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If you’re artistically inclined and worried that you will not be able to find art and design supplies in Vietnam, this article is here to put your fears to rest. These art stores have everything a painter, illustrator, or sculptor could possibly need, from basic items to specialty items.
If you love making illustrations or writing calligraphy, you will breathe a sigh of relief once you head over to Leo Loi Street in District 1 and come across the numerous stationery stores here. Also conveniently and centrally located, like the photocopy store above, here you will find paper, pens, and calligraphy brushes among many other things. The two main shops to look out for, with a wider array of items than the others, are shop Vu at 47 Le Loi and an unnamed shop at 54 Le Loi.
For those that love scrapbooking or making cute little crafts for yourself and friends, head over to the paper craft store, Ngan Thong, on Pasteur Street in District 1. You will find two branches of this store—a smaller one located on Le Loi Street and a larger one at Pasteur Street. The one at Pasteur Street is bigger, and you will find more items, such as colorful felt, ornate paper, ribbons, greeting cards, and various knick-knacks. The smaller store has a limited selection of craft material, and most of the space is used to sell art and souvenirs. Either way, there are some great materials that you could use for all kinds of projects—get creative and go crazy!
Ngan Thong, 64 Le Loi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 28 3825 8964
If you’re staying in the Binh Thanh District, then luckily for you, you have many art shops in your neighborhood! You will find a couple of art supply stores down Phan Dang Luu, located right before the Polygon Art School, where you can buy canvases and paints, such as oils, acrylics, and various supplies for architecture and sculpting. Hoa Pham 62 can be found if you turn onto Nguyen Duy Street off Phan Dang Luu; the store has all of these items and more. There are many imported items here, sold at a premium price, and you can get custom frames created and delivered. What is also awesome is that they offer private classes in still-life painting and figure drawing.