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Syrena Shopping Center Hanoi
Since its opening in early 2008, Syrena, lying at the heart of Xuan Dieu Street, has been known as a preferred choice for expatriates living in Hanoi. Consisting of a Shopping Center and Luxurious Apartments for rent, this modern 25-floor tower offers customers retail, leisure and lifestyle.

Retail convenience

Located on the first and the second floor of the tower, Syrena Shopping center, with a total area up to 5000m2consisting of a supermarket, restaurants, and 30 shops/stalls, is an ideal place for people to purchase diversified things, from canned foods, kitchen ware to fashionable clothes, costly jewelry and interior furniture. You need some pastry for the party, a bottle of wine for the dinner, or diapers for your baby? Just by a food store called Annam Gourmet on the first floor or Fivimart supermarket on the second floor, where high quality food productsand other necessities for daily life are available.Meanwhile, the appearance of prestigious fashion brands such as United Colors of Benetton, Anamai, L&D, Ogawa, or Laoyechesurely satisfy any stylish shopper.

Leisure

Nestled on the shore of Hanoi’s largest lake, Syrena is not only a place for shopping but relaxation also. After intense working time, one can have relaxing moments when enjoying coffee with friends in the Highlands or dining with family in the Zpizza restaurant. For those who love healthful physical activities or beauty care, Elite Fitness & Spa is perfect place for them. Moreover, there is a play ground called Tini World with many toys, modern games and exciting activities on the second floor that can satisfy any hyperactive kid. Just come here, leave all burdens behind and enjoy the life!

Other services

A Dental Clinic and agency of Air Mekong on the first floor add more convenience for customers who shop in Syrena. Customers, especially, tourists can easily get useful tourism information or book a flight at Air Mekong agency.
Besides, two ATMs of HSBC and Vietcombank which are put at two sides of Syrena’s main door facilitate well for customers’ shopping.

Dining:

> Sushi Bar - 1st Floor
> My Way Beer house - 1st Floor
> Z Pizza - 1st Floor
> Highlands Coffee - 1st Floor

Location:

Syrena Shopping center, no. 51 XuanDieu road, Tay Ho district, Hanoi.
Tel: (84 4) 7197214; Fax: (84 4) 7197215;
Syrena is approximately 10 minutes from the Hanoi Old Quarter, and 30 minutes from the Hanoi International airport. One can get there easily by taxi or xe-om.
Hanoi What to Buy?
You are in Hanoi for the first time and being allured by its diverse range of goods that you don’t know which ones are the essential you should buy? This article is going to make the complicated question become piece a cake!
If you think that Ho Chi Minh City is the only shopping heaven, think again. Hanoi has its unique charm when it comes to buying stuff - and by stuff - we mean strange unique things that cannot be found anywhere else. Below is a list of what we think visitors can take home with them, as a small piece of Hanoi.

Art work and print

Walking along Hanoi’s Old Quarter ones should notice an abundant number of art shops selling paintings and pastel pieces. If you want to keep memory or want some evidence about your trip to Hanoi, don’t hesitate to walk in and pick up one of Vietnamese propaganda posters or original artwork at a surprisingly low price varying between $2 and $30. If you are an art-holic who never satisfy with cheap artworks, upscale galleries around Hanoi are always open to you for spending several hundreds to thousands of your dollars.



Dried fruits

It would be a big mistake if tourists fail to taste dried spiced beef sold on Hang Giay Street and dried sweetened fruits or vegetables (“Ô Mai” and “Mứt”) available on Hang Duong Street. Also, Hanoi is the only place you can see such delicious and authentic “Ô Mai” in Vietnam. This type of snack is very rich in term of species which ones may spend up to million and weeks to taste them all.

Wooden Puppet

If tourists have had chance to watch a show of water puppet, ones should have been mesmerized by special wooden puppet floating and acting vividly like real actors under the skillful hand of water puppet artist. If it is ones’ wish to take one of those puppets to bring home, don’t ever think of stealing one because there are many souvenir shops around the theater area selling reproductions of those puppets. Paying a price starting from $10, ones would possess a piece of sophisticated handmade wooden buffalo, a hero on horseback, cute dancing girls or a mighty dragon.



T-shirt and Silk products

Hanoi and its foods make you fall in love with this country so much and the only thing you want is shouting loudly “I love Vietnam”? You don’t need to compete with all kind of transportation running on streets to contribute more noise to this peaceful city by that way because souvenir shops on Dinh Liet or Hang Gai Street are always available to you with their lavish collections of T-shirt printed with cute slogan like “I Love Hanoi”; “I Love Vietnam” or “I Love Pho” – with picture of hot steaming bow of Pho on; and also in many sizes and colors. Also, on the same streets, ones are advised to buy one of silk products like scarf, tie or clothe; or brocade like bags; hats and accessories.

Shopping Tips for Buying Clothes in Vietnam
Are you going to Vietnam in order to buy clothes with popular world famous brand names?

Certainly not (recommended)!

Trendy or brand name clothes are often sold at an outrageous price, even for some with the tag "made in Vietnam" on it. Imagine the import tax + Vietnam sale tax + the supreme rental cost in Vietnam added all together. So what advice there is for those hunting for some good new pants or tees?

In Vietnam, clothes are sold in three main areas, including shopping centers, local markets, and small shops along streets. If you have nothing to worry about your purse and care much about the quality of your clothes, it is advisable to orient towards shopping malls, nowhere else.

Shopping malls are located mostly in big cities in Vietnam, namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong, Danang and the likes. In shopping malls, apart from high-end clothes, you still have a chance to grasp clothes of your taste with reasonable prices and of good quality, which are of Vietnamese popular domestic brands such as Blue Exchange, N&M, Canifa and Ninomaxx. Nem is a Vietnamese brand but its price is as costly as other international brands (expect $70 for a decent dress). Prices in shopping malls are fixed, thus your obsession with bargaining would be completely eliminated.

To save your money, it is suggested to go to local markets and make full use of your smile and bargaining tips to get the best deal. Almost all clothes items sold at local markets are made in China with low quality. Moreover, almost all shops in local markets have no place for you to try on clothes, so it could be quite inconvenient to find your best suit. Yet, sometimes, luckily, you could catch clothes of acceptable quality and in trendy designs. Just keep in mind that you have rights to bargain and you should not miss the chance to do that.

Saigon Square in Ho Chi Minh City and Nga Tu So Market in Hanoi are favorite local markets for shop lovers. Yet, as foreigners, you had better to avoid going to Nga Tu So Market because only local shopping experts could survive with bargains in this market.

If you are not fond of local markets, its ambience as well as its inconvenience, clothing shops scattering on streets could meet your demands. Shops with Made in Vietnam signboards would be your ideal choice as their clothes are of quite good materials, in elegant designs and at reasonable prices. Better still, they have your size as almost all of their products are made for exporting.

Below are some addresses of some authentic Made in Vietnam shops in Hanoi: 58 Ba Trieu, 7A Cha Ca, 20 Hang Thung, 56 Quan Thanh, 193 Giang Vo, 65 Tran Nhan Tong, 266 Tay Son, 162 Ton Duc Thang, 89 Cau Giay, 275 Bach Mai, M2 55C Ly Thuong Kiet…

Shops of Vietnamese names or with English names that sound funny such as” Boys”, “Vietnamese Name+ Mode”, “Vietnamese name+ Fashion” and the likes often display and sell clothes made in China, and the quality as well as the price are also “better” than those sold at local markets.

Yet, in some shops, despite of their showy façade, their clothes are no more than a collection of clothes sold at local markets. Vietnamese popular domestic bands also have their own stores laid on crowded streets.
Sago Fashion
Address:  333 Nguyen Sinh Cung, Hue City
Tel: (+84-54) 3 629 714
Email: info@sagovina.com

Description:

This is a new fashion brand in the market of middle and the south of Vietnam area. The brand currently provides clothes for almost every kind of customers from parents to teenagers and kids. These products are preferred not only because of the attractiveness in design, but also the standardized quality and the cheaper price compared to other fashion brands.
Lyna Shop
Address: 01-02 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hue City 71 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hue City
Tel: (+84) 914 025 460

Description:

This is another popular shop for female in Hue City. You can find here any kinds of fashionable clothes that can be suitable for many kinds of consumers, from young teen girls to office lady. Accessories in this shop is also various and beautifully designed with proper price.
Vu Ngoc Style Fashion Shop
Address: 25 Vo Thi Sau, Hue City
Tel: (+84) 914 016 196

Description:

When you need western formal clothes or some traditional Hue clothes, this place should be your first place to go. The clothes in this shop are made by different materials like cotton or silk, with the unique additional decoration which makes the clothes more special and attractive. The shop also has made-to-order service to match the special requirement of the consumers.
Bang Lang Tim shop
Address: 19 Dong Da, Hue City
Tel: (+84-54) 3 837 359

Description:

This is the popular address for female consumers in Hue when they want to get some clothes. The products at this place are diverse from office clothes to accessories, and mostly imported from other countries with great quality and various designs.
Shoes Making in Hoi An
You are anxious about having your own handmade shoes with the reasonable price while walking around, contemplating ancient architecture and enjoying the most mouth-watering cuisines. Hoi An is welcoming you!

Wait a minute.

What are you worrying about? Where you could get the most quality handmade items, where you are going to be treated like a VIP and where you are not fooled by unscrupulous shop owners are questions well worth being on your top list.

In Hoi An, shoes shops catch your eyes on every corner. They provide you with a massive catalogue and you would certainly feel confused. You are free to pick whatever style you want as a large number of wonderful copies of expensive designer shoes are available. Then, you are able to choose every aspect of your shoes, ranging from the color of the leather to the type of buckle and sole.

An imprint of your feet, after that, would be taken to make sure that your shoes will fit you well. If your feet could not fit in any pair of mass produced shoes, these shoes shops would be ideal destinations for you. However, beware of the fact as pairs of shoes in Hoi An only cost you 10 to 40 USD (depending on leather types, designs) compared to 300-400 USD in your own countries, therefore, the design is maybe good but the quality of leather is somewhat acceptable.

Although in Hoi An, you have to wait only 24 hours to have a pair of shoes done, you are supposed to order them in advance to avoid being in a rush, especially when you find your shoes not living up to your expectations and need some modifications. It is advisable to make a bargain in every shop.


Here are some recommended shoes shops.
     
The First Shoes Shop (275 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street)

It is a bit out of the town centre but quite close to The Life resort. The shop assistants speak excellent English and have a keen sense of fashion. Services are excellent as they are obliging with alternation requests although most of the time, customers are happy with their shoes after the first fitting.

Dong Shoes Shop (16 Tran Phu Street)

It looks like a typical shoe shop in Hoi An, nothing more. However, according to some foreign travelers, you would certainly be satisfied with your custom made thongs and boots. Services are quite good

Linh Shoes Shop (16 Tran Phu Street) 

Bargaining is easy and the price is hilariously low while the quality is acceptable.
 
Want more shopping tips for Hoi An? You may want to find out about The 7 Best Tailors of Hoi An!
Kim Quang
Address: Town Centre at the Sailing Club
Tel: 058 0983 884 5397

Description:

Kim Quang is a very special clothing shop in Nha Trang specializing in the extraordinary hand-painted T-shirts done by a friendly local painter named Kim Quang. You can find him between 14:00 and 21:00 working from his wheelchair at the Sailing Club and bring home the unique gifts from Vietnam.
Bambou
Address: 15 Biet Thu Street

Description:
Locating in the heart of the backpacking area of Biet Thu, Bambou is a popular French-run T-shirt shop which offers a wide choice of branches all over Vietnam and quality is the byword here. These shirts are earning cult status so it is quite popular for tourists coming to Nha Trang. The staff here is also very friendly and professional. 
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