Hoi An is a shopping Mecca. The streets are lined with stores filled with pretty things to tempt you into practically every shop. It’s a great place to pick up some bargains for the family and the odd suitcase filler for you. As you walk the streets you will notice many of the shops are selling similar products but keep exploring and you will find some real hidden gems amongst them.
Tailors and Cobblers
Hoi An is well known for its tailoring. Take a dress in to get copied or choose a design from the thousands of images they have on file. Most suit tailors have their own selection of fabric to choose from or you can visit a local fabric shop and purchase it yourself. Depending on how many garments you want, you can usually get everything made in just one to three days time.
Souvenirs Novelties and Party Tricks
Vietnam boasts many different kinds of souvenir store but lacquerware is the predominant product. You can purchase household goods such as bowls, boxes and ornaments that have been lacquered, sanded back and lacquered again over twelve times to get just the right luster. Remember that the first price given is not usually the right price. Bargaining is the name of the game. Start low and find a happy medium. If you are good at it there are lots of bargains to be had.
Make it happen
So where is the best place to shop? Hoi An Old Town is small enough to cover all the streets by foot. Throughout this website we have listed our favourite shops. These are shops we use regularly and trust when it comes to getting the best value for money. Remember, go in smiling with a willingness to bargain and you will come out with some great gifts and a new friend.