Hoan Kiem

Hanoi
Hoan Kiem which includes street scenes, a city and signage

The historic centre of Hanoi, this maze of streets offers the city’s most traditional food, best souvenir shopping and lively nighttime entertainment.

Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a maze of traditional streets in the oldest part of the Vietnamese capital. The district is a unique mix of European and Asian architecture and culture, and is the most iconic neighbourhood in Hanoi. You can visit the bustling hub any time of day, or base yourself in one of its many hotels. Find cultural venues, cafés, shops and typical Vietnamese restaurants all in the one place.

Prior to French colonialism in Vietnam, the city of Hanoi contained only 36 streets. The city has since expanded dramatically; however, the original quarter remained the heart of Hanoi. Today, many of Hanoi’s major attractions can be found in the Old Quarter. These include the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Lake Hoan Kiem, with its temple and picturesque bridge.

Listen to the calls of of hawkers, wearing conical hats made from leaves, balancing baskets on their shoulders. Breathe in the smell of exotic food and try the dishes and cooled drinks that hawkers sell on the road. Try Bia Hoi, Vietnam’s traditional home-made brew on Ta Hien, a street famous for beer venues and specialist craft shops. At night, visit the lively bars or enjoy traditional North Vietnamese food at one of the restaurants.

Stay alert for passing traffic when you walk the crowded streets, as there don’t seem to be clear road rules here. Browse the Night Markets at weekend nights, or make your way into the Dong Xuan market hall during the week. For souvenirs, such as conical Vietnamese hats or personalised carved stamps, visit the craft shops that line the streets in the Old Quarter.

Hanoi’s central Old Quarter is an excellent place to stay and there are many leading hotels and hostels, suiting all budgets.

Hanoi’s Old Quarter is just north of Lake Hoan Kiem. The area is served by a number of bus lines, but the district is small enough to traverse on foot.


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Hanoi Evergreen Hotel
Hanoi Evergreen Hotel
2 out of 5
21 Hang Dong str, Hoan Kiem dist, Hanoi
The price is AU$9 per night from 24 Nov. to 24 Nov.
Located in Hoan Kiem, this family-friendly Hanoi hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hang Ma Street and Dong Xuan Market. Ta Hien Street and Hanoi Old Town Night ...
3.5/5 Good! (83 reviews)
Good value
"Very satisfied for the price"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2021

Hanoi Evergreen Hotel
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is AU$174 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Opera House. Ngoc Son Temple and Thang ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (999 reviews)
Great stay!
"The place lives up to it's name. The bed and pillows are amazingly comfortable. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Sitting peacefully at Le Bar you forget you are in the middle of a busy city."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel & Spa
La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
33-35 Hang Dau, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Ha Noi
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$81 per night from 6 Nov. to 6 Nov.
Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is steps away from Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Hanoi Old City Gate and St. Joseph's ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (179 reviews)
"It was a good stay."

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2020

La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel & Spa
Solaria Hotel
Solaria Hotel
4 out of 5
22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The price is AU$51 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is steps away from Hoan Kiem Lake, St. Joseph's Cathedral and Hang Gai Street. Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square and Thang Long ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Must stay hotel, 5 star service, 5 star hotel
"Everything about this hotel is excellent 👌the service is amazing, the hotel is amazing as well. Only thing i wasn't completely satisfy is that the bathroom was tiny."

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2021

Solaria Hotel
Matilda Boutique and Spa Hotel
Matilda Boutique and Spa Hotel
4 out of 5
73 Ma May, Hang Buom, Hanoi, Ha Noi
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$36 per night from 6 Nov. to 6 Nov.
Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is steps away from Ta Hien Street and Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre. Bach Ma Temple and Hanoi Old City Gate are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (130 reviews)
Thanks for business
"Thanks for business"

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Matilda Boutique and Spa Hotel
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
109-111 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is AU$51 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Joseph's Cathedral and Hoan Kiem Lake. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Ngoc Son Temple ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (534 reviews)
"Great location in old town Hanoi. Walk out the door and leave the tranquil peace of the hotel for the chaos of busy Hanoi. We stayed 3 times over a 3 week holiday as we went out to other areas. The last time we upgraded to a street view room with balcony and loved that. Don't really like an inside ..."

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
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