Old Quarter
Old Quarter
4.5
NeighbourhoodsHistoric Walking Areas
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Abdul
    Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect getaway for the adventurous
    If you're looking for a place to explore and experience the vibrancy of Southeast Asia, then Old Quarter Hanoi is the perfect destination for you! With its rich history, vibrant street vendors, vibrant nightlife, narrow streets, and lot of restaurants and cafe shops, you'll never run out of things to do. From a relaxing stroll through the narrow streets to a night out in the buzzing bars and clubs, Old Quarter Hanoi is the perfect place to let your adventurous side out!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Michael S
    Mississauga, Canada54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to wander
    The Old Quarter is a fascinating place to just wander around. There are shops everywhere, selling almost anything you could want. There tend to be clusters of similar shops, for instance, one street we wandered down had shops for everything you need for your motorcycle. Seats, accessories, repair, you name it. Another street was ceramics, one was light bulbs and lanterns. The south end of the the Old Quarter is where it is most touristy, at the north end of the lake, so you will be accosted a little more in that area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Akshay Sharma
    New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A jam packed street full of restaurants, shops and night market
    This is the bustling space in Hanoi full of restaurants, shops and night market. There are massage parlours, shops selling variety of goods and two wheelers bustling in and out. One must visit during night time to see the full glamour of this area and enjoy the street food.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • MizuhoK
    Hino, Japan3,953 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wandering around is so much fun
    Old quarter at north side of Hồ Hoàn Kiếm lake. Food stands, souvenir shops, Chinese medicine, stamps… it’s fun to wander around even without setting any purpose. Atmosphere is different between night and day. Some souvenir shops are lit colorfully with lanterns.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Greenbelle
    Wellington, New Zealand144 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded and noisy, can be fun, soak the culture but be weary taxis. Get a Grab taxi instead.
    Very noisy, crowded and full of motorcycles and tourist bus. Want the experience of street food and tourist shops, visit the old quarter. Haggle down to half price and be ready to walk away. Many stores with same things. It’s also very close to the lake of the turtle island. Be careful crossing and walking around. Download Grab app is you are traveling anywhere in Vietnam. Don’t just get into a taxi with a meter on the street waiting at the big tourist places.He took us the long way and cost us 3X what Grab charged us. They also reached for our money and tried to hide what he grabbed behind him. Was not a good experience. Traveling long distance we used Govntravel. Half the price and reasonable. Very professional but they will offer tours that you can take or leave. There is also an HSBC bank close to the lake which gives a higher limit for withdrawals than local banks.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • MegsM
    Auckland, New Zealand635 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immerse yourself in the Old Quarter
    Loved getting lost in the streets and markets of the Old Quarter. Even crossing the road is an experience amidst all those scooters! We felt safe and did not feel overly harassed by shop keepers which can always mar this kind of experience. Lots of great places to stop and have a Bia hoi and watch the world go by.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, Chaotic, Dirty, Exciting - A Must!
    The Old Quarter in Hanoi like my title says is beautiful, chaotic, dirty, exciting, etc.. I stayed here for a week and had a blast exploring this part of Hanoi. There are many attractions, restaurants, cafés, and hotels in the area. I loved just watching all the mopeds drive by and walking down all the roads. There is plenty to do here to keep you active for days. The Old Quarter will definitely keep you alert and awake. Highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • RTV2809
    26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unforgettable walking experience
    Walking around was an amazing experience, regardless of what time and day you strolled around. Booking a hotel here is a must, especially for tourists. You'll definitely feel the essence of the country when you spend at least a day here. There's an endless amount of food in restaurants and stalls that you could even feel overwhelmed. Popular tourist sites are within walking distance as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Roy R
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoy the Old Quarter
    The old quarter area is filled with shops and restaurants. I recommend staying here because of the endless variety of activities all in close proximity. The lake area is beautiful and you can enjoy a walk around the lake comfortably and safely. We ate at small sidewalk cafes offering Vietnamese cuisine at very moderate prices. As I've experienced Vietnam I have learned that they offer the best in coffee which is available everywhere.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Cokro S
    Jakarta, Indonesia22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice vibe and energy in this part of town
    Pretty walkable although you must be somewhat agile when crossing roads or stepping on the sidewalks. The bikers have a different perception of space with you! The open air eateries are all friendly and delicious and pretty cheap. Just make sure to come here in the right season. I went in late July and it was the height of summer so it was really really hot and humid with almost no place to hide from the hot wind.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 October 2023
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71emma
Kuching, Malaysia532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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 2 February 2020
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ChevySim
Halong Bay, Vietnam42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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 6 January 2020
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chadhavivek
New Delhi, India74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • 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 8 January 2020
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Eichiro A
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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 12 February 2020
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Jane P
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
With lots of info from friends who'd visited before, we had great accommodation at La Vision but can also recommend Supreme Premier. Jack was a godsend and organised our Halong Bay trip when we arrived. Hanoi Kids was our first tour and gave us a wonderful insight into the old quarter. Our friend's son who lives in Hanoi advised us to "be predictable" when crossing the road and that was great advice.
Wifi is everywhere and so are ATMs. We had Vodafone $5 per day roaming and had better coverage than at home!!
Egg coffee at Giang is the original and a must do and so is beer on the street with the locals. People watching is half the fun as the scooters whip by.
Functional chaos at it's best, we loved the energy of Hanoi.
Written 8 January 2020
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Cary L
Ennis, Ireland244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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 9 March 2020
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Hewee55
Rome, Italy6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
It was an awesome experience except for the bike's horn and the trash being thrown on the street. Our guide from Tonquin Travel describes the area as the "Market Grid" in the ancient time where people from all around gathered on the 1st and 15th of every month in Lunar Calendar as something that never change over time and how they lived in the past. Kind of a "journey on the line between the Ages" that you can see small details in the way of people and architecture. It hinted at the atmosphere in the past and nowadays and you can feel it your way.
Also, you can only find a good taste of food from the real locals here, not the 5 stars restaurant, that is the way people explore gastronomy here, in the Old quarter.
Written 26 November 2022
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Lizzy T
Auckland, New Zealand67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I was glad that my hotel was right in the centre of the Old Quarter where everything was just there out the door from street food to nail salon, spa, cafe and etc. beautiful spot for photo shooting with all the heritage buildings surrounding. Worth hiring a motorbike to go around if you can ride :)
Written 9 January 2020
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Paul Devon-Row
Kent, UK881 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
If your staying in Hanoi it’s best you stay in the old quarter as there is so much going on within walking distance. Weekends the road around the lake is closed which allows you relax and soak up the beauty of the area and the architecture. This time of year you might need a lite coat for the evenings.

Been here a week and loved it, now off to Sapa
Written 13 January 2020
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,319 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you've never been to an Asian city before then you'll either love or hate the frenetic activity of the Old Quarter.

The streets are alive with cars, bikes, scooters, people, dogs etc. Markets pop up and disappear at different times of the day and street food vendors and their stools block the pavements.

You'll spend half your time walking in the road but just go with the flow, walk confidently and you'll be fine. It's real.
Written 1 March 2020
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