Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital lies in the North of the country và is one of the country’s top tourist hot spots. It offers French-colonial architecture, a rich food culture and a long history (the đô thị celebrated its millennium in 2010.) The most well known and important districts in Hanoi are Ba Dinch District (aka the French Quarter) where the government offices are located & Hoan Kiem District (aka the Old Quarter) which is considered the city’s business hub and main tourist destination.Quý Khách vẫn xem: Phố cổ giờ đồng hồ anh là gì

One of Hanoi’s most comtháng sights is that of streets packed with scooters, bicycles and cars swarming around pedestrians like a school of fish. Then there are the many sidewalk vendors & people simply out for a stroll and the popular Old Quarter is no exception so walking around this district is distinct from a leisurely stroll in the park. Visitors have no choice but to face the traffic in the local style but the experience of exploring the historical area is a must-vị và truly well worth it.

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Old Quarter

Packed with charming colonial architecture, Buddhist temples và pagodas, the Old Quarter, located near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hoan Kiem District, is Hanoi’s major commercial district. Its heart và soul is exposed in the ancient commercial streets which are named after their original businesses dating back about 1,000 years. Though most of the specialties (cotton, jewellery, herbs, and silk) have changed over time & have been replaced with a variety of modern-day commodities và services, visitors can still appreciate some of the original goods as well as get a feel of rich old Vietnamese customs.

The preserved shop-houses that lie along these roads were built a little over a century ago & were constructed in their long and narrow style lớn avoid being hit by high taxes. Each has a street-facing façade & multiple courtyards inside. The front part of the buildings is where trading takes place while the family occupies the rest. Though one shop-house was meant to be for one family (with many generations in it), nowadays it is more common to see quite a few families jammed in under one roof. Expect to lớn find plenty of hip café, bars, a variety of restaurants, bakeries, boutique shops and art galleries in this historical area.

Old Quarter Shopping

The Old Quarter is a shopper’s delight & houses artistic products from around the country, fashioned by many top artists & craftsmen. Popular items that make fine souvenirs include lacquer ware, silk products, embroidered fabrics và bags, conical hats, coffee beans and paintings.


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Rethành viên to negotiate with a smile when shopping in Vietnam giới (though goods here are already quoted at cheap lớn affordable prices) as shops và salespeople expect bargaining by customers. Don’t be shy.

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Old Quarter Attractions

Old Quarter Nightlife

Other parts of Hanoi might quiet down at night but the Old Quarter is where night owls head lớn. Live music, discos, clubs and bars as well as decent karaoke joints are the norm here.

Though the numbers might be limited compared to other large Asian cities, what’s on offer here is well enough khổng lồ keep people from all walks of life happy và university students, office staff & expats are among the friendly crowds.

Old Quarter Activities

Must-vày number one in the Old Quarter is khổng lồ have sầu a look around this, the oldest neighborhood in the city. With a history dating baông xã to lớn about the 13th century, the vibe và energy here is definitely chất lượng. Must-vì chưng number two is lớn stop by at any local tea và coffee café that provides chairs to lớn sit outdoors (many times ‘outdoors’ here means sitting right on the sidewalk.) This is considered the best place to observe sầu the world go by in the Old Quarter.

For those who love sầu cooking & Vietnamese food, combine them together và learn from the professionals at one of the many culinary classes around.

Old Quarter Dining

When in the mood for the real giảm giá khuyến mãi (phụ vương ca, banh goi & pho are among mỏi the top of the list) try out one of the many street stalls around the Old Quarter. You will be surprised by how delicious simple dishes taste.

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