The best selection of clothes is in small retailers and outlets rather than large department stores. Still, it’s not always easy for westerners to buy clothes off the rack, and many expats augment their wardrobes with clothes custom-made by one of the many tailors in the Old Quarter.
Made in Vietnam
Children’s and adult’s clothes, good value in western styles, with a few locations around Hanoi.
193 Giang Vo, Tel: 043 511 5904
65 Tran Nhan Tong, Tel: 043 943 8799
82 Hang Dieu, Tel: 043 923 2370
Men’s clothing with many large and extra-large sizes, name brands from Europe and Australia. Their stock includes shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and sweaters. This is a chain outlet with some variation between locations.
6 Le Thai To
1 Nguyen Dinh Chieu
36 Tran Nhan Tong
71B Bao Khanh
A high-end men’s clothing shop with prices to match. Includes shirts, ties and ready-to-wear suits.
75 Hang Gai, Tel: 09 0324 8184
Men’s and women’s clothing boutique with cotton and linen styles influenced by Japanese and Vietnamese designs.
178C Xuan Dieu
A factory outlet for Ralph Lauren and Burberry, with large sizes and prices slightly lower than what you’d pay in the West.
20 Ngo Thi Nham, Tel: 04 943 7760
Men and women’s clothes with the alligator logo, better-than-home prices.
43D Ngo Quyen, Tel: 043 936 0480
Hip, modern women’s styles, medium-high prices.
23 Nha Chung, Tel: 043 928 9891
In Hanoi it’s often cheaper and easier to have clothes custom-made than to try to find them ready-made. All the silk shops on Hang Gai street in the Old Quarter will copy dresses or pattern-book pictures, and you can also try the tailors listed below—all of these speak at least limited English and are adept at sign language related to their craft:
98A Hang Bong
Makes shirts to your measurements; you can bring your own fabric, and they will copy your favorite shirts.
8 Ngo Thi Nham, Tel: 04 944 6928
Specializes in men’s suits.
18 Nha Tho, Tel: 04 828 9925
Makes both men’s and women’s clothing, with silk, cotton and linen available in the shop.
Thanh Ha Silk
114 Hang Gai, Tel: 04 928 5348
Good selection of silk and linen, has Vogue and other pattern books.