Hoan Kiem



The Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi's commercial nucleus, ripples out from the lake of the same name. The lake's name means Lake of the Restored Sword, according to a legend dating back to the mid-15th century. A magical sword, having been found in the lake by the then emperor, and used to fend off the invading Chinese, was snatched by a giant golden tortoise and returned to its home in the depths. The tranquil, 18th-century Ngoc Son Temple occupies an island in the northern part of the lake. Today the lake and its immediate surrounds offer more than water, greens and folklore. In the pre-dawn light, Hanoians transform the area into an outdoor gymnasium, complete with badminton courts, exercise pavilions and tracks for speed walkers and slow chugging joggers. During the day, the area acts as a magnet for tourists and those who feed off them-postcard sellers, black-market moneychangers and shoeshine boys. At twilight, families stroll, friends sip fruit juices in outdoor cafes and lovers seek privacy in the shadows of the trees. The area surrounding the lake beckons travelers with eats, treats and sleeps. The main post office, the ANZ Bank (with ATM machine), supermarkets and film-developing stores, which line the lake's circumference, satisfy mundane needs. Museums, including the Vietnam History Museum, the Geology Museum, the Museum of Vietnamese Revolution, the Maison Centrale and the Vietnam Women's Museum, congregate in an area slightly south and west of the lake. The district also offers a variety of entertainment. For live performances, check the Hanoi Opera House, the Central Cultural House and the Municipal Water Puppet Theater. For a view of the big screen, Fansland Cinema, New Age Cinema and the Alliance Francais Cinema show foreign films. For more literary pursuits, the Thang Long Bookshop stocks an extensive selection of foreign and local authors, as does the nearby Hanoi Bookshop. For the weary, hungry or thirsty, numerous hotels, restaurants, cafés and pubs provide a place to recharge.

Nightlife

Salsa Tapas Bar & Restaurant (La)
Diva Art Café
Café 252
Manneken Pis Cafe
Hanoi Opera House
Café de Paris
Highway 4
Amigo
Lac Viet Cafe
Tamarind Café
Viet Art
New Age Cinema
Cafe Z
Pepperoni's Pizzeria
Highlands Coffee
Green Ho Guom
Ciao Cafe
Quan Bia Minh
Si Phu Restaurant
Lan Anh Restaurant & Bar
Cyclo Bar Restaurant and Garden
R & R Tavern
Jaspas
Fanny's
Mother's Pride
Au Lac Cafe
Trung Nguyen Cafe
Moca Cafe
Maquis Bar (Le)
Met' Pub (The)
Paris Deli
Culi Cafe
Hanoi Gourmet
Polite Pub
Dak-Linh Café

Attractions

Vietnam History Museum
Geological Museum
Dong Xuan Market
Vu Gia
Apricot Gallery (The)
Codogallery
Thang Long Bookshop
Song
Fox Music
Art Tunnel
Bach Ma Pagoda
Viet Art
Thang Long Silk
Van Gallery
Kenly Silk
Hang Da Market
Hoan Kiem Lake
Municipal Water Puppet Theater
Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton)
Nagu
Museum of Vietnamese Revolution
Western Canned Food
Dong Son Gallery
Antique Chinese House (The)
Happy Days Tour

Restaurants

Tamarind Café
Highlands Coffee
Diva Art Café
Pho Bien Seafood
R & R Tavern
Dac Kim Restaurant
Restaurant Bobby Chinn
Moca Cafe
Splendide (Le)
Al Fresco's
Highway 4
Green Ho Guom
Ly Club
Khazaana Indian Restaurant
Nam Phuong
Mother's Pride
Hanoi Gourmet
Lan Anh Restaurant & Bar
La Verticale
Quan Hue
Green Tangerine (The)
San Ho Seafood Restaurant
Jaspas
Pepperoni's Pizzeria
Quan Bia Minh
Nhat Thong restaurant
Salsa Tapas Bar & Restaurant (La)
Seasons of Hanoi Restaurant
Tandoor
Com Chay Nang Tam Vegetarian Restaurant
Little Hanoi
Viet Art
Cafe Z
Indochine
Mediterraneo
Si Phu
Terrazza (La)
Café 252
Culi Cafe
Ciao Cafe
Paris Deli
Mama Rosa
Kangaroo Cafe
Green Mango
Bleu de Thuy
Café de Paris
Cyclo Bar Restaurant and Garden
Quan An Ngon
Trung Nguyen Cafe
Dolce Vita (La)
Manneken Pis Cafe
Hoa Sua

Hotels

Pacific Prince Hotel
Hanoi Fortune Hotel
Duc Thai Hotel
Royal Hotel
Melia Hanoi Hotel
Bodega Hotel
Classic Street (The)
Binh Minh Hotel
Freedom Hotel
Fortuan Hotel
Ho Guom Hotel
Syloia Hotel (The)
Huyen Trang Hotel
Hoa Linh Hotel
Camellia 1 Hotel
Eden Hotel (The)
ATS Hotel
Phu Long Hotel
Manh Dung Guest House
Dien Luc Hotel
Indochina Hotel
Guoman Hotel-Hanoi
Army Hotel
Ocean Stars II Hotel
Ngoc Son Temple
Salute Hotel

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