For most people who visit Hoi An, the two main shopping allures are the Central or Riverside Market and the plethora of cheap tailors downtown.
With the sheer number of tailors available Hoi An is definitely a buyers' market and the visitor who doesn't bargain down the price of a suit or silk shirt is really missing out. Of course, many other items are on sale in Hoi An and the ancient charm of the town makes an afternoon or evening out shopping a delight.
Tailors speak both French and English – most stores are open from 08:00 to 21:00
155 stands out amongst an assortment of galleries that grace Hoi An’s streets. With mostly water and oil based pieces decorating the wall the pictures for sale here are all by local painters. Most revolve around traditional Vietnamese life including nature, people and costumes; many depict a bygone era. There are some outstanding works of art for sale by very talented local artisans.
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Location: 155 Tran Phu Street (next to the Japanese Bridge), Hoi An
The Hoi An Cloth Market is a dream of silk with some of the finest in Vietnam on sale. The range is wide and varied with plenty of tailors to run up your dream silk suit. Select your cloth yourself from the Cloth Market and choose only the best, remembering to haggle politely on price. When you are ready to take your fabric to a tailor it usually pays to find someone who will not make it in a rush, so avoid the 24 hour merchants where possible.
Opening Hours: 06:00-22:00
Location: 01 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An
The Lifestart Foundation Workshop sells products made by a cooperative of disadvantaged and often disabled people from around Hoi An. Handicrafts sold return 100% of the profit right back to the person who made it as shop overheads and running costs are taken care of by the foundation. Products on sale include trendy handbags, hand painted T-shirts, unusual souvenirs and vases made from chopsticks.
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:30
Location: 77 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An
Lotus is the place to buy superior quality sterling silver jewellery made by owners Phil and Nguyen. Designs are original and very well made with their trade mark lotus flower pendant being a very popular purchase. From elaborate and striking, to discreet and delicate, there are rings, necklace, broaches, bracelets and more to suit any taste. Service here is also second-to-none and prices are very fair.
Opening Hours: 08:00-22:00
Location: 53, Le Loi Street
This shop features handmade products made by disabled and disadvantaged Vietnamese. The staff members are all on a set wage and will therefore earn an income regardless of how much of the produce is sold. The gift shop was founded by a disabled couple who ensure that any proceeds go towards retraining and subsequent employment of those who are at a disadvantage across Vietnam.
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Location: 103 Nguyen Thai Hoc (next to Tan Ky House), Hoi An
Shoes, bags and clothes with the option of having whatever else you want made within 24 hours. The focus at Shop 45 is on fashion, including vintage pieces made to measure. There are literally piles of magazines with clothing illustrations for you to choose from exactly what you want and have it made your way. Prices are amazingly cheap given the quality, style and time it takes to make exactly what you want.
Opening Hours: 09:00-18:30
Location: 45 Hoang Dieu Street, Hoi An
The place to head for if you want to select a tailor from a market of many! With so much choice it may be confusing, it always makes sense to find a tailor who will offer as many fittings as possible and will take time in the making of your outfit. The tailors who offer a quick turnaround and tell you that you don’t need many fittings are the ones to avoid.
Location: Along the river from Central Market
Choose your favourite designer outfit and have it made to measure at Trang Tailors where a team of 25 skilled craftsmen stand head and shoulders above others in Hoi An. The tailors here are nothing short of meticulous in their measuring and fitting to ensure that you have the perfect garment. There are plenty of fabrics on offer and books available for inspiration. Dresses, suits, shirts, trousers, everything can be made.
Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
Location: 43 Trang Hung Dao Street, Hoi An
Yaly is rapidly gaining a reputation as the tailor to go to for quality and cutting-edge fashion tailoring. Prices here are higher than elsewhere but the finish and fitting is superb. Yaly can copy pretty much any catwalk or designer outfit in about three to four days. Bring some photos with you and have your dream couture outfit created just for you. There are a couple of branches across Hoi An plus a larger department store style outlet.
Opening Hours: 07:00-20:30
Location: 358 Nguyen Duy Hieu
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