6 oldest and most famous markets in Saigon to visit

In addition to unique architectural works such as the Notre Dame Cathedral or Idependence Palace, Saigon also has old markets considered as symbols of this city.

Besides the historical values, the following markets in Saigon are also busy shopping places for the locals, attracting a large number of tourists to visit.

1. Ben Thanh Market

Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ben Thanh Market in Saigon
Ben Thanh Market in Saigon – Photo: @zdung2k

Ben Thanh market is always an interesting shopping destination for those who have the opportunity to visit Saigon, one of the oldest markets here, and always the list of attractive attractions in Ho Chi Minh City.

Operating from 1914 to the present, the over 100-year-old market is not only a busy trading place, but also a witness to history over many changes, ups and downs of the city. This site is the interfering point between old Saigon and the present.

This market concentrates on many items, including clothes, sandals, fabrics, handicrafts, brocade products, jewelry, and local food.

With long-standing traditional values, the market attracts a lot of foreign tourists to visit and shop. So, you will encounter all languages when trading there.

 At night, around the Ben Thanh market, plenty of shops gather into a busy night market to create a vibrant and colorful Saigon.

2. Binh Tay Market

Address: Thap Muoi Street, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Binh Tay Market in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh
Binh Tay Market in Ho Chi Minh – Photo: @jaydenng1120

Binh Tay market, located at the western gateway of Saigon, is always one of the famous destinations marked on the tourist map in Vietnam.

Opening in 1930, the market has Asian-style architecture. The roof corners curve in the style of Vietnamese temples, roofing with yin and yang tiles, both ancient, airy and cool.

A special feature of the market is that a large outdoor courtyard in the middle creates a cool space and uses natural sunlight in a harmonious way.

In addition to the typical architectural features, the Binh Tay market is also the busiest hub center in Saigon with many types of goods.

This place attracts the majority of professional traders, because most of the goods are wholesaled and transported to the southwestern provinces in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

If you intend to find and buy household goods, electronics for your family during your visit to Saigon, Binh Tay market is the place you should go to.

When coming to this market, you can meet the friendly sellers who always welcome and give you an affordable wholesale price.

3. Tan Dinh Market

Address: Hai Ba Trung, Tan Dinh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tan Dinh Market
Tan Dinh Market – Photo: @kioco_corazon

Tan Dinh market bearing the historical mark of the city has always been a famous and familiar shopping spot for many Saigonese.

Built in 1926, the main gate of the market was designed quite nicely, being a good spot for taking beautiful pictures when visiting this place.

The market sells many kinds of items, of which the most famous are fabrics and cuisine.

Most visitors appreciate the food stalls at Tan Dinh market, because of their diverse and tasty dishes, such as vermicelli, crab noodle, mixed fruit plate, fish-sauce vermicelli, and specifically sticky rice with chicken.

If you need to buy cheap fabric, the Tan Dinh market is always the best choice. So, many families and tourists from different regions come here to shop for clothing.

4. An Dong Market

Address: An Duong Vuong street, ward 9, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

An Dong market is one of the central markets in Saigon, and this one captures the hearts of the people who have attached to this city.

With more than 60 years of existence, the An Dong market contributes greatly to the circulation of goods in the central area of ​​Saigon.

If you like to check the latest fashion designs, the An Dong market is a suitable place. Many people evaluate that the fastest fashion models will be updated quickly in this market, including new clothes, shoes, and fashionable accessories.

Besides for sale, the upper floor of the market also has a convenient bank for tourists to exchange money during sightseeing and shopping.

5. Ba Chieu Market

Address: Bach Dang Street, Ward 1, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ba Chieu Market in Saigon
Ba Chieu Market – Photo: @hhhuan94

As one of the oldest retail markets in Saigon, the name of Ba Chieu has been associated with many people and Binh Thanh district and Saigon from ancient times to now.

Located in a beautiful and convenient location, the market daily attracts a large number of customers to shop and visit.

The main commodities traded in this market are clothes, shoes, fruits and food. With quite a low price, it is suitable for all customers to shop.

In particular, the Ba Chieu market has a busy night market. The night market is opened in front of the building, mainly selling clothes, shoes, and street food dishes.

At night, the night market becomes more bustling because flowers and fruits come more to this area. So, visit the Ba Chieu market at night is one of the interesting activities when you stay in Saigon.

6. Ho Thi Ky Flower Market

Address: Alley 52, Ho Thi Ky, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The over 30-year-old market operates day and night. The Ho Thi Ky flower market is hidden among a small alley. This place is one of the largest wholesale flower markets in Ho Chi Minh City.

When the streets start to settle down at night, Ho Thi Ky market in the heart of Saigon has still worked with the sound of buyers and sellers, bustling with flower trucks.

The flowers here mainly come from Da Lat city and the western provinces in Mekong Delta, so they get a low price. To keep flowers fresh, vans usually leave in the afternoon and arrive at the market at midnight.

At the night, the market shows a distinct beauty, adorned by the vibrant colors of many flowers. Under the yellow light, voices and laughter mix together, all create a vibrant market.

It would be great if you could come here once at late night to experience Saigon’s lively life of daytime or night.


Vietnamdrive’s thoughts

In the above ancient and busy markets in Saigon, Ben Thanh Market and Binh Tay Market are popular with almost tourists.

The remaining markets have strong the style of the local people, and there are a few areas in the market that are not neat and clean.

However, each market has its own beauty, always welcoming those who love to explore the native culture.

Besides visiting the other tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, spend your short time in one of these Saigon markets can enrich our experience in Vietnam.

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