A small guide to hanoi's old quarter

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A visit to Vietnam’s capital is not complete without wandering Hoàn Kiếm District, otherwise known as the Old Quarter. The neighborhood’s street food, markets & historical sites make it a fitting trang chủ base, with easy access to lớn the rest of Hanoi’s attractions.

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Thập cẩm style at Ban Mi Mama (Photo: Bre nguồn Eaton for yellowcabpizza.vn)


For another play on meat mixed with fresh fruit & vegetables, try the nộm bò thô made at 10 Bo Ho Street. A set of grated papaya and sliced beef, topped with fresh herbs, roast peanuts and vinegar sauce, this traditional salad hits all the right notes: savory, sour and slightly sweet.

Markets

To cửa hàng like a local, and get your eat on while you’re at it, hit up the market scene, both indoor và outdoor, by day & by night.

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For an indoor market experience, head to lớn Dong Xuan Market (Đồng Xuân Street, open 6:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.), a perfect hideaway when rain or heat forces you inside. Bustling since it opened in 1889, this four-story market on the northern edge of the Old Quarter is Hanoi’s largest. Rub shoulders with locals as they purchase their fresh meat, seafood và vegetables at the first floor’s wet market, where you’ll also find a fragrant array of flowers. Head here for wholesale-priced souvenirs, clothing, handicrafts và appliances, along with a dose of the fast-paced everyday commotion that is Vietphái nam. Of course, hawker stalls keep shoppers satiated. A specialty to find here is bún chả, grilled fatty pork, served with rice noodles, broth, fresh herbs and sauce. Feeling a little more daring? Search around the entrances khổng lồ find the busy stall serving snail noodles, beloved for the soothing broth và the garden critters’ soft, chewy texture.

A smaller outdoor set-up in the heart of the Old Quarter, Hàng Btrằn Market (4 Nguyễn Thiện nay Thuật) is located just a few-minute’s walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. Locals come here for their daily food necessities, along with a healthy dose of socializing. Wander the aisles past vibrantly colored fruits và vegetables và freshly splayed seafood and meats. Buy fresh fruit khổng lồ snachồng on before heading lớn a water puppet show or a leisurely walk around the lake.

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If your timing is right, unwind with locals eating và shopping at the Old Quarter’s famed Weekend Night Market (8 Hàng Đào), open Friday, Saturday & Sunday (8:00 to lớn 11:00 p.m.). While a fleet of stalls sell clothing, shoes, accessories and knickknacks, the main draw is the abundant street food. Feast on standards like phở; bánh mì; bún chả; skewered meats, seafood và vegetables; & exotic fresh fruits and juices. Eat slowly & tóm tắt if you can: there are thousands of stalls along the market’s three-kilometer stretch, all vying for your taste buds’ attention. Along the way, catch a cultural performance or relax at a plastic table khổng lồ watch swarms of mopeds và people navigate the night.