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Old Quarter

Undoubtedly Hanoi’s most iconic landmark, Old Quarter is a place you shouldn’t miss -- its loud sounds, striking sights, and maze-like streets give tourists a one-of-a-kind Vietnam experience.

Step inside Hanoi’s old quarter and you’ll feel like you hurled yourself into a beautiful chaos — despite its size, Old Quarter is tight, hot, noisy, narrow, and oddly enchanting. Streets here — some dating back to 13th century Hanoi — are named after the primary good or service they offer. Though some streets have veered from their name — you’d find lamps in a street that sells motorcycle parts — exploring each street and finding out what they offer always is a great adventure. Expect many interesting things here from peculiar locals to more peculiar products — it’s undeniably a part of the entire Old Quarter experience.



Old Quarter is located in the heart of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake.


Opening Days and Hours

Opens daily, 24 hours.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance is free.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Hanoi via AirAsia, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines.
  • From Hanoi, board a mototaxi to Old Quarter.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Families with kids
  • Groups of friends


Time to Spend

Average duration in this attraction is 3 to 4 hours.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

Best time to visit Old Quarter is after 18:00. The place comes to life at night.



Old Quarter is filled with so many dining options ranging from cheap eats to lavish dishes. Some of the best Old Quarter restaurants include Highway4 Restaurants, Green Tangerine Restaurant, Cafe de Paris, Xuan Xuan, Xoi Yen, Cha Cha Thang Long, and Cafe Nola.


Nearby Attractions

  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Temple of Literature
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum
  • Lenin Park



Affordable accommodations are all over Hanoi. You can choose from the different hotels in Hanoi such as Hanoi Old Quarter Hotel, Thaison Palace Hotel, Angel Palace Hotel, Hanoi Rocks Hostel, Hanoi Holiday Diamond Hotel, and Hanoi Buddy Inn. Rates range from USD 25 to USD 100.

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