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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 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’. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Opera House
“Erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911, it was modeled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris's two opera houses, and is considered to be one of Hanoi landmarks.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Confucian Temple
“Van Mieu- Quoc Tu Giam Quoc Tu Giam is considered as the first university in Vietnam. Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam area is surrounded by brick walls, inside is divided into 5 layers of space with different architectures. Each layer of space is limited by brick walls with 3 doors to connect with each other (including the middle door and two side doors on both sides). From outside to inside, there are two main gates, respectively, Temple of Literature and Dai Trung Mon. With more than 700 years of operation, thousands of talented people have been trained for the country. Today, the Temple of Literature - Quoc Tu Giam is a place to visit domestic and foreign tourists, and is also a place to praise outstanding students and also a place to organize annual poetry festivals on the full moon day of January. This used to be where the scholars went to "lucky" before each exam by stroking the turtle's head at the doctor's stele. However, today, to preserve the monument, a fence is set up and the scholars no longer perform the ritual of good luck as before. This is a place that appears on Vietnam's 100,000 VND polymer bill.”
  • 65 locals recommend
History Museum
“Most popular spot to learn about what happened in Hanoi during the war time”
  • 49 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 is a church on Nha Chung Street in the Hoàn Kiếm District of Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a late 19th-century Gothic Revival church that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Market
“Established in 1889, Dong Xuan Market is housed within a four-storey Soviet-style building on the northern edge of Hanoi Old Quarter. It’s also known as Hanoi’s largest indoor market, offering a wide range of goods such as fresh produce, souvenirs, accessories and clothing, as well as electronic and household appliances. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Theatre
“The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. The tradition of water puppet theatre stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would make entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water. Using large rods to support the puppets it appeared as if they were moving across the water with the puppeteers hidden behind a screen.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Museum
“One of the top museum in Southest Asia, VME is keeping great documentation of all ethnics in Vietnam with footage of their life in video, installations, architecture & exhibition.”
  • 43 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. ”
  • 20 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.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Looking for fun tonight? 1900 Le Theatre will bring you the most memorial night in Hanoi.”
  • 30 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).”
  • 39 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).”
  • 39 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
“Opening hour: 09:00 AM - 21:00 PM Average price: 80.000 VND - 100.000 VND Not the best one in town, but it is the most professional restaurant serving this cuisine. An ideal order will be a bowl of mixing 2 grilled meat: grilled fatty pork & grilled meatball and some pieces of spring roll. Served with fresh vegetable. You can add more vinegar & pepper to have more flavors.”
  • 13 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
“ there's no finer phở available than at 13 Lo Duc Street, although you could easily walk past and completely miss it if you didn't already know where it is. Wires trail over the entrance like a bad hammock and there's no name above the restaurant. Instead, a small silver sign rests against the front door, with Pho Thin more visible now thanks to someone rubbing off the dirt.”
  • 15 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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