North of the Hoan Kiem lake is the Old City, an area of narrow alleys (36 streets and guilds), each named after the products made or sold there in the past with many historical and heritage buildings. Here is where most tourists converge and the area is full of hotels and guesthouses, shops and travel agencies. The house in 87 Ma May street is an example of a well preserved original shop house built in the 19th century. The house is open to the public and contains ancient furniture.

01 Restaurant and shops north of lake 02 Square with roundabout north of lake 03 Cafe restaurant with balconies and sunshades 04 Cafe balconies 05 Cafe restaurant with balconies and sunshades
06 Restaurant balconies 07 Bread seller 08 Street with hotels and shops 09 Hotel boards 10 Chuong Vang theatre
11 Bicycle rickshaw 12 Motorbikes parked on pavement 13 Side alley with restaurants 14 Cleaning dried mushrooms on street 15 Cleaning dried mushrooms on street 16 Cleaning dried mushrooms on street 17 Narrow alley
18 Groceries shop 19 Colonial era building with shops 20 Furnished interior of house in 87 Ma May street 21 Furnished interior of house in 87 Ma May street 22 Furnished interior of house in 87 Ma May street
23 Furnished interior of house in 87 Ma May street 24 Door in house in 87 Ma May street 25 Door in house in 87 Ma May street 26 Door detail - house in 87 Ma May street 27 Door detail - house in 87 Ma May street
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