It’s time, you’re moving abroad. What a bummer to be leaving sweet-oh-sweet Saigon, we feel for ya. To make the departure a little less harsh, focus on filling that container and/or suitcases with some real Vietnamese treasures. It will be a great memory of Saigon ánd it will spice up your new interior. And hey, for you readers out there who are just visiting Saigon, these tips are a must-read for you too. Here’s an overview of the best (interior) buys in Ho Chi Minh!
Suitcase proof souvenirs
We just can’t get enough of these beautiful ceramics. Stack up on some beautiful tableware while you can and your dinner table will be one for the magazines at your new shack. The ceramics from Amaï brighten up any table and your guests will envy your for this original and stylish design. And by the way, they do travelproof wrapping.
Vietnamese tableware from Dông Gia
This little shop called Dông Gia Enterprise on 114 Xuan Thuy Street in D2, is packed with firm, yet trendy tableware in mostly solid, earthy colors. The plates, cups and much more come in different sizes so this could be just what you are looking for. Highly popular among expats and visitors, this place is definitely worth a visit. Go without kids though; the shop is so tiny that chances are you’ll be paying for tableware that needs to be glued together…
Quán Bui Rice Bowls
Quán Bui is a Vietnamese restaurant where you can eat delish food all over the city and while you’re there, take a look at the cute ceramics that are for sale. The little bowls for rice and the bigger bowls for soup are lovely, but there’s one item that’s an abolute must-buy. It’s the big rice bowl with a lid. This baby will look nice on any dinner table and it will always remind you of your happy Ho Chi Minh days.
We’ve tried quite a few tailors and to tell you the truth, the quality differs a lot. A few good quality tailors are Tropic and Saigon Silk in District 2 and Thu Ha on 125 Nguyen van Giai in District 1. Not only can they do a decent job of copying clothing (which is what they do best), but they can also make beanbags and pillow/cushion covers. They’re quick, decently priced and they know how to sew.
Vamping up your sofa with a new look is so so easy! Buy pillow covers with colorful prints of maps of Saigon or Vietnam and you’re all set. You can buy them for example at the left of the Wish shop on Thao Dien street in District 2. And pick up some lovely Murkani jewellery when you’re there.
Prints of ancient maps
Worried about empty walls at your new place? You could buy a Vietnamese painting from one of the fine art galleries in Ho Chi Minh, but if you’re looking for something more affordable, yet decorative, why not buy an old map of Saigon or Vietnam? They come printed on canvas, wood or paper and they will look great on your wall. You can buy them at the Vesta bookstore on Thao Dien street in District 2.
Vietnam is home to many interior factories and the expertise is here. But most of these beauties are meant for export, what a shame. The upside is that you can have almost anything made or copied here. Bingo! The only thing is, where to go for good quality ánd a good price? Try Tracy Decor– an interior decorating company that can make anything, from sofas to curtains to chairs to practically anything. Founder Tracy knows what she’s talking about and her English is perfect, which makes it so much easier.
Footstools from Linh’s Furniture
Not one for in your hand luggage, but if you have a bit of room left in your container, make sure to add a ceramic footstool from Linh’s furniture. You won’t have to worry about knocking it over, because it is heavvy! And oh so pretty. Come to think of it, eye candy is the word for it.
One thing that is great about Vietnam, is that there are so many nice handicraft accessories to find. The Vietnamese baskets made of water hyacinth are certainly charming local additions to your new home. And the best thing is that you can buy them for a fraction of the prize that they go for when bought outside of Vietnam. Tucked away in a little street off Quoc Huong, we found this Grapefind: Hana, a home filled with baskets and bags. Ideal to put on your terrace for storage of swimmers or in the kids’ room to keep all the stuffed animals contained.
Yes, buy planting pots here. Why? Because they are waaay cheaper than back home and because they are such a nice addition to your garden. Mark our words, you are going to be happy. Go where? Pottery Street! Highway 13 to the Binh Duong area.
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So you’re looking for some furniture or interior accessories for your home? Walking around in Saigon, you would think this is easy. With so many cool hangouts, where a lot of Ho Chi Minh City restaurants and bars have hip and edgy interiors, it should not be too difficult to purchase some nice home decor items yourself. Alas, not as easy as it sounds. Yes, we see cool furniture everywhere we look in Saigon, but finding them is a whole different ballgame. Like with everything in this fantastic chaotic city, it is out there, but you have to find out where.
Luckily for you, the Grapevyne team already did some of your home sweet homework. We found you a bunch of fantastic Saigon furniture shops to fit any style or budget: great online furniture shops, Vietnamese home decor brands, the best interior shops for the basics and some inside tips where to get the best furniture made.
The best online home decor shopping in Vietnam
Let’s start with sharing our latest Grapefind with you here! Hé Studio has great beds, chairs and sofas. They can also replace your lamp shade if needed. The Facebook page and website are in English and Vietnamese and you can message them in English.
PT&T Wood has the coolest chairs and tables. Their leather sofas will be such a funky addition to your living room and they even have nice office furniture. Unfortunately, their website is only available in Vietnamese, but that will give you the chance to finally practice those Vietnamese language lessons!
Another good online address, but with a studio in HCMC, is the lovely Singapore brand 25hands Rug Studio. Everyone knows that the best way to make your house feel like a home is to start with a good rug or carpet. But it’s not easy finding a nice rug in this city! Luckily, 25hands has a studio here and welcomes all Saigon customers. They make custom-made rugs for a great price, so you can choose your own bespoke design, color and size. Or do what we did and shop from their collection.
Other great online Saigon furniture brands
You found a dining table which you love, but then… the chairs! Not an easy assignment to find nice ones, we know. Here’s a place you can try and we have a feeling you will like it as much as we do. The Butterfly chair, Shell chair, they have it all. Browse http://ifurni.vn or visit their store.
Bamboo, bamboo and more bamboo! If you’re into this natural, popular product like we are, check out Bambu Decor. This shop has a lot of gorgeous stuff made from bamboo and rattan. Cabinets, beds, chairs, tables, lamps, baskets and the list goes on and on.
Great places to have furniture made
As you might realize now, there are enough furniture shops in Saigon to find some treasures, but have you considered having something made here? The quality is really good, the pricing definitely decent if you compare it to what you would pay back home and you’ll have your master piece before you know it. We’ve had really good experiences with Tracy Decor and Decor Sat Moc.
Interior shops in District 2
Xuan Thuy Street in District 2 is a great place for furniture shopping in Saigon. It is home to some established interior brands that have been here forever, like Decosy and Linh’s Furniture. But it also houses some other cool initiatives. A shopping corner called Inventory at number 63 houses various shops and is the home base for a beautiful little linen shop as well as the popular Amaï brand store. Here you can find the colorful Amaï home ceramics collection, with cups, bowls and plates in various sizes.
Home decoration: visit Sadec District
A little bit further down, at 83 Xuan Thuy, you’ll find the Saigon Oi shopping block. It hosts Sadec District, which sells home accessories as well as larger furniture pieces. Perfect for redecorating your home or for buying presents. The interior shops directly surrounding Sadec are also worth visiting, so hop over and browse around. Sadec can also be found in District 1, where it is spread out over 3 floors, so it definitely offers enough choice for any style or budget!
Redecorate with Casa Nha
On Hanoi Street, next to Jump Arena in District 2, you’ll find a Saigon furniture shop that will make you happy! Casa Nha offers 3 large floors of home accessories, from mirrors and baskets to wooden chopping boards and pottery. Also check out the awesome Saigon maps, printed on wood, which are the perfect gifts for people with a passion for this city. If you are looking for larger furniture pieces, be sure to visit this lifestyle store as well. We saw some comfy sofas, dining tables and chairs on display. You can also order via the Casa Nha website.
Bo Concept Furniture store
While you’re there, check out the store next door: Denmark’s biggest name in furniture BoConcept. You can also find BoConcept at Crescent Mall and Hai Ba Trung. If you are a fan of modern Nordic interior, this store, full of home furnishing essentials, is exactly what you are looking for: high-quality chairs, tables and couches, all in that signature Danish style.
More great furniture shops in Saigon
Affordability is a bit of a sliding scale here, but frankly, we love their high-end western style furniture. Interior store Casa Mia has several stylish sofas, tables and chairs on display and also offers some nice outdoor basic furniture.
In district 3, we like to go to COTO, a furniture shop filled with cabinets, side tables, decor and prints. The style is leaning more to the contemporary side but they have accessories that will fit any design. Coto has a website in Vietnamese and English, but unfortunately, you can’t order directly from the site.
Feeling Tropic is a interior store in Le Van Mien in District 2. It specializes in locally sourced outdoor furniture. Lovely to browse around for your sun loungers, lounge chairs, but also baskets and small tables.
Where to shop for basics in Ho Chi Minh
Although we feel there are only so many Billy bookcases a home can handle, we still recommend you make a trip to IKEA before moving to Saigon. To this day the Swedish store has not opened its doors here in Vietnam (yet). But there is a Vietnamese alternative and it’s called Baya. Not as many interior products and also not quite as hip, but there are various useful items for your home. Strangely enough, they sell the exact same plastic kids cups and plates as their Swedish cousin.
Another Scandinavian find; JYSK not only offers budget-friendly chairs, tables and shelves but also household appliances and outdoor furniture. This is also the place to be for your parasols, solar lamps and outdoor dining area. Shop JYSK online (their website is available in English as well). Or visit one of their several stores in Ho Chi Minh City.
The best home accessories in Saigon
With stores in more than 8 districts, Peony Home is a great shop for accessories. Think cushions, candles and other knick-knacks for your house. It has a few larger furniture items as well. This Vietnamese store also sells online (in Vietnamese as well as English), so you can browse their product range directly from your soon to be re-vamped home!
One thing that is great about Vietnam, is that there are so many nice handicraft accessories to find. Aside from local pottery and Sapa fabrics, the Vietnamese baskets made of water hyacinth are certainly charming local additions to your home. And the best thing is that you can buy them for a fraction of the prize that they go for when bought outside of Vietnam. Tucked away in a little street off Quoc Huong, we found this Grapefind: Hana, a home filled with baskets and bags. Ideal to put on your terrace for storage of swimmers or in the kids’ room to keep all the stuffed animals contained.
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Sadec District is a beautiful home decoration shop spanning 3 floors, so definitely enough choice! You will find everything from vases to baskets to textiles to lamps to tableware. This place is a winner for buying presents to bring back home. Sadec District is also located in D2 on Xuan Thuy Street in a small shopping village with shops selling leather accessories & bags, bed linnen, original souvenirs and flowers.
Looking for a carpet to cozy up your room? You’re in luck! 25Hands Rug Studio makes beautiful, high quality carpets and rugs. Even better, they specialize in custom made rugs to suit your interior, so you can order exactly the size, pattern and color you want. Or just choose a rug from their website. And what do you know, they have a branche here in Saigon! Just contact them via email or website and let them know what you are looking for; they can make anything and their advice is free. You’re welcome!
92 Nguyen Huu Canh, District Binh Thanh
Paya (used to be UMA) is a furniture & decoration store with multiple locations throughout Saigon. You can find bedroom and kitchen furniture here, as well as bathroom products, rugs, curtains, mirrors, lamps and tableware. Somewhat Ikea-ish.
112 Xuan Thuy, D2
Decosy offers a good range of furniture and decoration items. They also do custom made furniture with for example a grey washing for a vintage effect. Our favorite is the wooden Christmas tree they sell in December. One can dream about a white Christmas, right?
83 Xuan Thuy, D2
The distinctive Amaï tableware is one of the reasons for some of our friends to visit Saigon. It’s atypical shape and beautiful colors are like honey to a bee for some when it comes to tableware! They can do airplane proof wrapping so here’s your chance to shine with cool gifts under the Christmas tree during a visit back home. They just openened a new, fancy shop on the Inventory premises where you will find more trendy shops.
In the mood for some lovely home decor? In this great shop you will find many beautiful, good quality products made from natural materials. Think rugs and baskets made of seagrass and small boxes from lacquer. But also rattan furniture, outdoor chairs, candles and frames. In The Mood has 2 shops; In The Mood Home on Le Van Mien focuses on larger furniture. For the best styling stuff, head to their shop on Tran Ngoc Dan. We would visit both to be on the safe side 🙂
Want to brighten up your house or garden? Famous for its characteristic lamps, Saigon River Factory is very popular. Not only lamps, but also furniture and tableware can be bought here. They used to have a shop, but recently changed to a webshop.