Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.
Population: 6.562 million (2010)
Hanoi is an antique yet awakening metropolis of Vietnam. It is well-known as a centre of authentic local cultures, contemporary art and haute cuisine.
SEE & DO
Old Quarters: The first and foremost destination for any visitor in Hanoi is the Hanoi Old Town (Old Quarters). One can easily get lost in the tiny and labyrinthine streets with myriad boutiques and shops. In the past, this was the centre of commerce of Hanoi with the most skillful craftmen who concentrated in a specific street with their special products. Name of the streets used to be refered to the allocation it specialized, such as “Hang Bac” street (Bac means silver) is well-known for jewelry, while “Hang Thiec” (Thiec means tins, metal) is typical for metal works.
Ho Chi Minh’s complex: This is where the Vietnamese show their pride and definite respect to their great father of the country: President Ho Chi Minh. Come visit the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his modest stilt house, just nearby the spectacular Presidential Palace before entering the Ho Chi Minh Museum to understand why he become immortal in Millions of Vietnamese’s hearts.
Temple of Literature: One of the most fascinating and impressive constructions in both cultural and structural aspects is the Temple of Literature. Built in 11th century and still known as the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucian and is among the rarely well-preserved ancient structure in Vietnam.
Tran Quoc Pagoda: The solemn yet tranquil pagoda Tran Quoc lies on the small island on the dazzling West Lake, just few minutes away from the bustling Old Quarters. Its is known as the oldest and most sacred pagoda in Hanoi as well as most ravish and shining one.
Museum of Ethnology: To be the largest Museum in Vietnam, Museum of Ethnology acts as a fully informing exhibition with various objects and information on different tribes of Vietnam while revealing the unique traditional culture of Vietnamese to international friends.
Quang Ba flower market: Located by Nghi Tam str. overlooking the poetic West lake, Quang Ba flower market is the largest and most hectic flower market in Hanoi. Known as "Night market" since it only opens during night time and finishes at 7.00 am the next morning. People from all around Hanoi and adjacent provinces bring their only products - the most colorful and fresh flowers here for sales. This is for sure the ideal place for not only buying some super cheap flowers but hunting the most expensive moment of Hanoi at dawn.
EAT & DRINK
“Pho” or noodles is often the first word coming into mind of any first time visitor in Hanoi. You can easily find any street restaurant or high-class restaurant which serves this dish with chicken or beef.
Address in Hanoi:
Pho 10: 10 Ly Quoc Su str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
Pho Bat Dan: 50 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
Pho Suong: Trung Yen Lane, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
“Cha Ca” or stirred fried fish balls should be proud of itself while having its name on a street of the Old Quarters. Try this tasty food in the original restaurant:
Cha Ca La Vong restaurant
No. 14, Cha Ca Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
“Com Viet”: Steamed rice with various Vietnamese dishes may be the best choice after long day traveling.
New Day restaurant
Add: 72 Ma May, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
“Bun Cha”: another must-try dish with unforgettable smell and taste in the centre of busy Old Quarters. The vermicelli served with fried port and seafood spring rolls, served with full of fresh vegetable, will be a highlight on your cuisine dictionary
Bun Cha Hang Manh
Add: 1 Hang Manh str.
Quan An Ngon: a typical and commercial yet still alluring for its original taste and especially its wide variety of food choice. This restaurant serves almost kind of Vietnamese food from North to South.
Quan An Ngon – Ngon Restaurant
Add: 17A Phan Boi Chau, Hai Ba Trung Dist., Hanoi
Bars & Coffee
The Rooftop Bar
Add: 83 Ly Thuong Kiet, Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi
The Seventeen Cowboys
Add: 98B Tran Hung Dao str., Hai Ba Trung Dist., Hanoi
Barbetta 2 Bar
Add: 9 Tran Thanh Tong, Hanoi
The Dragonfly Bar
Add: 15 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Add: Corner between Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
City View Café
Add: 7 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Add: Top Floor, Sofitel Plaza hotel, 1A Thanh Nien str.
Old Quarters Café
Add: 11 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi