Apparently we have a lost and lonely golden calf to thank for Hanoi’s most expansive body of water. Confused and disorientated while looking for its mother, the calf spun round and round until a great crater was formed. The newly formed crater then filled with water, trapping the poor calf at the bottom of the lake where, according to legend, it still resides to this day. With these four lovely cafes on different sides of the lake, there is no excuse not to enjoy the mythical calf’s tragic handiwork.
The main reason to come to Co Ngu Quan is the view, which is not just enjoyable for the expanse of water that rests before you, but also the eclectic mix of Hanoi rooftops that surround. You’ll also have a spectacular view of Tran Quoc Pagoda abstractly reflected in the rippling lake. Try and get here on a clear day for the sunset.