Located in the heart of the S-shaped strip of land, Hanoi has its special charm that tourists can only find at certain times of the day. After a peaceful and quiet daytime, Hanoi at night is the best time for you to enjoy the liveliness of this city.
Coming to Hanoi, you certainly cannot skip the Old Quarter - the most famous tourist attraction here. Walking around the Old Quarter and a few adjacent streets around Hoan Kiem Lake area at night, you will see an incredibly colorful Hanoi with the blend of history and modernity. The Old Quarter manages to preserve unique architectures from ancient dynasties with many temples, pagodas and old houses, yet it also has many clubs or pubs for you to enjoy yourself. Don't forget to stop by the shops in the Old Quarter for a variety of goods and souvenirs with the vibe of Hanoi inside them.
Take a walk around Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the most exciting activities when visiting the city
The highlight of Hanoi Old Quarter when the sun is down is drinking beer on Ta Hien Beer Street. On Ta Hien beer street, you can enjoy fresh beer - a kind of weak and easy-to-drink beer. Most of the brasseries here serve lots of Vietnamese snacks such as roasted peanuts or fried potatoes. The frenetic atmosphere here is perfect for meeting new friends and mingling with the locals.
Spend some time for a beer on Ta Hien beer street
If you're not a fan of drinking, then fill your empty stomach with some of the most exquisite Hanoi street food. Here, you can try an abundance of delicious Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, vermicelli, grilled beef... Some of the famous food streets here are Hang Buom Street, Tong Duy Tan Street or Dong Xuan Market, or head to the locals' favorites such as Ta Quang Buu street, Xuan Thuy street or Chua Lang street.
Taste the true Hanoi with the delicious street food
Hanoi in the evening welcomes music lovers with extraordinary music cafes. Whether it's Jazz, Pop or Indie, as long as you want to, you are always able to find live music venues that satisfy your tastes.
Enjoy a night of music at live music venues in Hanoi
If you are an art lover, Hanoi Opera House is a destination you will want to pay a visit at least once. This is where a lot of incredible music and art events are held, including opera, ballet, drama, and symphonies performances. However, remember to check the schedule and buy tickets in advance to ensure that there will be art performances when you visit the place.
Hanoi Opera House
Location: 01 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District.
Opening hours: AM 8:00 - PM 11:00
A great dating site in Hanoi is the Lotte Observation Deck. Located on the 65th floor of Lotte building - one of the tallest buildings in Hanoi, Lotte Observation Deck is not different from an island in the sky of Hanoi. The ideal time to visit is after the sky turns dark when you can fully enjoy the alluring beauty of Hanoi with the flashy city lights. The atmosphere at that very moment is incredibly romantic for your dream date night. The Lotte Observation Deck also provides services such as restaurants and souvenir shops for you to enjoy a night out in Hanoi.
Ideal place for your perfect date
Location: 65th Floor, Lotte Center, 54 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh District.
Ticket price: VND 230,000 (adult) / VND 170,000 (children)
Opening hours: AM 9:00 - AM 12:00
Coming to Hanoi, an extremely indigenous experience is the night markets. There are many famous night markets in Hanoi, such as Dong Xuan night market or Quang Ba flower market...
Dong Xuan night market opens every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, starting from 6 PM until late at night. Dong Xuan night market is a real "shopping center" where you can find all items at extremely affordable prices. Dong Xuan night market is also considered as the "culinary paradise" of Hanoi with a host of delectable street food. A note when coming to Dong Xuan night market is that you should go for low-heeled sandals or sports shoes to be at the most comfortable when walking because the market is huge and crowded with people coming for an exciting hangout.
Dong Xuan night market
Location: Dong Xuan Market, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: PM 6:00 - PM 23:00
When Hanoi begins to fall in the quiet, Quang Ba night market starts to become bustling. As a wholesale market providing flowers to the whole city, Quang Ba night market carries with it a unique Hanoi beauty with flowers blooming in the middle of the night. If you have the opportunity, try going to Quang Ba night market once to earn yourself a new experience.
Quang Ba flower market
Location: Quang Ba Flower Market, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
Opening hours: PM 10:00 - AM 4:00
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Not a city that's worldwide famous for its nightlife, but Hanoi after sunset still has many special features for you to explore. After a long day wandering around the streets, relax with the one of a kind atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else outside Hanoi.
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