Old Quarter
Old Quarter
4.5
Neighborhoods • Historic Walking Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for its primary good or service.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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hartplatt
Lowestoft, UK226 contributions
We wandered from our hotel to the Old Town streets. We started off trying to follow an orderly grid pattern to make sure we didn't miss anything. As you can imagine this didn't work out as we planned! We soon got lost amongst the myriad of shops as we explored and saw some amazing spectacles around.We found some typical tourist mementos and gifts, streets of shoe shops, streets of stainless stele metal products being hand made, a street of lighting shops, art streets, handbag streets, plastic product streets, wooden carving ad furniture streets, train streets, fruit and veg streets, leather streets, loads of Pho and coffee shops/cafes, scooter shops and repairs street, coffin and funeral wreaths street, florists street..... you name it, we found it! You can buy or have anything made here.

It was fascinating to see and then we found the 4 storey market building. This market is crammed full of vendors with hardly any room to walk down aisles between stalls. The vendors were often sitting on the stall as there was no room for them to stand.

Some bartering was done and a few little nic-naks were purchased. It seems that bartering is a big deal here but we soon found that settling on around 70% of the original asking price was agreeable to everyone involved. It was good fun.

We found vendors to be very friendly and we're going back to see if we can find some of the shops we previously found and buy some more gifts.
Written February 7, 2020
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TheFeenee
Durham, UK785 contributions
Couples
We have explored many places in this world including Cairo, London and Istanbul but we had never seen anything quite like Hanoi!

the pavement culture and the number of scooters is unlike anywhere else we have seen and we thought that it would be a very strange place to explore.

But after a day or two it becomes an exciting and vibrant city that is a delight to explore!

there are two hop-on hop-off bus tours the yellow one uses the same stops and is slightly cheaper than the red one. It was a great way to be introduced to the city.
Written March 16, 2020
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Martine S
13 contributions
Be ready for an adventure.
You have to be prepared for the most buoyant city in Vietnam, where everybody is busy, fast on their feet even though they have arrived at the crack of dawn (or earlier). You will understand that this is a very Vietnamese way of living, the street is the extension of their home and every millimeters count.
It is colourful, quite busy looking, but if you ask they sure have it in the back of their shop ;-). the smells of the food is hypnotizing and even if you are not hungry you will be compelled to have it, and yet no regret afterwards.
Enjoy but be aware that scooters are everywhere....
Written January 16, 2020
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71emma
Kuching, Malaysia480 contributions
Wow, it really took great courage to cross the busy noisy streets here, fighting our way through a sea of motorcyclists:) No looking back once you decide to cross. Like reviewers said, they'd zig-zag around you and you'd be totally untouched!
It was a real experience, walking along the colourful streets lined with street food stalls, people perched on low stools. We enjoyed some street food like pho gia, ban cuon, goi cuon and nem, King Roti too. As advised by some TA members, we went where locals go. Taste of food was good everywhere.
Shopping at Old Quarters could be challenging. There're lots of fake branded goods which outwardly look like the real thing (internally it's a slightly different story). The prices vary from store to store. They could start with 700,000 dong and finally agree with 300,000 dong even. It was fun haggling.
It being Tet Festival, prices of food was higher. Good thing it was not difficult to find food at all. Most restaurants were open.
If coming to Hanoi, Old Quarters is surely a must-visit.
Written February 2, 2020
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David
Oxford, UK1,248 contributions
Solo
The Hanoi old quarter is a real hive of activity. Traffic is perhaps the craziest i've yet seen. Astonishing that in the 4 days i was there I didn't see a single accident, and also that the cars seem remarkably free of scratches and damage. I wouldn't want to drive in this area!
Written April 14, 2022
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ChevySim
Halong Bay, Vietnam44 contributions
I think it's worth a visit to check out Hanoi's culture of street food, cafes, local merchandises, coffee, bars and etc. If you're looking to shop, north face jackets and bags might be worthwhile to take a look at. You may also want to visit some of the museums and churches around this area. Would recommend to visit this place on the weekends as well where there is a night market and some streets are closed so you will not have to worry about the crazy traffic while shopping.
Written January 6, 2020
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Eichiro A
14 contributions
The area consists of stone paved narrow street’s that come alive at night. Street food restaurants, mini pubs, small clubs, street vendors and street food hawkers could be found in abundance. This is where most tourists and locals come for a cheap & entertaining night out. You could also find street performers from traditional dance & musical acts to western music bands. Great place for sampling local cuisine, local beer and partying on the streets.
Written February 12, 2020
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chadhavivek
New Delhi, India57 contributions
Family
There is something about the old quarters that draws you in despite the constant honking, crazy traffic, pavements barely available and people buzzing past in a constant frenzy. I think it is the unique character of the place that can be associated with the Old Quarters. It is fun staying in this area and eating out can be a traditional experience. This is further made unique with the rickshaws that ply around the area. A must see if one wants to understand Hanoi better.
Written January 8, 2020
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Toàn Nguyễn
Hanoi, Vietnam24 contributions
Hanoi old quarter is very good place to have delicious foods. There are many delicious foods such as: Pho Bat Dan, Tao Pho, Caramen, nuggets, salted apricot, Braised fish, Squid cake. If have only once choice, i recommend you have a squid cake at 11 Gia Ngu street, Hang Bac ward, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi city
Written June 6, 2021
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Cary L
Ennis, Ireland226 contributions
the Old Quarter of Hanoi is alive and well. Shops line the streets and you are walking the streets because motor scooters are all parked on the sidewalks. You have to keep your head on a swivel because traffic comes at you from every angle. If you decide to cross the street...once you see your opening you go for it and don't stop or hesitate. Just keep your eyes wide open and you will do fine. After the second day it becomes like second nature to you and you get into the groove of the city. It is incredible. Buildings that go back 150 to 200 years are still occupied and being lived in and worked in. Once you check into your hotel get a street map and walk every square inch of the city. We did! We walked 16 miles one day and close to 12 the next day just up and down streets and side streets. 7.5 million people live in Hanoi and you definitely feel it. People are everywhere and moving all the time. Motor scooters are flying by and everyone has something to sell. You definitely want to go to the big open central market. They have everything you can think of and if you are into exploring then this is the place to go.

Incredible history and incredible buzz.

Have a great tour.
Cary
Written March 9, 2020
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