Old Quarter

Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter is a warren of shops, still bustling 600 years after dozens of guilds claimed different stretches of road to market their wares. Here, life spills from the maws of 19th-century tube houses onto splendidly crowded sidewalks and streets.

Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter is a warren of shops, still bustling 600 years after dozens of guilds claimed different stretches of road to market their wares. Here, life spills from the maws of 19th-century tube houses onto splendidly crowded sidewalks and streets. 

The Old Quarter can only be described as the epicenter of street food and one of the best things to do in Hanoi. This hectic-yet-enticing maze of narrow streets is buzzing all day and well into the evening, especially when the dinner crowd rolls in. From family kitchens to crab sold from buckets, dinner in the old quarter is never a dull experience. Just watch out for the incessant packs of motorbikes whizzing back and forth.

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