Five hundred years ago, many of the streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter were named according to the goods that were sold here. Many of the streets have retained their names, although only a few of them still specialize in their original craft. Here are a few examples from the Rough Guide:
|Street Name||Meaning||Modern Specialty|
|Hang Ma||Paper votive objects||Paper goods|
|Hang Quat||Ceremonial fans||Religious accessories|
Our second Hanoi hotel is located on Hang Ga. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but Hang Ga and the streets that surround it have lots of street stalls selling yummy pho ga (noodle soup with chicken, which is generally a bit harder to find than pho bo, the beef variety). You can get a large bowl for around 10,000 VND (about 60 cents).