LUXE City Guides - Ho Chi Minh City - - Ton That Thiep -

Start at the compact shop­ping and life­style mall Saigon Cen­tre on the cor­ner of Le Loi and Pas­teur. Shimmy up to 1/F, skip­ping the dull in­ter­na­tional brands, and bee­line to Va­len­ciani / 3821 2788 / for funky work and play wear; VOV / 3914 2008 / vovi­etchung.com / for mas­ter dress­maker Vo Viet Chung’s off-the-rack con­tempo cot­ton ao dais and chif­fon num­bers. SÔNG (see Stand­out Stores) has boho-chic, fair trade fur­nish­ings incl. con­tempo takes on traddy ‘mac nua’ lac­quered silk cush­ions and trop­i­cally-in­spired re­sort wear for all, then scoot up to 2/F for Cather­ine De­noual Mai­son’s win­nin’ linens (see Dé­cor); or how about a spot of re­lief from shop­per’s shoul­der with lush Thai spa prods at Harnn & Thann / 3914 2649. Come back down to earth and exit the mall by Paris Deli café, cross Pas­teur, and march up Ton That Thiep, call­ing in at Dze Stu­dio #49 / 3821 4286 / for lovely lac­quer­ware, ao dai, teapots and can­dle hold­ers, or neigh­bour Duy Tan #47 / 3821 3614 / for the same same but ever so slightly dif­fer­ent. Scar­ily hairy, Mary? Jas­mine (see Spa) at #45 will hap­pily de-for­est your lady-gar­den, and is a lo­cal fave for fa­cials and mus­cle-melt­ing mas­sages. Next at #43, Saigon Kitsch has some fab im­pe­rial print-cov­ered note­books and other retro pro­pa­ganda pa­per chase, and at #33, MH Craft / 3821 4459 / mh-craft.com / con­tin­ues the trad hand­i­craft trend, with hair ac­ces­sories, vases, eggshell lacquer pots and pic­ture frames, then you’ll find a gi­gan­tic Fanny at #29-31 / 3821 1633 / fanny.com.vn / just the spot for gelato, with dishy In­do­chine relic Tem­ple Club up­stairs (see Rest./Smart). Across the street at #40 is blokey Just Men (see Spa) if the ol’ sil­ver­back needs a preen or pam­per, oth­er­wise shoot on to #7 for eth­nic threads and bags at Sapa / 3821 8836. Now, turn right into Ho Tung Mau and breeze along for a few min­utes past a heap of faff, then right again into Ngo Duc Ke, a sweet street worth vis­it­ing for bed cov­ers with a con­science on the 1/F at #35 Mekong Cre­ations / 2210 3110; #62 Nhân Sushi Bito (see Lunch), a wash n’ blow at #58 Bing Siam / 3821 7776 / ask for Mr. Tor / closed Mon; or a Fran­cophilic gas­tro blow-out at #56 La Niçoise (see Lunch). Next!

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