For that leisure walk that takes you almost half of the city attractions 2 sqkm, we need a coffee break,You’Il never have to search far for a café and street food vendors. Seating outside café with chilled weather watching peoples passer-by remind you of the culture they adopted from French colonials era. As we walk further north direction to the city biggest lake Tay Ho to make a detour back to Old Quarter area, The lake is so big that You could actually take a ferry across the lake to Tay Ho district. Am sure on sunny days it makes good sense to seat by the lake side. In the evening we decided to walk towards The French Quarter that is so right to called it French because of so much france heritage is visible everywhere, wide European walkways pavement with lots of small street trees, even the two storey boutique mall décor and the building is from the French colonials day, here the dinning scene is upgraded, fancy restaurant and Bar and offices building hug each other. But there is not enough crowd and tourist somehow. The main fiesta mood seems to be happening in the Old Quarter Area.
Hanoi is worth the trip for it lets you into a slice of French culture, heritage and lifestyle that is rub on to the people and definitely more the city landscape, though the Hanoi nuance and communist psyche are clinging on to their attitude and characters. You gained both experiences while in these short journey.