Less than a kilometer away from Opera Garden Restaurant stands the Hanoi Opera House and the hustle French Quarter. Take a walk to discover this impressive Hanoi’s landmark and feel the vibrant atmosphere of this big and busy hub in the center of Hanoi on your way to Opera Garden. Check out these must-visit places in Hanoi French Quarter and enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Hanoi Opera House (Nhà hát lớn Hà Nội)
Located in the French Quarter, Hanoi Opera House is not only a historical and artistic building but also a home for classical art lovers.
Built in 1911, it’s a phenomenal piece of neo-classical French architecture featuring Gothic themes on the doors and domes with pillars, shuttered windows, balconies and a glass room.
This historical can’t be missed out when visiting Hanoi, and it only takes less than 5 minutes by walk from Opera Garden Restaurant to Hanoi Opera House.
Address: 1 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
National Historical Museum (Bảo tàng lịch sử Quốc gia)
If you’re a history enthusiast, National Historical Museum will be your ideal spot. You can find a rich and diverse collection of historical monuments and themed exhibits on Vietnamese culture and history here. It is a very thorough and comprehensive historical perspective that other museums cannot provide.
From Opera Garden Restaurant, head to French Quarter and keep walking on Trang Tien Street for 350m, you will find the museum.
Some useful tips when you get there. Site One on Trang Tien Street is bigger and covers a larger history, so you should take more time for this site. A free English audio tour is available in this museum building but the board provided headphones are not clear, so ask locals for it.
Address: 214 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Trang Tien Plaza
Trang Tien Plaza is on top of high-class luxurious shopping malls in Hanoi. All houte couture brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace, Chanel, Dior.
Address: 24 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Trang Tien Ice-cream shop (Kem Tràng Tiền)
Just a short walk from Opera Garden Restaurant to No 35 Trang Tien, you probably are at one of the most famous ice cream shop in Hanoi. Trang Tien Ice-cream shop which has super delish ice cream from a company that's been making if for decades is put in a cone in front of you.
Address: 35 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Hoan Kiem Lake (Hồ Hoàn Kiếm)
Visiting Hanoi without checking in Hoan Kiem Lake is a pity. This place in Hanoi attracts tourists and locals looking to get away from the noise and frenetic pace of the city. Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting in the centre on a small island.
Temple of the Jade Mountain (Đền Ngọc Sơn)
Temple of the Jade Mountains is located on a small island north of Hoan Kiem Lake, connected to the lake by an elegant red bridge (called The Huc Bridge ), built in a classic Vietnamese style. The temple is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century, and scholar Van Xuong.
Address: Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre (Nhà hát múa rối nước Thăng Long)
Located at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is a familiar address for both domestic tourists and foreign ones, who want to enjoy water puppet show and explore Vietnamese indigenous folk art.
Address: 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Hoa Lo Prison (Nhà tù Hỏa Lò)
Silently in a corner of peaceful Hanoi is Hoa Lo Prison, which kept dark memories of the last century. Hoa Lo Prison reappears the grim prospect of Vietnamese history in which we get goosebumps easily with violence and atrocities.
The struggle for independence of the Vietnamese nation has left us with much evidence in this unbreakable prison. So if you want to learn more about history, that's definitely the place to be.
The prison site also has short documentaries, depicting scenes of American prisoners being held there.
Address: 1 Hoa Lo Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Nhà Thớ Lớn Hà Nội)
Thanks to the European architecture inside Hanoi, St. Joseph's Cathedral is an outstanding building in the heart of Hanoi and a perfect example for you to learn more about Christian religion and Neo-Gothic design.
This is one of the three major churches in Hanoi, along with Cua Bac Catholic Church and Ham Long Church.
The Cathedral is more beautiful with twinkle light at night so highly recommended visiting at that time. There are many activities on Christmas season with glitter decorations for you to chill out with friends. Don’t miss that chance to enjoy happiness in this special moment.
Address: 40 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Hanoi Weekend Night Market (Chợ đêm Hà Nội)
Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Hanoi's weekend night market is a bustling collection of roadside stalls and local food vendors that attracts many locals and tourists. It runs through the old quarter from 19:00 onwards, starting from Hang Dao street and running north to the edge of Dong Xuan market.
There are numerous directions from Opera Garden Restaurant to Hanoi Weekend Night Market but the nearest way is to head west on Tràng Tiền toward Nguyen Khac Can street, turn right onto Dinh Tien Hoang street and keep going until you see the crossroad of Hang Dao, Hang Gai and Cau Go.
Address: Hang Dao Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi.