An Dong Market (Craft Market)

An Dong Market is mostly a fashion wholesaler for locals but on the top floor, there are many crafts stalls, making this one of the best places in Ho Chi Minh City to buy handicrafts from the skilled artisans who practice Vietnam proud heritage in lacquer and woodwork. Located outside the city center, the Craft Market is in District 10, in the west of the city. However, it is easy to Taxi or Rent a car for a tour of Saigon. It should take no more than 10 minutes from downtown Saigon.

Operating since 1954, the old An Dong Market sells to both the wholesale and retail markets. From the exterior, An Dong appears to be a typical traditional market that you can find throughout Saigon. But from the moment you set foot in the market, you will be pleasantly surprised by the phenomenal range of clothes, bags, shoes, accessories, and food. In fact, a large majority of fashion retailers throughout Saigon swear by this market for their stocks.

Almost anything and everything can be found in this market, but it takes very skillful bargaining to ensure that you get the best prices for your buys. One major factor that works to the benefit of the shopper would be that for every item that you fancy, you’ll probably be able to find it at 10 other retailers. So do take your time to walk around, and wait for someone to offer you the price you can’t resist. Better still, get a local to deal on your behalf. You’ll be sure to pick up some techniques after some keen observation. Most stalls will carry a blue board which states ‘Fixed Price’, but if you are persistent enough, discounts of up to 25% can easily be agreed upon.

An Dong Market is located at 18 An Duong Vuong, P9, Dist. 5. Coincidentally, District 5 is also the area in which most of the Chinese-Vietnamese reside. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to hear sellers speaking Cantonese or some other dialects there. If you can speak Cantonese, it could be a further advantage when it comes to bargaining.

Beside the old market is An Dong Plaza which is significantly more modern than the old one. If you want to try some safe and affordable food, the An Dong supermarket in An Dong Plaza may be your best choice. Outside An Dong Plaza, you may also stop for a cuppa at Highlands coffee, a popular Vietnamese coffee chain. While it is more comfortable shopping at An Dong Plaza, sourcing for a good deal can be a lot more challenging.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 14:00

Location: An Duong Vuong Street, next door to Windsor Hotels, District 10.

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