A flea market is a type of portable mini mall or an offline marketplace that rents space to people who want to sell or barter products. The flea market is set up for a stipulated period of time. Used goods, low-quality items, high-quality items, antique items, handcrafted items… are commonly sold.
Flea markets are a great way to enjoy weekends, hanging out with friends or loved ones, strolling through the stalls, checking out the products, trying out different food trucks, listening to some good live music and returning with unique purchases and memories.
Flea markets are a great place to learn about the culture and history of a place or a country. Flea markets have their own charm, a different feel, and tell beautiful stories. Attending a flea market is the ultimate treasure hunt. You never know what you’ll find, and there’s always a chance you’ll find something fabulous.
Please scroll down for our picks, you can find top flea markets in Ho Chi Minh City.
1.Saigon Flea Market
Saigon Flea Market is known as the “market of artists” because that is where the local and the expat artisans spread their love of creating handmade crafts and vintage clothes to the community. It started as a market with mostly fashion and beauty products being sold. But six years later, it has now become a community of creatives. It features different artisans and their one-of-a-kind products. It is also considered as one of the first handmade and vintage flea market in Vietnam. Saigon Flea Market paved the way as an alternative shopping heaven for both locals, expats, and travelers.
Saigon Flea Market is at Boomerang Restaurant, Phu My Hung, District 3 every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.
Address: 1st floor, Boomerang Restaurant, 107 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, HCMC.
2.Hello Weekend Market
You can shop for clothing, accessories, beauty products and home décor at Hello Weekend Market. Many online shops and new brands that want to approach their potential customers tend to bring their products to this flea market. This is a great chance for you to look for your new favorite brands not common among the public yet. But you can also find items from brands that are popular among locals too. This market is not all about new products but you can also find some second-hand items – similar to garage sales in western countries. Another thumbs up for this market is that they have created a beautiful photo booth background for those who love modeling so they can pose for a worthy pictures.
Address: The location is frequently changing, so follow their Facebook page for more information.
A new entertainment space has emerged as the top hangout for young people in Ho Chi Minh City, with shipping containers transformed into booths being one of the venue’s highlights. Young people from all over the city have begun gathering at Rubik Zoo in District 1 every evening for shopping, taking pictures, enjoying music, and other activities. The food stalls offer Vietnamese street foods and foods from other countries to cater all their customers. It also has live performances to complete the whole shopping experience, they even have famous artists perform at times that makes the place often packed with people.
Drop by this amazing spot at 1Bis Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
4.The New District
The New District held every weekend, is one of the most famous fairs in Saigon. The fair will satisfy many fashionista with a range of fashion shops which are popular on Instagram. These shops provide a lot of stylish and quality clothes with quite high prices. Besides, there are also a number of food stalls.
Address: 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ward 12, District 4, HCMC.
5.Saigon Holiday Market
Whether you are an elegant lady who is into classically designed clothes or a boho chic who falls in love with geometric eye-catching tops and printed maxi dresses, you can easily find something that suits you. Besides, these spots are also where the accessory-lovers go for metallic jewelry, chokers, or hair accessories. With the purpose of drawing the attention of potential customers to the brand, most of the shops will sell their items for a soft price or for bundle price strategy, while some shops offer a 10-20% discount rate. Furthermore, there are live acoustic performances so that you can take a break and relax after many hours shopping nonstop.
Address: 116 Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, HCMC every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm.
6.The Box Market
In contrast to its name, this place is completely out of the box. It is a shopping heaven for artists and art enthusiasts alike. This market features a lot of local artisans and artists. You can have your portrait done and watch several artists draw or paint their impression of you in just about 20 or 30 minutes. There are a number of stalls for your home as well: paintings, lamps, figures, photo holders and a whole lot more. Aside from products, they also offer services for customers like henna tattoo, nail art, tarot reading. It is a showcase of different carts. They also have a photo booth area that is decorated differently every week. At times, there are acoustic performances by local singers and performers as well. Go here if you need some items for your closet and your home.
Address: Ho Xuan Huong Sport Center – 2 Ho Xuan Huong, District 3 / 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, HCMC every weekend.
7.Saigon Urban Flea Market
Saigon Urban Flea Market is an open-air shopping and gathering place where all kinds of people come to buy and sell new and used stuff. So whether you are clearing out the attic, leaving the country, strapped for cash or just looking for a good day out, is the meeting point for all those who want to remove stuff in good conditions from home and for those who come browse or simply have a good time with friends in a good atmosphere.
Here you can find a mind-mash of second hand, vintage and retro clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers and much, much more. It it’s the best spot to meet your friends, browse, rummage, haggle, drink and eat delicious food.
Address: Saigon Outcast – 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC. Follow their Facebook page for more information.
I’d love to hear from you! What’s the best thing you’ve ever come home with from a flea market in Saigon? What’s something you’re dying to find? Share with us!