Here are a few little things I picked up on a recent trip to Hanoi (shopping capital of Vietnam, in A Girl in Asia’s humble opinion!). The Old Quarter, particularly Nha Tho, Nha Chung, Ly Quoc Su, Hang Trong and Hang Gai Streets are jam-packed with small shops crammed with clothing, lacquerware, bags, scarves, lanterns and more. Nha Tho and Nha Chung Streets are particularly good for unique boutiques.
– 3 reproduction propaganda art posters (US$7 each, Hanoi Gallery, 17 Nha Chung Street)
– Set of 6 silver lacquer coasters, in bonus lacquer box (US$6, Thuong Gia 1, 7 Hang Trong Street)
Shopping tip: Even some of the marked price shops in Hanoi are partial to a little bargaining. The posters retail for US$8 each so a little discount was granted there, and the coaster set was meant to be $7. Not massive discounts, but it means the wrapping paper was virtually ‘free’ (don’t you love justifying shopping?!).