The streets of Hanoi hold hanging lanterns, the sounds of birds in cages, weaving motorbike madness, bicycle street vendors, and pho everywhere you go. The corridors of this vibrant city are endless, providing so many places to explore in the bustling city. We fell in love with this Hanoi and the people. Here are some of Hanoi’s top spots.
Hanoi Top Spots: Bicycle Market
The streets of Hanoi and its traffic are wild! Crossing the street means taking your life into your own hands. We recommend tucking in behind a local grandpa for guidance. We definitely did. One of Hanoi’s top spots the bicycle market in the old quarter. In the morning, you will see women wearing the native nan la (leaf) hats Vietnam as they ride their bicycles with huge baskets filled with flowers, fruits, and vegetables to sell. Women can also be seen balancing hanging baskets on their shoulder selling. This is a moving market and can be found in Old Quarter of the city. It’s easiest to see them in the morning, but they ride around all day.
Hanoi Top Spots: Egg coffee @ The Note coffee
Hanoi Top Spots: Coconut Coffee @ Cong Caphee
This is definitely one of Hanoi’s top spots. They have the famous coconut coffee which is espresso drizzled over coconut ice cream, like an affogato. Coffee with coconut is a more standard coffee with coconut milk.
Hanoi Top Spots: The Many Temples
There are so many beautiful ancient architecture temples on every corner of this city, including a floating temple on the lake. They add character to the busy bright streets and are normally a free way to see sites in a city. The floating temple is DONG to enter.
This is the coolest hostel we have ever seen in SE Asia and it was budget cheap. A local artist did murals on all their walls and rooms inside that are beautiful pictures of landmarks and different places in the city. There is an awesome view rooftop hangout place, pool table game room as well as a bar/restaurant. The prices were so fair for all their food and drinks. The food was phenomenal especially their pizza and burgers. The staff were so friendly and helpful we had a great experience and would come back here again. The hostel was located central in old quarter within a perfect walking distance in the city.
This is an experience you cannot miss in Vietnam. This was one of the coolest experiences we have had in SE Asia. Showing up for the afternoon train as it comes thorugh the tiny quaint neighborhood street was wild. The train comes twice a day at 2:30 pm and 8 pm. The wind whipping past for only a few minutes is exhilerating and the experience goes quick. The street is tiny and the train comes very close to each side be very careful!
Train Street Cafe
One great place to hang out is the Train Cafe where she has a great set up with lots of tables and free wifi. Her drinks are pretty fair priced and she is so kind with great English and lets you know all the information about the trains coming and going. Alot of the places along the street are locals homes and are not official places to sit so be mindful. Alot of tourists were blocking homes when locals were trying to get out or loitering. It is good to support one of the few cafes along the way and buy a drink while you wait.