Located downtown in District 1, Ly Tu Trong is surrounded by historic landmarks and dotted with French colonial buildings – a setting that starkly contrasts with the sleek commercial buildings nearby. Local residents come here to enjoy the street’s many distinctive cafes and upscale shops while taking in the atmosphere of a place that’s off the tourist trail.
The shopping list
26 Ly Tu Trong
This handbag brand’s dreamy yet vivid style has earned a following that includes British royalty and US politician Hillary Clinton.
Dong Nam Gallery
22 Ly Tu Trong
This oil-painting specialist is housed in a historic building that appears in Fall of Saigon, photographed during the Vietnam War.
Lam Gia Khanh
73 Ly Tu Trong
This rising Vietnamese designer brand produces womenswear that ranges from lacy and embellished to minimalist with a twist.