The French Quarter, Hanoi
The French Quarter is the area south of Ho Hoan Kiem (Lake of Restored Sword) and it showcases the legacy of the European colonisation of Vietnam. You will find many fantastic colonial architecture here as well as tree-lined boulevards. Famous attractions include the St Joseph Cathedral, Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi Opera House, Sofitel Metropole Hotel, Former Residence of the Governer of Tonkin, Cultural Palace and many museums. I will introduce these attractions at the later tips of this page, and more photos of the French Quarter are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
The French Quarter is a lovely part of Hanoi to wander around.
It is located to the south and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, and has grand boulevards and elegant French colonial buildings.
There is the Opera House, based on the neo-Baroque Paris Opera, east of the Opera House is Hanoi's Museum of History, an elaborate blend of Vietnamese palace and French villa, Trang Tien, a busy shopping street where you'll find bookshops and art galleries as well as cafes and hotels.
A lovely Hotel in this area, it the Sofitel Metropole. It is a lovely old, elegant building, and had two very old cars outside, very nice.
Nearby was a nice park with a fountain.
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In Ha Noi,street food is really good. There are many dishes have sold out in street. They're really nice if you have a chance to enjoy. Of course, they are not as expensive as dishes in restaurant.
Here are some dishes has low cost 30,000 VND ( 1,5$ USD):
Hanoians make a lot of dishes from noodles like Pho, Bun Oc, Bun rieu cua, Bun Thang, Bun cha.... Hanoians eat noodles from early morning till late night. Noodles is their favourite food. For each bowl of noodles, it costs 30,000 VND ( 1,5USD). Lemon chilli, breadstick are eaten with. You will feel more delicious.
For Pho, there are many shop in French Old quarter, you can easily to visit one.
For Bun Oc, bun rieu: please arrive Khuong Thuong village. Khuong Thuong is famous for Bun Oc.
( Mrs Nga snail noodles: no 66/ 592 valley/ Truong Chinh street, Khuong Thuong village, Ha Noi)
For Bun Thang : 48 Cau Go ( Mrs Duc)
For Bun Cha: please arrive Hang Manh street, Hoan Kiem district. Hang Manh is famous for Bun Cha.
2, Grilled meat by stick
Grilled meat by stick has many lovers especial kids. One price is about 6000 – 10000 VND, you could pay more 2000 VND to have a bread with grilled meat stick. Walking on the streets of Hanoi in the after noon, you can see grilled shops near the side walk with great smell!
3, Banana cake, yam cake:
Only with 5000 for one cake, The main ingredients are banana, yam and flour then fry in cooking oil. They are fat food so you could only 1 – 2 cake for once
4, Pillow cake:
You are right J.its name like its shape like a pillow. The core inside is meat and quail egg, cost from 7000 – 9000 VND. Pillow cake is often sale in the winter, and people like it. Enjoy with sour sweet sauce and salad.
5, Trung Vit Lon: duck egg
Have the babe duck in the eggs, a nutri-food but many foreingers and visitors dont like this food :D . you can find them in Hang Rong shop on ervery streets of Hanoi for breakfast or super. The price is about 6000 – 8000 VND, enjoy with salt, ginger.
6, Trung cut lon: quai egg
The same with Trung Vit Lon but Quai’s eggs not Duck’s eggs. I love this food and often buy them from local market to cook. The price in local market only about 10000VND/10 eggs and in the street shop is about 10000VND/5 eggs coz the sauce and they boil them for you. The sauce is made of lemon juice, salt, ginger and pepper.
For 2,3,4,5,6 we can easy to find them on Old quarter street!
A very contrasting difference from the Old Quarters. Vietnam were once invaded by the french I guess their influence have remained. Take a stroll along the streets if you can.