Take a Vietnam tour for family and discover the top shopping malls in Hanoi
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If you are in Vietnam, specifically you are traveling in Hanoi with your family and you are pondering upon where to shop in Hanoi, take a Vietnam tour for family to find out the top plush shopping malls that you will love to wander around all day!
Facts about the shopping malls in Vietnam
Probably, one of the best things to do in Hanoi for family besides going to the amusement parks is wandering around big shopping malls and bringing home whatever you want. Shopping is always a wonderful experience to share with your companions or family; that is why they say: “Never go shopping alone”. Especially when you are a little bit well-off, you will mostly have a tendency of fulfilling your needs in one of those plushest shopping malls that you find during your visit to the city. However, before we can officially take a look at the list below, let us go through some of the fun facts about most shopping malls in Vietnam that you may be interested. And of course, it is always better to have a few tricks up your sleeve and some tips in order for you to be the wisest shopper!
1. Plush shopping malls make you feel “rich”
We do not know exactly how most people, especially the foreigners feel when they put one foot in a luxurious shopping mall around Vietnam. However, we do know that most locals after walking from a plush shopping mall admit that they feel like a rich person when walking around the mall or they will have a tendency of dressing well, fixing their hair or makeup before entering the mall.
In a plush shopping mall
If this is the first time you heard of this, there must be many strange things that you have not discovered here in Vietnam. It is ironic that Vietnam is currently in the process of developing and the majority of Vietnamese people are still adapting to this new kind of shopping as they feel that these shopping malls cost them too much. On the other hand, maybe it is understandable that they feel this way because it is what these shopping malls are made for– trying to make people sense the luxury of life!
2. Most plush shopping malls sell more expensive
Do not know about other countries but here in Hanoi, shopping malls sell sometimes much more expensive. This is why people usually find their way to other grocery stores or clothing stores to shop. Most Vietnamese people do not like the word “expensive” though we all know somehow that the goods in the plush shopping malls are prone to high quality and they are mostly authentic.
Luxurious products in the shopping mall
Nevertheless, the main factors that make them that much more expensive are the cost of services and location renting. It is true that you get what you pay for and this is also applied to shopping malls in Vietnam. However, the difference is the location rental fee in Vietnam is quite high; therefore, you are likely to be charged more when you shop in the malls.
3. Unauthentic products
As implied above, products in these plush shopping malls are mostly authentic but not all of them. This is sadly true because a few years round, there has been some news about this issue. We all know that those cases are just the minority but still, it is better to be careful when dealing with your own money.
Inside a bag store in the mall
Therefore, in case you have any intention of buying things from these malls, you should ask someone who knows well about these products to go with you before making your decision. This may sound a little bit pessimistic but the truth is the truth. However, just take your time and do not worry too much about this because, in the last few years, this does not seem to be a big problem anymore.
4. Most locals go to the shopping malls not to… shop
You will find this quite hilarious when most Vietnamese go to a shopping mall not to shop. Sometimes you will notice in the hot days, some locals tend to drop by Tràng Tiền Plaza near the Sword Lake just to find a shelter protecting them from the extreme heat of the Sun. Besides, there are air-conditioners and it does not cost them any money, so it is such a trending activity in the summer’s days. In addition, sometimes, you will see people also go to the mall and of course still not to shop but to follow “the call of nature” because as you see, the plush shopping malls always come along with “plush toilets”. And those are such good places to “let it all out”.
The luxurious toilet in a plush shopping mall
We do not know about other countries’ teenagers but in Asia, they do like taking selfies and cool pictures with the best backgrounds that they can get. And as a fact, plush shopping malls are such ideal places for this activity for most fancy pictures with illuminant light on the internet are all created at the “plush shopping mall’s studio”. Some people, especially families, also go to the shopping malls to participate in other activities such as eating, playing games, watching movies or they simply want to make their children happy by taking them to entertaining places like the shopping malls.
Top 5 plush shopping malls in Hanoi
Now it is time for us to discover the most luxurious malls in Hanoi. In the last few years, the number of shopping malls has dramatically grown and as a result, people spend more time in these places. They also tend to shop more in the malls because the goods seem to have higher quality compared to that of other shops in their neighbourhood. Shopping malls in Hanoi can meet from the most basic to higher needs of the people such as foods, groceries, clothes, cosmetics, electronic appliances to entertainment such as gaming area and other playgrounds of job simulation for the kids.
1. Trang Tien Plaza
Located in the heart of Hanoi, Tràng Tiền Plaza truly deserves our applause as the plushest shopping mall in the capital. This is not exaggerated at all because base on the foundation date and its long-known history, Tràng Tiền Plaza is definitely the place if you want to feel the true sensation of luxury running through the tip of your fingers. Restored around 1980, Tràng Tiền Plaza’s main entrance is now situated in the well-known Sword Lake area. And we must also add that Tràng Tiền Plaza truly gets a foothold, especially in the capital where there is not so much land. The whole place now lies in the intersection of three broad streets including Tràng Tiền, Hàng Bài and Hai Bà Trưng with services and entertainments of all kinds from foods, souvenirs, coffee shops, bars, pubs and so on.
Trang Tien Plaza at night
The time before its restoration, most people, especially the non-millennials knew Tràng Tiền as a place with “all kinds of goods”. They also added that they felt a close bond with the old Tràng Tiền compared to the new one because they can buy exactly all kinds of goods from soaps, vegetables, books, toys, treats to household appliances. However, in 2010, Tràng Tiền Plaza was once again refurbished and since then, it has become a place for the most luxurious imported products from Prada, Gucci, to Chanel, Louis Vuitton and so on.
A beautiful side of Trang Tien Plaza
Currently, people still drop by Tràng Tiên Plaza but it seems that the place owns not as much favor as it did in the past, despite the fact that it is now still one of the most luxurious shopping malls in Hanoi. If you tend to drop by Tràng Tiền Plaza not to do a window-shopping but to buy something from the mall then you should prepare your money well because it can cost you from millions.
- Address: 24 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
2. Vincom Centers
In the last few years, as Vingroup has officially made its “invasion” to Vietnam market, many Vin’s products such as Vinmart, Vinschool, Vinshospital and especially Vincom Centers have grown like mushrooms around Hanoi. The first tower, which made the name of Vingroup in Vietnam, is the Vincom Center located in Bà Triệu Street. Officially went into business on 23rd November 2004, Vincom Center Bà Triệu has made a significant imprint in most non-millennials’ mind of a true form of entertainment, which is outstanding, distinctive and mind-blowing.
Vincom Center Ba Trieu
At its first period of running, Bà Triệu Vincom Center was a complex of two towers A and B with 21 floors combining both commercial center form and office rental service. And as most people anticipated at the time, Vincom was no surprisingly nominated as the biggest twin towers in Hanoi and met all global qualifications for official running. At the present, after a few times of refurbishing, Vincom Center Bà Triệu is now running with three towers in total: tower A, B, and C for different usages such as residence, office, and entertainment. Tower A is the most-visited place because this is where provides shopping and entertaining services. The tower comprises six floors and the 6th floor always brings joy to visitors with tremendously entertaining services from the CGV movie theater, gaming area to delicious dishes in traditional and modern restaurants.
Inside Vincom Ba Trieu
Established after Vincom Center Bà Triệu, the second Vincom was built by Vingroup as an alongside to the Royal City – a complex of the modern suburban area with highly rated buildings of both residence and entertainment. The Vincom Center in Royal City is regarded as a significant highlight of the place with outstanding architectural style prone to Western design. Vincom Center in Royal City is also rated as the most prevailing complex of services, which meets the standard of global Megamall’s qualifications. The place offers many forms of entertainments from the movies, gaming, kid’s playground to ice-skating, 4D films, the pool and so on.
The entrance of Vincom Megamall Royal City
Built alongside the establishment of The Times City, Vincom Mega Mall is also one of the plushest shopping malls in Hanoi. Just like the Vincom Center in Royal City, Mega Mall of Times City bears the resemblance to a highly estimated location, which satisfies most needs of customers from the most basic to the most sophisticated. The Mega Mall gives the first impression of a great entertaining place with the brilliant Western design of huge stone statues placed at the elegantly designed entrance.
Vincom in Times City
Objectively, most people prefer going to the Vincom Mega Mall in Times City than the one located at the Royal City because it is closer to the center and it also offers greater and better kinds of entertainments. For example, every Saturday night, people in the capital would love to drop by the Times City to enjoy the fantastic water music show for free while they can spend a little bit of time wandering around the Mega Mall which lies under the ground. Indeed, under the ground. Maybe this is what makes Times City’s Mega Mall distinctive from the other shopping malls. In order to reach the mall, you will have to enter a gate of which the roof is made of beautiful glasses and take the escalator, which brings you down the first floor. Similar to Royal City’s mall, Times’ Mega Mall also provides with numerous services and products of great quality from clothing stores, restaurants, gym, ice-skating ground, mini supermarkets and so on. You should also pay close attention that there is no movie theater in Mega Mall at the moment since it was removed in 2017.
Vincom Pham Ngoc Thach
Located in the most crowded area, Vincom Center in Phạm Ngọc Thạnh Street is regarded as a beautiful cube of diamond in the center of the city. Vincom Center in Phạm Ngọc Thạch includes eight emerging floors alongside three basements. The place is dynamic in design and architecture with an escalator built outside the building. Especially at night, the whole tower is lit up with numerous sparkling neon lights and this makes the outward escalator seem as “the steps to heaven” and turns people’s heads every time they pass through the building. Despite the fact that it was established quite late compared to other shopping malls in 5th November 2016, Vincom Center in Phạm Ngọc Thạch is still a very special imprint in the merchandising chain of Vingroup.
Address 1: Vincom Center Ba Trieu, 191 Ba Trieu Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84) 243 974 1919
Opening hours: 9:30 – 22:00
Address 2: Vincom Center Royal City, 72A Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84) 246 276 7799
Opening hours: 9:30 – 22:00
Address 3: Vincom Center Times City, 458 Minh Khai Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84) 974 876 218
Opening hours: 9:30 – 22:00
Address 4: Vincom Center Pham Ngoc Thach, 2 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84) 247 305 9966
Opening hours: 9:30 – 22:00
3. Big C Thang Long
Established in 1993 by the Central Group, the first store of Big C was opened in Bangkok, Thailand. However, since the economic crisis in 1997, Central Group has co-operated with the Casino and given out 530 millions of stocks to it. After the event, Casino officially became the one who gave Big C the tactic orientation in its process of developing. Big C is now under the management of a retailer branch of Casino Corporation and its branch in Vietnam is a franchise in the retailing chain of Thailand.
Big C Thang Long
If you have interest in retailing chains in Vietnam or you are just simply a curious shopper, you would like to hear many great stories about Big C and one of those is about the meaning behind the name “Big C”. As you all know what “big” is, we will move on to the letter “C”. Some of you may assume that “C” may stand for Central Group but sadly, it does not. And then you may conclude: “If it is not the Central Group then it has got to be the Casino!” However, once again, the answer is no. The letter “C” in the word Big C actually stands for “customer”. Therefore, the whole name can be translated fully as “Big Customer”.
Inside Big C Thang Long
This is also a motto, a core value that Big C has always aimed at and kept in mind during years of running as one of the most credible shopping malls in Vietnam. Unlike Vincom Center complex, Big C does not offer many entertaining services. In exchange, you can find almost every basic products that you need for your daily life from groceries to household appliances.
Address: 222 Tran Duy Hung Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84) 437 848 546
Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00 (Monday to Thursday) and 8:00 – 22:30 (Friday to Sunday)
4. Aeon Mall
It is not wrong at all when saying Aeon Mall is one of the most favorable places for teenagers all around the capital. This is quite understandable because it is built based on the design and services of Japanese and Korean qualifications. And if you are a Kpop lover, you will know something called the “Hallyu” – a wave of Korean culture which has navigated into Vietnam as well as other countries in the last few years. This is the reason why at its first period of going into business in September 2015, Aeon Mall was in favor of many people, especially the youngsters who adore Korean as well as Japanese cultures.
Aeon Mall Long Bien
Aeon Mall is currently under the control of a local company in accordance with a Japanese corporation and is included in the chain of 180 biggest commercial malls around the world. In Aeon Mall, you can find yourself surrounded by all kinds of products, which are mostly originated from Korea and Japan. Most people, especially families, when finding to Aeon Mall, they will be likely to look for some places to eat, shopping for groceries or just simply wander around looking for enjoyment. Regardless of different backgrounds, Aeon Mall always welcome you at the doors and promises to bring you the best services. The only two drawbacks of Aeon Mall are that its location is quite far from the center and everything in the mall is also charged slightly higher.
Address: 27 Co Linh Street, Long Bien District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84) 243 269 3000
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (Monday to Friday) and 9:00 – 22:00 (Saturday and Sunday)
5. Lotte Shopping Center
If you have children and want to take them along to the mall, Lotte Shopping Center is definitely not a bad choice. As a brand in the retailing chain of Lotte Corporation, Lotter Shopping Center always comes along with high-quality services and creates comfort for any visitors. Going to Lotte Shopping Center, you will be knocked on the first strong impression of the staff’s friendliness with a humble bow, heart-warming smile and gentle gestures. Such professional manners!
Lotte Shopping Center
If your family have children, the kids are also specially treated by the staff and employees working in the building. At the 5th floor, there is even a child playground – the Play Time and the children care unit with a pretty little kitchen where they can be kept entertained there. This is also a very special mark that only Lotte Shopping Center in Liễu Giai Street has.
Lotte Sky Walk
Lotte shopping building also gives you plenty entertaining activities, of which the Sky Walk has been a unique feature, which has made the name the Lotte tower. This Sky Walk is located on the 65th floor of this 65-storey building. From the Walk, you can contemplate and catch the whole city view in your eyes and it is such an unexplainable feeling that you must once try.
Address: 54 Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84) 977 260 357