The Old Quarter is considered as the must-try place for every visitors who want to explore Hanoi. You will have opportunity to enjoy tasty and traditional food with special flavor and unique recipe. And also, learn about Hanoian's lifestyle and culture in the past as well as in daily life.
Ma May Ancient House
Located within Hanoi Old Quarter, the ancient house at 87 Ma May street which was built at the late of the 20th century, is quite intact with typical architecture of ancient houses.
The house consists of two main blocks linked together by a square yard in the middle on the ground floor, and a small balcony on the 1st floor. The yard is included at the centre of the building to moderate the air, provide the house with sunlight and cool winds. The balcony above is an ideal place to put small plants, flower pots for the owner’s interest and relaxation.
All of the walls in this house were painted with typical yellow color like other ancient Hanoi houses, and all furniture, decoration items are reserved in good condition. Though being restored in 1999, this house still remains real and ancient beauty of itself.
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.
Ngoc Son Temple
The temple is located on Hoan Kiem Lake. Coming here, visitors will have chance to know more about Hanoi history especially origin of the name "Hoan Kiem" (Lake of the Returned Sword). To enter Ngoc Son temple, you have to cross a beautiful bridge named The Huc where Turtle Tower as well as overview of Hoan Kiem Lake are easily seen from the bridge.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Located in the heart of Hanoi, the lake is acknowledged as a historic and cultural relic. It is like a large mirror reflecting the scenery and color of the sky. At sunrise, the sunshine spreads, producing a layer of marvelously brilliant golden rays dancing on the green water. The lake has also produced one of Vietnam's most influential legends. Story has it that a largest soft-shelled turtle in the world - an unknown species - lives in the lake.
Beside Hoan Kiem lake are impressive architectural projects and valuable heritages such as Pen Tower, Ink Slab, The Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple and so on.
Bach Ma Temple
Bach Ma is an ancient temple which is related to the legend of building Thang Long imperial city. This is also one of four market towns in the past: Bach Ma temple is in the East, Voi Phuc temple in the west, KimLien temple in the south and Quan Thanh temple in the north.
Dong Xuan market
Dong Xuan Market is a market in the center of Hoan Kiem district. Originally built by the French administration in 1889, Dong Xuan Market has been renovated several times with the latest in 1994 after a fire which almost destroyed the market. Nowadays, the market is the largest covered market of Hanoi where the wholesale traders sell everything from clothes, household goods to foodstuffs.
What and where to eat?
In Dong Xuan market, there are various choice for you with many street food in Hanoi style like bún riêu (noodles in crab chowder), bún ốc (snail vermicelli soup), bún miến ngan (Clear noodle with duck meat),... with the price around 25.000 vnđ
Other address for ejoy Hanoi cuisine are bún chả Hàng Buồm (noodle with grilled pork in Hang Buom), beer in Luong Ngoc Quyen, boiled snails in Dinh Liet street, Hong Lam salted dry fruit in Hang Duong, etc.