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How to explore Hanoi Old Quarter like a local

For anyone who desire to visit Hanoi, Hanoi Old Quarter is a must places to visit in Hanoi. As it is surrounded by many beautiful hotels, easily to access to other site in the city- Hanoi Old Quarter is always the place to land on, also the last place to leave the city.  This quarter offers a  grasp of the city’s culture or a curiosity to travel back in time. Let’s find out how to explore the Old Quarter like a local.

Hanoi Old Quarter Location

Hanoi Old Quarter is located in the West and North of Hoan Kiem Lake. This quarter was used to be  a residential, manufacturing and trading center with 36 streets specializing in one specific type of manufacturing or trading. Today, explore Hanoi Old Quarter is a must thing to do in Hanoi

So, how to explore Hanoi Old Quarter within a day and how to make the best of it? Let find out.

How to get to Hanoi Old Quarter

To get to Hanoi Old Quarter, it is very simple with 2 ways: Walking or take the bus.

+ If you take a walk, you can follow this map below:

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How to get to Hanoi Old Quarter

+ If you take the bus:

  • You can take the bus to Hoan Kiem Lake with the bus numbers: 09, 14, 36. Then from here you can take a walk to visit Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • Go to O Quan Truong with the bus 03, 11, 14, 22, 18, 34, 40, get off the bus at 81 Tran Nhat Duat and walk to Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • To Dong Xuan Market, take the bus no 31 to 22c Hang Luoc. 

Hanoi Old Quarter Accommodations & Hotels

There are numerous Hanoi Old Quarter Hotels, which can be varied from budget to luxury one. Depending on your budget and your interest, you can find the bust Hanoi Old Quarter hotels that suit you. You may refer to:

Must-see destination in Hanoi Old Quarter

Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple is located in an island in Hoan Kiem Lake. To get to the temple, you need to cross the red The Huc Bridge. From here, you can learn about Hanoi history associated with Hoan Kiem (Sword Lake) myths and admire the whole Hoan Kiem Lake view with Turtle Tower. This is considered must-see destination in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Hoan Kiem Lake ( Sword Lake)

Hoan Kiem Lake is situated in the center of Hanoi. The name is literally in Vietnamese ” Lake of the Returned Sword” or “Lake of the Restored Sword”).

Legend claims in the mid-15th century Heaven sent Emperor Ly Thai To a magical sword, which he used to drive the Chinese from Vietnam. After the war a giant golden turtle grabbed the sword and disappeared into the depths of this lake to restore the sword to its divine owners, inspiring the name Ho Hoan Kiem (Lake of the Restored Sword). The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life.

Dong Xuan Market

Đồng Xuân Market (Springfield market) is the largest covered market of Hanoi where wholesale traders sell everything from clothes, household goods to street foods. Coming here, you can find small cute sourvenirs as well as learn about traditional wholesale trading cultures.

Hanoi Ancient House at 87 Ma May Street

Located within Hanoi Old Quarter, the ancient house at 87 Ma May street which was built at the late of the Twentieth century, is quite intact with typical architecture of ancient houses on Hanoi street.

Today, the ancient house is open for tourists to come here and see how ancient Hanoian lived, enjoy as well as buy some Vietnamese traditional decoration items, souvenir. Ticket price: 10,000 VND/pax

If you have some spare time, you can also visit historical site in Hanoi Old Quarter such as: O Quan Chuong, Bach Ma Temple. etc.

Hanoi Old Quarter Cuisine

Beside fascinating destinations, Hanoi Old Quarter is famed for its heaven street foods. You should not missed these unique yet cheap foods once in Hanoi Old Quarter:

  • Dong Xuan Market Food Court: Bun oc, Bun Rieu, Mien Nga, Che … Prices range from 15,000 -25,000 VND.
  • Bún Chả : Hàng Buồm
  • Craft beer Lương Ngọc Quyến, Ta Hien.
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Suggested itinerary to Hanoi Old Quarter: 


+ Walk to Dong Xuan Marjet and enjoy your breakfast
+ Visit Dong Xuan Market.
+ Walk to Ô Quan Chưởng and take photographs.
+ Visit Bach Ma Temple and have lunch with “bun cha” on Hang Manh street.


+ Visit Hanoi Ancient House at 87 Ma May.
+ Kim Ngan temple at 42-44 Hàng Bạc Street.
+ Have lunch : bun dau mam tom Phất Lộc
+ Have coffee at Shot Cafe – 60 Phất Lộc


+ Visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake

+ Watch Puppet show
+ Have craft beer at Ta Hien Street


+ Have dinner 

+ Wandering Hanoi Night Market and have some lemon tea at Gao Market.

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