Hanoi’s most significant sights and districts are marked on this map. Hoan Kiem Lake is popular for romantic strolls, morning exercise, and evening entertainment. The natural focus of the city center is to the north of the lovely lake. Known as the Old Quarter or 36 Streets, this area is packed with every imaginable merchandise, from shoes and silk to bamboo and lacquer prod ucts. To the south, which constitutes the downtown area, are the boulevards and archi tectural marvels of the former French Quarter. To the west is the tranquil Temple of Literature, and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, notable for its grandeur. Getting Around Hanoi’s Old Quarter is small and fascinating enough to explore on foot, as is the area around Hoan Kiem Lake. Self-driven cars are not yet an option, though the brave, or reckless, may rent a bicycle or motorbike. Farther afield, it is better to take a taxi, though the city’s new metro system will be a welcome addition when it opens (due for completion in 2018). Most hotels and travel agencies can arrange taxis or minibuses to visit sights within the city as well as to the outskirts, on full or half-day tours.