LUXE City Guides - Ho Chi Minh City - - Le Thanh Ton -

Start this shop-athon at soft furny de­light Cather­ine De­noual Mai­son / 15c Thi Sach / (see Dé­cor), then turn left and down Le Thanh Ton. Red Door Deco is at #31a / call ahead to check they’re in / (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping) / and French resto La Cui­sine is on the right at #48 / 2229 8882 / lacui­sine.com.vn. Now, schlep down Le Thanh Ton un­til you reach the wed­ding cake-like Ho­tel de Ville (now HCMC Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee) be­fore turn­ing right up Pas­teur, and ei­ther take a right again for a quick reccy down Ly Tu Trong for Liti at #40d / litishop.com / with vin­tage brooches, kitsch keep­sakes and retro kids clob­ber, and a spot of tea at boho dolly La Fenêtre Soleil / #44 (see Bars), or con­tinue fur­ther up Pas­teur for no-non­sense Viet­namese at al­ways-rammed Nha Hang Ngon / #160 (see Lunch). Plunge back down Pas­teur, and cross Le Thanh Ton for stores ga­lore. La Bella at #8587 / 3823 0172 / la­bel­la­green.com / is a two-storey won­der­land of funky fash for the gal about town, and Geisha at #85 / 3829 4004 / geisha­cafe.com / of­fers racks of pretty print dresses and weary pins a well-earned rest at the cutesy café. Mai­son de Bunga at #81 / 3823 0087 / bun­gade­bunga.com / is chock-full of bright flow­ery Nip­pon-ish threads, hats and leather bags, then skip down to #71 Ipa-Nima for ul­tra girly hand­bags, and #63 SÔNG for fab nat­u­ral fab­rics fit for home and body (see Stand­out Stores for both). Re­trace and turn left back on to Le Thanh Ton, and trot along to Shoko at #87 / 3824 8274 / for kooky Ja­panese-y fash and ac­ces­sories in cot­ton prints. Thanh Thuy at #93 / 3822 4893 / thanhthuy.com.vn / has adorable embroidered sprog­wear, and Le Hang at #101 / 3827 3596 / is a bead and crys­tal heaven. If you’re about ready to eat your bra grilled with a light salad, tot­ter on to the junc­tion with Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and you’ll find al­fresco Bar­be­cue Gar­den at #135a Nam Ky Khoi Nghia / 3823 3340. Oth­er­wise, sim­ply con­tinue along Le Thanh Ton for fur­ther munch­ing op­tions, side­tracked by stylish Man­da­rina at #171 / 3827 5267 / for ready-made and be­spoke ladies footwear in satin, silk and snake­skin. Skip across the road to Kenly Silk at #132 / 3829 3847 / kenlysilk.com / for de­tailed silk cou­ture, and the un­for­tu­nately named Rat Hue at #136/11 / 3822 7282 / (en­ter via the al­ley at #136), or homely neigh­bour Nam Giao / 3825 0261 / both serv­ing trad Im­pe­rial Viet street food fit for a king. If you fancy your­self a bit of a bar­gain hunter, cross for Ben Thanh Mar­ket, oth­er­wise, con­tinue along Le Thanh Ton for Kin / #198 / 3502 3090 / up-and-com­ing Viet­namese de­signer Cong Tri’s chic bou­tique. Across the street, Dung at #221 / 3829 6778 / tai­lor-makes shirts and suits, and fur­ther down is Casa / #243 / 3822 9081 / for all things homey. Now, turn right up Truong Dinh and right again into Ly Tu Trong to check out lo­cal de­signer Do Manh Cuong’s flag­ship store DMC at #213 / 3521 0122 / dmc-vn.com / for bold colours, cuts and elab­o­rately ruf­fled cre­ations (w). If you’ve still got en­ergy to burn, con­tinue up this stretch of Ly tu Trong for the city’s more pol­ished bou­tiques, in­clud­ing Vo Viet Chung’s trad ao dai shop at #115 / 3914 2008 / vovi­etchung.com, and casj femwear at Tylho / #84 / 093 315 6388. Wowza! Olympic gold shop­per medal for you!

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