IKEA in Hanoi 6 May 2010Posted by uggclogs in Vietnam.
Tags: IKEA, shopping, Vietnam
Yes, you would not believe it, but I went to the local IKEA. It is located on Thanh Mien street, near the Temple of Literature.
If you are at all familiar with Hanoi (and IKEAs for that matter) you might very well wonder how there could possibly be one so close to the centre of Hanoi. And that is what is the most funny about this store – it is in fact like any other store in Vietnam! Its floor space is about 3 by 3 metres in area, completely full of IKEA products (but mostly only one example of each item, as opposed to the copious amounts of stuff in normal IKEA warehouses).
What they do, is give you a catalogue to look at, and they tell you that you can order whatever you want from it. They will then order and deliver to your house (again, very un-IKEA-esque). But apart from the cluttered feeling, it is actually rather liberating to just have the catalogue to choose from. No arrows on the ground to weave you through a myriad of choice, just simple pictures with prices and descriptions.
I only came away with some Tupperware, but I expect to go back sometime soon. The only thing I did miss was the play room – but they haven’t allowed me to go into it for years now, so I suppose there is not much to miss about that.
Being Hanoi, it is probably not legit. But it was actually a relatively undramatic shopping experience.