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“The best "Fair Trade" handicraft shop that we have ever been to.”
Review of Craft-Link

Craft-Link
Ranked #12 of 230 Shopping in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Vietnam Handmade Shop
Reviewed 27 May 2016

As other reviewers have pointed out, there are two Craft-Link shops in the same street, immediately across from the Temple of Literature, and the one we went into was the double-storied old building that specialises in textiles. The other shop, a few doors along, specialises in homewares. As you come out of the front entrance of the Temple, turn left and then cross over at the first intersection, before turning left again. The shops are about one block up.
The building itself is a wonderful example of Hanoi's rapidly vanishing architectural heritage. Climb up the stairs and, at the back of the room, there is a door which opens out onto a little balcony which looks straight across to the Temple of Literature. This leads into a third room.
All three rooms are crammed full of the most beautiful handicrafts, at extremely reasonable prices. We have visited a number of "Fair Trade" shops in various SE Asian countries, but we thought this was the best by far. Whilst Craft-Link is a not-for-profit organisation, that doesn't mean it isn't profitable. It is, in fact, quite profitable, but all profits are reinvested back into activities such as business development and training, product development, and marketing. Products are purchased direct from the people who make them, and this helps traditional craftspeople to make a living that they would not otherwise by able to contemplate. It is a very worthwhile concept, and one that we are always happy to try and support.
Opening hours are 9am to 6pm every day of the week.

3  Thank John P
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

Craft link is house in a double storey shophouse and is a co-op handicraft shop. It has an assortment of Vietnamese traditional crafts on display; ethnic wear, jewelry pouches, purses, bags, picture holders, scarves made from a variety of materials. If you have shopped in those markets in HCMC, or the ones at the French quarter, you would be able to see the intricate workmanship of Craft Link producers. Definitely worth a visit, and take your time to browse. It's easy to be carried away and buy. Many items on it's shelves make good gifts for friends and family members. No bargaining please.

Thank 8nlssy
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Of the two neighboring Craft Link shops (both across the street from the Temple of Literature), we visited the one at 43-52 Van Mieu, which carries beautiful silk scarves and embroidered handbags and purses, woven cushion covers and wall hangings, and clothing. They also carry jewelry. The quality is excellent, and the prices are reasonable and fixed. The shop is in an interesting old building, and once on the second floor, one should be sure to step out onto the balcony to reach the second upstairs room.

Thank Carley-Sara
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

Craft Link is fantastic. The shop with textiles (there are 2 Craft Link shops near each other) is in an interesting old building, climbing up the tiny staircase to check out the upstairs room was cool. Items are excellent quality, beautifully made, they're helping craftspeople across Vietnam earn a decent wage, and yet still the prices are almost absurdly inexpensive for what you're getting. As I said there are 2 shops, one features textiles (scarves, embroidered pillowcases, purses etc) and one features home items (lacquer, chopsticks, etc). We found more at the textile one. The easiest way to find this: as you exit Temple of Literature turn left, cross the street (yes that's difficult) then go left down that street. The home furnishings Crafts Link is almost directly on the corner of the first street you come to, to get to the textiles store keep going and go a few doors down-it's almost right next to KOTO restaurant (excellent place to eat). If you want to bring home beautiful handmade quality souvenirs or gifts Crafts Link is the place to go.

1  Thank msmarls
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Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

If you need to buy a hundred different design and colour scarf, this is the place to go. Small selection for anything else, if at all. Price is very reasonable.

1  Thank 1place1dream
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