Ben Thanh Market is (almost) the center of the universe when it comes to Saigon. You can find anything in Ben Thanh Market from shoes, food to souvenirs. But today, let’s talk about what you can find around Ben Thanh Market.
5 PLACES MUST SEE AROUND BEN THANH MARKET
THE HOUSE OF SAIGON
Most of people choose Ben Thanh Market for buying some souvenir, but it will be terrible if you don’t know how to bargain. Then House of Saigon, where sells some seriously, super quality, handcrafted clothes, jewelry, accessories, and homewares, is totally a good choice and I’m sure that the prices are very reasonable when you consider the quality you’re getting.
Address: 258 Le Thanh Ton, Ward Ben Thanh, Dist 1
Opening Hours: 08.30 - 21.00 (Monday - Sunday)
HATVALA TEA AND COFFEE
Don’t miss your drinks at Hatvala tea and coffee if you’re a real Vietnamese’s coffee lover! They also stock a good range of 100% pure, directly from farmers. Many of them are ethnic hill tribe families, visiting each location at least once a year and work hand in hand with them to continuously improve crops in a sustainable manner.
Address: 52 Le Thanh Ton, Dist 1
FINE ARTS MUSEUM
It was constructed by a French architect Rivera between 1929 and 1934 as a villa for the Hua family. In 1987, it became Fine art meseum – the second in the country only to the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi.
The museum covers three three-floor buildings which house a collection featuring Vietnamese art works in sculpture, oil, silk painting and lacquer painting, as well as traditional styles including woodcut paintings in the Hàng Trống, Đông Hồ, and Kim Hoàng styles, as well as Vietnamese ceramics and a collection of ancient Buddhist art.The first floor also includes a commercial gallery of art works. Archaeological exhibits such as some of the country's best Champa and Óc Eo relics are displayed on the third floor.
Address: 97A Pho Duc Chinh, Dist 1
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
STREET FOOD MARKET
Looking for a place where you can try Vietnamese street foods? Then go to street food market – just 20 meters away from Ben Thanh Market.
there’s about 30 odd vendors supplying absolutely all food requirements: from Phở ( beef noodles soup), fried rice to spring rolls…
Address: 26-28-30 Thu Khoa Huan, Dist 1
Opening Hours: 9:00 - 00:00
NIGHT BEN THANH MARKET
Night market is just like the other version of Ben Thanh Market with much more relaxed affair and the price is a little bit cheaper. Besides, it also has a lively barbecue restaurant. The market starts from 7pm and you will be amazed how fast these bunch of sellers able to set-up each of their tent.