Nha Tho / Nha Chung / Ly Quoc Su

LUXE City Guides - Hanoi - - Shopping Itineraries -

If shop­ping is your sport, wel­come to the Olympics. Pop hubby in one of the many bars, purses out and run like a soul ob­sessed into 5 Nha Tho for Things of Sub­stance / 3828 6965 / prieure.com.vn / of­fer­ing smart men’s and women’s cloth­ing, shoes, bags, and some qual­ity sil­ver jew­ellery. May at #7 / 3828 9650 / has bed linens, jim-jams, plus cot­ton and vel­vet shirts, ad­ja­cent is the sweetie Church Ho­tel (see Ac­com­mo­da­tion), and on the other side of the the ho­tel is Marie Linh / 3928 8773 / (see Shop./Hang Trong). Three Trees at #15 re­tails sparkly gems from the folks at Dis­cov­ery Di­a­monds (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping), and nifty tai­lor Co. / 3828 9925 / is across the road at #18, great for cot­tons and linens. Drop into Nagu at #20 / 392 8020 / zan­toc.com / for funky Ja­pane­sey cloth­ing, ce­ram­ics, home­ware and dé­cor, then pop back over the road for the flag­ship SÔNG at #27 / 928 8733 / asi­a­songde­sign.com / with sty­ley men’s, women’s and kids’ re­sort wear for sul­try so­journs, plus lus­cious life­style goods. All puffed out, pe­tal? Why not grab a caf­feine fix and cool your lalls at #16 Moca / (see Shop./Hang Trong). At the end of Nha Tho is St. Joseph’s Cathe­dral, which frankly needs a brisk rub-down with an abra­sive cloth. If you want to nip in, go through the gates on the left and en­ter at the back door. The in­te­rior is pis­ta­chio with a snazzy teal and tomato vaulted roof. If the door is closed, ring the bell – if no one comes it might be be­cause they’re on the loo, so try again later. Hang around at 5.30pm if you want to hear the bells toll. At the end of Nha Tho turn left into Nha Chung to get back on the shop­ping trail, but first if you’re pecky, pit­stop at #14 Chile House (see Rest./Re­laxed) for a quick plate of em­panadas. Re­freshed? Then zip across to #15 La Casa / 3828 9616 / la­casaviet­nam.com.vn / where you’ll find ori­en­tal-in­spired dé­cor, furny and home­ware, plus a be­spoke ser­vice, then a few doors down is the Aussiedesigned Con­tra­band at #23 / 3928 9891 / the sassy younger sis­ter to Things of Sub­stance (see above). Skip across the road to teeny weeny Marena at #28 / 3828 5542 / who stock de­light­ful, colour­ful home bits n’ bobs, be­fore turn­ing on your kit­ten heels to head back to­wards the cathe­dral. You’ll hit Co­Coon at #20 / 3928 6922 / with its dream­boat se­lec­tion of silk wraps and ac­ces­sories, prêt-à-porter and made to or­der. If you’re af­ter com­mu­nist posters, con­tinue walk­ing back up the road, and take a gan­der at the pro­pa­ganda art stores along the way. Once past the cathe­dral, Nha Chung be­comes Ly Quoc Su, and you can do a small reccy left up Au Trieu. Rent is cheaper here, and there are al­ways young de­sign­ers set­ting up shop, sell­ing clothes, jew­ellery, sou­venirs and other bib­ble bob­ble. Back on Ly Quoc Su, wan­der up un­til you find Mo­saique (see Adv. Shop./Wood­work) at #6 with light­ing, home­ware, plus made-to-or­der silk throws, cush­ions and quilts. Next door, paw past the leop­ard print hor­rors for some real stand­out frocks at lo­cal de­signer Kelly Bui’s shop at #2d / 3928 9663 / kelly­bui.vn. Now, re­trace your steps down Ly Quoc Su and take a breather at Joma #22 (see Coffee), or head straight down to #25 La Restau­rant (see Rest./Ca­sual) for a re­ward­ing ice-cold li­ba­tion. Gold medal shop­per!

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