Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Do you know there is a Russian market in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City? There they hang Russian signboards, turn on Russian music, sell things Russian people love to buy, souvenirs and foods imported from Russia. This Russian corner reminds people who have lived in Russia about their second home country. Furthermore, it has become a favorite place to buy winter clothing and accessories and products made in Russia. Although there are more and more shopping centers and markets open in the biggest city in Vietnam, the Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City still attracts thousands of customers every day thanks to good prices, quality, service and location.

Location

Russian Market is located at 328 Vo Van Kiet Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. It is only 2 km from Ben Thanh Market. It is easy to reach the market by taxi that costs VND 16,000/km or motorbike taxi which costs VND 5,000/km.

History of Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

The Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City was established in 2000 by Mr. Nguyen Manh Cuong. He was a Vietnamese soldier who was sent to the Soviet Union for pilot training from 1982 to 1986. The Soviet Union was dissolved into Russia – the biggest country, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Estonia, Uzbekistan, etc. When he returned to Vietnam, he opened a store in Tax Trading Center, then moved to Saigon Square.

In 2000, Mr. Cuong opened a store in the Central Garden building and called his friends and vendors who sell Russian products to locals or Vietnamese products to Russian partners to join the “Russian Market”. Mr. Cuong said: “I was just a soldier who left the army. I created this market in order to gather people who love Russia for doing business. A large number of vendors and workers had been in Russia, some are doctors, some are engineers, some were migrant workers who studied and worked in Russia”.

Through many ups and downs, the 3 floors of the Central Garden have become a market that attracts lots of locals and foreigners including expats and tourists. In the past, Russian products and winter clothes could be found at Tax Trading Center. Tax Center was closed, most vendors moved to the Russian Market. In 2009, Tong Linh Giang Joint Stock Company invested in the market which attracts vendors selling Russian products and winter clothing in Tax Center and other places.

Ho Chi Minh City Shopping Tour by Motorbike

On Ho Chi Minh City Shopping Tour by Motorbike, Tracy’s team does not take you to shopping centers and markets for tourists but less-known shopping places where you can buy souvenirs, foods, clothes, accessories and others. If you would like to go to the Russian Market, we are happy to take you there.

Buildings, amenities and services at Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

The market covers 3 floors above ground, with a total area of approximately 2,000 m2. It has about 200 stores selling everything from clothes, accessories to foods and souvenirs.

The facade of the market is decorated with Russia pictures. The main entrance imitates old Russian architectural works with onion-like domes. The text “RUSSIAN MARKET – SAIGON – VIETNAM” can be seen on the entrance. The fountain with 13 spheres in front of the entrance is also remarkable. Stores in the market have signboards in both Vietnamese and Russian. They are certainly decorated in Russian style. So that people who have lived in Russia feel like being in a real Russian market although it is located in Saigon, Vietnam.

Fountain and the entrance with onion-like domes at Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Fountain and the entrance with onion-like domes

Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

A signboard in Russian and Vietnamese

The souvenir stored is designed in Russian style at Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

The souvenir stored is designed in Russian style

The building where the Russian Market is housed has a spacious ground car parking and a motorbike parking in the basement. The market is equipped with modern escalators, air-conditioners and a lighting system. Some benches are available for customers to sit and take a rest.

Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City in Central Garden building

Russian Market is in Central Garden building which has a spacious car parking

Motorbike park in the basement

Modern escalators

benches outside the Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Customers can sit on benches outside the market, there are many foreigners as you can see in the photo

 at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Vendors are friendly and able to speak Russian, Vietnamese and English

What is sold at Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City?

Clothes and accessories

More than half of the stores sell winter clothes and accessories for women, men and children. Winter jackets, winter boots, sweaters, socks, scarfs, winter hats are everywhere in the market although Ho Chi Minh City has no winter. There is no lack of fall and summer clothes, backpacks, coats, T-shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, etc.

These fashion products are sold at retail to customers who live for working or travel to Saigon and would like to buy winter clothing. Korean, Japanese, Chinese, European, American customers love to shop at the market thanks to a wide range of choices, cheap prices, good service and nice vendors who can speak English and Russian fluently.

According to Mr. Tong who owned the market, every vendor and the market’s management know that it is not easy to attract customers to the market. So they do not offer customers overpriced products. Quality and price are the most important here. All products are bought from factories, vendors keep updated about lastest clothing trends and ensure the quality of products.

The stores do not only sell clothes and accessories at retail but also wholesale. They sell products to Vietnamese retailers and export fashion products to countries in temperate and frigid zones. Three logistics companies in the markets help to transfer products between Vietnam and Russia.

Long winter coats at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Long winter coats including puffer jackets and wool fel jackets for women

Winter sneakers at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Winter sneakers

 at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

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Fall and summer coats at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Fall and summer coats are also available

Backpacks at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Backpacks in different sizes and styles

Russian food and beverage

Products from U.S.A., Australia, Japan, Korea and Thailand are popular at supermarkets, markets and stores in Ho Chi Minh City. This is one of a few places to buy products from Russia. Here customers can find the famous Raffaello chocolates, sunflower seeds, canned foods including salted herring and canned peach, Russian dumplings, BBQ shashlik marinate spices, caviar, cured pork fat, ketchup, etc. The stores also sell a wide range of made-in-Russia alcoholic drinks .

Legendary Soviet chocolate Alyonka, Rafaello chocolate at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Legendary Soviet chocolate Alyonka, Rafaello chocolate, salted herring, Babkinu roasted sunflower seeds are favorite foods at Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Different types of alcohol at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Different types of alcohol including the famous Russian Standard, Matryoshka Russian Vodka

Russian souvenirs

Customers do not need to travel Russia to buy nice items which are known as the top souvenirs to buy in Russia.

Matryoshka dolls at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Matryoshka dolls or nestin dolls consists of a wooden figure which separates at the middle from top to bottom, to reavel a smaller figure. The set usually follow a theme which may be a fairy tale story or even Soviet leaders

roly-poly toy dolls at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

These cute roly-poly toy dolls with red body, black hair and round head, arm and body never fall, swing and make sounds when you push them

Animal roly poly toy at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Animal roly poly toy

Bronze vases of flowers, hip flasks, tea sets at Russian market in Ho Chi Minh City

Bronze vases of flowers, hip flasks, tea sets

Cafe Restaurant in Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Would you like to find a place to relax and enjoy some Russian food? The Cafe Restaurant is the right choice to taste amazing Russian specialty foods cooked by experienced chefs in a warm atmosphere.

Cafe Restaurant at Russian Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Direction to the Cafe Restaurant in Russian Market

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