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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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.