Address: Craft Link at 43 & 51 Van Mieu, Dong Da, Hanoi
Souvenir shops in Hanoi – Written by My Anh
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