Saigon is home to many shopping malls, all offering different fashion and cosmetic brands, dining experiences and entertainment. Explore them here!
Saigon is a metropolis for shopping malls in Vietnam. It’s home to many high-end malls which are all becoming a one-stop destination for everything from fashion and restaurants to banks and supermarkets. With a significant increase in the popularity of Ho Chi Minh City shopping in recent years, department stores are declining with new malls making room for international retailers. Noticing this change in the retail landscape, developers in Saigon are looking at underground expansion to build even more shopping complexes.
If you love to shop, eat and browse then you are spoilt for choice in Saigon. Read on for a breakdown of the top shopping malls in Saigon and what they offer.
This is the largest Ho Chi Minh City shopping mall chain and the biggest in the country. If you’ve ever wondered why so many businesses start with Vin in Vietnam, you were looking at another member of the Vingroup, a Vietnamese conglomerate that covers industries as supermarkets, real estate and retail, among others. There are several Vincom Center and VinMarts in the city, the largest ones are in the floor level of Landmark 81, another in 17 Cong Hoa, Tan Binh District, or in 3C Ba Thang Hai in District 10. But hands down the most impressive and complete is Vincom Center in Dong Khoi, District 1.
With over 250 shops, this shopping mall is so large that it is spread over two neighboring buildings. Vincom Center A hosts big designer brands like Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss, while Vincom Center B caters for high street shops and home-ware stores. Often found at the center of a typical tourists to-do list, both Vincom Centers offer a lot to a range of visitors.
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 10pm
Vincom Center A: 171 Dong Khoi, District 1
Vincom Center B: 72 Le Thanh ton, District 1
Pearl Plaza is positioned five minutes from District 1. Mainly an apartment building, it is easy to spot from afar for its orange rectangular terrace on the top floors. Pearl Plaza holds two underground parking lots and a medium sized Co.opmart supermarket on the first basement. On three levels, it counts with some coffee shops, a sushi restaurant on the base floor as well as other Asian food restaurants on higher levels, a shoe store, appliance stores, Japanese and Korean retailer and variety stores, and popular makeup brands stands. There is also an English learning center on the second floor.
It’s host to a range of entertainment including a cinema on the firth level, a kids playground zone, individual karaoke booths, a bookstore and a high-end gym, that it is usually not so busy even in the evenings. Do not miss the designer concept stores on the third level, they have often deals on cute accessories. Visiting the Pearl Plaza is definitely one of the top one-stop brand shopping in Saigon.
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Pearl Plaza: 561 Dien Bien Phu, Phuong 25, Binh Thanh
Takashimaya is a Japanese owned shopping mall in the center of Saigon. Set over several floors, Takashimaya appeals to middle and upper-class shoppers with luxury brands from Europe, Asia, and the US. The shopping mall covers two basements and three floors. The bottom floor has a food court with a vast array of Japanese cuisine. While the upper floors host several international fashion and cosmetic brands. It’s beautiful window displays, and powerful air conditioning draw in thousands of people every day. Everything you could buy, or want to buy, is here.
Opening hours: Daily 9.30am to 9.30pm
Takashimaya: 92-94 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Nghe, District 1
Aeon Mall belongs to Japan’s largest retail group, in Vietnam it owns three massive shopping malls, one in Hanoi Long Bien District, another in Binh Duong Province and two in Ho Chi Minh City, AEON Mall Tan Phu Celadon and AEON Mall Binh Tan.
Even though they are not in the center of the city, one of their perks is the Mall’s own public transport, simply as hopping into one of their free buses will take you to the nearest AEON Mall in no time.
This is one one the largest shopping malls you’ll ever visit in Vietnam, the Tan Phu Celadon branch has over 200 stores distributed in five stages. The stores are a mix between local brands and designer stores, cheap retail stores, international brands and the AEON supermarket with a large food court with a lot of tasty japanese dishes among other asia food options. Outside the supermarket you can find other different food courts and more international franchises with their own dine-in space.
They open new stores every few months, so there’s always something new with every visit. Thanks to the amount of shops, relaxing areas and amusing activities, visiting the AEON Mall Tan Phu Celadon can take you the entire day.
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
AEON Mall Tan Phu Celadon: 30 Bo Bao Tan Thang street, Son Ky ward, Tan Phu district
Set out in the suburbs of Saigon in District 7, SC VivoCity is a shopping mall which caters to local and expat families in the area. It’s home to many lifestyle, entertainment, dining, and education outlets. This five-story shopping mall is Saigon’s one-stop family-style shopping mall.
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
SC VivoCity: Khu Pho 1, 1058 Nguyen Van Linh, Tan Phuong, District 7
The Vincom Mega Mall is well-known for housing Saigon’s first indoor ice rink. Located 15 minutes from District 1 in the Saigon’s utmost expat area, Thao Dien, this shopping mall is favored for its lack of crowds. Vincom Mega Mall is one of Saigon’s largest shopping malls at 90,000sqm and is also home to a cineplex. A great one-stop shop during your time in Vietnam, but wear your comfiest shoes as this one is big!
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 10pm
Vincom Mega Mall: 161 Xa Lo Ha Noi, Thao Dien, District 2
Sitting out of the city in District 7, Crescent Mall offers the perfect shopping and entertainment destination for family and friends. Spread over 45,000sqm, this is a shopping mall home to some major international brands such as Nike, Mango and Marks and Spencer. It also boasts a 5th-floor food court which overlooks the beautiful Crescent Lake and Crescent Park and a CGV cinema. One of Crescent Mall’s most prominent features it’s Robins Department Store, which covers five stages from basement to the 4th floor. This store belongs to Central Group in Vietnam, and offers retail shopping at affordable prices for over 200 different local and international brands.
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Crescent Mall: 101 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu, District 7
Finally, say hello to Saigon’s newest mall, Estella Place, a 37,000sqm shopping hub on the fast-growing eastern edge of District 2. The place has a lot to offer. Big brands? Old Navy and Starbucks have got you covered. Dining? You’ve got a variety of food, from Asian (Phamily Thai) to western (El Gaucho). They even have a kids playground and climbing wall. And don’t forget to check out What’s Hot on their website, where you can find rewards and cash back programs as well as the latest discounts at participating stores.
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 10pm
Estella Place: 88 Song Hanh, An Phu, District 2
Make sure you don’t leave Vietnam without exploring one of Saigon’s shopping malls. Whichever one you choose, you won’t be disappointed.