Hanoi, Vietnam a journey in colonial  culture and food

Hanoi is a city steeped in colonial-era charm, and a visit to the Old Quarter is like a journey back in time. It’s an experience that engages all your senses. The narrow, winding streets in this historic area bustle with life.

In the Old Quarter of Hanoi, you’ll find open-air fruit stands offering exotic fruits like Durian, longan, dragon fruit and mangosteen to name just a few.  These mouthwatering fruits are freshly sliced to order, ensuring a refreshing treat as your stroll through the streets on a balmy afternoon.  

Wandering through the narrow lanes, you’ll encounter bánh mì eateries with freshly baked rolls stuffed with succulent pork, pâté, and an abundance of fresh herbs. Quaint local Pho shops serve up steaming bowls of chicken pho, garnished generously with fresh herbs. Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a gastronomic and cultural delight that immerses you in the city’s vibrant heritage.

Throughout Hanoi you’ll uncover cozy coffee shops where you can indulge in the renowned egg coffee. This specialty drink, prepared with egg yolks, condensed milk, sugar, and robusta coffee, offers a unique and delightful flavor that’s a must-try in Hanoi.

Hanoi’s allure extends beyond its delectable cuisine. The city proudly showcases iconic landmarks like the Temple of Literature, the Hanoi Opera House and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, along with the captivating water puppet shows that tourists adore.

For a touch of colonial-era elegance, make a stop at the historic Metropole Hotel. Enjoy a meticulously crafted cocktail while you witness the bustling rush hour, with mopeds carrying families and students along the streets as they head home after a bustling day. Hanoi, a city where history and modern life coexist.