HANOI’S HEART AND SOUL
Inside a modern and dynamic city lies the eternal soul of Hanoi, the Old Quarter. Located between the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall, it is one of the country’s top tourist hot spots, which offers French-colonial architecture, a rich food culture and a long history.
Hà Nội – "Ba mươi sáu phố phường" translated as Ha Noi – 36 districts or Hanoi - 36 Old Streets is the Old Quarter itself luring in visitors thanks to its original states of all the buildings, pagodas, streets and historical sites.
As a result, many of the streets were named after the crafts sold at that individual street. Pho Hang Bun (Vermicelli), Pho Hang Ma (Paper Product), Pho Hang Bac (Silver), etc. are examples of the streets with the products being sold there. All these specialized crafts are the reason for the eagerness of tourists toward the old streets.
Coming to these shops, not only you will get to taste unique and delicious coffee blends like egg coffee or coconut coffee but also gasp the Vietnamese drinking culture.
The Old Quarter’s nightlife will get you surprised at how crowded, and exciting it can get. Live music, discos, clubs and bars as well as decent karaoke joints are the norm here.
On every weekend, the Old Quarter becomes pedestrian-only zone and night market is organized in a flea market kind of style selling a lot of things from foods, souvenirs to clothes. They can be very cheap if you know how to bargain.
Moreover, there will be traditional music performance and entertainment for free.
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