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What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

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What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

I am going to Hanoi next week and would like to do some shopping. I would be grateful for recommendations on shops there for silk, ceramics, bamboo and modern looking lacquerwear. We are staying in the Old Quarter so that would be the best area for us to look around.

Is there anything else that is a great buy there?

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1. Re: What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

Yes everything you've mentioned. There are wonderful shops specializing in all those items in the Old Quarter

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2. Re: What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

Many handmade products around old quater. So buy what you like best. Also suggest to try Hanoi food, Hanoi food is also great!

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3. Re: What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

There are loads of shops that sell what you're looking for, just browse the old quarter and remember to bargain.

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A really good one-stop shop for the types of things you're looking for is SonSon at 37 Hang Be in the Old Quarter. At first glance the shop seems very small but there is a large range goods upstairs.

I detest shopping so always go there for gift shopping as I can get all I need in one place. The only exception I make to that general rule is Craft Link at 43-51 Van Mieu (near the Temple of Literature), where you can buy some beautiful items that aren't sold anywhere else and the money goes to a good cause.

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5. Re: What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

Old quarter will have all what you need. Agree with Craft link.

Bac Trang ceramic & silk on Hang gai to name a few

cheers

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7. Re: What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

Here are my shopping recommendations for Hanoi:

www.personal.psu.edu/rxj9/Hanoi/Shopping.html

There are several non-profits in Hanoi that sell stellar products. In addition to Craft Link I would also recommend Mekong Quilts and Indigenious.

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8. Re: What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

A ticket home. IIf it's your first trip, enjoy. Anything subsequent spend your money elsewhere.

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9. Re: What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

I live in Asia. I'm hardly going to be freaked out... Keep the tips coming, this has been very helpful

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10. Re: What is a Must Buy in Hanoi...and where to buy it?

local art is good in Hanoi

silk will be much cheaper in the Silk Village (Hang Gai prices are inflated)