Shoptalk: Hanoi

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.
Favourite finds:

– 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)

– 3 rolls of colourful, Asian kitsch wrapping paper (US$1 each, Toi, 8 Nha Chung 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?!).
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8 Responses

  1. Yoli April 30, 2009 / 1:40 pm

    I am coveting the posters!

  2. megan May 1, 2009 / 9:41 am

    I love your entire haul, but I LOVE those posters! You always seem to manage to find the neatest places 🙂 And what bargains. Oh, to live in Asia…!

  3. A Girl in Asia May 3, 2009 / 8:47 am

    Yoli & Megan – thanks, I love them too :-). There’s alot of cool stuff to be found in the propaganda poster shops..now I just have to get them framed and hung (something I usually takes to do, or sometimes don’t do – oops!)!

  4. Lara Dunston May 4, 2009 / 3:52 am

    I love the posters and wrapping paper! So pretty!

  5. kristine May 5, 2009 / 12:25 am

    I did some wonderful shopping in Hanoi. My favourites were some posters made entirely out of north vietnamese stamps, depicting Ho Chi Minh in various benevolent situations. They are fabulous.

  6. jen laceda May 6, 2009 / 8:56 pm

    I love those posters!!! Definitely something I would buy!!!! I can’t say it enough…I love those posters!!!

  7. Big Fish August 19, 2009 / 10:57 am

    Wrapping paper is nice. GO to Nha Chung Street:D

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