Apart from all kinds of shops, from grocery to souvenir stores, the area is filled with local restaurants, bars and travel agencies.
At the outskirts of the Old Quarter, you will find Temple of Literature, a Confucian temple which also served as Vietnam’s first university. Dating back to 11th century, the structure has gone under several restorations since then, each adding a new feature. Today the temple is a true architectural gem, carrying design elements from all periods.
One of Hanoi’s most popular landmarks, One Pillar Pagoda takes its name from the one single stone pillar that supports the wooden structure. The pagoda, which resembles the shape of a lotus flower, was built in 11th century and destroyed during the 50s by the French. The current structure is an accurate reconstruction.
Head to the north shore of Hoan Kiem Lake to cross the scarlet wooden bridge and reach Ngoc Son Temple, located on a tiny island within the lake. The temple is pretty small, but the surrounding area is one of the most scenic in the city of Hanoi.