Market culture strongly influences on the life of the Vietnamese people. When traveling to Saigon, the must-see places are the local markets where you can wander, take pictures, go shopping, taste the local food and learn more about the lifestyle in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Top markets in Ho Chi Minh City to visit
Living with the modern urban life, four well-known markets in Saigon are attractive to both tourists and residents, especially for visiting and shopping.
1. Tan Dinh Market (High-quality products)
Address: 40 Ma Lo Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
To find Tan Dinh market easily, you can come to the corner of Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Huu Cau and Ma Lo Street. Formerly, this market was once considered a “rich market” of Saigon people, selling many high-quality goods. Currently, Tan Dinh market attracts many local people to go shopping and tourists to visit.
Going to Tan Dinh market (built in 1926), you will not be hungry. There are a lot of delicious dishes of Saigon such as Hu Tieu noodles, chopped porridge, Bo Bia (mixed hot beef), sweet soups. In particular, many food stalls still retain the same original flavor of the local Saigon cuisine.
Opposite to Tan Dinh market is Tan Dinh church. This church is a Gothic architectural style combining Roman and a little Baroque decoration. The color of this church is unique.
With this outstanding pink color, Tan Dinh church has become a very hot check-in place of Saigon youth. At the end of the weekend, many young people come here to take pictures to share with friends and relatives.
2. Ba Chieu Market (local food, clothing, and goods)
Address: 40 Dien Hong Street, Ward 1, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Cho Ba Chieu is a famous market in the center of Binh Thanh district. Every day, this place is crowded with visitors and shoppers. The market, more than 7-decades old, is located at the corner of the intersection of Bach Dang, Phan Dang Luu, Bui Huu Nghia, and Dien Hong Street.
Walking around Ba Chieu market, you can taste plenty of dishes, such as the cakes of Mien Tay (Western Region) on the street vendors.
Next to the market is another popular place, the Tomb of Ta Quan Le Van Duyet, also called Lang Ong, or Lang Ong Ba Chieu. This tomb was once considered a symbol of old Gia Dinh land (Gia Dinh is also the former name of Saigon). In addition to the sacred meaning, the lush and green campus of Lang Ong is also very suitable for your relaxing, visiting, spending time in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ong Ba Chieu Tomb is situated near the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts, so young people of this school often come to this place to do their exercises. Also, this is a beautiful site for amazing photos.
3. Ben Thanh market (Souvenirs and local food)
Address: Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
It would be missing without mentioning the “cage house market” more than a century old in Saigon, Ben Thanh Market. Located in a vibrant central location, Ben Thanh Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City.
The market sells different products, from “made in Vietnam” to all over the world. However, the price is relatively high compared to the common rate of the other markets. Ben Thanh Market is also the ideal address to savor Saigon cuisine.
Until late at night, Ben Thanh market still has excitement with the night market opening here since 7:00 pm. Four market facades, especially along the streets of Phan Boi Chau and Phan Chu Trinh on the east and west gates, are always crowded with tourists. All things immerse in the active life of a modern city.
4. Binh Tay Market (Chinese food and lanterns)
Address: 57A Thap Muoi Street, Ward 2, District 6, HCMC
Binh Tay market, nearly a hundred years old, has been recognized as a city-level monument. It is also known as Cho Lon in Saigon.
If tourists visit Saigon and want to enjoy the food of the real Chinese flavor, it’s reasonable to come to Cho Lon Market.
Traveling to Binh Tay market, you should not miss taking the pictures of food and street lifestyle to remember your wonderful time in Ho Chi Minh City.
Tips to note when visiting the Saigon markets
- The markets are always crowded, especially on weekends or holidays. You should carefully notice and keep your property to avoid being robbed.
- The attitude of many sellers in the markets is not right, so you should consider when visiting a store and decide to buy any items in the marketplace.
- You should avoid discussing much with the owners in the market.
- Most of the sellers often tell the price higher than the suitable price, so shoppers need to bargain. The bargaining level usually starts at 30%. But, be careful, some shops can tell a double amount.
- It is better to make friends with a local person to learn how to bargain the price at the market.
- Many markets are enormous, so be careful not to get lost.
Which markets in Saigon will you come to visit when you have a chance?