Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Duc - October 29, 2018

Old Quarter Hanoi is known as the place to save the ancient culture, the memory of times and this has become the reason why many visitors visit here once in their life.

Located in the prime destination – the center of Hanoi, Old Quarter Hanoi has preserved the characteristics of this lands, memories of history, people and country. Through the ups and downs, the streets are still alive to this day.

There are some recommends for you, especially you are newcomers, to know more about Hanoi and this may help you to arrange the most suitable tour route

Overview of Old Quarter Hanoi & Things to do

Since the 15th century, Old Quarter has featured a local lifestyle in ancient houses and in a slow pace of living. Throughout more than 1000 years, Hanoi Old Quarter still keeps a mysterious look but full of charm, which has enchanted many visitors coming here.

Originally, the Quarter consists of 36 main old streets, most of which were begun with “Hang” and originated from names of types of merchandise produced and traded such as Hang Duong (Sugar), Hang Muoi ( Salt)…

Therefore, Hanoi Old Quarter is known with another name “Hanoi – 36 old streets”. Besides, there are a lot of old historical sites associated with the formation and development of the Old Quarter.

Visit Old Quarter Hanoi, you will be able to explore Asian architectures which have remained for thousands of years. Moreover, travel here even only a day, you will have the chance to experience the daily life of Hanoian and understand their lifestyles.

A lot of people visiting here more than one time because of endless traditional value in the breath of modern life which attracts them and make them curious about Vietnamese culture. How about following our below route recommended to you to have the best understanding of Old Quarter Hanoi?

  • Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son temple.
  • Ly Thai To garden.
  • Ma May ancient house.
  • Bach Ma temple.
  • Dong Xuan Market.
  • O Quan Chuong – An Old Gate.
  • Long Bien Bridge.

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

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Old Quarter Hanoi Attractions (Hoan Kiem Hanoi) 

Now, we will introduce you each destination in our given routes.

Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple.

Coming to Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake would be the first destination appearing in visitors’ minds. Located in the center of Hanoi, the lake is one of the major sceneries in Hanoi and serves as a focal point for its public life.

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Related to a legend of Vietnamese history – Le Loi King returned the sword to Turtle God, Hoan Kiem Lake has attracted a huge number of tourists every day to explore the local daily lives and enjoy the atmosphere. Visiting here, you will get impressed immediately with the unique Asian architecture when you walk on The Huc Bridge to enter Ngoc Son temple.

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

  • Address: Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem district.
  • Price/ Entrance fee: 30.000 VND

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Ly Thai To garden

Opened on October, 7th 2004 to celebrate 50 years of Hanoi liberation and 1000 years of Thang Long, Ly Thai To garden is a place for not only locals but also tourists to visit and hang out every day.

There is a copper statue of Ly Thai To King which is 32 tons of weight and 10.10m height to contribute who built the old capital of Thang Long. The feature is the length (1010cm) is also the year that the capital was moved from Hoa Lu Ninh Ninh to Thang Long Hanoi

  • Address: Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hoan Kiem district
  • Price/ Entrance fee: Free

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Ma May ancient house

One of 14 old house in Hanoi built at the end of 19th century, Ma May ancient house has become a place to provide information and display the picture of old Hanoi as well as old Hanoian.

After getting restored many times, Ma May ancient house still remains almost all features of the original one. Moreover, if you are lucky when visiting here on some special occasions, you may have a chance to join in and enjoy some cultural events such as Ca Tru show.

  • Address: No.87 Ma May street. Hoan Kiem district
  • Price/ Entrance fee: 10.000 VND

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Bach Ma temple.

Built in 9th century, located in the middle of Old Quarter Hanoi, Bach Ma temple - one of the Four Palaces of Hanoi - has a typical old Asian architecture which is mostly of Nguyen dynasty style in the 19th century. The temple was believed to be sacred so it has attracted a lot of locals and tourists to visit and pray throughout many years.

  • Address: No.76 Hang Buom street, Old Quarter Hanoi, Hoan Kiem district
  • Price/ Entrance fee: Free

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

 

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Dong Xuan Market

Opened in 1889 by the French government, Dong Xuan market with a prime location of the center of Old Quarter Hanoi the place for locals and tourists to visit as well as purchase things.

With the area is more than 6.500 m2, the French architecture market is divided into many parts selling different items such as clothes, food, toys, and fabrics also. Near Dong Xuan market, there is night market which is organized in Friday night and Weekend night, as an interesting activity for tourists

  • Address: Hang Dao street, Hoan Kiem district
  • Price/ Entrance fee: Free

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

O Quan Chuong – Old City Gate

This is the West gate of Thang Long old city which was built in 1749 and reconstructed in the third year of Gia Long (1817). As the only gate still remaining these days, O Quan Chuong is perfect for anyone who wants to see an Asian architecture and learn about Vietnamese history.  

  • Address: O Quan Chuong street
  • Price/ Entrance fee: Free

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

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Long Bien Bridge

Constructed in 1899 – 1902, Long Bien Bridge was opened in 1903 which has the original name of “Paul-Doumer Bridge”. Although being bombed heavily by the American army, some original parts of the bridge still remain intact until today. With the length of 2290m across the river, Long Bien Bridge is the first bridge in Hanoi which has experienced all the events of Hanoi.

With 3 lanes for railways and roads for motor vehicles, the bride is not only for using purpose but also for history memory maintaining.

  • Address: Ba Dinh district
  • Price/Entrance fee: Free

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

What To Eat In Old Quarter Hanoi

Snail Rice Noodle

The small lane that is only a few hundred meters long, located on the side of Dong Xuan market attracts thousands of visitors everyday because of hundreds of types of food. The most famous two dishes in this lane is Snail Rice Noodle and Bun Cha.

Snail Rice Noodle is sour and spicy with many toppings, including pickled bamboo shoots, dried radish, fried bean curds and fresh green vegetables.

  • Address: Dong Xuan Market
  • Average price: 10.000 – 35.000 VND

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Bat Dan noodle soup

Lasting for more than half of the century, Bat Dan has become an art of Pho, makes Pho to be a masterpiece. When you come to Hanoi and want to experience Hanoi old life, Bat Dan is one of the best things show how Hanoian start their daily lives.

  • Address: Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem district.
  • Average price: 30.000 – 50.000 VND

Pho - The signature dish of Vietnam

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Hang Quat "bun cha".

Although the restaurant is small and located in a small lane, there are always a lot of customers coming here every day. With the carefully marinated process, the taste the bun cha of Hang Quat’s is different from that of other restaurants. Some said because of the aroma, they find and come to this restaurant.

  • Address: Hang Quat Street.
  • Average price: 25.000 – 40.000 VND

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Banh goi and deep-fried cuisine

Located on Ly Quoc Su Street, right near St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi, the restaurant has become a destination for both locals and tourists living in Hanoi. Best eaten in the winter, hot deep-fried cuisine helps customers get the warmth and “crisp” flavor. With the mixture of sour, sweet and spicy, the sauce of this dish can even satisfy the most difficult customers.

  • Address: No.52 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hoan Kiem Hanoi
  • Average price: 7.000- 25.000 VND

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Southern mixed rice paper

As one of the features of Vietnam street food, southern mixed rice paper attracts customers in a different way from other street foods. Coming from the southern of Vietnam, this dish has been changed a little bit in the recipe to match the taste of the North, which makes the customers experience a different flavor from those of Southern dish. Easily to be recognized on Hang Trong street, the restaurant has welcomed hundreds of customers everyday

  • Address: No.86 Hang Trong street, Hoan Kiem district
  • Average Price: 20.000 VND

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Sen buffet restaurant

As a luxury restaurant, Sen has been a high-class buffet for gourmets coming and living in Hanoi. Visiting this restaurant, the customers will have the chance to enjoy more than 150 dishes of Vietnam, European, Asian, and Australia…and have a beautiful view of Hanoi.

With a European decoration, the restaurant gives customers a feeling of a luxury place but still have some Vietnamese corners to help especially foreign tourists to experience Vietnamese culture.

  • Average price: 320.000 – 450.000 VND

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

What To Do In Old Quarter Hanoi

Hanoi Walking Street

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Open every weekend, Hanoi Walking Street has been a destination for both locals and tourists to hang out and have some fun. Coming here, visitors will be able to join in many Vietnamese traditional games, enjoy music street shows or just take some beautiful pictures. The street has brought the joy and satisfaction to visitors, and there seems to be no difference of language, culture,…between locals and tourists. This is a place for everyone to enjoy the atmosphere of Hanoi

  • Address: Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hoan Kiem street
  • Average price: Free

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Thang Long water puppet show.

Thang Long Puppet Show has been an ideal cultural destination as well as a unique spirit program for tourists. Throughout many years with a lot of improvements, Thang Long Theater now has a modern facilities ready to serve up to 300 guests every show. Perform 365 days in a year, the water puppet show has attracted many tourists every day to explore Vietnamese cultural essence

  • Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hoan Kiem district
  • Average price: 100.000 VND/ adults – 60.000 VND / kids

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Ta Hien night street

Coming here in the evening, you would be surprised with the number of people visiting here every day, mostly youngsters. There are a lot of restaurants as well as bars to serve all the guests coming here with both Vietnamese and European dishes. This is a perfect place to gather and talk with friends overnight.

  • Address: Ta Hien street
  • Average price: 80.000 – 100.000 VND

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Hang Dao Street (night market included)

With the length of 3km, there are nearly 4000 stores with hundreds of items, from clothes, shoes to souvenirs, handicraft…with a medium price. Guests coming here can find a lot of Vietnamese street food as well as enjoy featured street music show.

Address: Hang Dao street

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

Local Tips when visiting Old Quarter Hanoi (Hanoi Old Town)

  • Best visiting in Autumn as the weather is cooler, the ground is more beautiful with falling leafs
  • Best tacked with an English-speaking local guide on your side.
  • Watch out for the guys trying to repair your shoes - what they do is spray your shoes with something which dissolves the glue!

Old Quarter Hanoi - All Best Things to do in Hanoi Old Town

"I kept refusing, saying "no, no, no" but he still took off my sandals and started to glue the soles."

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  • To understand the beauty of the Old quarter, sitting in a pavement restaurant and look up on rather than eating in a luxury diner and looking down.
  • Pavement restaurant often has more delicious and original dishes with a more reasonable price rather than those in a luxury restaurant.
  • Always ask the price before purchasing or eating anything.
  • Try to bargain for the items you want to buy. Do not accept the first price offered!
  • Best travel on foot to watch the street and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Be aware of robbers while traveling. Take care of your own stuffs.
  • Camera or smartphone is necessary to carry to capture your moment but once again, be aware of robbers.

With our local experience, I hope that you will get a deeper understand about Hanoi Old Quarter and can choose the places as well as activities that fit your travel purpose ad travel-mate as friends, family, couple or even solos.

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