You may not know it, but getting a custom suit or dress is a recommendable activity in Vietnam! Tailoring in Vietnam is extremely affordable and the quality lives up to international standards. Tailors are easy to find in most of the central parts of Hanoi, but those of quality are hard to find. Scroll down to see some of our recommendations, also with a guide to have your clothes tailored in Hanoi.
You should have a clear picture of what you want (how high the lapels are, what style of pockets, etc...) so the tailor can understand easily. Many expats and travelers struggle to be clear about what they want, which makes the outcome fall short. On a bright note, tailors in Hanoi are very friendly and experienced in tailoring for foreigners, so don’t worry too much as they will help you wholeheartedly.
Knowing what you want would save a lot of time!
From knowing your preferences, the next step is to choose materials that suit you. Tailors in Hanoi have some in stock for sure, but they may not come in many patterns and colors.
Cho Hom Market is located at the corner of Pho Hue Street and Nguyen Cong Tru Street. The giant fabric market is on the second floor with lots of individual stalls and vendors. One meter of silk costs around US$ 5. A meter of jersey cotton costs around US$ 7.
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The market is also an exciting destination for tourists
In total, a simple cotton dress will come at about only US$ 16 from a tailor outside the Old Quarter. But it will take more time to make. This cost includes the fee of the tailor and the price of the fabrics you choose from Cho Hom Market.
Beautiful ao dai worn by foreigners
Once you are ready, let’s get to choosing options to have your clothes made! Tailors in the Old Quarter, many of which are located on Hang Gai Street, can make your clothes within two or three days. For that reason, they will also be more expensive than a tailor you find outside of the area, who may take up to 10 days to make your piece. If you don't have much time, it is worth paying a little more for the faster service.
The central part of the city at the Old Quarter is where most tourists choose to have their clothes tailored
Address: 36 Tho Xuong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Some travelers can’t recommend Hung, the owner of this shop, enough for his fast service, extremely cheap products with great qualities. Hung is quite well-known in the diplomat circle in Hanoi, as he is usually recommended by Embassy staff. The staff of the store also have a good command of English and are very helpful in getting what you want!
Address: 1A Xuan Dieu Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
As the go-to destination for many diplomats when it comes to tailors in Hanoi, the service and product Hoa Fashion delivers truly live to its reputation. They always do an excellent job of getting top-notch products. Although you have to wait longer and spend a little more, many say that their clothes are worth the price!
Address: 175 Phung Hung Street, Hang Bong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
This shop is one of the oldest tailors in Hanoi. Traditional it sure is, but old-fashioned it certainly isn’t. People often recommend them online, on travel websites or by word-of-mouth. On their website, you can browse around and check for an idea of what to get. The service is fast and you can contact them easily online.
The elegant look of Minh Quang’s works
Address: 2 Hang Be Street, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Anh Village Silk is a great alternative to Minh Quang if you have a low budget. You can get anything here, from suits to simple dresses or the traditional ao dai of Vietnam. There’s also a full display of her work in the shop. If you don’t have time to get anything tailored, then just go for something off-the-rack.
The settings at Anh Village Silk
We hope that the four tailors in Hanoi that we suggest above can help you with what you want. However, if you don't have much time, buying something ready-to-wear is also a good option. Have a deeper look at shopping in Hanoi and shopping malls in Hanoi for further information.
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