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Best things to do in Hanoi

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.

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“This historical sight is in the heart of Hanoi and everybody would visit when they travel here. It’s only 5min from our place by Grab or you can walk there if you want to explore other things on the way to the lake. ”
108 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the most visited attractions in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh or "Uncle Ho", our greatest and most iconic leader. Avid collectors of unique and unusual experiences need to make their way to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square to learn the fascinating story of how our beloved leader was embalmed following his death in September 1969.”
51 locals recommend
Opera House
“Either you are art lovers or not, the Hanoi Opera House is the place you shouldn’t miss because it now has become an attraction of the capital.”
47 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 ,... ”
59 locals recommend
Confucian Temple
“The Temple of Literature is about 10 minutes away from Hoan Kiem lake. It was constructed in 1070 under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. In 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong continued the work and built Quoc Tu Giam as the first university of Vietnam.”
61 locals recommend
History Museum
“Maison Centrale in Hanoi, also known as Hoa Lo Prison and the "Hanoi Hilton" housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and later American POWs during the Vietnam War. The fortress was once a vase colonial-style prison, most of which was torn down in the 1990s. Visiting today you will find the small southern section resting alongside a hotel and office complex. The prison is still a popular tourist attraction for those on the war history trail. Official records claim inmates numbered in their hundreds although it was not unknown for up to 2,000 prisoners to be crammed into a space for 600 inmates. It was the American prisoners who sarcastically gave the jail its nickname "Hanoi Hilton".”
48 locals recommend
Church
“Built in 1886 by French Colonialists, St Joseph's cathedral is a stunning 19th century neo-gothic church that features the soaring facade facing a little plaza, the twin-bell towers, fine stained-glass windows and an elaborate altar that mimic Parisian architecture. It is locally known as "The Big Church" and it is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in Vietnam. Catholics throng here for Mass on sundays, and its beauty and sanctity make this a must-visit.”
38 locals recommend
Theatre
“Located at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang street, nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is a familiar address for both domestic tourists and foreign ones, who want to enjoy water puppet shows and discovery the beauty of this unique Vietnam traditional art.”
46 locals recommend
Market
“Dong Xuan market is at the West end of Hanoi Old quarter, surrounded by Dong Xuan street Hang Khoai street and Cau Dong street. Although located in the heart of the Old Quarters, the market is fairly young compared with the surrounding streets. It used to be an empty lot in front of Huyen Thien pagoda. Old Hanoi residents gradually developed trade activities here because of its proximity to the river, which made it convenient for transportation of goods. On the night of July 14th, 1994, a fire has brought down the whole market, causing a damage of 300 billion VND. The market you see today was recently built modeled after the architecture before the fire. •••••Shopping To local residents, Dong Xuan is mostly reserved for bulk sale and distribution points for many retailers in Hanoi. Main products include electronic devices, household equipments and clothing. At the back of the market is the trading place for animals (puppies, kitties, birds, fish, etc.) and plants (mostly Vietnamese bonsai). Suppliers for the market come mainly from North Vietnam with many Chinese blends. •••••••Eating The Northern end of the market holds mainly eating venue, serving both day and night time. It is a wise decision to stop here for local cuisines such as “Bun Cha”, “Bun Rieu” or chipping in a hot pot in a fall/winter night. •••••••••How to get there Dong Xuan market is at the West end of Hanoi Old quarter, surrounded by Hang Khoai street and Cau Dong street. If you keep walking down Hang Ngang street, you will reach the market after 4 blocks.”
35 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 ”
21 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the most recent yet probably the largest and undoubtedly the most interesting Museums in Hanoi and Vietnam. The Museum comes out of the recognition that Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country and that more attention should be paid to promote socio-cultural diversity. Despite being out of the way compared with other museums in Hanoi, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is worth a thorough visit, for those who are keen to learn about the multiculturality of Vietnam and for those who would appreciate some green space. There are both indoors and outdoors section. While the in-housed exhibition is particularly informative, the outdoors display and activities make the museum stand out from the rest. There are a number of houses modeling after the traditional architecture of ethnic minorities, especially those who live in Northern and Central highlands. You will be blown away by the elaboration of these architectures, at the same time being thoroughly engaged in traditional games and activities such as water puppet show, calligraphy, stone game (O An Quan). The museum is especially a great choice for those who cannot find time to visit all remote areas where live the majority of Vietnam ethnic minorities. •••••••• Address: Nguyen Van Huyen, Hanoi Opening hours: Everyday except for Monday, 8:30-17:30 Website: http://www.vme.org.vn Entrance fee: 25,000 (or USD 1.20); camera fee: 50,000 (USD 2)”
38 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Prepare your stomach, food is awaiting. Bustling night market packed with lively stalls selling clothing, souvenirs & street food. ”
24 locals recommend
History Museum
“Despite being a patriarchal society, Viet Nam still reserves a special, if not sacred, place to honour Vietnamese women. Not only is October 20th is made Vietnam’s Women day but there also exists a museum dedicated to women. The museum displays rather recent history of women, such as women and ethnicity; women and the national struggle; Vietnam women association and the feminism; women and traditional costumes; and women’s cultural traits expressed through handicrafts. There are also frequent exhibitions on contemporary women, such as women working as street vendors or women’s place in the family. The Vietnam Women’s Museum is definitely worth a few hour visit, especially for those keen on learning about culture and gender. The museum is located at 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi. You can visit the museum website: http://www.womenmuseum.org.vn for more information.”
24 locals recommend
Café
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“The restaurants that have all 3 Cuisines Central VietNams, wanna try everythings, this could be your choices”
45 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“What a best nightclub in the Old Quarter! Found by best people in the Hanoi's nightlife. I love this place because of how friendly and familiar it has had to me. Ever heard about ~500.000 USD sound system? Music: Electronic Dance Music, Trap, Dubstep, Live Music and also: DJMag Top100 DJs sometimes.”
29 locals recommend
Noodle House
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“It’s become very famous for tourists after president Obama visited. It’s only about 10min walking from our house. But if you want to eat something just as good but not too crowded with long waits, pls ask our staff to order for you to eat in the room from our favorite place. ”
36 locals recommend