The complete guide to traveling Hanoi Old Quarter

Referring to Hanoi, everyone knows Hanoi 36 Streets or Hanoi Old Quater with streets that have preserved historical memories of the capital. This old town is an attractive tourist destination that visitors cannot ignore when coming here. Now let’s explore a round of Hanoi Old Quater with us through the following article!

1. Where is Hanoi Old Quarter?

Hanoi Old Quarter is located in the West and North of Hoan Kiem Lake, including 36 streets, each street concentrates on selling a different product. The old town limit is from the North to Hang Dau Street, the West is Phung Hung Street, the South is the streets: Hang Bong, Hang Gai, Cau Go and Hang Thung, the East is Tran Quang Khai and Tran Nhat Duat streets.

1 corner of Hanoi Old Quarter (photo collection)

2. How to get to Hanoi Old Quarter?

How to get to Hanoi Old Quarter? There are many vehicles for you to choose to go to Hanoi Old Quarter such as bus, motorbike taxi, taxi … If you go by bus, you can choose the bus routes: 09, 14, 36 to go to Hoan Kiem Lake or 03, 11, 14, 18, 22, 34, 40 to go to O Quan Chuong.

3. Places to play and visit in Hanoi Old Quarter

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake Or Sword Lake is associated with the legend of Turtle God Demanding Sword. Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the city center, which attracts many domestic and foreign tourists. Besides the lake, there are many other tourist attractions: Ngoc Son Temple, Thap But, The Huc Bridge … Coming here you can enjoy the famous Trang Tien ice cream. Hoan Kiem Lake is a must-see when traveling to Hanoi Old Quarter.

Hoan Kiem Lake (photo collection)

Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple, located on the Ngoc Island of Hoan Kiem lake, is the place to worship the Van Xuong and Duc Thanh Tran gods. To get into the temple you have to go through The Huc Bridge. Ngoc Son Temple’s complex work is ranked as a special national monument in Vietnam. Here you will learn about the legend of Sword Lake or the history of Hanoi.

Ngoc Son Temple (Photo Collection)
Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market is one of the largest markets in Hanoi and also the largest market located in Hanoi Old Quarter. Coming here, you will witness the busy buying and selling scene, trading many items. You can go to Dong Xuan market to choose to buy products to bring back as gifts.

Dong Xuan Market (Photo Collection)

Hang Ma Street – an interesting destination in Hanoi Old Quarter

Located in the old town, Hang Ma street is considered one of the most crowded and colorful streets in Hanoi. Especially during holidays, Vietnamese New Year, the street is decorated with lanterns, glowing toys, balloons that make this place not only filled with sound, color, light but also the imprint of Spirit of the East.

Bustling Hang Ma Street during the mid-autumn festival (photo collection)

a May ancient house
As one of the attractive places to visit in the old town, the old house at 87 Ma May is a traditional house that recreates the living space and characteristics of the people of old Hanoi. The house is open regularly for tourists to visit, the entrance ticket price is 10,000 VND.

Ancient house 87 Ma May (photo collection)

Bach Ma Temple

Bach Ma Temple is one of the four towns of the old Thang Long capital city, located in the middle of Hang Buom street, at house numbers 76-78. The temple worships Long Do god and white horse. This is a thousand-year-old historical and cultural relic, the oldest among the ancient temples of Thang Long capital remaining up to now.

Bach Ma Temple in Hang Buom (photo collection)

Ta Hien Street

This is a small street located in the heart of Hanoi, always full of people, this is a famous beer- drinking place in Ha Thanh that is loved by young people in the country and internationally. It is also known as “international crossroads”, which has been included in the list of “must-see places” when traveling to Hanoi by foreign tourists.

Ta Hien Street is busy at night (photo collection)

O Quan Chuong

O Quan Chuong is one of the five remaining gates of the old Thang Long Citadel (now Hanoi Citadel), designed in the style of gazebo – a typical architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. The name of the gate was given by the people to remember the merits and heroic sacrifice of an officer Chuong Co in the anti-French era.

4. What to eat in Hanoi Old Quarter?

When traveling to Hanoi Old Quarter, you will definitely not be able to ignore the food here. Here we take a look at some of the delicious old town dishes and the most famous dining addresses here:

– Cuisine at Dong Xuan market
– Hang Buom vermicelli and grilled chopped meat – 43 Hang Buom
– Bat Dan phở- 49 Bat Dan
– Thang vermicelli in Cau Go – 32 Cau Go
– Sticky rice, Rice Ball Sweet Soup of Ms. Mai – 93 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem district
– Shrimp bean paste cake 31 Hang Khay, Hoan Kiem District
– La Vong Fish Cake – 14 Cha Ca
– Dried beef salad, bread flour in Hoan Kiem street

5. Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market

Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market operates from 18 to 23:00 every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is one of the busiest places to trade with a number of stalls participating up to nearly 4000. The products here are very diverse and plentiful: clothes to shoes, household appliances, crafts. , souvenirs … at affordable prices.

Bustling shopping at Dong Xuan night market (photo collection)

On every Saturday evenings, the two ends of the street will hold performances and exchange of traditional folk arts such as chèo, hát quan họ, ca trù. This is a unique activity of the old town night market attracting a lot of tourists, especially foreign tourists.

Street music in the old town attracts a large number of participants (photo collection)

6. Tourist schedule in Hanoi Old Quarter for your reference

– In the morning, you can visit Dong Xuan Market lane to enjoy the dishes here such as snail vermicelli, crab vermicelli … After breakfast, you can go to the market to visit the stalls. After that, you can continue your journey to places like O Quan Chuong, Ma May Ancient House, Bach Ma Temple

– At noon, you can choose to eat grill vermicelli in Hang Manh, bean vermicelli in Pho Loc lane, or chicken rice on Ma May street. In the afternoon, you continue to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.

– At night if on weekends, you can take a walk on the pedestrian street, explore the night market. Or you can go to Ta Hien west street to eat and watch the bustle of the city.

7. Cheap, beautiful, and clean hotels in Hanoi

1) Sao Mai Lemon Hostel

Address: No. 74 Yen Ninh, Quan Thanh, Hanoi

Phone: 0246 685 7474 – Hotline: 0971 525 121

Room price: 300 000 VND / room

2) Silver Hotel

Address: 88 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Phone: 02439 260 150

Room price: 550 000 VND / room

3) Hanoi Heart Hotel

Address: 11 Hang Hanh, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Phone: 024 3928 6682

Room price: 550 000 VND / room

4) Real Hotel

Address: 16C Dinh Liet, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Phone: 024 3825 9468

Room price: 450 000 VND / room

5) Huong Giang Hotel

Address: 187 Lo Duc, Hanoi

Phone: 04 3972 0369

Room price: 500 000 VND / room

6) Hanoi Old Quarter Boutique Hotel

Address: No. 20 Dao Duy Tu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Phone: 024.3929.0711

Room price from: 500 000 VND / room / 2 guests

7) Hanoi Green Diamond Hotel

Address: 96 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

Phone: 024 3926 0154

Room price: 550 000 VND / room

8) Hanoi City  Hotel

Address: 95B Hang Ga, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Phone: 024 3828 1379

Room price: 500 000 VND / room / 2 guests

9) Hanoi Star Hotel

Address: 26 Bat su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Phone: 024 3828 1911

Room price: 520 000 VND / room

10) Hanoi Sky View Hotel

Address: 29 Hang Hom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Phone: 098 489 87 96

Room price: 560 000 VND / room

11) Hanoi Old Quarter Hostel

Address: 32 Hang Vai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Phone: 024 3266 8632

Room price: 600 000 VND / room

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