Dong Khoi

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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 /, 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 jew­ / is a go-to store for lo­cals keen to pick up pre­cious me­tals and stones; and Ben Thanh Art & Frame at #7 / 3823 3001 / ben­ / 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 / mys­ / 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 / dan­jew­ / 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.

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