Hanoi Old Quarter is commonly referred to as the “36 Old Streets” and many are still named after the product they specialized in, reflecting the craft traditions and history of the area.. This area of Hanoi boasts French colonial architecture, a thriving culinary scene, and a long history. The streets are full of scooters, food carts, cyclists, and pedestrians. Walking through these streets and alleyways is the best way to feel the spirit of this historic city.
Nowadays, you’ll also notice the 19th and 20th-century French influence, particularly in the yellow colored exteriors of the old villas, houses, and buildings, as well as the wide tree-lined boulevards heading into the Old Quarter. All this history sits in and around the modern high-rises and buildings of a rapidly growing Hanoi, making the Old Quarter a fascinating travel destination.