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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.
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“Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi attracts tourists and locals looking to get away from the noise and frenetic pace of the city. Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting in the centre on a small island. The temple attracts many visitors and was built in commemoration of the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who was renowned for his bravery in the battle against the Yuan Dynasty. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Ho Chi Minh has left an indelible mark on Vietnamese history and he is revered in Hanoi as the country’s greatest leader. Nicknamed ‘Uncle Ho’ by locals, his preserved body is now laid to rest in a glass case in the Ba Dinh area of Hanoi. This is more than a tourist attraction, it is a part of living history and a visit here stays long in the memory. The sombre building was modeled after Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow. - Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 07:30 - 10:30, Saturday & Sunday 07:30 - 11:00 - Address: 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Opera House
“Water puppet show is fading from the daily life of Hanoians. This is probably the only place left where you can see the beauty of this traditional performance. A must-see! Ranked #13 on Tripadvisor ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Church
“St Joseph Cathedral is a 19th-century Gothic Revival (Neo-Gothic style) church which serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country.”
  • 32 locals recommend
History Museum
“Hỏa Lò Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War”
  • 43 locals recommend
Confucian Temple
“Vietnam’s very first univeristy. Lots of artifacts and historic items memorizing the old ancient days of Hanoi. A place where the most spectacular brains of time are honored on stone held by stone turtles!”
  • 52 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 ,... ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Museum
“Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. Visitors are welcome to browse some of the vast research on offer at this public museum which is also a centre for ethnographic research. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Market
“Dong Xuan Market is the largest of its kind in Hanoi. Housed within a four-storey Soviet-style building, this sprawling complex offers an extensive collection of fashion, apparel and souvenirs at some of the best prices in the city. Even if you’re not interested in printed T-shirts or cheap sunglasses, it is still fascinating to see the comings and goings of the local traders, and there is a wet market on the ground floor where the sights and smells of exotic produce assault the senses. Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 - 19:00 Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Theater
“Water puppet show is fading from the daily life of Hanoians. This is probably the only place left where you can see the beauty of this traditional performance. A must-see! Ranked #13 on Tripadvisor”
  • 45 locals recommend
Café
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“Bánh Xèo ( Crispy Pancake) Similar to a crepe or pancake, banh xeo is made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, which you can fill it with vermicelli noodles, chicken, pork or beef slices, shrimps, sliced onions, beansprouts, and mushrooms. Most roadside stalls, local markets, and restaurants sell a platter of banh xeo for about VND 15,000 to VND 25,000, which usually comes with a side of fresh lettuce or rice papers. Eat like a local by wrapping your banh xeo in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves or rice papers together with nem lui (lemongrass pork skewers), mint leaves, basil, before dipping in fermented peanut sauce. Location: 18 Phan Bội Châu, Hoàn Kiếm Opening: 6:30-21:45”
  • 43 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Shopping at the Hanoi Night Market Head over here even if your purpose for going is not for shopping. You can visit the night market just to immerse yourself in the lively night-time atmosphere of Hanoi, meet people, snap some pictures, and enjoy some delicious street-side snacks. Of course, you can buy things too, and you most probably will.This market is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays after 6pm. Opening: Fri - Sun; 6:00 pm - 12:00 am Location: Hàng Ngang, Hàng TP., Hàng Đường, Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam”
  • 24 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“A triple building in the center of Hanoi where you can shop and relax with many high- class stores/ brands, restaurants, an indoor gaming center and movie theater. Some brands: Nike, Zara, Mac, CK, Adidas, Pedro, Accessorize, Kappa, Dr Marten, Mango etc Food store: Kichi Kichi, Thai express, Seoul Garden, Capricciosa, Tokyo Yukai, Movie theater: CGV ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Noodle House
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“If Pho is Hanoi's number one dish, then Bun Cha is easily number two when it comes to being a Hanoi local food favorite. And who can blame the locals for loving this dish where grilled pork and rice noodles are the stars and fresh herbs, sliced papaya, red chilli and garlic are the supporting players? If these ingredient aren't enough for you, then add fried spring rolls called Nem to the mix”
  • 34 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
Temple
“ Ngoc Son Temple was built in the 18th century on Jade Island in the center of the ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’ or Hoan Kiem Lake. Legend describes how an emperor was once given a magical sword which helped him defeat the Chinese Ming Dynasty and in doing so saw the return of the Golden Turtle God to the lake. Today ‘Turtle Tower’ stands close to the lake in memory of this legend. There are also endangered large soft-shell turtles swimming in the lake, and to see one of these gentle giants is considered very auspicious. The name of the temple translates to ‘Temple of the Jade Mountain’ and is predominately dedicated to war hero General Tran Hung Dao who defeated an armed force of 300,000 soldiers sent by Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan in the 13th century to invade Vietnam. Also inside the pagoda are a large bronze bust and other deities. There are altars dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, some ancient artifacts including ceramics and a preserved specimen of a giant turtle found in the lake weighing 250kg.”
  • 27 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Bánh Xèo ( Crispy Pancake) Similar to a crepe or pancake, banh xeo is made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, which you can fill it with vermicelli noodles, chicken, pork or beef slices, shrimps, sliced onions, beansprouts, and mushrooms. Most roadside stalls, local markets, and restaurants sell a platter of banh xeo for about VND 15,000 to VND 25,000, which usually comes with a side of fresh lettuce or rice papers. Eat like a local by wrapping your banh xeo in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves or rice papers together with nem lui (lemongrass pork skewers), mint leaves, basil, before dipping in fermented peanut sauce. Location: 18 Phan Bội Châu, Hoàn Kiếm Opening: 6:30-21:45”
  • 43 locals recommend
Noodle House
“If Pho is Hanoi's number one dish, then Bun Cha is easily number two when it comes to being a Hanoi local food favorite. And who can blame the locals for loving this dish where grilled pork and rice noodles are the stars and fresh herbs, sliced papaya, red chilli and garlic are the supporting players? If these ingredient aren't enough for you, then add fried spring rolls called Nem to the mix”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a uniquely Hanoian dish. The restaurant is family-owned and has been here forever. They only serve chả cá (turmeric, grilled fish) and have worked for generations to perfect the recipe. A must-try when you're in Hanoi.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pho is essentially Vietnam’s signature dish, comprising rice noodles in a flavourful soup with meat and various greens, plus a side of nuoc cham (fermented fish) or chilli sauce. A basic bowl contains tai (beef slices), bo vien (beef meatballs) or nam (beef flank), topped with bean sprouts, lime wedges, and fresh herbs such as basil, mint, cilantro, and onions. Depending on the restaurant or roadside stall, you can also opt for more exotic ingredients such as gan (beef tendon), sach (thinly-sliced pig stomach), and ve don (flank with cartilage). Typically eaten for breakfast, pho is priced between VND 20,000 and VND 30,000 at a local restaurant or street market in Vietnam. Location: 13 Lo Duc Opening: 6:00-20:30”
  • 13 locals recommend
Noodle House
“rare & well-done beef noodles - the second-to-nil specialty of Hanoi for breakfasts. (49 Bat Dan street, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi)”
  • 25 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Bánh Cuốn (steam roll cake) not only tasty but also interesting in the way how to make it. You will have great experience with this one. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Noodle House
“Kebab rice noodles is totally made from the Vietnam traditional ingredients but it is presented in the form of a Western dish: each one has its own sauce, vegetables, spices, and kebab rice noodles. Kebab rice noodles often has 2 kinds of kebabs, they are ball-kebab and piece-kebab. The ball-kebab is made of pork which is well minced then it would be kneaded into ball shape. The pork is scented with some traditional ingredients to make up the good taste.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“This place is the very famous sticky rice in Hanoi. Try it and you will definitely like it. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

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