Shop, eat and repeat in historic Hanoi. Explore the hustle and bustle of the busy streets via a cyclo tour, browse art galleries, marvel at the French colonial architecture, and shop. What’s more? Prepare to eat, eat, eat at this capital of all things yummy!
Hanoi is packed with hotels in all budgets. For those looking for a unique historical stay, The Sofitel Legend Metropole is absolutely worth the splurge! Situated steps from the Opera House in Hanoï's French Quarter this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. Mom and dad can sip cocktails at the famous Bamboo Bar while the kids splash in the gorgeous pool. Choose from rooms in the historic wing (each offering insight into the famous folks who have stayed in the room) or the modern wing (renovated and chic). Be sure to book up a Chocolate buffet and tea in the afternoon, a massage at the gorgeous spa, and of course - the hotel tour where kids can explore the hotel's bomb shelter used during the days of war. Connecting rooms, baby amenities, and cots are all available on request.
Sofitel Metropole, 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, 10000 Hanoi, Vietnam, www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1555-sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi/index.shtml
Other Family-Friendly Hotels In Hanoi:
Apartments / Large Rooms:
Fraser Suites - Good option for large families (2-3 bedrooms)
Somerset - Executive apartments, close to Old Quarter
Kids love Cong Vien Nghia Do Park which has all kinds of fun equipment to play on, including a zip-line! The water puppet show is a must for kids of all ages. Explore the Old Quarter where families can navigate the quaint winding streets. And, be sure to visit the night market with its street food and stalls selling all manner of nick knacks.
Cong Vien Nghia Do Park, Nguy?n V?n Huyên, Ngh?a ?ô, C?u Gi?y, Hà N?i, Vietnam
Thang Long Water Puppets, 57B Pho Dinh Tien Hoang, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam, www.thanglongwaterpuppet.org. Ask your hotel to arrange tickets for you!
Hanoi Night Market, Old Quarter, from P Hang Giay to P Hang Dao. Open from 7pm-11pm from Monday - Sunday.
Other activities to enjoy with kids in Hanoi:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Temple Of Literature
Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi - hire a cyclo or 2 to cruise you around!
Hoa La Prison Museum
Vietnam Museum Of Ethnology
Shopping in Hanoi can be fun for everyone! For those looking for the top galleries, take a browse down the streets of Hang Gai and Hang Bong and be sure to visit Apricot Gallery, Green Palm, Ngan Pho Gallery, Mai Gallery, and Thang Long Gallery. For those looking for unique antiques from all over Vietnam, visit 54 Traditions Gallery. Of Course, there are plenty of boutiques with traditional lacquer and handicrafts in the Old Town. Our tip? Negotiate with the cycle drivers to take your clan around while you shop along Hang Gai, Hang Bong, and Hang Bun streets.
Embroidery, Silks, & More In Hanoi:
Hang Gai - visit Da Lat Su Quan (13), Tan My Design (61), Hanoi Hannah (64), Tan My Design (66), Metiseko (71), Hanoi Moment (101), Khai Silk (113)
Art Galleries In Hanoi:
Green Palm Gallery, 39 Hang Gai Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Thang Long Gallery, 41 Hang Gai Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Ngan Pho Gallery, 82 Hang Gai Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Apricot Gallery, 40B Hang Bong Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Mai Gallery, 113 Hang Bong Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Antiques In Hanoi:
54 Traditions Gallery, 30 Hàng Bún, Trúc B?ch, Ba Dinh District, Hà N?i, Vietnam
Hanoi is one of Asia's great food cities. Whether you want to try a local favorite or a fusion hot spot, this city has it all. For street eats, head to Ca Cha La Vong (pictured) where they serve one fish dish and it is delish! Kids will enjoy putting veggies in the hot pot. More lunch faves include street food delights from Bun Cha and Quan Com Pho (huge space and huge menu). For dinner, there are too many amazing options to count! A few family-friendly favorites include: Madame Hien (complete with a kids menu) and rockin' ambience, La Badiane, Au Lac House, and Green Tangerine.
Best Cafes In Hanoi
C?ng Càphê, 101 Hoang Cau Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi, http://congcaphe.com/
Trieu Viet Vuong (Coffee Street)
Lunch In Hanoi:
Cha Ca La Cong, 14 Ch? Cá, Hàng ?ào, Hoàn Ki?m, Hà N?i, Vietnam, +84 4 3825 3929
Bun Cha, 21 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam, www.bunchata.com
Quan Com Pho, 29 Lê V?n H?u, Ngô Thì Nh?m, Hai Bà Tr?ng, Hà N?i, Vietnam
Dinner In Hanoi:
Madame Hien, 15 Chân C?m, Hàng Tr?ng, Hoàn Ki?m, Hà N?i, Vietnam, Facebook
La Badiene, 10 Nam Ng?, C?a Nam, Hoàn Ki?m, Hà N?i, Vietnam, http://labadiane-hanoi.com/
Au Lac House, 13 Tr?n H?ng ??o Phan Chu Trinh Hoàn Ki?m Phan Chu Trinh Hoàn Ki?m Hà N?i, Vietnam, +84 4 39333533
Green Tangerine, Hàng B?c, Hoàn Ki?m, Hanoi, Vietnam, Website
For a truly spectacular family experience, book your own private 5-star junk for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. The whole family will be amazed at the rock formations (the crew often point out the formations that resemble animals) while peacefully cruising the Bay. Be sure to stop at the caves! For bigger groups and families looking for cruising, book the Emeraude. Book in advance!
Halong Violet, https://halongviolet.com/
Indochina Junk, Website
Orchid Cruise, Website