Nha Trang may not have the sleek designer shops of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but there is still plenty of opportunity to shop in a much more laid-back atmosphere than in the big cities. Try the daily market on Doc Lop Street and the small shops in town for some terrific local artwork. Have some clothes made for you at one of the many tailors in town. Near the port are lots of little shops selling seashell souvenirs.
Outside of established shops and supermarkets always remember to bargain and never pay the asking price.
Beautiful wood carvings can be found at this family business. Observe the artisans at work.
Address: 100 Tran Phu Street
Tel: +84 58 381 5976
Owned by French photographer Thiery Beyne, who has been living and taking pictures of Vietnam for the last 15 years. At the Artful Gallery (there’s also a café attached) you can find all his work, limited editions and original black-and-white prints, of his impression of the country he now calls home.
Address: 20A Nguyen Thien That
Tel: +84 126 376 1020
Bambou is a popular French-run T-shirt shop in the heart of the backpacking area of Biet Thu. There are other branches all over Vietnam and quality is the byword here. These shirts are earning cult status so go for one, or two.
Address: 15 Biet Thu Street
Tel: +84 58 391 0774
Need to replenish your vitamins intake? Then Dan Market is the place you want to visit, either to stock up on the variety of tropical fruits on sale here or just to browse and take photographs. The juice section of the market is popular with tourists for its young coconuts and smoothies.
Forty Thieves Clothing is located in a Deep Blue dive centre and sells totally original gear. It is open from 07:00 until 21:30 selling ginko biloba T-shirt with original design. 100% cotton.
Address: 66 Tran Phu Street
When the local painter Kim Quang, who is confined to his wheelchair, wanted to try his hand at painting T-shirts, he came up with fun cartoon characters and some unique designs. You can find a very special gift of a painted T-Shirt at Kim Quang. He is to be found in his small shop near the Sailing Club.
Address: 72-74 Tran Phu Street (within the Sailing Club)
Tel: +84 58 382 6528
My Village stocks gift items made from bamboo, fabric, glass and mother of pearl. Most popular are the brightly coloured sets of bamboo fruit bowls.
Address: 6G Hung Vuong
Open in 2011, Nha Trang Centre is the first shopping mall of its kind in this coastal city. Situated right on the beachfront street of Tran Phu, Nha Trang Centre is a modern shopping mall housing all the fashionable brand labels. There are also local designer fashion accessories, cosmetics, jewellery, perfume, sportswear and children's wear, a food court a cinema and an entertainment area.
Address: 20 Tran Phu Street
Centrally located and easy to find, Nha Trang Market is a veritable treasure trove of fresh fruit, vegetables, freshly fish and squid from the sea, raw produce, footwear, textiles and trinkets. There are bargains to be had here but you have to haggle hard to get the prices down.
Don't ever pay the asking price, even if you think it's already a snip!
This shop specializes in jewelry made from jade. It also stocks a range of fine arts handicrafts including tortoise shells, lobsters, shell curtains amongst others. Small seashells made to look like animals are fun too as are mother-of-pearl pictures of the Vietnamese countryside.
Address: 12 Tran Phu Street
Tel: +84 58 359 0066
Obi Gift Shop sells traditional Vietnamese products including handicrafts, folk art, ceramics and paintings.
Address: 100 Tran Phu Street
Tel: +84 58 381 2131
More of a craft centre than a souvenir shop, XQ Nha Trang is part of the big venture XQ, which runs similar embroidery and cultural centres in many big cities in Vietnam.
The centre is cleverly designed to look like a traditional village where women in ao dai (Vietnamese dress) produce framed embroideries of fantasy landscapes, flowers and animals of Vietnam, portraits of many important statesmen and celebrities
And of course you can have your portrait embroidered here as well.
Address: 64 Tran Phu
Tel: +84 58 352 6579