Guide to explore Hanoi Old Quarter in one day & detailed schedule
If this is your first time in Hanoi, the chances are that you might find it confusing and hesitant as how to discover Hanoi in the most effective and memorable way while there are a wide variety of destinations and food which are waiting to satisfy your curiosity. Even this is not your very first time in the Old Quarter, or you are even a person residing in this land for years, you will always find Hanoi unique and lovely the way it is every time you pay it a visit. Whatsup Vietnam is about to guide you explore Hanoi Old Quatter in just one day.
Where is Hanoi Old Quarter?
Hanoi Old Quarter area is mainly concentrated in Hoan Kiem District, located in the North and West of Hoan Kiem Lake. It is concentrated with many people living, where there are 36 streets, each focusing on selling one type of separate items.When traveling to Hanoi, you should stay around this central area, which is convenient for transportation and it also facilitats your visit to nearby tourist spots.
Tourist attractions of Hanoi Old Quarter
These suggested destinations below are not all tourist attraction spots in the Old Quarter town, since this area is very wide and there is much for you to discover. Anyway, the following points are places where you should visit and offer you opportunities to enjoy Hanoi authentic cuisine.
- Dong Xuan Market: a busy shopping area with many items, mostly wholesale, if you are a retail buyer, it will cost a little higher. Coming here, you can learn more about an old market with a great view of shopping with Hanoi characteristics.
- O Quan Chuong: 1 of the 5 remaining gates. Its gate was remodeled to stand up to the test of time. O Quan Chuong nowadays is not only a famoust tourist spot but above all, it bears significant historical value, reminding Hanoians of a heroical period in the history.
- Dong Xuan Lane: where you can enjoy original Hanoi street food, such as Bun Rieu, goose glass noodle soup, snail noodle soup, Pho, especially the Sweet gruel which is very scrumptious (you should try Ma Thay's tea, eat like pomegranate but it's Ma Ma inside. The dishes are priced from 25,000 VND, and sweet gruel is from 15,000 VND.
- Drinking Lemon iced tea & chit chat: there are many lemon tea spots around the Old Quarter, but in this area, you can go to the point in Cho Gao and Dong Thai. In the evening, sitting here is much cooler and fantastic than having a seat around the crowded Guom lake. Besides lemon tea, there is also fresh tea, which is served in various types for tourists’ varied tastes.
- Bach Ma Temple: an ancient temple from the Ly dynasty, associated with the construction of Thang Long citadel. This is also one of the four towns of the ancient Thang Long. If you are passionate about history then this is a point not to be missed.
- Bun Cha Hang Buom: Although not as well-known as Bun Cha sold on Hang Manh street, this eatery still serves delicious Bun Cha and it won’t let you down!
- Old House at 87 Ma May: the old house still preserves many activities customs of Hanoi people. It has bold architecture of Hanoi in the early 20th century.
- Café Shot at 60 Phat Loc: this café was opened in May 2014. This coffee shop aims at people who are keen on Photography, with its unique interior and arrangement. You should come here during the day, after doing a morning walk and having The shop is located in Phat Loc alley, which also serves the famous Bun Dau Mam Tom. You can enjoy Bun Dau before turning to the café to sip the café and relaxing to continue an afternoon walking around the city.
- Draft Beer on Luong Ngoc Quyenstr.: Besides Ta Hien Beer Street which has been amazingly famous, Luong Ngo Quen is also another cool beet street. Freely enjoy drinking Hanoi Draft Beer, Hanoi youngsters often come here in the late afternoon to enjoy beer and chit chat. It is also interesting if you engage in that atmosphere, just have fun and refresh again after a tiring day.
- Sugared dry fruits (Hong Lam bran) at 11 Hang Duong: a trusted address to buy meaningful gifts for your A lot of people choose to buy this as a gift.
- Boiled snails in Dinh Liet street: you should definitely have this! They start selling from 4:30 pm until the evening. If you stay at a hotel on the Old Quarter, this will be a good place to eat and is in close proximity to your hotel. There are a lot more delicious places, however, you are supposed to travel quitet far. Coming here and you willl be served a bowl of aromatic boiled snails which bears in it Hanoi characteristics.
- Stir-fried pig internal organs and fried Pho in Nguyen Sieu Street: the restaurant opens in the evening from 7pm. The eatery is opposite to Acoustic Café (No. 7 Nguyen Sieu). This dish is no doubt exclusively delicious, just on the sidewalk but really You just need to order the stir-fried internal organs, and then Stir-fried Pho one by one, just enough, or else you wnon’t eat them out!
- Banh Mi 25, at 25 Hang Ca, a small sidewalk bakery place which has attracted a lot of visitors by the taste of Hanoi's traditional Banh Mi. Banh Mi here are really fragrant, made from pure wheat flour, filled with traditional flavors from the French period such as Pate, Ham, and sliced cucumber. The shop is open daily from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.
Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter Area
Hanoi Old Quarter area is the center of the city, the heart beat of the capital. A lot of commercial and tourist activities take place here. Therefore, the hotel density is relatively high and varied. You can choose from all types of accomodations from motels to 5-star hotels.
Itinerary to explore Hanoi Old Quarter in one day
From the hotel you stay, you can choose to walk according to the points near you first, not necessarily on this schedule. The schedule below is a suggested schedule, or if you want, you can take a taxi to the beginning point and start going as scheduled.
Transportation: walk, or by bike (remember to lock and park your bike carefully)
8:00: walk, ride a bike, or take a taxi to Dong Xuan lane on Hang Chieu street. Here, you can eat morning dishes like Bun Oc, Bun Rieu, Pho etc.
8h30: visit Dong Xuan Market located nearby. You can ask for directions. Here, you will visiting the market, but there’s no need to go all around, just visiting the first floor is enough.
9h00: continue walking to O Quan Chuong, taking memory photos of the only gate whose vestiges are still intact among the five main gates of the city in the past time.
9h30: continue your journey in Bach Ma Temple. If after visiting here, it is noon around 11 am (because you have a late departure), then you can have Bun Cha for lunch on Hang Buom str. Just need to go up to Ma May str a bit, seeing grilling smoke signals that you are over there!
10:15: Continue going through the streets to visit the old house at 87 Ma May. Remember to prepare 10k entrance tickets. After visiting the ancient housse, if you are tired, you can have a drop in Nola cafe (just one house away), the cafe shop is located in the lane and has an impressive decoration style.
11h00: visit Kim Ngan communal house at 42-44 Hang Bac street, the temple of worshiping the first jewelers on Hang Bac street.
12h00: have Bun Dau Mam Tom at Phat Loc alley, if you cannot eat shrimp paste, you can order fish sauce. Remember to order Cha Com. In addition to Shrimp paste with noodles, you can also eat Bun Cha, which is located at the beginning of Phat Loc alley on Hang Mam street.
12h45: After lunch, you can relax at Shot Café at 60 Phat Loc. The shop has an airy space and is decorated quite nicely.
14h00: You can continue the journey by visiting Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake.
15:00: If you are interested in watching Water Puppet Dance, you can buy tickets to watch, becauseThang Long Water Puppet Theater is located right next to Ngoc Son Temple.
16h00: You can go shopping for gifts for your beloved ones, eating boiled Snails on Dinh Liet Street or drinking draft beer on Luong Ngoc Quyen street.
19h00: Dinner with Fried Stir-fried pig internal organs or stirred Pho on Nguyen Sieu Street, or the specialty Cha Ca (fried fish sausage), which can be eaten at Cha Ca Thang Long 21 - 31 Duong Thanh str.
20:00 walking around the Old Quarter, and if you go on weekends, you can join the Night Market on Hang Ngang, Hang Dao street. If you do not want to get to a coffee near Ho Guom, Lemon tea in Cho Gao street is waiting for you to chill!
By Quynh Nhi