While the Old Quarter in Hoan Kiem District gives you a glimpse into Hanoi's ancient cultural traits, the Cau Giay District in Hanoi will provide a more local perspective of the local daily life in modern times. Get off the tourist trails to delve yourself in exquisite local street food, go on a shopping spree, and enjoy yourself to the fullest with ample leisure facilities that Cau Giay District has to offer.
Cau Giay District is a densely-populated neighborhood with a total area of 12 square kilometers in the South of Hanoi, bordering other central districts such as Dong Da, Ba Dinh, and Tay Ho. As the district contains some of the city’s most selective high schools and universities, Cau Giay is a hotspot for the local youth with top-notch entertainment opportunities despite being far from the hustle and bustle. On top of that, being a large area and lots of green space, Cau Giay District also provides the ideal living space for many expats in Hanoi.
The district from afar. The Cau Giay Park with a large pond lies in the center of the district
From Noi Bai International Airport, it would take you about half an hour to get to Cau Giay District at around USD 20 by taxi. You can also find shuttle services online and book a bus ticket prior to your arrival in Hanoi.
From the central districts like Hoan Kiem or Hai Ba Trung, it takes about 20 minutes to travel to Cau Giay, either by car or motorbike. There are several buses from the central part to Cau Giay, most commonly is bus number 1,2, 27 and 10.
You can always rent a motorbike in Hanoi to spend a day or two in different parts of the city!
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The street can be quite busy during rush hour because of the large number of students in the area (View from the pedestrian bridge between the Nghia Do Park and the Museum of Ethnology)
Cau Giay District in Hanoi is not the first name that comes to a foreign visitor's mind, but it is a local's favorite place to hang out. Therefore, besides the Top Attractions in Hanoi that you should not miss when visiting Cau Giay District, do join the locals also to experience the upbeat pace of life in Vietnam's capital.
One of the most recommended museum to visit in Hanoi - with 3 exhibitions (2 indoor and 1 outdoor), the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology showcase the diversity and unique customs of the ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.
Portraits of Vietnam's diverse ethnic groups
The outdoor exhibitions of traditional ethnic houses
A visit to the museum will take up quite some time, but the beautiful nature in the premise makes the experience worthwhile
Displays of the cultural traits from international ethnic groups
Right across the street from the museum is the Nghia Do Park, a precious green space for the locals to exercise and unwind from the bustling urban scene.
Address: 55 Nguyen Van Huyen, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Nghia Do Park has a huge kids' playground
Cau Giay Park
The Cau Giay Park is both literally and metaphorically the heart of Cau Giay District in Hanoi since the lake in the center of the park is built in a heart-shaped. If you're visiting Hanoi with little kids or even elderly, the park is a nice location to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature in the middle of the concrete buildings in the area.
Address: Duy Tan, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Come to taste the origin of Hanoi's timeless snack - Com, or young glutinous rice. The irresistible aroma of the rice with its natural sweetness is a lovely treat with some hot tea. You can grab some glutinous rice cakes home as souvenirs from Hanoi to your loved ones.
Young glutinous rice is a staple of Hanoi's traditional food
Cau Giay District gathers all kinds of Hanoi cuisines at extremely reasonable prices, as the most frequent customers are local students. Here are some of our suggestions!
To Hieu Street is known as the food street of Cau Giay District, boasting a wide collection of restaurants with different styles of cuisine. You have fast foods such as fried chicken, burgers; then there are also traditional Vietnamese dishes like Bun Bo Hue and Pho.
Bun Bo Hue O Hien
Address: 106 C6 To Hieu, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6:30 AM - 2 PM; 5 PM - 10 PM
Price: VND 40,000
Pho Bo Tran Toan
Address: 107 To Hieu, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6 AM - 10:30 PM
Price: VND 40,000 - 150,000
More places to try Pho in Hanoi!
Nghia Tan Street is parallel to To Hieu, serving up incredible foods for cheap prices.
Bun Ngan Ba Hang
Address: Kiosk number 3, Nghia Tan, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 7 AM - 11:30 PM
Price: VND 30,000 - 90,000
Bun Ngan is vermicelli soup with duck meat
Vit 34 - Roast Duck
Address: 90 Nghia Tan, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Price: VND 80,000 - 150,000
Don't forget to order some fresh beer to go with Hanoi's dishes
Located near 3 major universities in Hanoi, Ho Tung Mau Street is a gathering spot for college students in Cau Giay District. Here you can find more upscaled eatings such as Korean foods and bubble milk tea.
King Dakgalbi (Korean-style fried chicken)
Address: 2 Ho Tung Mau, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9:30 AM - 11 PM
Price: VND 90,000 - 200,000
LeeTee (bubble tea)
Address: 58 Ho Tung Mau, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9 AM - 11 PM
Price: VND 30,000 - 60,000
Cau Giay has a wide range of shops, from clothing to household items, electronic devices, and gadgets - all marketed at much more reasonable prices compared to that in the central districts.
The all-in-one complex for shopping, entertainment, and treating yourself with international food and beverages chains
IPH, short for Indochina Plaza Hanoi, at night
A favorite spot of local students for apparels and street eats
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Don’t let the look fools you, many interesting items can be found in Cau Giay at a great price
Despite being far from the central part of the city, Cau Giay District hits tourists very differently with its atmosphere and diverse street-food styles. Need help navigating through Hanoi? Let us know in the comment.
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