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Why Dong Khoi Street is special ?
Dong Khoi street is one of the city’s two main commercial centers. It gathers numerous boutiques, shops, cafés, restaurants and with famous French architecture including: The Saigon Opera House, Notre-Dame Cathedral and The Central Post Office. This street attracts millions of visitors every year. Dong Khoi street is the center-most area of Saigon. It lies from the south point of Saigon river up north to the Notre Dame Church. Along this street, there are a lot of handicraft shops, cloth and décor designers’ boutiques, local and international restaurants, huge shopping complex, and hotels.
Dong Khoi Street is one of the most bustle and crowded streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Beside Le Loi Street and Nguyen Hue Street, this is one of the three streets with highest land price in this city. It is also one of the city’s two main commercial centers (the other is Nguyen Hue Street). This street is the gathering place of a great number of big restaurants (Nam Kha restaurant) , famous hotels (Caravelle Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Majestic Hotel), luxurious trade centers (Lucky Plaza, Yamaha Showroom), popular stores (Parkson Department Store, Xuan Thu Bookstore)…
Especially, on this street are three original French architectural works: The Saigon Opera House built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica – a cathedral established by French colonists and constructed between 1863 and 1880 and Saigon Central Post Office designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel. They are all famous tourist attractions which draw the attention of millions of visitors every year.
What to explore at Dong Khoi Street?
Walk along Dong Khoi Street to admire what is left of the colonial architecture. Starting from the southern end on the bank of theSaigon River, have a look along the way at the Continental Hotel, the Opera House, the Caravelle Hotel, the stunning Gustav Eiffel-designed Central Post Office, and the Hotel de Ville, which is now the People’s Committee Building, ending at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Paris Square.
It’s one of the must-go street when you are in Saigon. The most recommended time to walk is in the afternoon when you could stop by a couple chic cafes for coffee break. Every shop front in Dong Khoi street offers tempting purchases for all travellers . You can loose yourself for shopping for the entire day as there is expensive shopping like Louis Viettin down to small little trinkets for you to take home
How to get to Dong Khoi Street?
Dong Khoi Street belongs to District 1- a luxuriant central urban district. It is over 600 meters long and starts from the crossroad with Nguyen Du Street and ends at Ton Duc Thang Street
- A great place to hang out
- A Shopping street with Action
- Everything you need
- Excellent place for a late evening stroll
- Great vibrant area
Dong Khoi Dist1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tips for you
This street has been know as the Rue Catinat, in the days of the French, used to be a tree/cafe lined shady street, often a place for 'meetings' covering a range of activities. It degenerated in days of the Americans and renamed Tu Do, bars, strip joints and all that goes with a occupying army at war. after 1974 become Donh Knoi. Now a shadow of it former life. If shopping go around the side streets and the shops off of Dong Knoi, a lot more cheaper and I think the bit and pieces are of a better quality, to say nothing of being cheaper.