The First Pedestrian Street
Dong Khoi has been
mentioned most about becoming HCM City's first pedestrian street, but it
is Luu Van Lang, a small street on the side of Ben Thanh market, that has
called Luu Van Lang Shopping Street, this street is decorated with
ornamental trees and special lighting systems. From 6p.m. to 10p.m. from
Monday to Friday, and from 5p.m. to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays, all
vehicles are banned on this street.
Only 140 meters long, or
about two minutes' walk, Luu Van Lang connects Nguyen Trung Truc Street
with Phan Boi Chau Street. But the street's short length is in contrast
with its fame among those Saigonese who are fond of fashionable clothes
The street is lined with
shops, from one end to the other. Named Ta Thu Thau before 1975, the
street was a place for imported high-end clothes, cosmetics and footwear.
It is also a favorite name remembered by overseas Vietnamese who return to
HCM City. Of the old names of shops that still exist, Hoa Loi and Thanh
The are among the most well-known.
Hoa Loi (No. 47 Luu Van
Lang) has a history of almost five decades-since 1958-as one of the best
confectionery and biscuit shops in Saigon. Hoa Loi also sells processed
food such as dried fish and shrimp, prawn crackers, and milk crackers. In
the 1980s, Saigonese frequented Hoa Loi if they wanted to have a gift for
relatives abroad. Nowadays, Hoa Loi has lost its "monopoly" but
it remains a reliable address.
The, on the corner of Nguyen Trung Truc and Luu Van Lang, used to be a
luxury restaurant for the well-to-do and elite Saigonese before Vietnam
reunited in 1975. Thanh The's specialty is bun suong tom (rice vermicelli
with shrimp), which can be eaten with French pat� chaud (hot pie). Thanh
The Restaurant is part of Thanh The Plaza where jewelry is sold.
Therefore, gentlemen, just a few more steps and you'll be able to choose a
gift that most women long for-but it'll be expensive!