After the calm and peace of Laos, Hanoi was a big change in pace. The first skill we had to master was crossing the road. These were jam packed with scooters carrying anywhere from one person to a whole household or people or belongings. It really just came down to getting up the nerve, looking for a gap and then making a determined, nerve racking effort.
Hanoi was filled with fantastic meals, from the street food to the modern restaurants.
Our two top restaurants in Hanoi were:
4Ps - mains were about 150,000 each and really worth it. This places was more upmarket than we have been used to but we felt like sitting down in an air con and for the girls to be able to have a pizza. They had a great been and wine list so I had a rare glass of wine here.
Hong Hoai’s This place is amazing, the food is fresh, comes in huge servings and really reasonable in price. The people working here are also super friendly and helpful so we tried a few dishes that we had never tried before. The make your own post lettuce wraps were a highlight!
If you are in Hanoi with kids, apart from all the great eating experiences, we’d recommend:
Water Puppet theatre - there are a few but we went to the Thang Long theatre near the lake. For about 100,000 dong each we enjoyed an hour show. So much we ended up buying a wooden water puppet after to remind us of our afternoon. With a live band and of course the amazing water puppet show it made a great, cool afternoon’s entertainment. http://www.thanglongwaterpuppet.org
Night Markets (and the more low key day one at Dong Xuan Market) - these are great for wandering and checking out the local specialities.
Vietnamese Womens Museum - created to share history and cultural heritage of Vietnamese women and improve gender equality, this museum was a really interesting walk through of marriage, birth, life, war and cultural celebrations in Vietnam http://www.womenmuseum.org.vn
Again we used grab taxis with our app everywhere. It made booking and paying so much easier when we sadly have no Vietnamese language understanding at all. Every single restaurants had wifi so we could always also order them home.