As other reviewers have pointed out, there are two Craft-Link shops in the same street, immediately across from the Temple of Literature, and the one we went into was the double-storied old building that specialises in textiles. The other shop, a few doors along, specialises in homewares. As you come out of the front entrance of the Temple, turn left and then cross over at the first intersection, before turning left again. The shops are about one block up.
The building itself is a wonderful example of Hanoi's rapidly vanishing architectural heritage. Climb up the stairs and, at the back of the room, there is a door which opens out onto a little balcony which looks straight across to the Temple of Literature. This leads into a third room.
All three rooms are crammed full of the most beautiful handicrafts, at extremely reasonable prices. We have visited a number of "Fair Trade" shops in various SE Asian countries, but we thought this was the best by far. Whilst Craft-Link is a not-for-profit organisation, that doesn't mean it isn't profitable. It is, in fact, quite profitable, but all profits are reinvested back into activities such as business development and training, product development, and marketing. Products are purchased direct from the people who make them, and this helps traditional craftspeople to make a living that they would not otherwise by able to contemplate. It is a very worthwhile concept, and one that we are always happy to try and support.
Opening hours are 9am to 6pm every day of the week.
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