10 Local Boutiques & Places To Shop In Hoi An

Shopping in Hoi An is also a way to give back to its local communities while preserving the beauty of Vietnamese artistry.

Upon entering Hoi An’s Ancient Town, it’s easy to notice that this historical city is full of local shops and boutiques selling colorful lanterns, pretty arts and crafts. It’s even easier to get lost or overwhelmed by the plethora of exorbitant options. So we’ve come up with a list that you can quickly follow to find unique souvenirs either for yourself or friends and family.

What makes this list so evidently special is that most of these shops support the local community, aid the handicapped, or create ethically-made products. So you can shop ’til you drop while paying it forward or protecting Mother Earth. Have fun browsing!

Metiseko

140 Trần Phú, Old Town, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

Vietnamese silk is a treasured art all on its own. Stop by Metiseko for a local brand producing stylish and premium ready-to-wear garments, mostly made from silk and cotton. Metiseko began in 2011 and its retail store is situated in Hoi An’s old town, not too far from the Japanese Bridge. Every design is a fusion of Vietnamese traditional patterns and contemporary styles, in addition, every piece is organically-made. So whether you’re putting on a chic dress or a comfy shirt, there’s zero reason to feel guilty.

AVANA

57 Lê Lợi, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam

Another designer brand to stop by is Avana, where every piece of clothing is ethically-made and woven by Co Tu women – a minority group of people living in the Truong Son – Central Highlands region. Dresses, shirts and various accessories boast the incredible combination of Western elegance along with Vietnamese roots. Since Avana’s pieces are made by talented artisans, each item comes with a rare story. Making shopping there even more meaningful.

Hoi An Central Market

19 Trần Phú, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

Hoi An doesn’t have a shortage of markets, but the main one to check out would be Hoi An Central Market along the Thu Bon River. Pretty much busy and crowded throughout the entire day, the market is where travelers can shop for fruits and vegetables, as well as snacks and souvenirs. For the freshest fish, make sure to get there early around 6 a.m. Afterwards, stop by the textile vendors for affordable silk and garments.

CocoBox – Juice bar & Cafe Farm Shop

94 Lê Lợi, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

In the middle of Hoi An old town, you’ll also find a delightful farm shop, selling anything from juices to lotions. Cocobox Café Farm Shop is fully stocked with fair-trade products, including: teas, coffees, chocolates, massage oils…and so much more. Besides shopping for souvenirs or goodies for yourself, you can also sit for a nice glass of fresh juice along with some coconut milk! Definitely a nice break from your shopping spree.

Reaching Out Arts and Crafts

131 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam

Arguably one of the most popular cafés in Hoi An has to be Reaching Out Tea House located in Old Town’s bustling Tran Phu Street. Serving both tea and coffee, the popular joint started in 2000 by a community of Vietnamese locals that are impaired, and could make a living through selling handicrafts. Once the boutique also displayed jewelries, accessories and even homeware, twelve years later, it eventually shifted to a teahouse. Today, the craft shop is staffed by the physically impaired artisans throughout Vietnam.

Friendly shoe shop

18 Trần Phú, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

One of the most popular shops also on Tran Phu Street is Friendly Shoe Shop where travelers can buy made-to-order shoes. For over 14 years, the shop has been making customized slippers, boots, sandals…and much more. There are up to 600 kinds of footwear to choose from, the best part is: if you’re not satisfied, Friendship Shoe can provide a full refund. That’s how friendly it truly is!

Lang Cui Lu – Driftwood Village

Tổ 13 Thôn Đồng Nà, Cẩm Hà, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam

Vietnam is also famous for its artistic wood carvings. If you’re a fan, then head over to Âu Lạc Wood Art where many awards have been given to the atelier of two artists that produce both modern and traditional sculptures. The workshop also conducts training and employment for the disabled so they can also earn a stable salary for their crafts.

Mekong Quilts

136 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

Mekong Quilts
FACEBOOK Mekong Quilts

For those who love quilting, or just can’t wait to snuggle up in cozy blankets; Mekong Quilts might just be your spot. What we love about it? Each bedding is created by disadvantaged women in the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Its parent company, Mekong Plus, is a non-profit which founded Mekong Quilts in 2001 to open shops in Southeast Asia that feature quilts made by women from extreme poverty. Through micro-financing and sustainable employment, profits from the sales of beddings fund communities where the women now live. Today, the company also employs women from Cambodia.

Hoi An Roastery

135 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

At this point, Hoi An Roastery is so successful that it has essentially become a coffee chain, or the Starbucks of Hoi An. You can buy coffee beans from the store and bring them home to enjoy Vietnamese coffee even after you leave Hoi An.

Head over to the location next to Japanese Bridge, so you can shop, sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee in the upstairs level which provides a spectacular view of the river. SEE ALSO: 10 Of The Cutest & Best Cafés In Hoi An

Hoi An Night Market

Nguyễn Hoàng, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

Hoi An Lantern Market
Hoi An’s Lantern Market. Photo by Steffen B. on Unsplash

Hội An’s beauty stems from its florescent colors illuminated by gorgeous lanterns throughout Old Town. Back in the 16th century when the city prospered into a busy port town with Chinese and Japanese merchants, the lanterns were not only hung by Cantonese merchants that longed for their homelands, they also became symbols of roots and eased homesickness. Over time, Vietnamese artisans have morphed  lantern designs into their own, for instance: from bamboo into silk. Today, silk lanterns have become the emblem of Hội An, as well as a celebration of artisanal craft.

At the night market, there are also other goodies to browse through: street food, clothing shops, accessories boutiques…etc. It gets crowded, so watch your bags and be patient with other tourists.

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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