A Night in Hanoi – The most happening place in Vietnam

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As we checked in our rooms in Hanoi, Vietnam, we were all set to explore the nightlife there that night! Here you will get an idea of what to do in Hanoi during the night. Are you set for the virtual Hanoi tour?

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First impression of Hanoi:

As the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi is definitely a crowded place. The traffic and endless horning of scooters are one of the first things you will notice in Hanoi. Tourists are everywhere in this vibrant city, adding to its rush all the time. You will be able to find the best Hanoi nightlife and Hanoi food everywhere you turn. The aroma of those foods pulls you towards all these amazing shops. Traditional music is played so sip on some Bia Hoi as the entertainment is sure to soothe your souls for the night.

The city as such has a rich history and culture. It has overcome colonial occupation and also the problems of war to stand strong as it is now!

Tah and I had some amazing Bun Cha along the way before starting off to Long Bien Bridge. If you are someone who is an admirer of architecture, then we would recommend you see this place as the sun goes down.

Significance of Long Bien Bridge:

Long Bien Bridge has been an iconic landmark for Hanoi. It was built between 1899 and 1902. This masterpiece was bombed many times during the American war. However, the Hanoian people repaired it every time it was damaged.  

The great designer, Gustave Eiffel who is the maker of the world-class Eiffel tower, designed the Long Bien Bridge. This bridge is utilized by trains, scooters and also pedestrians. It is currently being reconstructed to bring back its original design. Be there a night to experience the Long Bien Bridge all lit up!

We would recommend you to walk past the bridge to experience that blissful feeling. The hundred-year-old bridge brings historical vibes as you set each foot. It will seem a little scary and locals also keep shouting out not to walk and to stay safe.

If you are someone who is afraid of heights, please go walk this bridge and do away with that fear! You will find a river below and a temple on the side. The bridge is almost 1.6 km and should take you an hour to cross it. However, if you are a photo freak, you have so many amazing backgrounds to click pictures and this may extend your time to cross the bridge!

Hanoi Street food at night

The streets are all lit up for the night in Hanoi. Hanoi food is some of the best, if you want to try out the local cuisine, then street food at night is the best option. South Asian food is super unique in each country you go to. There are so many more differences than similarities. Here are some of the must-try Hanoi food dishes out there!


This is the most famous Vietnamese dish you should try out! It is made out of beef or chicken. Pho is basically a rice noodle soup with a lot of herbs. It has a mix of amazing flavours that you will fall in love with!

Bahn Bao:

How many Bao lovers there?! Bao is a fluffy bread kind of food. It has a bit of a Chinese touch in it. Any street food join has Bao with different kinds of filling. Most commonly, pork, chicken, egg or mushrooms are used. If you want to avoid the crowd but are hungry, then Bao is the best take-away food as it is easily packable and portable.

Bun Cha:

Yet another popular street food that is made of barbecue pork that is both sweet and salty. It comes with fresh herbs, noodles, garlic and spicy chillies. Did you know that President Obama had bowls of Bun Cha and loved it during his previous visit to Hanoi? Grab a bowl for yourself the next time you are in Hanoi.

Nom Bo:

Nom Bo is a sour and refreshing salad with heart-contenting flavours and spices. It is made of thin slices of beef and raw papaya. Mind and crushed peanuts are sprinkled over it along with a dressing of fish sauce.

Banh Mi:

It is a sandwich that has a buttery pate and pickled daikon, carrots, cucumber and cilantro. With variations in fillings, this dish is one of the most perfect examples of French influence on Vietnamese cuisine.

Meat Skewers:

This dish is made of flavourful grilled meat served on a stick. The ingredients for that add flavour are lemongrass, chilli and nuoc cham. The grills are of hot coals and are a perfect grab-away kind of snack as you walk down the streets. The meat is usually pork, chicken or beef.

Bun Bo Nam Bo:

As unique as its name, this dish is made of noodles in a broth of tangy sauce. Beef strips are marinated at first along with vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, lettuce, cucumbers and the topping includes crushed peanuts and fried shallots. Eat it along with the local beer, Bia Ha Noi to feel more native!

Coffee in Vietnam:

The Best Vietnamese drinks

Are you a coffee lover? Do you feel you know every bit of coffee and have tasted everything? I am sorry to say! You might be wrong if you haven’t tried the Vietnamese variety of coffee. Local beans are roasted, coarsely ground and then brewed. A unique and small drip filter is used. Once the coffee essence is ready, pour the condensed milk into it. This is called Ca Phe Sua Nong. Have it hot to stay energised always. You can also call for Ca Phe Sua Da and you will be served coffee with ice. Make the cold coffee lover inside you happy! You will find people in the night streets drink coffee all the time. That’s how addictive it is!

Hanoi nightlife 10 things to do:

Hanoi offers something for everyone for what they are.

For the party-people, Hanoi options three areas:

  • Bia Hoi Junction ( Address: On the corner of Ta Hien and Lương Ngoc Quyen )
  • The West Lake Area ( Address: Tây Hồ, Hanoi, Vietnam )
  • The Historical Centre ( Address: Tràng Tiền, Phan Chu Trinh )

Bia Hoi Junction in the Old Quarter in Hanoi has a lot of pubs like Dragon Fly, Craft Beer Pub, 1900 La Theatre, Hair of the dog and so on. Drinking beer bia hoi in Hanoi is one of the top things to do in the city. They offer locally brewed beer for only 10 cents a cup. Can you imagine the vibe of 1000’s of locals and expats mixed together enjoying a night out together?

The West Lake Area is posher and is visited by socialites, celebs and the business class. Appropriate clothing is required to enter such places. It is totally expensive and sophisticated. Hanoi Rock City, Savage, 88 Lounge are a few examples.

The Historical centre is crowded and is for any type of party person even with a limited budget. Fancy parties and good restaurants are available in this area.

For the non-party people you have areas like:

  • The Opera House
  • Hanoi Central Circus
  • Water Puppet
  • Night Market

The Hanoi Opera house is situated near Hoan Kiem Lake. Witness lovely Vietnamese opera and traditional live music performances, ballets and more. If you’re lucky you can catch live music in the streets which is very common here in the parks and streets. If you’re looking for more of a fancy night out you can catch one of the many shows at the Tuong Theater for around 700,000 or 30 USD.

Address: Số 01 Tràng Tiền, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

The Central Circus is a two-hour show that is family-friendly for a late night. It can be fun for kids and you will definitely appreciate the skillful performers. Its located very close to Thien Quang Lake.

Address: 67-69 Trần Nhân Tông, Lê Đại Hành, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam

Water Puppetry in Vietnam is a traditional art form that depicts the days when paddy fields were flooded and how farmers and other people entertained themselves. You will be mesmerised at the sounds of wooden bells, drums, bamboo flutes and cymbals.

Address: 57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Night Market in Vietnam:

Some of the best things to do at night are to some eye-catching souvenirs and Vietnamese clothing in the night market. You have so many options like hats, t-shirts, accessories and jewellery here.

Our favourite night markets are:

Old quarters night market ( Address: Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam )

Dich Vong ( Address: Cầu Giấy, Hanoi, Vietnam )

Nha Xanh (  Address: Phan Văn Trường, Dịch Vọng Hậu, Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam )

Are you planning a trip to Vietnam very soon? Explore both the city and countryside of Vietnam. But, add Hanoi to your checklist for sure! Spend at least a night or two here to carry memories of a lifetime.

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