The Russian market on Vo Van Kiet street in District 1 was built in 2009. It covers an area of 2,000 square meters. The 3-storey market has 200 booths selling clothes, footwear, bags, and household goods.
The products are sold at reasonable prices and customers can be assured about their quality. The market attracts a lot of customers, many of whom are Russian.
Ms. Luu Thi Nga, who has done business for more than 8 years at this market, says the market is always busy. Many Russian dealers shop here, and then resell the products in Russia.
“Warm clothes are the most sought after by Russians as winter lasts very long in Russia,” she said.
Vu Anh Duong, who is on the Russian market’s managing board, says traders at the market are mostly Vietnamese who have studied and worked in Russia.
Besides Russians, the market also attracts customers from Malaysia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Britain, and the US. Vietnamese come here to find suitable clothes for a business or vacation trip abroad.
“There are sections selling food, souvenirs, and clothes imported from Russia. The market is a venue for cultural exchange between Vietnamese and Russian people,” he said.
The Russia Shop on Vo Van Tan street, District 3, is another venue for Russian products in Ho Chi Minh City. Russian souvenirs, Matrioshka dolls, and food such as cheese, black bread, and tea are sold here.
Le Thi Thu Huong, who runs the shop, says the shop is popular with Russian customers and receives many orders by email or phone every day. “The food is popular here. People often buy our sauces, salad dressings, canned food, fish, and chocolate,” he said.
Russian products can be found at Russian markets and also at many other supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City.