Start at the bottom of Dong Khoi outside the Hotel Majestic (which could and should be the Claridge’s of Saigon, but sadly isn’t). Alright dollies, purses out, on your marks, shop! Run like a robber’s dog across to #2 Nguyên Frères / 3823 9459 / for a trove of antiques, repro furniture and faddle. Nip across the street to Lotus / #25 / 3824 8977 / to pick up original propaganda posters and prints replicated from Saigon’s post-war years. Continue up Dong Khoi, and cross Mac Thi Buoi (see Itinerary) to #35 for VivekKevin’s hot pink boutique (see Advanced Shopping) for bespoke jewels. and arty reads at #43 ArtBook (see Very Useful), then shoot straight to #71b for Tamanie / 3827 6285 / 10am-8pm / glitzy gold and silver baubles for belles of the ball, and glam boudoir Ipa-Nima at #77 (see Standout Stores) chokka with beaded n’ broidered handbags. Next, Khai Khai Silk at #81 / 3822 2856 / is just one of many Khai-branded boutiques selling silk scarves, ties and simple garments a cut above your usual couture, with the flagship at #107 / 3829 1146, and Kashmir / #113 / 0120 396 8566 / is the place to rug up with rolls of handwoven Kashmiri carpet. Backtrack a bit on the other side for more traditional handicrafts and pretty trinkets at Saigon Crafts #74 / 3829 5758 / saigoncrafts.com, then leg it a few doors down to Cincinati at #78a / 3521 0112 / for grab-and-go or made-to-order leather goods. Skip right into compact Dong Du for tasty Italian fare and a glass of Prosecco at #11 Ciao Bella (see Lunch), or straight to the corner of Dong Du and Hai Ba Trung for swish deli-café, Annam Gourmet Market (see V. Useful). Bon appétit, ma petite fesse! Retrace back along Dong Du, swing right around the corner on D.K to find your Mojo (see Coffee) at the Sheraton Saigon / #88 (see Accommodation). Opposite Mojo is Nguyen Thiep, good for My Way Deco at #13 (see Standout Stores) feat. art decoinspired lighting and quality lacquerware with a French boudoir twist; Therese Jewelry at #9 / 3824 6011 / therese jewelry.com / is a go-to store for locals keen to pick up precious metals and stones; and Ben Thanh Art & Frame at #7 / 3823 3001 / benthanhart.com / whose professional but cheap as chips frames will do your arty acquisition justice (see Art). More? Turn your heels back to Dong Khoi for Mystere at #141 / 3823 9615 / mystere-shop.com / for quality ethnicky sterling silver jewellery, then nip into the Art Arcade on the left at #151 and head up the back stairs to L’Usine (see Standout Stores), where urban chic wear and accessories, art and refreshments await. Back on Dong Khoi at #159, Alphana / 3829 7398 / sells beaut stones at good prices, as does little sis D.A.N. / 3824 7005 / danjewelry.net / opposite in the Caravelle (see Accommodation). Skip up Dong Khoi, past the Opera House / 3823 7419 / to novelist Graham Greene’s former address, the Hotel Continental at #132-134, and take a tour around the elegant Mai’s (see Standout Stores) a little further up. Just behind the Opera House is the Park Hyatt Saigon (see Accom.), with Square One (see Rest./Smart), Opera (see Lunch), 2 Lam Son (see Bars) and Xuan Spa (see Spa). Drink, dine, then lie supine.