14 Best Things To Do in Hai Ba Trung District

As one of the first four districts in Hanoi (before the city saw grand expansion and now has a whooping 30 districts), Hai Ba Trung is where the fusion of modernity and nostalgia is manifested in the air, through every single corner.

You can feel it delicately touching your soul as you wander the intricate little streets, watching the unknown coffee shops hidden in old buildings and the sacred temples lying in eternal silence, and discovering the unfamiliar delicacies offered on eccentric sidewalk food stalls. All are very much local and little known by tourists.

Such great things keep newbies in town on an endless adventure out of curiosity. Check out the following 15 things to do in Hai Ba Trung district to get you started!

Eat Pho Like A Local at Thanh Ha pho

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Pho dates back only to the early 20th century but it has become the most iconic noodle soup of Vietnamese cuisine.

You can try Pho at Thanh Ha Pho in Lac Trung street, where it is traditionally cooked and reasonably priced. This restaurant is also family-friendly because most toddlers love the tasty fried rice they serve.

Hours: 8h - 23h

Address: 238 Lạc Trung, Hai Bà Trưng

Walk Around The New Quarter

Real gourmets in Hanoi often have two options to side with: The Old Quarter, or The New Quarter. While the Old Quarter covers the tiny streets that surround Hoan Kiem Lake, the new quarter is a pretty tree-lined area that covers 5-6 blocks of Bui Thi Xuan, Mai Hac De, Trieu Viet Vuong, Ba Trieu and Hue street. Together this area becomes energized days and nights, with multiple great international dining (Saigon, Hai Phong, Japanese and Thai cuisines on Trieu Viet Vuong for example), boutique cafes (Bui Thi Xuan, Mai Hac De), bars and pubs, hair salons and chocolate shops. The shops and restaurants here are bigger and less antique than those in the Old Quarter but no less authentic: they showcase a thriving Hanoi economy in the 2000s and how people are enjoying fast (positive) pace of change, where creativity gradually dominates over traditional traits.

Address: the quarter that starts from Nguyen Du and ends at Vincom Center Ba Trieu.

Take An Easy Stroll Around Halais Lake (Thien Quang lake)

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Halais Lake is an ideal lake to go sightseeing especially in the morning. Tourists, especially Buddhism followers can enjoy an easy stroll around the lake to watch the peaceful scenery and pay a visit to the three pagodas of Thien Quang, Quang Hoa, Phap Hoa nearby. From these pagodas you can have a nice view of the lake as well.

Address: Nguyễn Du, Hai Bà Trưng

Sample Banh Xeo - A Countrywide Favorite

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Banh xeo is a Vietnamese stuffed rice pancake deeply fried until orange. Xeo refers to the evocative sizzle you hear as it hits the pan at high temperature. A couple of bucks would give you various choices of banh xeo leave you full up.

Hours: 15h - 23h

Address: 77 Đại Cồ Việt, Bách Khoa, Hai Bà Trưng

Visit Hai Ba Trung Temple

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As a famous place of worshipping, Hai Ba Trung temple was built to commemorate Trung sisters, the heroines who led the first fight against Chinese occupation and chose to rather die than surrender to the invader. Hai Ba Trung temple is an ideal destination for visitors who want to learn more about Vietnam's history of fighting for national liberation.

Hours: 9h -17h, Mon - Sat

Address: 12 Hương Viên, Đồng Nhân, Hai Bà Trưng

Drop In Smile Coffee (For Cat Lovers)

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With subtle and cozy lighting, a great view of the street and popular drinks like teas, smoothies, cappuccino, etc. priced at only one or two bucks, Smile Coffee is a great choice for any tourists, especially ones who are cat lovers. Pick your favorite drink, let adorable cats of various breeds befriend you.

Time: 8h - 23h

Address: 108 A1, Alley 27, Tạ Quang Bửu, Quận Hai Bà Trưng

People Watching & Trying Banh Gio

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Banh gio is an unique delicacy of Vietnam. It is a hot rice dumpling shaped like a pyramid, stuffed with meat, mushroom, and served with mouthwatering pickles. A full topping dish costs only 2 bucks but leaves you as full as a tick. The small vendors that serve Banh Gio can be found every other street corner, often with an unnoticed signs but with plenty of people sitting on tiny stool with banh gio plate on the one hand and fork on the other. It's a hard to beat experience that not many tourists get to do.

Time: 10h - 20h

Address: 58 Ngô Thì Nhậm, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội

Join Energetic Games at Jump Arena

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Jump Arena is a new hype for entertainment among Hanoian locals. There are 8 jumping games to bring you and your children endless joy at weekends. For only $5-6 this is also very affordable for any tourist.

Hours: 14h- 22h (Mon-Fri), 9h-22h (Sat-Sun)

Address: 1A Tăng Bạt Hổ, Phạm Đình Hổ, Hai Bà Trưng

Enjoy A Local Snack: Tran Khat Chan Clam Porridge

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As humble as it looks, with only some plastic tables and stools, this food stall is renowned locally for its mouthwatering clam porridge. You can enjoy porridge with clam, meat, pepper, black forest mushroom and quay, a deep-fried snack that is exclusively found in Vietnam. This delicacy is best served hot and hence ideal for cold days.

Hours: 12h – 17h

Address: 321 Trần Khát Chân, Thanh Nhàn, Hai Bà Trưng

Take A Painting Workshops at Greecy Coffee

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Greecy Coffee has a signature Greek view with the fuse of blue and white shades. At weekends, there are usually workshops on arts and crafts, especially painting to entertain art lovers.

Hours: 8h - 23h

Address: 10, Alley 84, Trần Đại Nghĩa, Bách Khoa, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội.

If You Have Kids, Head To The Aquarium

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Times City's VinWonders aquarium is located on the basement floor, featuring a 43 square feet space with impressive dimensional views. Over 30,000 creatures of the ocean gather here to entertain your whole family.The entrance fee is only $7.5.

If you have even more time, take a walk around the Times City residential area - one of the best strolls in urban Hanoi where traffic is quite in order. There are shops, convenience stores, bakeries, hair salons and bookshops to look at along the way.

Hours: 9h30 - 22h

Address: Times City complex, 458 Minh Khai, Vĩnh Tuy, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội

Nightlife Kicks In: The Toilet Bar & Club

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The Toilet Bar & Club is one of the pioneer in EDM clubs of Hanoi. It has wide open spaces and a garden outside. Every Wednesday women can buy a buffet ticket, while normally it would takes around $10-20 for a night full of music and drinks here.

Time: 10h -22h

Address: 6 floor, Capital Building, 41 Hai Bà Trưng, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Late Night Hunger? Try Eel Vermicelli

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Eel vermicelli noodles is a delicacy consisting of eels, vermicelli noodles, condiments, salt, pepper, lime and a lot of fresh herbs. The noodles can be stir-fried or boiled in broth while the eels can be fried till crispy or simmered till soft. It is best served when the steam is swirling in the air.

Hours: 8h - 23h

Address: 34, Lê Đại Hành, Lê Đại Hành, Hai Bà Trưng

Fine Dining At Voyage Restaurant

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If you are more into high-class restaurants, Voyage is a good choice with hundreds Vietnamese delicacies and international dishes. It is also decorated in a modern European style. The subtle music creates a romantic ambiance.

Hours: 11h30 - 22h

Address: 1st floor, duParc Hanoi Hotel, 84 Trần Nhân Tông, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội

It can take forever to discover Hai Ba Trung district to the fullest. Put aside any hesitation and start your excursion to Hai Ba Trung district!

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