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Huyền Vũ’s Favorite Places in Hanoi

Hey there, fellow wanderers! Matan here, and today I’m beyond excited to share a slice of Hanoi with you – not from my perspective, but through the eyes of a beautiful soul named Huyền Vũ. 

Picture this: A chance encounter in the bustling streets of Hanoi led me to cross paths with this incredible girl whose passion for her city was as infectious as the vibrant energy that flowed through its streets.

Huyền Vũ’s love for Hanoi stirred something within me, inspiring a journey that has culminated in this website, which I created for you very thanks to her – a digital love letter to a city that captured my heart. 

From sipping egg coffee at Cafe Giang to exploring the historical echoes within Hoa Lo Prison, Huyền Vũ’s favorite places have become the heartbeat of this guide.

So, fasten your seatbelts, fellow explorers, as we navigate through the enchanting streets and historic landmarks that define Hanoi. 

Join me on this virtual expedition, a celebration of Huyền Vũ’s favorite spots that have woven a tapestry of memories in the fabric of this city’s rich history and culture. 

Thanks again, Huyền Vũ, for sharing with me, and with all the readers of my website, your favorite places in the city and for inspiring me to create this website. I’m such a lucky guy, ah?

So enough talking – let’s discover Hanoi through Huyền Vũ’s eyes, discovering the heart and soul of this Vietnamese gem!

Huyền Vũ's Favorite Places in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake – The Heart of Hanoi

Location: City Center

Immerse yourself in the heartbeat of Hanoi at Hoan Kiem Lake.

Surrounded by ancient trees and historical landmarks, this serene lake is a haven for locals and tourists alike.

Take a stroll, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, and perhaps engage in a morning tai chi session with the locals.

People Watch at Hoan Kiem Lake
Me and Huyen Vu at Hoan Kiem Lake

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – A Tribute to the President

Location: Ba Dinh Square

Pay your respects to Vietnam’s iconic leader, Ho Chi Minh, at his mausoleum.

This site’s grandeur reflects the Vietnamese’s profound admiration for “Uncle Ho.”

Explore the surrounding area, including the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda.

Hoa Lo Prison – Echoes of History

Location: Hoan Kiem District

Step back at Hoa Lo Prison, the “Hanoi Hilton.”

Gain insight into the hardships endured by Vietnamese revolutionaries during the French colonial era.

It’s a poignant reminder of the nation’s struggle for independence.

Share this historical experience with friends to foster a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s past.

If I have friends visiting Hanoi, I would like to introduce this place to them to know how hard it was in history."

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Tran Quoc Pagoda – Serenity by the Lake

Location: West Lake 

Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, exudes tranquility.

Marvel at its unique architecture and enjoy the serene surroundings by West Lake.

The pagoda offers a spiritual retreat, inviting visitors to reflect amidst the lotus ponds and ancient Bodhi trees.

Temple of Literature – Honoring Vietnam’s Scholars

Location: Dong Da District

Uncover the intellectual legacy of Vietnam at the Temple of Literature.

Dedicated to Confucius, this ancient temple honors scholars and provides a glimpse into the country’s educational traditions.

Stroll through the picturesque courtyards and explore the “Well of Heavenly Clarity.”

Dong Xuan Market – A Shopper’s Paradise

Location: Hoan Kiem District

Dive into the vibrant chaos of Dong Xuan Market, where Hanoi’s heartbeat quickens.

This bustling marketplace offers many goods, from local delicacies to unique souvenirs.

Bargain with the friendly vendors and soak in the lively atmosphere as you navigate through the maze of stalls.

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Cafe Giang – Sip on Tradition

Location: Hoan Kiem District

Indulge in a cup of authentic egg coffee at Cafe Giang. 

This Hanoi institution is renowned for its unique concoction, blending Vietnamese solid coffee with a creamy, frothy egg mixture.

The cozy ambiance and rich flavors make it a perfect spot to unwind and savor a piece of local culture.

Try the Egg Coffee at Giang Cafe

Banh Mi 25 – The Art of Vietnamese Sandwiches

Location: 25 Hàng Cá Street

Treat your taste buds to the famous banh mi at Banh Mi 25.

This humble street food stall has gained a stellar reputation for its mouthwatering sandwiches.

Join the locals in savoring the perfect fusion of French and Vietnamese flavors, a true culinary delight.

Try Banh Mi

In conclusion

As we draw the curtains on this virtual journey through Hanoi, I reflect on the beauty that emerged from a chance encounter with Huyền Vũ.

Each place she holds dear has become a story, a chapter in the book of Hanoi that we’ve explored together.

From the tranquil shores of Hoan Kiem Lake to the echoes of history within Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi unveiled itself as a city with a soul that beats with its people’s collective heart.

The vibrant markets, serene pagodas, and bustling streets have left an indelible mark on our exploration.

As you step away from this guide, I hope you carry a piece of Hanoi with you – the flavors of egg coffee, the solemnity of historical sites, and the warmth of the people.

It’s a city that transcends borders, inviting us to immerse ourselves in its unique blend of tradition and modernity.

To Huyền Vũ, whose spirit breathed life into this guide, and to all those who wander through these words, may your adventures in Hanoi be as rich and fulfilling as the stories we’ve shared.

Until we meet again in the next corner of the world, farewell, and may your travels be filled with discovery and wonder.

May this guide inspire you to embark on your journey of discovery in this enchanting city!

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Matan Cohen

Hey there! I'm Matan, an avid lover of Hanoi. In my free time, you can usually find me exploring the city's vibrant streets, sampling the delicious local cuisine, or immersing myself in the diverse culture of Vietnam.

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Hey, I’m Matan! As a passionate, thrill-seeking traveler, I instantly connected with Hanoi.

From the bustling streets and flavorful street food to the unique culture and vibrant nightlife – this dynamic city held something new and exciting around every corner.

Exploring further revealed hidden gems – peaceful parks, colorful temples, friendly locals – that truly made it a place I wanted to call home.

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