Not that many years ago shopping in Hoi An was a rather hollow experience for a shopaholic – not that it wasn’t bursting with shops; there were lots of shops. There were tailors, shoe shops, leather shops, jewelers, cloth merchants and souvenir outlets. But once you’d been to one souvenir, jewelry or shoe shop you had pretty much been to all of them.
Now, original, high quality products are sprouting like mushrooms as Hoi An becomes more boutique by the year. To be sure, many are still literally copying the old formulas but, as never before, there are wonderful shopping opportunities to be had as fierce retail competition spawns unique products and keener pricing.
Hoi An Shopping
Hoi An Tailors
Thuy Ngoc Cloth Shop Located far from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town tailor hive, Thuy Ngoc Cloth Shop offers exceptional tailoring at an extremely reasonable price. Read more...Kimmy Tailor Hoi An Kimmy Tailor Hoi An is a...
What to Buy in Vietnam
What to Buy in Vietnam? Well, apart from the usual purchases like Vietnamese souvenirs and tailor made suits let us show you what to buy in Vietnam that will put a very big smile on your face.
Da Bao Real Leather Hoi An
With multiple locations scattered across the Old Town, Da Bao Real Leather Hoi An has made quite a name for itself as the “go-to” place for leather bags, shoes, and more in Hoi An.
Looking for the best bargains on materials and dressmaking but afraid of aggressive sellers? Check out this guide to navigating the Hoi An Cloth Market.
Metiseko Hoi An high-class chic boutique. Men & Women clothing, accessories and homeware, it combines Vietnamese ideas with Parisian elegance.
At Hot Chili you will find groovy designs and high quality cotton fabrics. The clothes are hand-painted, designed, made and screen printed in-house.
Rieker Antistress Shoes
German-owned shoe company, Rieker Antistress Shoes, has an outlet in Hoi An. These shoes are durable, practical and look terrific.
Ayana Boutique sells ready to wear outfits and accessories. Garments are flowing and functional, classy and chic with an emphasis on comfort.
Waterlily Silver, Awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for consistently good reviews. High quality pieces production and great customer service.
Bac Viet Jewelry
Bac Viet Jewelry one of best jewelry in Hoi An. Nhat, the owner/maker, is an excellent silversmith of nine years standing and a ﬁrst-class copyist.
Best Hoi An Art Galleries
Want to know the best Hoi An art galleries in town? Take a look at our guide. Compiled by Hoi An artist, Bridget March, you’ll find them all here.
Cam Thach Tailor in Hoi An’s Cam Chau district offers outstanding custom tailoring, dressmaking, and repair services at a fraction of Old Town shop prices.
Thuy Ngoc Cloth Shop
Located far from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town tailor hive, Thuy Ngoc Cloth Shop offers exceptional tailoring at an extremely reasonable price.
Considered by many to be one of Hoi An’s best tailors, Mr Xe sits in the heart of the Old Town, and offers top-notch tailoring, garments, fabrics, & more.
Kimmy Tailor Hoi An
Kimmy Tailor Hoi An is a custom tailor specializing in men’s and women’s made-to-measure suits and bespoke garments, and is a world apart from its Old Town rivals.
With personal assistants, onsite ATMs, private waiting rooms, and a fabulous range of fabrics, Yaly Couture is easily the most impressive tailor in town.
A Dong Silk
Cooling mist sprays, wheelchair access, a savvy sales team, and an impressive selection of fabric and sense of craftsmanship, A Dong Silk is an A+ choice.
Be Be Cloth Shop
With 3 shops, a stellar online presence, and renown for craftsmanship and customer service, Be Be Cloth Shop’s reputation as Hoi An’s best isn’t undeserved.
For a mid-range tailor located outside the Old Town proper, Bao An’s prices may be considered a bit high. However, the quality of tailoring is exceptional.
Thu Thuy Silk
Thu Thuy Silk may be among Hoi An’s costliest tailors, but its sprawling premises, tremendous selection, and glamorous clientele testify to its quality.
Miss Forget Me Not
Highly recommended for cheap, good quality tailoring, Miss Forget Me Not is also highly commended for her integrity and helpful approach to tourists.
Hoi An Markets
At the heart of many a town’s culture is its central market, and Hoi An is no exception. To some, a morning spent traipsing around stacks of material and pungent foodstuffs is an ideal excursion; to others, markets are their idea of hell. But if you’re interested in a slice of real ‘Hoi An’ life, and of joining the locals in their search for the freshest produce, you’ve got to play the market game.
Warning: the following guide may inflict serious damage on your wallet. But trust us, it’ll be totally worth it once you unleash your new wardrobe!
Shoes in Hoi An
As you walk the streets of Old Town, the seductive display of leather shoes can really tug on your heart strings. But if you aren’t careful, it’s your purse strings that will feel the blow as you realize you have bought a very low quality shoe for a lot more than you should have.
I had been thinking for a few weeks that I wanted a leather bag made to replace my rucksack but I had no idea where to start. There are plenty of shops all over the Old Town advertising ‘real leather!’ or ‘bespoke for you!’ but I wanted to make sure I was getting a good deal. And it wasn’t helpful seeing leather goods advertised as ‘real!’ (usually in a loud, colorful font) – when I see that I’m immediately suspicious. When you’re looking at prices from $100 to $200 USD, you want to make sure you’re getting the real deal.
Hoi An Central Market is the granddaddy of the town’s markets, in terms of scale and the sheer quantity of local and foreign visitors it receives.
Hoi An is world-renowned for its cuisine and with the sea just a few miles from downtown, it’s unsurprising that seafood is a mainstay on most menus. Hoi An Fish Market in Tranh Hà is where most of those delicious fishy things that end up on your dinner plate are bought and sold.
Noi Rang Market
At least an umpteen-thousand tourists visit Hoi An every year. And rightly so – for it is truly one of the world’s most beautiful towns. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to escape the crowds and get some genuine local exposure.
Unsurprisingly for a town so famous for its food, Hoi An has a good selection of marketplaces. Each has a distinct flavour, Tiger Market is no different with the added seasoning of a little bit of local folklore thrown in.
Ba Le Market
For the uninitiated, entering any wet market in Vietnam is a formidable undertaking. Nostrils must be pre-prepared, eyeballs readied and shock detectors re-calibrated. Ba Le Market in Hoi An is no different but it does provide a much more relaxed alternative to the other markets in town. Bring your sense of humor because Ba Le is banter as well as barter central.
For those wishing to take home a piece of Hoi An’s lanterned charm, the Night Market on An Hoi Islet (across the river from Hoi An Old Town) provides a large array of inexpensive souvenirs and snacks from which to choose.
Villagecraft Planet $$
If you are looking for something truly unique, individual and interesting to take back home, head to shops like Villagecraft Planet in Phan Boi Chau Street.