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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Campaign Office
“Hoan Kiem Lake is considered as a bouquet in the centre of Hanoi greatly contributing to make the landscape of the city more beautiful and airy.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square is one of the most visited attractions in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi (albeit against his wishes). Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 07:30 - 10:30, Saturday & Sunday 07:30 - 11:00 Location: 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi”
  • 62 locals recommend
Opera House
“Located in the French Quarter, Hanoi Opera House is not only a historical, artistic building but also a home to classical art lovers”
  • 51 locals recommend
Confucian Temple
“Being an ancient school of Thang Long and the first university in Vietnam, Temple of Literature is acknowledged as an ancient historical-cultural heritage which gives tourists deeper understanding about Hanoi's years of culture and tradition.A space of peace, green trees and solemnity covers the whole temple of historical and traditional love for study, making tourists feel like they were lost in a land of Confucion and traditional values. If you are in Hanoi, you should really come and explore it yourself! Location: 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District, Ha Noi . Time open: Monday - Saturday From November -March :8am-5pm From April-September: 7h30 am-6pm Ticket Price:1.3$ /person ”
  • 64 locals recommend
History Museum
“HOA LO PRISON Hoa Lo Prison was built by the French in 1896 to incarcerate Vietnamese political prisoners. Conditions were horrible: by the 1930s the prison that was built for 450 prisoners housed almost 2000 and the inmates were tortured. In 1964, the Vietnamese began using Hoa Lo Prison for prisoners of war. You’ll see cells, torture instruments, the wooden ‘beds’ to which the prisoners were chained and plenty of pictures that’ll give you the shivers. Absolutely worth a visit! Location: Số 1, phố Hỏa Lò, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội. Cost: 30.000/ person Open: 8.00-17.00 (everyday) ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This is a tourist area, all those who have come to Hanoi should know about this street, it gathers all food and drink and can play very late at night like a night club, Bar, Music Venue, Wineny ,... ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Church
“St. Joseph's Cathedral (address: 40 Nha Chung, Hoan Kiem district) St. Joseph's Cathedral is a church on Nha Chung (Church) Street in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, Vietnam. Its a late 19th-century Gothic Revival (Neo-Gothic style) church that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country. The cathedral was named after Joseph, the patron saint of Vietnam and Indochina. Construction began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling Notre Dame de Paris. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi. The cathedral conducts mass several times during the day. For Sunday evening mass at 6:00 PM, large crowds spill out into the streets. The prayer hymns are broadcast and Catholics who are unable to enter the cathedral congregate in the street and listen to hymns. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Market
“Đồng Xuân Market is a market in the center district Hoàn Kiếm of Hanoi, Vietnam. Originally built by the French administration in 1889, Đồng Xuân Market has been renovated several times with the latest in 1994 after a fire which almost destroyed the market. Nowadays, Đồng Xuân Market is the largest covered market of Hanoi where the wholesale traders sell everything from clothes, household goods to foodstuffs. Nowadays, the market is run by the Đồng Xuân Shareholding Company (Công ty cổ phần Đồng Xuân),[4] its three stories are divided in stalls for wholesale and small traders who sell clothes or household goods, foodstuffs of every kind from fresh vegetables to Vietnamese dishes are also found at the rear of the market.[2][8] As the biggest wholesale market of Hanoi, Đồng Xuân Market has to face problems such as counterfeit consumer goods and pollution. Đồng Xuân Market's busy trading activities have raised concerns about its pollution, which could be harmful for the health of people living in the area. Besides the commercial activities, Đồng Xuân Market is also a frequent destination of tourists during their visit in Hanoi, where they can find gifts or souvenirs for themselves or their family or friends. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Theater
“The ancient art form of water puppetry has a long association with Hanoi and there are several theatres where guests can enjoy this uniquely Vietnamese take on Asia’s puppet tradition. The original – and widely regarded as the best – theatre in town is the Thang Long Puppet Theatre. Puppets dance and slide elegantly over the liquid stage, controlled by a whole troupe of puppet masters hiding behind a screen. Most shows also feature the famous Legend of the Restored Sword of King Le which tells the tale of Hoan Kiem Lake and the giant tortoise. Opening Hours: Daily 15:00, 16:10, 17:20, 18:30 & 20:00 Address: 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi Tel: +84 43 824 9494 Price Range: VND 100,000”
  • 46 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum exhibit all sorts of minority houses & sculptures on yard, which is very interesting.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Vincom Ba Trieu was among Hanoi's first shopping center, which is less than 2 km from Liti's Home. Here you can find popular branded store such as Zara, Mango, Calvin Klein, Old navy, etc. If you wish to shop, spend sometimes strolling around Vincom Center Ba Trieu. The shopping mall offers Movie theatre (CGV), as well as restaurant. The mall open from 9 am to 9.45 pm daily. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Where is Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market? Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market is located on the 3km long street from Hang Dao Street to the gate of Dong Xuan Market. Regardless of the rain and shine, from 6pm to 11pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday every week, the streets of Hang Ngang, Hang Dao and Hang Duong are more bustling than ever.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“This is the favorite bar of young people, lively music, open space, delicious drinks and affordable prices.”
  • 29 locals recommend
History Museum
“This excellent modern museum showcases the roles of women in Vietnamese society and culture. Labelled in English and French, it’s the memories of the wartime contribution by individual heroic women that are most poignant. If the glut of information sometimes feels repetitive, for visual stimulation there is a stunning collection of propaganda posters, as well as costumes, tribal basketware and fabric motifs from Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups. Check the website for special exhibitions. Location: 36 Lý Thường Kiệt, Hàng Bài, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội Open: 8.00-17.00 ( everyday) Cost: +Adults: VND 30,000 / time + Pupils and students: VND 10,000 / time +Children under 10 years old and disabled: Free ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
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“You can enjoy all sorts of traditional Vietnamese food for reasonable price. It is nice that you can enjoy local street food in hygene place for not expensive. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Noodle House
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“Where the US President Obama used to enjoy Bun cha (Rice noodle with grilled pork and spring rolls and salad).”
  • 38 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“You can enjoy all sorts of traditional Vietnamese food for reasonable price. It is nice that you can enjoy local street food in hygene place for not expensive. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Noodle House
“Where the US President Obama used to enjoy Bun cha (Rice noodle with grilled pork and spring rolls and salad).”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“you can try Chả Cá, traditional cuisine of Hanoi. It is combine of fish and 'bún' noodle - located in Duong Thanh str”
  • 22 locals recommend
Noodle House
“If you wanna embrace our culture, you should discover our cuisine! And Bun cha is one of the most wonderful local food in Vietnam, especially in Hanoi! You can try the noodle with spring rolls and grilled pork :))”
  • 12 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
““ Banh Cuon” is one the traditional Vietnamese food. People always eat on the morning or even for the lunch. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very famous Beef Pho restaurant with long history. Their bone broth creates rich flavor and a lot of beef slice are garnished on top. ( This is why it costs 60000VND where as average pho costs 30000VND-40000VND only)”
  • 14 locals recommend
Noodle House
“Phở Gia Truyền Bát Đàn has been around for 100 years, one of Hanoi most famous Pho's restaurant. Pho Bat Dan offers both steamy soupy Pho (Beef soup noodle) and stir fried Pho (stir fried beef). You never visit Hanoi if you never try Pho here. What are you waiting for? The restaurant is located at 49 Bat Dan street, Hoan Kiem district”
  • 25 locals recommend
Noodle House
“If you are a gourmet, want to enjoy all traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup, please come to Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su, the restaurant is easy to find because it is located on Ly Quoc Su Street, very close to the Cathedral Hanoi. If you are nearby the old town, it just takes about 5-15 minutes to arrive at this place, the restaurant from morning to late night so you are always served enthusiastically”
  • 13 locals recommend

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