Touristy street in front of cathedral

A Quick Stopover in Ho Chi Minh’s Book Street

This pedestrian street lined with bookstores, stationery shops, and cafés is one of the popular tourist spots in Vietnam. For book lovers and stationery collectors, Ho Chi Minh’s Book Street makes a fun stopover after walking around the city.

Touristy street in front of cathedral
Book Street entrance from the Notre Dame side

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Street of bookstores
Nha Nam Books

Stretching 100 meters from Hai Ba Trung Street to the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, this street is open daily from 8am-10pm. It’s right next to the other tourist spots, like the Saigon Central Post Office and Notre Dame Square, and within walking distance from Independence Palace and Café Apartment. It’s lined with bookstores and gift shops, and there are cafés if you need a break from HCM’s notorious scorching heat.

Girl sitting on wooden bench in front of blue library bus
Kate was here. Check out the Knowledge Bus Stop, a mobile book service launched in 2018.



Book shop decorated with trinkets
Quán Sách Mùa Thu sells rare books.

 

The bookstores carry mostly Vietnamese titles, but you’ll find many English and international titles when you browse. I had fun seeing Vietnamese versions of some classics and novels that I have in English.

On top of books, most shops carry notebooks, stationery, stickers, postcards, puzzles, and other fun gift items. Instead of buying postcards from the post office, you can choose from the artsier selection of postcards on Ho Chi Minh’s Book Street and walk back to the post office nearby to mail them.

Makeshift playground between bookstores
There’s also a playground for kids in Ho Chi Minh’s Book Street.
Cat-themed sign in front of bookstore
Little Cats Bookstore sells books, postcards, keychains, and other cute gifts for book lovers.
Vietnamese standee of Harry Potter book
As a Potterhead, I was delighted to see a standee of the Vietnamese version of Harry Potter.

It doesn’t take long to explore this little street, so you’ll still have time to visit the remaining items on your itinerary for the day. I dropped by Book Street right after I mailed a postcard in Saigon Central Post Office, and hopped on a Grab bike to head to Café Apartment for a post-sunset drink with a friend.

Book Street is located at Nguyen Van Binh Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.