With a large population, vast terrain, and dense rivers, markets in Saigon are extremely diverse from local markets, night markets to floating markets. Each type of them has its own specialties and distinguished features. Recently, there are more and more big markets becoming well-known as tourist attractions such as Ben Thanh, Ba Chieu, Binh Tay, Tan Dinh, An Dong, Dan Sinh,.... Besides, there also exist many flea markets, scattered all over the roads and alleys.
I - Top 7 best markets in Saigon
1 - Ben Thanh Market
The market was built in 1912 with an ancient structure that was quite unique with four major gates leading to four directions including North, South, East and West. The subdivision in the market is also effectively designed which makes shopping very convenient. In particular, there are 4 gates with 4 separate types of business goods: South gate is for dry goods and fabrics, the North gate sells fresh flowers and fruit, the East gate displays cosmetics and confectionery while shoes, handicrafts, and souvenirs are sold in the West Gate. This market is open all day and night. In the daytime, it is so noisy and bustling of trading, while at night it brings the shimmering beauty of the night market with a variety of goods and especially restaurants with thousands of delicious delicious dishes. Ben Thanh market is definitely the most attractive night market in Ho Chi Minh city.
- Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening time: 4.00 am - Late night
2 - Binh Tay Market
Binh Tay Market has a rather fancy East Asian architecture with an octagonal shape and 12 main and auxiliary gates. Being considered one of the most beautiful markets, this wholesale market in Saigon holds the second-largest trading hub of the city with 2,300 business stalls, divided into 5 areas for visitors to easily find goods.
The ground floor area is mainly for lamps, pottery pieces, shoes, bags, pictures, aluminum products, cutlery, jewelry, plastic bags, canned goods, jam - fruit ...
The floor areas are mainly for ready-made clothes and candy
Tran Binh area is for herbs and spices, seafood, tea - coffee, fruit, fresh flowers.
Le Tan Ke area is for shrimp - dried fish, grease, beans - flour, rice, vegetables, fresh noodles, eggs, household bamboo, and rattan ...
Phan Van Khoe area sells main foods of the market such as pork, beef, shrimp, crab, snails, frog, seafood, roasted pork, chicken and duck.
- Address: No.57A Thap Muoi street, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 2am - 10pm
3 - Dan Sinh Market
Being appeared in 1954, Dan Sinh Market is a unique one, capturing fully the cultural flavor of Vietnam with several small stalls selling essential aspects standing next to each other. Coming to Dan Sinh market, travelers will have the opportunity to experience the bustling shopping atmosphere as well as the daily life pace of Saigon people. The main item of the market is second-hand products. In the past, this market was a place selling old military equipment of the US military, which keeps reminding travelers of a distant past from the glorious time of Vietnamese ancestors. Furthermore, it also becomes a popular place for antique enthusiasts.
- Address: in the centre of District 1, Ho Chi Minh city.
- Opening time: 7am - 5pm
4 - An Dong Market
Being built in 1951, reconstructed in 1991, An Dong Market has a width of approximately 25,000 square meters divided into three fairly professional business locations namely: An Dong Food Market, An Dong Market, and An Dong Plaza. In which, An Dong Market and An Dong Plaza mainly sell clothing, with a wide range of designs, styles, types, and prices for retail customers and wholesalers. Besides, this Saigon market is famous for plenty of delicious dishes, such as bird's nests, dried snakehead fish, or dried fruit that are very suitable for travelers to buy as a souvenir for family and friends.
- Address: An Dong Site, Ward 9, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 7am - 6am (some stalls open till 9pm).
5 - Nga Markt
Nga or Russian Market was founded in 2000 by an overseas Vietnamese student once studying in Russia. Nga Market (Russian Market Saigon) offers travelers the vibe of Russia right after the moment they step into the market gate and see the pictures are plastered on the wall. Moreover, the entrance of the market was designed with tissue modeled on The Tsar's architecture to give travelers the feeling of standing in that land of birch.
This is also the only Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City that not only provides daily necessities for locals but also attracts visitors with more than 200 stalls selling a variety of items. Among which there are significant souvenir stalls displaying products originating from Russia such as watches, dolls, night lights, wine, cosmetics, food. Most importantly, all of them are sold at extremely reasonable prices.
- Address: No.328 Vo Van Kiet Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 9am - 7pm
6 - Ba Chieu Market
Ba Chieu market including approximately 800 business households with 40 categories is a very famous shopping place in Saigon due to its abundance, good quality, and reasonable price. Besides, you are always welcome in this famous market in Ho Chi Minh City no matter whether you purchase more or less. You might always receive a warm smile with very sweet advice from saleswomen.
Moreover, the West's specialties at Ba Chieu market varying from beefcake, fragrant pineapple leaf cake with creamy coconut milk or cast cake, or delicious banana cake can impress any traveler.
- Address: 40 Dien Hong Street, Ward 1, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 5am - 5pm
- Time of construction: built in 1942, reconstructed in 1987
7 - Tan Dinh Market
This is the local market that carries the most distinguished flavor of Saigon. Besides, it is close to Tan Dinh church - a tourist attraction that is also quite interesting that you can explore. Most of the people in the market are local people, nevertheless, the goods are extremely plentiful ranging from fabrics, silk, genuine clothes to food items, souvenirs ... As a result, you can completely create an amazing shopping trip there.
- Address: 48 Ma Lo Street, Tan Đinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh.
- Opening time: 5am - 11pm
- Time of construction: built in 1926.
II - Other unique markets in Saigon
Saigon is one of the top citywhere you can visit and experience lots of interesting things in Vietnam's markets and lifestyle of local people there.
1 - Saigon Asian market (Asiana Food Town) - The first underground market in Vietnam
Asiana Food Town, widely known as the first underground food market in Vietnam, has captured significant features of Asian cuisine with more than 500 delicacies. To get there and enjoy amazing food, travelers need to reach the old parking lot of Sen Hong stage located above.
Visiting Asiana Food Town, in addition to shopping, you should take a try at the delicious Asian-style dishes. The food here varies from traditional Vietnamese dishes to Japanese, Singaporean, Indian, or even Lao, and Cambodian. The price is about 20,000 - 50,000 VND / dish (~ $0.86 - 2.15). The drinks are also very affordable, for example, with only 15,000 VND (~ $0.65), you will have 1 cup of fragrant cane juice. Besides, there are also many other drinks that visitors can try.
- Address: No.4 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 10am - 10pm
2 - Ho Thi Ky Market - heaven of flower inside Saigon
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market Saigon or the Repatriated Overseas Vietnamese Market flower market full of colorful flowers. They are not only diverse in types and increasingly enchanting but also surprisingly cheap namely sunflower, marigold, and copper money, sand wall, orchids, and roses. Furthermore, you can find several famous types of flowers from Dalat or the West, even rare species with high prices in the world are available there. When Tet Holiday comes, flower connoisseurs often come to this place to enjoy flowers and choose fresh flowers to decorate their houses.
- Address: 52 Ho Thi Ky Street, ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 2pm - 8pm
3 - Floating Market Saigon - Vietnam West’s flavor inside Saigon
Not so large and busy like Cai Rang and Cai Be floating markets in the Mekong river delta, the Saigon river's floating markets has its unique charm in middle of a vibrant city. They are widely known as unique landmarks carrying a number of features of the West inside the heart of bustling Saigon. The special thing about these floating markets is that goods are all sold on the boat standing next to each other. The trade and exchange of goods also takes place on the river. Products are mostly from rivers such as fragrant flowers, sweet fruits of the Mekong Delta or of the West. Going there travelers will be immersed in the busy trading atmosphere and the bustle of the local people.
- Address: Around District 8 neighborhood, Ho Chi Minh City
+ Binh Dong Floating Market, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City
+ Phu Dinh Floating Market, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City
+ Kenh Te, Floating Market, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 5am - 5pm
4 - Soai Kinh Lam - The old-aged Fabric Market in Saigon
Soai Kinh Lam, widely known as the most affordable fabric market in Ho Chi Minh city with a variety in type, is the favorite shopping place for women when choosing fabric to make clothes. This market includes more than 500 fabric stalls with a full range of fabrics namely chiffon fabric, khaki, and elastic. It is usually bustling from 9am and till when the sun goes down. Most of the vendors in the market are of Chinese descent, they support and help each other in doing business making Soai Kinh Lam market is developing day by day. The price there also depends on the type,for example, chiffon fabric costs between 150,000 - 180,000 VND / m2 (~ $6.47 - 7.77), elastic fabric costs only 10,000 - 15,000 VND / m2 (~ 0 , $ 43 - $ 0.65), rough fabric will be slightly more than 40,000 VND / m2 (~ $1.73) and fabric to make ao dai will have the highest price 200,000 - 600,000 VND / m2 (~ $8.6 - 25.9).
- Address: Tran Hung Dao Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 8am - 6pm
5 - Antique Market in Cao Minh Cafe campus
To get to this antique market Saigon, travelers need to park their car at the beginning of alley 311 No Trang Long Street for 5,000 VND / car (~ $0.22), then walk a few dozen steps to the market. Tickets for the market is about 40,000 VND / person (~ $1.73). With this ticket, you can exchange for a drink or any dish.
The market is a "paradise" for those who are fond of Vietnamese antiques such as water plunger, copper pot, chicken clock, phonograph, typewriter, egg lamp, chicken iron , porcelain turrets, zippo lighters or classic Mobylette cars. There are about 40 antique stalls on the first floor, and on the second floor is a space for enjoying bold coffee and listening to old music.
- Address: 311 No Trang Long Street, Ward 13, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 7am - 2pm
- Entrance fee: 40.000 vnđ/ person (~ $1,73)
6 - Lantern Market - Spectacular Mid-autumn Festival
Annually, Lantern Market becomes terribly dazzling with thousands of colorful lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Coming to this Saigon market at that time, travelers will have the opportunity to experience the Vietnamese festival atmosphere, learn more about Vietnam's culture, as well as enjoy colorful lanterns. Travelers also can take a lantern as a souvenir with the price from 15,000 - 65,000 VND / piece (~ $0.65 - 2.8), then immerse in the enjoyable atmosphere there.
- Address: Luong Nhu Ngoc Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening time: 9:00 - 19:00 everyday
Saigon is such a bustling and busy city developing day by day at a high-speed. Therefore, the demand for daily essential goods of people also increased. The number of markets or supermarkets increase dramatically. However, famous markets such as Ba Chieu and Ben Thanh or old-aged markets like Dan Sinh and An Dong market still play an important role in daily life of locals. If you have a chance to visit Ho Chi Minh City, get to these markets once to feel the unique features of real life there and gain some amazing experiences that you may never forget.
Coming to Ho Chi Minh city, you can feel the bustle and bustle of a high-speed developing city most obviously by discovering unique markets. Try one-time experience at these markets in Saigon, you will surely get the feelings that cannot be found anywhere.