Hang Quat is one of the most colourful streets in Old Quarter and it’s time for coverage in our 36 streets.
Quat means fans, and that is of course what was traditionally made on this street, be they from bamboo, paper or palm leaves. Villagers set up shop in the street and the fans they made were named after their villages and sold to Hanoians and visitors. During the French occupation, the street was named Rue des Eventails (street of fans) — it was only named Hang Quat street in 1945, after the August Revolution.
Hang Quat is only about 200 metres long but is packed with shops selling an array of brightly coloured items — including Buddhist statues, flags and lamps — as well as less gaudy but just as intricate wooden shrines.
It’s also the place to go for hand-crafted wooden seals in all shapes and sizes. As well as the shops, Hang Quat has other points of interest. Check out the temple near the junction with Hang Hom and the memorial to soldiers from the ward (Hang Gai ward) near Luong Van Can. It’s also home to Green Mango restaurant, a fine-dining restaurant serving modern Asian cuisine.
The alley that runs off Hang Quat to the south, parallel to Luong Van Can, is a good spot to stop off for a delicious bowl of fruit with condensed milk and coconut milk and it also has a couple of interesting souvenir shops as well as further stamp shops.