Everything about the hanoi old quarter

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The Old Quarter in Hanoi is an intriguing neighbourhood, trang chủ to a set of vietnamyounglions.vnese architecture, green spaces, ancient shops & fresh-as-it-gets street food — all of it easily explored on foot.

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At first look, these 36 streets can feel frenetic. Don"t worry: Constant motionis part of the Old Quarter"s charm. Grab a seat at a cafe and enjoy the action from a safe distance. You"ll notice bicycle vendors selling fresh flowers and ripe fruit, old friends gathering for games of checkers, and cooksdoing a roaring trade in steaming phở and bún chả.The longer you wander, the more you’ll be rewarded with moments in hidden alleyways, secluded pagodas, và cosy coffee shops.

Here are some of the best ways to appreciate the Old Quarter’s lively atmosphere and secret spots.

Discover ancient streets

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Shops pouring into sidewalks, motorcycles navigating narrow streets, the smell of noodles and flowers —the Old Quarter can be a hectic place. Begin your foray by hopping on a cyclo for a guided tour through the chaos. Once the main form of transport in Hanoi, cyclos move at the perfect pace for you to lớn take in interesting street scenes without having khổng lồ worry about traffic & navigation. After this gentle introduction, pick a few streets to lớn tackle on foot.

The 36 guild streets of the Old Quarter were named for 36 trades or craft that mix up in this area north of the lake, & created high-quality goods to lớn supply the royals in the Thang Long Citadel, just steps away. Today only a few streets sell the same products they once did. Some streets, however, have kept the traditions of the past; and these can be great fun to lớn explore on foot, và with your camera in hand.

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Hàng Bạc (Silver Street), where silversmiths once made money & jewellery for the palace, still houses jewellery stores và money changers. Hàng Mã is where Hanoians go khổng lồ buy religious goods & festival decorations. hàng Gai, now known as Silk Street, was named for the pinkish dye this street famously sold & used in clothing. Shops here now trade in fabrics and custom-made suits và dresses. Lãn Ôngis a fragrant street filled with traditional medicines & herbs.

TIP: For many locals, the Old Quarter is considered the "real" Hanoi. If you make friends with someone born in the Old Quarter, chances are they"ll chia sẻ with you fond memories of growing up on these atmospheric streets.

Encounter multiple civilizations

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Ô quan liêu Chưởng Gate is the only gateleft of the wall that once protected the area surroundingThang Long Citadel, not far away. The gate as you see itwas re-constructed in 1817, although originally it was built in 1749. The gate is named for the rank of avietnamyounglions.vnese soldier who showed great courage in defending the gate & citadel against a French attackin 1873.Today, it"s an important marker và symbol of vietnamyounglions.vnese spirit.

While you explore the historic centre, keep a lookout for the many pagodas built by ancient traders. The Old Quarter was partially settled by Chinese immigrants who also chose it as a location to do business. Lớn get a glimpse into the lives of these Chinese merchant families in the past, visit Mã Mây House, a UNESCO-protected heritage home.

For a little moment of peace amid the noise, duck down the alley off thánh địa for a breather in the quiet courtyard of Bà Đá Pagoda. Here you’ll find an elaborate Phật Phật statue, regarded as one of Hanoi’s four treasures.

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Standing proudly since 1886, St. Joseph Cathedral is a reminder of French colonial presence in vietnamyounglions.vn. From street level, the cathedral’s bold, neo-gothic motifs create a powerful impression above surrounding the houses & streets.

Wherever you go, you’ll have a chance to lớn glimpse the tube houses that are typical of the Old Quarter. These houses have narrow facades, but are built deep và high, with multiple courtyards khổng lồ allow light inside. Also interesting are the Soviet-influenced apartment blocks, which you can find up & downHàng Điếu st. If you have time, you can look into the Old Quarter"s most recent attraction: Train Street. Tiny cafes & stationery stores have moved into the buildings facing the tracks, và countless Instagrammers come every day lớn have their pictures taken withthis colourful backdrop.

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TIP: Stop at Phố Cổ Rooftop Cafe for a close-up look at Hanoi’s tube houses và special view of hoàn Kiếm Lake.

Take it easy at trả Kiếm lake

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People in Hanoi have a favourite invitation that goes, “đi một vòng hồ” (let’s go for a ride around the lake.) The lake is, of course, Hoàn Kiếm. This green body toàn thân of water is nestled in the vi xử lý core of urban Hanoi, và is an ideal hangout spot throughout the day, but especially in the early morning and late afternoons.

In the hours just before sunrise, joggers collect around the lake’s leafy banks, men và women move slowly through tai đưa ra routines, and friends gather in circles for games of hacky-sack. In the evenings the scene is much the same. Couples join the crowd and sit on benches around the water’s edge, nibbling on green mango and sipping tea.

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Take a stroll around the lake khổng lồ encounter the famous red Húc Bridge, Ngọc sơn Temple and iconic Turtle Tower. On weekends trả Kiếm Lake is closed to lớn vehicles và becomes a prime spot for people-watching as young và old Hanoians come together lớn enjoy entertainment & exercise in the xuất hiện air.

TIP: bởi vì as the locals do & buy an ice-cream cone on Tràng Tiềnstreet.An evening walk around trả Kiếmwith an ice-cream in hand is an essential Hanoi experience.

Eat like a local

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The Old Quarter is chock-full of speciality restaurants and popular stalls that have been around for years. On Hoàn tìm streetyou’ll find nộm bò khô, a dish of beef jerky & papaya topped with crunchy peanuts. There are many versions of chè (vietnamyounglions.vnese dessert), but locals flock lớn Chè tư Mùa restaurantfor its version of lotus seed và black jelly sweet soup.

If you’re hungry, grab a bowl of bún chả at Bún Chả hương Liên where President Obama dined, or go for a less crowded alternative at Hàng Quạt. Onething Hanoians love to vì chưng is spend hours at coffee shops, just people-watching & sharing news. Don’t leave without sampling the original egg coffee at Cafe Giang. Apart from egg coffee, another original dish from the Old Quarter dish is chả cá lá vông. The dish originated in Lá Vông restaurant & is a magical blend of fish chunks marinated in turmeric and spices, grilled and served with soft rice noodles, dill & crunchy peanuts.

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TIP: After dark on weekends, Hàng Đào street turns into a night market where you can taste unusual Hanoian street food, such as snail meatballs, grilled quail, and cured pork sausage.

Hunt for cool collectables

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The Old Quarter may not have many malls, but shopping here happens at the street level. Hàng Dầu, Lý Quốc Sư, Tạ hiện and Hàng da streets are lined with stores selling clothing, bags, shoes và sportswear targeted at tourists. For a more curated selection, try Vui Studio, the minimalist boutiques on Chân cầm cố street, or the small natural beauty shops on Hội Vũ street.

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If you love embroidery & textiles, Tân Mỹ thiết kế gathers fabulous fabrics from vietnamyounglions.vnese designers in their airy boutique on mặt hàng Gai. For beautiful vietnamyounglions.vnese souvenirs, visit Collective Memory on nhà Chung. A few doors down, the Craft House Cathedral offers accessories, stationery và candles to lớn take home. For all things lacquerware, visit Hanoia at the vị trí cao nhất of Hoan Kiem lake.

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Sample Hanoian nightlife

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After dark, the Old Quarter puts work to lớn the side and gets down to the serious business of having fun. There’s something khổng lồ satisfy everyone within these 36 fascinating streets. Just before sundown, ride the elevator up to lớn Diamond Sky Bar, a breezy spot with panoramic views of the Old Quarter. For a well-mixed cocktail, try the thực đơn at Polite Co., or snag a premium gin và tonic with a view of St. Joseph Cathedral at The Mad Botanist.

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Back on the streets, vietnamyounglions.vnese will regularly gather lớn eat và drink on sidewalk corners, with long meals and countless rounds of beers going late into the night. This ‘bia hoi’ tradition is a fun way to lớn experience local life và make new friends. The most famous beer corner in the Old Quarter is Bia Hoi Junction. The các buổi party spills out onto Tạ hiện tại Street, where backpackers & locals sit on tiny plastic stools & drink fresh draft beer in the evening air. Be sure to toast your time in the Old Quarter with a cheerful shout of ‘một, hai, ba, dô!"

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