Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City generally means getting down and dirty in the street markets. But we assure you, these top contenders are worth the experience.

Ben Thanh Market - HCMC’s most renowned market is also a major tourist attraction. Walk down never-ending aisles of tiny shops, hawking almost everything under the sun except for real estate or automobiles. Pick up some local snacks, fresh produce, souvenirs, and put those bargaining skills to work while you’re at it.

Binh Tay Market - Wandering around Binh Tay Market gives visitors a more accurate glimpse into local life. Significantly less touristy than Ben Thanh Market, Binh Tay’s products focus on wholesale goods such as Vietnamese fabrics and local food products.

An Dong Market - Located about 10 minutes outside the city center in District 10, An Dong Market sells wholesale fashion for locals, but tucked away on the top floor is an array of art stalls. Featuring some of the best local handicraft, everything here has been painstakingly created by Vietnamese artisans.

Dong Khoi Street - From cafes, to bookstores, art galleries, salons and boutiques, Dong Khoi offers a more upscale and scenic experience, and is probably well deserved after a day of trudging through the markets.