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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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“According to the legend, in early 1428, Emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) surfaced and asked for his magic sword, Heaven's Will. Lợi concluded that Kim Qui had come to reclaim the sword that its master, a local God, the Dragon King (Long Vương) had given Lợi some time earlier, during his revolt against Ming China. Later, the Emperor gave the sword back to the turtle after he finished fighting off the Chinese. Emperor Lợi renamed the lake to commemorate this event, from its former name Luc Thuy meaning "Green Water". The Turtle Tower (Tháp Rùa) standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend. The first name of Hoàn Kiếm lake is Tả Vọng, when the King hadn't given the Magical Sword back to the Golden Turtle God (Cụ Rùa).”
  • 111 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh) is a mausoleum which serves as the resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary leader & President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a large building located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, where Ho, Chairman of the Workers' Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. It is also known as Ba Đình Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Ba Đình) and is open to the public.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Opera House
“The Opera theatre is over 100 years old, builed from 1901 to 1911 and designed by Frech. In the evening of weekend you can walk arround here and tasted Tràng Tiền special ice - cream which very delicious.”
  • 43 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
Church
“The Catheral was builded in 1886 where is the Archdiocese of Hanoi, and the Archbishop's throne is located. This is also an old church in Hanoi,”
  • 33 locals recommend
Market
“Here is the way Vietnam businessman do the wholesale. But you alao can buy food, fruits, souvenirs... ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Confucian Temple
“There is a myth that if you throw money to the roof of this temple, you will be luckier on your learning path. Please don't do that! Just enjoy the antique environment, it's very unique in Hanoi. Please restpect the place since it's very precious to Hanoi people. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Theater
“Water puppetry (Vietnamese: Múa rối nước, lit. "Making puppets dance on water") is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today's Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition. The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large bamboo rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play.”
  • 47 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
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
Museum
“Amuseum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is located on a 43,799-square-metre (10.823-acre) property in the Cầu Giấy District, about 8 km from the city center. The Museum is a member of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences - an academic institution of the Vietnamese Government.”
  • 34 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”
  • 25 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
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”
  • 35 locals recommend
History Museum
“Ranked #4 on Tripadvisor. It is located on the most ancient street in Hanoi. Displayed more than 1000 materials showing the role the Vietnamese women played in the history ”
  • 22 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.”
  • 30 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”
  • 35 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
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
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
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
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
“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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