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The city's best views can be found on the 65th floor of the landmark Lotte Center, opened in 2014, in the western corner of Hanoi's Ba Dinh district. From this uninterrupted vantage point, high above Hanoi's hustle and bustle, one can consider the size of the Old Quarter relative to the sheer scale of Hanoi's voracious growth. The tower also houses a hotel, all manner of restaurants, a rooftop bar and a department store on its lower floors.
The Lotte Center is around 20 minutes by taxi from the Old Quarter.