The hippest places to shop and eat in Ho Chi Minh City now

Jun 14, 2017

A troop of local trendsetters are establishing Ho Chi Minh City’s hipster culture with their pop-up shops, designer stores and cafes. Here are six of the latest places to visit.

1. Ladan

ladan

The designers at this boutique fuse culture with modernity and have captured the essence of Saigon-chic with their range of handmade handbags.

Young and fearless, the Ladan team has tackled a difficult market which is heavily saturated with cheaper alternatives, but the products’ quality have seen them grow in popularity throughout the city.

Utilising a traditional weaving method known as Dan Lat, Ladan’s collection of bags has bridged the generational gap in Vietnam, with both young and old seen flaunting the candy-coloured pocketbooks, clutches and totes on the newly revamped sidewalks in District 1.

2. The Weekend

the weekend

Comprising five different stores, The Weekend offers its customers a range of experiences under one roof. It’s situated in District 7, and its repertoire includes a funky technology store, a speciality bakery and an indie boutique that carries both menswear and womenswear.

This eclectic mix is heralded by Tiem Do An Bay Nao – a restaurant serving delicious northern Vietnamese food, including melt-in-your-mouth beef coupled with traditional sticky rice. Chef Nick Do runs the eatery, which is complemented perfectly by Quinn of Cake’s lemon white chocolate tarts. A newer addition to the boutique landscape, The Weekend is a sign of the times in a city that is embracing creativity and local artisans.

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3. Libe Workshop

libe workshop

Quickly becoming an institution, the Libe Workshop provides exclusive Vietnamese designs at affordable prices. Using a minimalist approach, Libe aims to offer their customers a range of timeless pieces which blend simplicity with character. The brand’s remarkable rise has seen it become a fashion statement of Ho Chi Minh City’s youth and its garments are must-have additions to their wardrobes.