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It sounds amazing for you to discover the hidden lifestyle of Hanoi at night and wander along the narrow alleys of Hanoi Old Quarter. Hanoi boasts its mysterious beauty and the fast pace of life full of bright lights.

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Hanoi Old Quarter 

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Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter has a long history of 2000 years of development which is the beating heart old the city. In here, bustling life of Hanoians is reflected in the most vivid way with crowded streets of people trading with each other. The quarter consists mainly of 36 Old Streets divided and named according to their craft guides in the past, and remain most of that working system until now. This area is also the eternal soul of Hanoian cultural architecture, historic relics and religious center. This itinerary is written with the purpose to help tourists having a complete walking tour around this indispensible destination.

Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour

Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour Map (modified based on Google Maps) 

Hanoi Old Quarter Map

Starting off from the beginning of Cau Go Street, passing the famous Avalon Coffee Lounge, walking about 100m, you’ll see a small lane to the left which leads to Gia Ngu Street, which is major for a variety of scarves, and underwear, in thousand sorts and colors as well as rows of clothes stores for middle-aged people.

Following the map above, you can turn right on Gia Ngu to reach Hang Be market (numbered 1), cross the street to Nguyen Huu Huan for a bowl of Xoi Xeo (numbered 2) at Xoi Yen restaurant and do people-watching.

From the Xoi Xeo crossroads, turn to Hang Bac Street and keep walking. You should stand at the middle of Hang Bac Street where your eyes are dazzled by sparking gold and silver shops. Valuable jewelers here are not a bad idea to be souvenirs for your friends.

At the conjunction (numbered 3) go straight ahead is Luong Ngoc Quyen Street – a venue of snack food-stalls with a variety of traditional cakes like Banh Day, Banh Gio or Banh Chin Tang May. At this criss-cross, there are crowd in summer and winter alike sitting and drinking beer. You may join them later in the afternoon and who know if you will make new friends?

Passing Luong Ngoc Quyen is the 208 meter-long Hang Giay Street selling Vietnamese specialty “Thit Bo Kho” (Dried spiced beef) and pottery products.

The next stop is Hang Buom Street which used to play a critical part during the resistance war against French colonists as a trading center. At present, this street still remains its old days with numbers of grocery and wine stores. Located at 76 Hang Buom Street is the ancient Bach Ma Temple (numbered 5) – one of the Four Protectors of Thang Long, which visitors are advised to visit.

Hanoi French Quarter

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A corner in Hanoi French Quarter

Hanoi French Quarter was mainly formed and developed during the French colonial period, from the early 20th century until 1945.

This is the area for French and Vietnamese servants in Hanoi. The basic structure of the quarter is mainly for living with separate villas and government buildings such as the court, the offices, the shopping malls,…

Structurally, the French Quarter is built based on the grid line. This structure is quite complete, therefore difficult to break. The east-west axis is emphasized by the north-south axis because of the larger roads and pavements, which will be used to locate urban centers (Opera House, Hang Co Railway Station, Drug University, The State Bank). The North-South axis has the connection between large spaces (Hoan Kiem lake, Thien Quang lake) and the future development area (compared to that time) of Hanoi.

In the French Quarter, most of the works were designed by French architects, much influenced by the style of colonial architecture. There are many villas, duplex houses, office buildings designed by Vietnamese architects or a collaboration between Vietnamese and French architects in the design process.