Hanoi’s old quarter guide: map, attractions and things to do (Vu Viet Vuong)
Old Quarter in Hanoi is located in the north and west of Hoan Kiem District, including 36 streets (called by old people) such as Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Chieu, Hang Tre, Hang Duong, Hang Bac, Hang Buom, Hang Trong, Hang Manh, ect. When visiting Hanoi’s Old Quarter Vietnam, you should focus on some main areas, not be necessary to go all 36 streets. The followings will give you the most specific Hanoi's Old Quarter guide.
Old houses in Hanoi Old Quarter area were built in pipe form with tilt tiled roof, and there are uneven shops in front of them. According to records, these houses were built around the century XVIII - XIX. By the end of the twentieth century, ancient houses gradually disappeared due to unplanned construction. But until now, houses retain quite complicated systems of way inside.
Old quarter Hanoi map (toidi)
2. Hanoi’s old quarter attractions
Hanoi ancient house on Ma May Street
Address: 87 Ma May, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Hanoi ancient house (hanoimoi)
It is ideal to explore the culture and life of elegant Hanoians there. The house opens regularly for visit with entrance fee of 10.000 dongs (~0.5 USD).
Dong Xuan market
Being born in 1889, this is the oldest market in Hanoi. There are a lot of products here, but mostly are textiles and clothes. You will witness the busy and bustling scene of trading there.
Dong Xuan market (afamily)
Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake - the heart of the capital, is one of must-visit Vietnam destinations for everyone who arrives in Hanoi. This lake is not only beautiful with airy space, but also a destination associated with the spiritual history of Hanoi. Hoan Kiem Lake is said to be the most famous Hanoi’s Old Quarter attractions representing to Hanoi’s beauty.
You will see many attractive spots here such as: Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, Tran Ba Temple that make an unforgettable Hanoi intourists’ mind.
Hoan Kiem Lake (zing)
O Quan Chuong
Address: O Quan Chuong Street, the beginning of Hang Chieu Street and close to Chuong Duong Bridge.
O Quan Chuong is one of five illustrates surviving for a golden age of the nation. As the only gate of Hanoi still standing along wars and time, it is an evidence for the strong vitality of the nation and the capital as well.
O Quan Chuong (Hoang Nguyen)
Bach Ma Temple
Address: 76 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
As one of the suppressing quartet of old Thang Long, Bach Ma temple links to the construction history of Thang Long. This is a great destination for those who love history.
Bach Ma Temple (vietnamtourism)
3. Things to do in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Enjoy Hanoi’s Old Quarter culinary
There are lots of good and attractive foods that you should enjoy like grilled pork with rice vermicelli, fried tofu and rice vermicelli with shrimp paste, noodle soup (pho), boiled snails, fr stir-fried intestine, stir-fried noodles, sweetened porridge, Vietnamese baguettes, especially Old Quarter coffee.
Old Quarter culinary (ngaynay)
In addition, long-standing Trang Tien ice cream cone of the capital or Thuy Ta ice cream with lemon mint ice cream is delicious in both winter and summer.
Thuy Ta ice cream (oanhtea)
Specially, try to drink beer on Ta Hien foreign street. Guests can sit comfortably on roadway and enjoy lively music, drink beer, eat fried fermented pork roll, French fries, nem thinh, grilled squid. If you expect more active atmosphere, go to a mini bar with DJ music, orchestras, or singers.
Go shopping in Old Quarter area
Old Quarter has a lot of things that you can buy as a gift for relatives and family: the crafts, the pretty small souvenirs, clothes, shoes, jewelry and silver jewelry, all kinds of food, such as salted or sugared dry fruit in Hang Duong.
Souvenirs in Hanoi’s Old Quarter shops (Dieu Huyen)
Shops with quality and prestige are often in some Old Quarter street names: Hang Bac, Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Dong Xuan market, Hang Duong, Old Quarter night market.
Foreigners see goods on Hanoi's Old Quarter (Minh Viet)
According cheap and qualified shopping experience here, you should go shopping in the afternoon because of the sellers are abstaining of being ask without buying anything in the morning. You should go in the afternoon so you can freely choose and bargain.
Experience walking street on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
You actually have fun to see street performances, try playing Vietnamese folk games or stroll along night market onn Hang Dao - Hang Ngang - Dong Xuan Street with hundreds of kiosks selling fashion, jewelry, souvenirs, fruits and snacks.
The allowed area map for walking (vtv)
Night market (zing)
Performance on a walking street (zing)
Wandering walking streets and taking nice photos (Phuc Nguyen)
Colorful balloons on a walking street (toku.chin)
Playing traditional games (kenh14)
You can see a painter giving soul to each portray painting or hire them draw a sketch of yourself.
Visit book stores on Dinh Le Street
As one of the first book street of Vietnam, Hanoians will think of Dinh Le firstly when people mention to books and school supplies. Beside a variety of books and stunning school supplies, shade trees along two roadsides there are also suitable for strolling, sitting at a cafe and watching the street in peaceful space.
Book stores on Dinh Le Street (anhhuy_01)
A nice corner at a cafe on Dinh Le Street (i_am_hoangg)