Supermarkets of ten have a clothes section although styles and sizes are limited. Try the malls – Big C, Parkson, Syrena, VinCom Tower – for brand names. The designer boutiques, Burberry, Galerie Royale, Escada, near the Opera House have famous labels and the area around the cathedral – Nha Tho, Nha Chung, Hang Trong, Hang Bong and Ly Quoc Su – is home to small designer clothing shops. Hang Gai has ready made and tailored clothes. Luong Van Can has a lot of ‘ao dai’ shops.
Vietnam has some name brand manufacturers so if you’re lucky you will sometimes find the odd shirt, trousers or jacket made for export in large sizes. Keep your eyes peeled.
Du Lundi au Samedi
93 Mai Hac De, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
T: (04) 3978 4764
36 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho, Hanoi
T: (04) 3718 6233
M: 094 992 5635
M: 093 641 9346
Fashion for all sizes
48 Ba Trieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3934 8288
Children’s clothing supermarket
Sun City Tower, 13 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3938 6260
F: (04) 3938 6259
Soc & Brother
55A Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04)3933 5388
Japanese mini-mart with strollers, Aprica, Munchkin, Barbie, Lego, Fisher-Price
250 Minh Khai, Hoang Mai, Hanoi
T: (04) 3624 8110
F: (04) 3863 9659
Garment factory that sometimes has ‘larger’ sizes for export. Casual clothes.
Tolia (Russian) Shop
Hanoi Tower,49 Hai Ba Trung
M: 091 358 0582
Large sizes and winter clothes
Dong Xuan, Hom and Hang Da Markets as well as Phung Khac Khoan Street have a large collection to chose from or head out to Ninh Hiep Village in Gia Lam. Rumour has it that ends of bolts of good quality fabric come in shipments from Japan and are snapped up by the better dressmakers.
Hang Bac Street is still the place to look for gold and silver, jade and pearls.
39 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3824 8071
Hilton, 1 Le Thanh Tong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3875 4082
Gold and Diamond Company of Hanoi
At the corner of Trang Tien and Dinh Tien Hoang is a collection of shops that sell gold, jade and precious stones.
62 Hang Ngang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3828 1046
F: (04) 3923 1671
Really nice designs for mom or your first anniversary.
8 Nha Chung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3928 6588
15 Nha Tho, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3928 8725
Trang Tien Plaza
Trang Tien Street and Hang Bai
The ground floor has numerous shops
T: (04) 3566 5834
Carbon activated masks
Dong Xuan Market supplies embroidered silk and nifty hand bags. Also try Dong Xuan Street leading up to the market.
34 Han Tuyen, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
T: (04) 3933 4000
These bags are featured in THE top women’s magazines and sold by only the best shops.
17 Nha Tho, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3928 7616
Hang Bo Street has buttons and bows and boas (the feather kind)
16/18 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
‘Shoe streets’ are Cau Go and Hang Dau.
Italian Shoe Shop, 31 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3747 1658
VinCom Tower, 191 Ba Trieu, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
T: (04) 3220 0226
Some size 41 ladies
320 Ba Trieu, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
T: (04) 3212 7809
Sometimes has larger (41) sizes
UNDERGARMENTS – LADIES
108 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
51 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi
The days of Russian watches are gone but you can pick up some nifty sport designs for the young nephew, or diamond encrusted ones for the niece. Try the shops in Dong Xuan Market or along Hang Bong.
Omega, Rado, Seiko, Hamilton, ,pre;;atp, Caran d’Ache, Boegli
Hanoi Towers, 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3826 7001
F: (04) 3934 3777
191 Ba Trieu, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
Trang Tien Plaza
24 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
222 Tran Duy Hung, Cau Giay, Hanoi