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Ho Chi Minh City Shopping

Apricot Gallery
50–52 Mac Thi Buoi Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: 84 8 822 7962
www.apricotgallery.com.vn

While Vietnam's art scene rests in Hanoi, the walls of this spacious three-story gallery, originally a French colonial building, are filled with oil paintings by some of the nation's most prominent or promising artists. Among those featured are Bui Huu Hung, who specializes in haunting, classical portraits on lacquered wood, and Le Quan, whose bold brushwork found a customer in Bill Clinton. The gallery can also custom-frame the canvases, and crate and ship the art anywhere in the world via DHL or Federal Express.

Open daily 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Coconut Shop
100 Mac Thi Buoi Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: 84 8 823 0523

This cozy little storefront is all about bags—handbags, purses, and clutches—in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes. Most are made of silk, though a few come in denim; handles are fashioned from fabric or lacquered bamboo. All are intricately hand-embroidered with flowers, birds, and even dragons.

Open daily 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.

Gaya
39 Ton That Thiep Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: 84 8 914 3769
www.gayavietnam.com

This is a one-stop design center for upgrading your style. Gaya reps some of Southeast Asia's top tastemakers, from dressmaker Romyda Keth to furniture designer Lawson Johnston, who uses traditional materials like water hyacinth to fashion mod "egg" chairs. You can also pick up elegant beds, tables, chopsticks, stoneware, and linens. Best impulse buy: a picnic basket woven from water hyacinth and equipped with bright-orange lacquered bowls and plates.

Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.

Khaisilk
38 Dong Khoi Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: 84 8 829 3968
www.khaisilkcorp.com

Khaisilk founder Hoang Khai has built a diversified corporation that includes Nam Phan (one of the city's top restaurants), an office building, and even a resort in Hoi An, but the company's foundation remains fine silk clothing. There are ready-to-wear men's and women's collections in linen and silk as well as cravats, cashmere scarves, and limited-edition handbags. Don't see what you want? The store can copy any shirt or dress you desire: Just pick out the bolt of fabric. Delivery takes two or three days; allow five days to a week if beading or embroidery is requested.

Open daily 10 am to 10 pm.

The Lost Art
99 Nguyen Hue Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: 84 8 914 0108

Interior designers, design-driven expats, and quality-conscious Vietnamese all frequent Bao Toan's tasteful downtown showroom, which features his custom furniture and period reproductions. The graceful, high-end pieces, frequently made from mahogany or recycled old timber and fabrics such as cow skin, are often inspired by Art Deco styles. Made-to-order pieces take three weeks to build; the store can ship them worldwide. Bao also offers a full interior-design service, from concept through construction to installation.

Open daily 8:30 am to 6 pm; call ahead Sundays and holidays.

Lotus
25 Dong Khoi Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: 84 8 824 8977

After years of obscurity, Vietnam War–era propaganda posters have become collectibles, thanks to their subtle graphics and dry, meet-the-quota slogans ("More seafood!''). Because of limited technology in North Vietnam, most works were handcolored monotone offset prints or were entirely handpainted. This long, narrow shop features a large collection of battle images and village vignettes. The unframed paintings are priced from $80 to $100; reproductions range from $7 to $18. A few doors up the street, Dogma stocks more irony, selling propaganda-poster reproductions printed on canvas ($25) as well as T-shirts and greeting cards (29A Dong Khoi St.; 84-8-825-6817; www.dogmavietnam.com).

Open daily 9 am to 10 pm.

NGA Art and Craft
49–57 Dong Du Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: 84 8 823 8356
www.vietnam-art-craft.com

Just across the street from the Hotel de Ville, this small shop has piled up numerous awards for its shimmering lacquerware products, which include plates, bowls, picture frames, and bathroom sets. Another specialty is small, intricate boxes, often made from rosewood. Two blocks away, a second NGA outlet sells lighting fixtures, from Japanese-style square table lamps to floor lamps with shades fashioned from colored beads or handmade rice paper (103 Le Thanh Ton St.; 84-8-823-3288).

Open daily 8 am to 10 pm.

Red Door Deco
20A Thi Sach Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: 84 8 825 8672
www.reddoordeco.com

Stroll into this store with a picture of the table, armoire, bed, or even chandelier of your dreams, and Pham Hoang Yen will make it a reality. If you prefer ready-to-use pieces, her two-story shop is cluttered with antiques and good-quality reproductions, as well as digital scans of vintage black-and-white photographs of Old Saigon. The furniture, which takes four to five months to build, is fashioned from acacia or muong wood, a shade tree utilized on coffee plantations. She can arrange for shipping all over the world.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, Sundays 10 am to 5 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.