Hang Gai / Hang Bong / Hang Trong

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Start at the foun­tain on the north­ern tip of Hoan Kiem Lake, and with your back to the lake, turn left into Hang Gai – aka ‘silk street’ – home to a plethora of fam­ily-run tex­tile shops. First, get en­er­gised for your spree with a java jolt at #11 Ca Phe Pho Co / 3928 8153 / reached via a nar­row in-shop stair­case and home to a scrummy iced cap. Ready? First up, on your left at #39 is Green Palm Gallery for a vast ar­ray of orig­i­nal paint­ings, fol­lowed by Hanoi Stu­dio at #45, and nifty gallery Thanh Mai Gallery / #64 / 3828 7304 / (see Art for all three) across the road. Next door is Tan My / #66 / 3825 1579 / which has great embroidered linens, silks, cot­tons, beaut kiddy togs and bliss­ful air con, and over the road at #61 is sty­ley sis­ter Tan My De­sign (see Stand­out Stores) for hip fash­ion and life­style plus café bites and joe. Chi Vang (see Adv. Shop­ping) has threads with edge at #63, then tot­ter on to #79 M Col­lec­tion / 3938 1898 / for a small but well-cho­sen bunch of lacquer, jew­ellery and col­lectibles. Mo­sey on to ArtCen at #80 / 825 6154 / which man­ages to cram a star­tling num­ber of re­pel­lent items un­der one roof, but it does keep a good range of knick-knacks and flat­ware. Pop in next door for more Viet paint­ings at Ngan Pho Gallery / #82 / 828 9484 / ngan­phogallery.net, then scoot off to Hanoi Mo­ment at #101 / 3928 7170 / hanoimo­ment.vn / for del­i­cate ce­ram­ics. The ubiq­ui­tous Khaisilk shop is at #113 / 3928 9883 / khai silk­corp.com, but Kenly Silk at #108 / 3826 7236 / kenlysilk.com / is a good al­ter­na­tive. Now, take a deep breath and brave the cross­roads onto Hang Bong. First up at #40b is the mother lode of Viet­namese art Apri­cot Gallery / 3828 8965 / apri­cot­gallery.com.vn / with high prices but good selections. You can ei­ther zip on a bike up to the jewel Mai Gallery at #113 / 3938 0568 / maigallery-viet­nam.com, or if you’ve been hit with art fa­tigue, dou­ble back to the cross­roads and turn right into Hang Trong, in which case... Start on the cor­ner of Hang Gai and Hang Trong at #6 Thuong Gia II / 3938 1268 / sis­ter stores at #7 & #24 / for a huge range of lacquer, some of which are vul­gar be­yond words, but you can still find some smart din­ner and flat­ware. Don’t faff too long though, be­cause you’ll want to hot­foot it up to Marie Linh’s bou­tique at #38 / 938 0436 / marie-linh.com / good for clas­sic linens, shift dresses, tai­lor­ing, eth­nic jew­ellery and cou­ture gowns. Her se­cond bou­tique is just down the road at #74 / 3928 6309, but be­fore you get there, Kana at #41 / 3928 6208 / kana.com.vn / has trad and Asian-y cot­ton and silk tops, frocks, bags and shoes, and The Ware­house / #59 / 3928 7666 / ware­house-asia.com / has some of the best wine selections in Hanoi, so why not pick up a bot­tle or two for later? Now, shoot back to #42 for a well-de­served pam­per sesh at QT Anam Spa (see Spa) af­ter which you’ll prob­a­bly be hun­gry enough to eat your own chil­dren. In­stead, why not walk along to the T-junc­tion for the pic­turesque Nha Tho (see next itin­er­ary), where you will find Moca #16 / 3825 6334 / for a caff break, or go ahead and swig san­grias at La Salsa (see Bars). Nice one, Nguyen!

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