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Best things to do in West Lake

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“There are so many restaurant and coffee shop with attractive view around this area, you should take a walk or a biycle riding to learn about Vietnam religion and history as well”
53 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Located on a small penisula on the East side of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. Located on a small penisula on the East side of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. The architecture of this Buddhist center is a subtle combination between the solemn and beautiful landscape on the peaceful and quiet ambiance of West Lake’s surface. Thanks to these historical and architectural values, Tran Quoc Pagoda attracts many tourists to pay a visit, both inside and outside of Vietnam.”
17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Contest is the main futures, It is in the middle of the city rounded by hotels and street restaurants. Nice for a walk”
2 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Palatial temple on the shores of West Lake, dedicated to the Mother Goddess Princess Liễu Hạnh”
10 locals recommend
Hindu Temple
“Quan Thanh Temple is a Taoist temple build during the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225) and can be found in Hanoi. They have built this place to honour ‘Tran Vo’ the ‘God of the North’ which was beloved by all local Taoists and used the tortoise and snake as symbols of power. The name Quan Thanh therefore resembles the temple’s meaning as it translates to ‘Place of the Gods’. ”
4 locals recommend
Night Club
“Hanoi is surprisingly short on nice places to enjoy a glass of wine. 88 Lounge fills the gap nicely with an extensive wine list from old and new worlds (Australia has been conspicuously overlooked), cool design and a friendly casual feel. It’s usually mellow too. Prices are reasonable for the style.”
5 locals recommend
“Open late night, this live-music bar venue hosts local talents playing everything from chill acoustic songs to fun rock sets. Open mic night is every Wednesday. Be sure to let us know if you decide to perform so we can come support! Fun fact: Years ago, before our co-founder opened Chín Chim, he was a co-founder of HRC! His face is one of the four painted on the wall. Can you guess which is him?”
11 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“The restaurant is proudly to be one of the biggest buffet restaurant in Vietnam which can serve more than 1200 customers and above 200 dishes of different gastronomical styles from Vietnamese to European and Eastern Asian cuisine. Sen Tay Ho is a chain three buffet restaurants: > International Buffet Restaurant where you can try excellent foods from well-known cooking styles in the world; > Hanoi Buffet brings you to an ancient corner of Hanoi where you can see traditional food-serving stalls of Vietnam. The menu of Hanoi Buffet bases mainly on high-quality sea-foods with complicated cooking art like Baked Lobster, Tu Hai, So Diep and Tuna and Salmon Shashimi, etc.”
8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Open mainly at night, Chợ Hoa is a wholesale flower market. Ask Lauren to take you when she replaces the lobby flowers :)”
7 locals recommend
“Head to Saint Honore for some of the best French pastries that will satisfy your sweet-tooth. They also have lovely breads, coffee, and 3-course meals.”
6 locals recommend
“Super exclusive atmosphere with excellent electronic music--a top choice for many local and expat night owls. 🕒: 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM 📍: 122 Xuan Dieu, Quang An, Tay Ho District, Hanoi ”
5 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“I mean, this list wouldn't be complete if we didn't have Starbucks on here. BUT we do recommend trying some of the delicious, local coffee before turning to your favorite, go-to morning drink. ”
1 local recommends
Burger Joint
“Best burger restaurant with good view in West Lake Add: 08 Quang An str ( 08:00-12:00)”
6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“I have to recommend this place for the pizza, it is among the best Italian restaurant I've been to”
5 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
“Peaceful place to visit, great view to see the West Lake, especially in the sunset (5-6pm)”
5 locals recommend
2 locals recommend